Skip to Content

Orange Sweet Rolls From Your Bread Machine

Preview: These Orange Sweet Rolls are extremely addicting, especially for orange-lovers. Directions are included for mixing and kneading in a bread machine but you can certainly do it by hand or use a stand mixer. See the recipe notes for details.

I was recently inspired by a food magazine that printed a recipe for the famous orange rolls served at a steak house in Alabama. The first step was to figure out how to use my bread machine to mix and knead it. No problem.

(If you would like to know how to convert most any regular bread recipe to use in your bread machine, see this post.)

Orange Yeast Rolls in a pan

Unfortunately, the rolls didn’t turn out at all like the famous ones.

Recipe inspiration:

My sister from Alabama has been talking about the famous orange rolls for years. She was often encouraging me to come up with a recipe so she could make them herself at home. Since I had never been to the restaurant that serves these rolls, I could only go by her description.

A few years ago, my sister actually transported the famous rolls to my house. They didn’t fare so well after a 12-hour car trip. I was not impressed.

During my annual visit last year, she finally took me to the restaurant. Since it wasn’t dinner time, we asked for a half dozen rolls to go. Now I understood what she had tried to describe to me for so long.

The rolls were still hot when we got them and a little bit doughy. They were extremely orangey both in color and taste. The sweet stuff on top was a glaze, not an icing like you might put on traditional cinnamon rolls.

Fast forward…

After converting the magazine recipe, I wasn’t happy with the final product because the orange flavor wasn’t nearly as prominent as the restaurant variety. I fixed that by using frozen orange juice concentrate in place of fresh orange juice and increasing the amount of orange peel used in the filling.

Rolling out the dough and cutting rolls
Rolling out the dough and cutting rolls

The final analysis…

These rolls are mighty tasty and so fabulous that I want to eat half the pan by myself. Therefore, I’m declaring this experiment–DONE!

These orange sweet rolls aren’t really anything like the famous orange rolls from the restaurant but they have earned a space in my bread machine roll collection.

If you enjoyed this recipe, it would help others and me if you gave it a five-star rating inside the recipe card below. 🤩 No comment required. Thank you.

Hope to see you again soon!

p.s. Questions or suggestions? Please email me: Paula at

Yield: 20 rolls

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe

Distinctly orange-flavored sweet yeast rolls with a deliciously orange-flavored cream cheese frosting you can mix and knead with your bread machine.

Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes



  • 1/4 cup (75 gr) milk (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup (120 gr) frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed to room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon (6 gr) salt
  • 1 large egg plus 1 yolk
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups (360 gr) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons (2 gr) bread machine or instant yeast


  • 2 tablespoons (56 gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100 gr) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest (from two medium oranges)


  • 1/4 cup (51 gr) heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (50 gr) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons (28 gr) unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon (pinch) salt


  1. Add ingredients to a bread machine pan in order given. Leave lid open. Choose the DOUGH cycle and press start.
  2. Observe dough after about 10 minutes. If dough does not stick to side of pan and then pull away because it is too dry, add a tablespoon of water. If dough is too wet, add flour a tablespoon at a time until dough sticks and then pulls away. Continue to add water or flour until dough looks just right according to this picture. Close lid and allow dough cycle to complete.
  3. When dough cycle finishes, check to make sure dough has doubled in size. If not, allow dough to continue to rise in the pan until it is double the original volume. IMPORTANT NOTE: Because this is a highly enriched dough, it takes longer than usual to rise. All at least an extra hour for this.
  4. Remove dough from the bread machine pan onto a floured surface. Roll into a rectangle measuring approximately 12 x 17 inches.
  5. Spread softened butter over rolled-out dough until dough is completely covered. Sprinkle sugar-orange zest mixture evenly over butter.
  6. Begin rolling dough from the long side. Roll as tightly as you can. Cut long roll in quarters. Cut each quarter into 5 evenly-sized rolls.
  7. Place inside buttered 9 x 13 inch pan, cover with a tea towel, and allow to rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes before baking.
  8. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Bake rolls for 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 190˚F.
  9. Prepare glaze while rolls bake. Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan and heat over medium temperature under mixture turns syrupy and coats the back of a spoon. Set aside to cool.
  10. Pour glaze over hot rolls as soon as they come out of the oven.


Alternate Mixing Instructions:

Directions for making bread with a stand mixer or by hand: 

  • To make this recipe in a heavy-duty stand mixer, add ingredients to the bowl in the same order. Turn on low to mix until all ingredients are moistened. Using a dough hook, turn speed to 2 or 3 and continue beating/kneading until dough becomes smooth and elastic (about 5-10 minutes). Cover and allow to rise in a warm place. Deflate dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.
  • If making by hand, combine all ingredients into a shaggy ball in a large bowl. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead with your hands until dough becomes smooth and elastic, a process that will likely take 10-20 minutes depending on your experience. Place the dough ball into a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise until double. Deflate dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.

How to substitute active dry yeast for bread-machine yeast or instant yeast:

If you substitute regular yeast for instant or bread-machine yeast, you must dissolve it first before adding to the dry ingredients. Stir it into about 1/4 cup of the lukewarm liquid called for in the recipe. Let sit for about 10 minutes. Add to other wet ingredients and then add dry ingredients. Proceed as directed to knead and shape the dough.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest


Sunday 14th of April 2019

What can I sub for the heavy cream?? Thanks.


Sunday 14th of April 2019

Hi Ju, You can use milk but they won't be quite as rich.


Thursday 11th of May 2017

Pls can I use fresh orange juice?


Thursday 11th of May 2017

Yes, you can use fresh orange juice. The flavor will be a milder orange. You might like it even better.


Tuesday 9th of May 2017

Hey Paula, thank you for the Orange Roll recipe. You have got my curiosity up as to where these rolls are originated since I am an Alabama girl. Can you email me as to their whereabouts? I've got an idea, but not sure. Thanks! Can't wait to try these, they look delicious!


Monday 8th of May 2017

How much difference does it make whether the butter I use is salted or unsalted? Is that a "healthy" issue or it because of the interaction in the dough?


Monday 8th of May 2017

No, salted vs unsalted is not a health issue. There's pretty much nothing healthy about these rolls except maybe a little Vitamin C from the oranges. The reason I use unsalted butter, in general, is because it allows me to control the salt more precisely. If you are using salted butter, cut back on the amount of table salt. How much to cut back is kind of a guess since you don't know exactly how much salt is in your salted butter.


Sunday 7th of May 2017

Paula, these orange rolls look fabulous. I can almost smell the orange, from your description. Love the story of how these came about.


Monday 8th of May 2017

Thanks Glenda. Appreciate ya.

Skip to Recipe