Grandma's Orange Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting


Orange cream cheese frosting--how can you miss?

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
30 rolls



  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup warm water (105 - 115 degrees F; 40 - 45 degrees C)

  • ¾ cup warm orange juice (105 - 115 degrees F; 40 - 45 degrees C)

  • ¼ cup warm milk (105 - 115 degrees F; 40 - 45 degrees C)

  • ¼ cup shortening

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, or as needed


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons orange zest


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • ½ (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 3 tablespoons orange juice

  • 2 teaspoons orange zest


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water and warm orange juice in a bowl. Let stand until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

  2. Beat warm milk, shortening, 1/4 cup white sugar, egg, and salt together in a separate bowl. Stir yeast mixture into milk mixture. Add enough flour to mixture to create a soft dough. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. Grease a large bowl and two 11x7x2-inch baking sheets.

  4. Place dough in the greased bowl and turn dough to coat all sides. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or a clean towel and let rise in a warm place until dough is doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  5. Punch dough down and divide in half. Roll each half on a lightly floured surface creating two 15x10-inch rectangles.

  6. Mix sugar, softened butter, and orange zest in a bowl until filling is smooth. Spread half of the filling onto each dough rectangle. Roll each rectangle around the filling, jelly roll-style, starting with the long end creating a log. Cut each log into 15 rolls.

  7. Arrange rolls on the prepared baking sheets. Cover baking sheets with plastic wrap and let rolls rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

  8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Remove plastic wrap from baking sheets.

  9. Bake rolls in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.

  10. Beat confectioners' sugar, cream cheese, softened butter, orange juice, and orange zest in a bowl until frosting is smooth. Spread frosting on the warm rolls.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

195 Calories
8g Fat
30g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 195
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 122mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 49mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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