Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Best Orange Rolls Ever!

Thanksgiving in our house means two things. Apple Pie and Orange Rolls. These recipes have been handed down in my mother's family, and have now found themselves lodged in the hearts (and stomachs) of my husband's family.

Since I HAD to have pictures, I HAD to make these rolls early this year. Shucks.
These rolls are easy, but time consuming, as they have to sit and rise many times. Allot a few hours for completion!

Grandma Melita's Orange Rolls

2 packages dry yeast (4 1/2 tsp.)
1/2 cup warm water
1 TB sugar

Combine in a large bowl. Let sit until frothy, about 10 minutes.

1 cup scalded milk
1/2 cup butter
 1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs, beaten

5 cup flour
1 tsp salt

Melt the butter in the warm milk. Mix milk/butter mixture, sugar, yeast mixture, eggs and 1 cup of flour. It will be a very loose "dough".

Let rise 1 hour, or until light and bubbly. Mix remaining flour with 1 tsp. salt. Add to dough.

Stir well, then knead lightly until smooth. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to evenly grease dough; cover, let rise until dough doubles in size.

While the dough is rising, mix the Orange Filling.

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3-4 grated orange rinds

Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a rectangle, 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. 

Spread Orange Filling evenly over dough. Roll up dough like a jelly roll, and cut horizontally into 1" thick slices. Place in well-greased muffin tins. Let rise until rolls double.

Bake 10 minutes at 400. Makes 3-4 dozen rolls!

Eat one (or two) right away! I recommend re-heating before serving, for maximum gooeyness!


  1. Wow do these sound wonderful!! I might have to bake these for Thanksgiving!! My family would gobble them down. Love all these recipes!!

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  3. Those look so yummy! You know, for some reason, I've never had any luck when I'm making anything with yeast. It never seems to rise right for me. Maybe my water is the wrong temp or something??

  4. Helene,
    It could be your water temp. Try the water a little warmer. Also, make sure your yeast is fresh- not over 6 mos old. I use the quick-rising yeast, and it works well! Good luck!

  5. Carbs are my favorite part of the holiday meal! I've been looking for a different roll to add to our menu. This IS it. Thanks for sharing. Muah ♥

  6. I love the idea of an orange roll! I usually make overnight cinnamon rolls but am in the mood for a change. These are irresistible!

  7. Yummy! I LOVE orange rolls, but must admit I buy them frozen. I think they taste delicious, so I can only imagine what homemade ones taste like. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    Stopping by from SITs

  8. Thanks for the great recipe! These look great

  9. years ago I worked at Provo bakery, they had amazing orange rolls .. wondering if it's a Utah thing?

    1. These rolls are an old family recipe. I don't think orange rolls are special to Utah, I've had them in many states. They sure are good!