If you like “crack out of the can” orange rolls on Christmas morning, you’ll love these homemade orange rolls with a cream cheese icing upgrade! They start with a box of hot roll mix. So they are easy to make and foolproof!
What I love about these Easy Homemade Orange Rolls
By starting with a boxed yeast dough mix, you take the guesswork out of creating your own dough for this recipe. Homemade sweet orange rolls sound intimidating to make, but they’re actually quite easy. You simply stir up a yummy filling full of orange flavor by using orange marmalade, spread on the filling, roll up, rise, bake, and ice them with a simple orange icing.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Homemade Orange Rolls
Where do I find the hot roll mix in the grocery store?
Typically you’ll find it in the baking aisle near the cake and brownie mixes.
My butter isn’t softened. Does that matter?
Yes, it does. You’ll need it softened to easily spread the filling over the soft dough. But don’t be tempted to use melted butter or the filling will seep out of the rolls during baking. The best results come from butter that’s been allowed to soften to room temperature.
Your Caramel Rolls use a loaf of thawed frozen bread dough. Would that work here in place of the hot roll mix?
Yes, absolutely. I love that dough. The key to using it is to remember the night before to place it in the refrigerator, covered, and let thaw overnight.
Would the bread machine dough from your classic Cinnamon Rolls recipe work in this recipe in place of the hot roll mix?
Yes, definitely. That dough is multi-purpose and would work well in this orange roll recipe.
How do you “slice” rolls using dental floss?
It’s quite easy and works really well. You simply take a length of floss, wrap it around the log at the point you want to make the cut, and pull the ends of the floss across each other. The cut will be perfect without smashing down the log as the knives sometimes do.
My family doesn’t like cream cheese icing. Can you recommend a different topping?
Yes! These would be delicious (and frankly, a little more similar to “crack out of the can” orange rolls) by topping with a simple powdered sugar icing. Simply whisk together 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice.
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