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Easy Homemade Orange Rolls With Cream Cheese Icing

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!

pan of homemade orange rolls

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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easy homemade orange rolls

Easy Homemade Orange Rolls With Cream Cheese Icing

  • Author: Regan at This Baking Life
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 rolls


Inspired by “crack out of the can” orange rolls, these homemade orange rolls start with a box of hot roll mix, so they are easy to make and foolproof. Plus they have a cream cheese icing upgrade!


  • 1 (16-oz.) box hot roll mix* (such as Pillsbury)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened and divided 
  • 1/4 cup, plus 1 Tbsp. orange marmalade, divided 
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (about 4 oz.) 
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tsp. orange zest


  1. Prepare hot roll mix according to package directions through the 5-minute dough resting stage of the directions.
  2. While dough rests, stir together granulated sugar, 1/2 cup of the butter, and 1/4 cup of the orange marmalade in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll out into a 14- x 12-inch rectangle. Spread orange filling out evenly onto surface of the dough leaving a 1/2-inch border.
  4. Starting with a long side, roll up large rectangle into a log and pinch edges to seal. Place log on work surface seam side down. Using clean unflavored dental floss, a sharp knife or serrated knife, slice log into 1 1/4-inch equal rolls.
  5. Arrange rolls, cut sides down, in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  6. Loosely cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place and draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  7. While rolls rise, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  8. Uncover, and bake in preheated oven until tops are golden brown and do not spring back when touched, about 20 minutes.
  9. While rolls bake, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, orange juice, orange zest, remaining 1/4 cup butter, and remaining 1 tablespoon orange marmalade in a medium bowl on medium speed with an electric mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer using a paddle attachment.
  10. Remove rolls from oven, and let cool a couple of minutes. Spread cream cheese frosting over baked rolls. Garnish warm orange rolls with orange zest, as desired. Store leftovers in an airtight container.


*The product I used by Pillsbury contains the active dry yeast needed for the rolls. Be sure whatever product you purchase contains yeast. 

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Rising Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade orange rolls

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