Start the day with soft and fluffy Orange Sweet Rolls. These no yeast rolls have an orange filling and are drizzled with a sweet orange glaze after they bake. You are less than an hour away from orange goodness!
Who loves cinnamon rolls and sweet rolls? I love both but what I do not love is the process of making dough and letting it rise multiple times. Lucky for you, I'm going to show you how to make sweet rolls without yeast.
I have been making these funfetti cinnamon rolls and banana cinnamon rolls for our kids since they were little. Both of those no yeast sweet rolls are soft and fluffy and are ready in way less time than traditional rolls.
Perfect for those mornings when life is crazy or because you slept in.
Why It Works
Have you ever had orange rolls? They are just like cinnamon rolls except the centers are filled with a buttery orange sugar.
You can enjoy these orange sweet rolls any time of day because they can be made, baked, and served in under an hour.
There is no yeast and no eggs required to make the dough for these rolls. And the best part is that there is no rise time needed.
This recipe is great for when you are craving sweet rolls at the last minute. They are also the perfect breakfast treat to serve for a spring brunch.
The dough and filling for these orange rolls come together quickly using basic ingredients that you probably have on hand already. Make sure to buy a bag of fresh oranges for the best flavor.
- Granulated Sugar - Sweetens the dough AND the filling.
- Baking Powder & Baking Soda - The combination of both makes the dough rise as it bakes.
- Flour - Use the fluff and spoon method to measure your flour. Adding too much flour can ruin your baked goods. See our tutorial on how to properly measure flour.
- Buttermilk - Helps the dough rise as it bakes and gives baked goods a softer texture.
- Navel Oranges - 2-3 large oranges will give you enough juice and zest for the dough, filling, and glaze. Do not skip the zest because it really does give these rolls the best flavor.
- Butter - Combine the softened butter with sugar and orange zest to make a paste for the center of the rolls. Make sure it is room temperature, so it is soft and spreadable.
- Glaze - Whisk together powdered sugar, orange juice, milk, and zest to make a sweet topping.
How to Make
Learn how to make orange sweet rolls with our easy instructions. The dough for these sweet rolls comes together with a fork and a bowl.
Roll, fill, bake, and enjoy! In no time at all, you can be eating warm rolls for breakfast.
- Stir together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Create a "hole" by pulling the ingredients to the sides.
- Pour in the orange juice, buttermilk, and melted butter. Use a fork to mix the dough together.
- Place the dough ball on a floured surface. Knead a few times, just until it is not sticky. Let it rest for a few minutes. Press and pat the dough into an 10x14 rectangle.
- Stir together the softened butter, sugar, and orange zest. Spread it evenly on the dough within an inch of the edge.
- Roll the dough up from the shortest side. Do not pull or stretch as you roll. If it sticks to your counter, slide a butter knife gently underneath.
- Cut the log into 9 even rolls and gently place them in a greased or buttered baking pan.
- Drizzle the top with melted butter. Bake until golden brown.
- Whisk together the glaze ingredients in a small bowl, then spread it on the warm rolls and devour.
Keep the leftover orange rolls in a tightly sealed container. The glaze will soak into the tops of the rolls, but they will still be delicious the next day.
I do not recommend freezing the baked sweet rolls because the texture and flavor just isn't the same after they thaw.
- Freshly squeezed orange juice will give you the best flavor.
- Avoid the white layer or "pith" as you zest the oranges. The pith is bitter and will affect the taste of the rolls.
- Do NOT over mix the dough. Too much mixing and kneading can cause tough dough instead of light and flakey dough.
- Keep a thin layer of flour under the dough at all times to keep it from sticking to the counter.
- If your dough sticks as you are rolling it up, slide a butter knife under it gently and loosen the dough.
- Use plain dental floss to cut even slices without smashing the log of dough.
- Let the orange rolls cool a few minutes before adding the glaze. You can spread the glaze on warm rolls, but it will melt and soak into the rolls.
Can these be made the night before?
These sweet rolls are best served the day they are made. They will still taste great if you make them one day ahead of time, but they are softest and best when they are fresh.
Can you use other citrus juice?
Yes, you can also use lemon juice or key lime juice to make other flavored sweet rolls.
More Orange Recipes
- Orange Fluff Jello Salad
- Orange Creamsicle Fudge
- Pineapple Punch (with orange)
- Orange Poke Cake
- Orange Bars
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For the Dough
- 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon table salt
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided
For the Filling
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange zest
For the Glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- Preheat oven to 400°. Spray an 8x8 baking pan with nonstick baking spray or grease it with butter.
- Stir together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and orange zest. Make a "hole" in the center of the ingredients.
- Pour the orange juice, buttermilk, and 2 tablespoons melted butter in the center. Use a fork to gently mix until a dough forms.
- Place the dough on a floured surface and knead a few times. Use a rolling pin to gently roll the dough into a 10x14 rectangle.
- Mix together the sugar, softened butter, and zest. Spread the orange filling over the top of the dough leaving a ½ inch border all around.
- Roll up from the shortest side. Cut into 9 even rolls. Place in the prepared pan and drizzle with the rest of the melted butter. Bake 22-24 minutes.
- Let rolls cool 5-10 minutes. Stir together the glaze ingredients and spread on the rolls.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 435Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 1gSugar: 39gProtein: 5g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special diet advice, please see a registered dietician.