A Plate of Fresh Orange Cream Rolls


Sweet Bites of Sunshine

Starting the day with a familiar breakfast meal is a cherished ritual for many. It sets the tone for the day ahead, offering a moment of peace and comfort before the hustle and bustle begins. Choosing a breakfast that brings us back to the simple things in life can be a delightful way to start the morning.

Imagine waking up to a quiet, majestic sunrise painting the sky with soft hues of pink and orange. The aroma of freshly sliced oranges fills the air, their bright citrus scent invigorating your senses.

These simple pleasures remind us to appreciate the beauty in the everyday – the sweetness of a juicy orange, the beauty of a sunrise, and the joy of a peaceful morning moment.

Embracing the simplicity that reconnects us with the natural world can bring a sense of calm and mindfulness to the start of our day.

Whether it’s savoring the sweetness of fresh fruit or taking a moment to admire the beauty of nature around us, incorporating these simple pleasures into our morning routine can help us cultivate gratitude and mindfulness in our daily lives.


This orange rolls recipe is not necessarily for every day. But once in a while, we can all benefit from enjoying moments of blissful appreciation for those beautifully simple things that we tend to forget are there.

It creates an opportunity to slow down, to take your time. To enjoy the fragrances and textures of these ingredients and luxuriate in the bright flavours of your accomplishment.

These orange cream rolls offer a delightful indulgence that can elevate any ordinary breakfast into a special occasion. While not meant for everyday consumption, they present a chance to savor the simple pleasures that often go unnoticed in our busy lives.

By taking the time to prepare and savor these orange rolls, you create a moment of tranquility and appreciation for the beauty of simplicity.

This recipe encourages you to pause, to embrace a slower pace, and to fully immerse yourself in the experience of baking.

From the enticing aromas that fill your kitchen to the delightful textures and vibrant flavors that await, each step of the process invites you to relish in the joy of creating something delicious.

So, treat yourself to a moment of culinary bliss with these orange rolls, and relish in the satisfaction of your culinary achievement.


Crafting soft, creamy rolls is a labor of love that demands patience and dedication. While the process may be a time investment, the rewards are well worth the effort.

Engaging in the art of breadmaking can be a meditative experience, allowing you to slow down and appreciate the simple yet profound act of creating something delicious from scratch.

As you work with the yeast cultures, you are participating in a tradition that spans millennia, connecting you to countless bakers who have come before.

The transformation of simple ingredients into a dough with a beautiful, elastic texture is a testament to the magic of fermentation and the alchemy of baking.

The joy that comes from sharing these breakfast rolls, with their melt-in-your-mouth goodness, is sure to bring smiles to the faces of all who enjoy them.

So, embrace the slow pace of the process, savor the journey of creation, and delight in the pleasure of serving something homemade and wholesome. Let the experience of making these rolls fill your kitchen with warmth and your heart with contentment.

Total Prep Time:
3 hours

Servings in Recipe:

Serving Size:
1 roll

Calories Per Serving:

Total Prep Time: 3 hours

Servings in Recipe: 8-10

Serving Size: 1 roll

Calories Per Serving: 308

A Plate of Fresh Orange Cream Rolls




  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 pkg dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour

filling and icing

  • 1/4 cup of softened butter
  • Grated zest from 1 orange
  • Juice from the zested orange
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp orange Curacao
Cream Roll Dough Rising on a Warm Kitchen Counter in Front of a Bowl of Flour, Eggs and a Rolling Pin on a Cutting Board.
Cream Roll Dough Rising on a Warm Kitchen Counter in Front of a Bowl of Flour, Eggs and a Rolling Pin on a Cutting Board.


  • In a small bowl, whisk together warm water and yeast.
  • Allow your yeast mixture to stand 5-10 minutes before using. (the yeast should begin to form a creamy foam on the surface of the water)
  • Pour water and yeast mixture into your stand mixer bowl.
  • Then feed your yeast by adding the milk, sugar, shortening or butter, salt and egg to the mixing bowl.
  • Mix on medium speed, with the whisk attachment, until mostly combined (You will still see bits of butter or shortening and that’s fine).
  • Change to the dough-kneading attachment and add the flour, a little at a time, until your ingredients begin to transform into a billowy, soft dough. (You can, of course, do this in a large mixing bowl by hand, too. I think there’s something quite therapeutic about mixing dough by hand.)
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it by hand until the dough becomes smooth and you have activated all the gluten in the flour giving the dough a lovely elastic quality. Between 5-8 minutes.
  • Place your ball of dough in a buttered bowl. Then, cover and place in a warm spot to rise. Between 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
  • While the dough is rising, beat together your butter, orange zest, orange juice (squeezed from the same zested orange) powdered sugar, cream cheese and curacao until smooth and creamy. Keep this in the refrigerator until the dough has fully risen.
  • Once risen, gently push down into the dough to deflate it.
  • On a floured surface, roll your dough out into a roughly 12″ x 7″ shape.
  • Spread two-thirds of your filling mixture evenly over the surface of the dough.
  • From one shorter end, roll the dough and shortening mixture into a tight cylinder.
  • Pinch the ends together to seal in your filling.
  • Cutting cross-wise, make 8-10 small discs then arrange in a 9″ or 10″ round pan, starting on the outside and then moving inward.
  • Cover these with a towel and again place them in a warm spot to rise for another 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • After rising for the 2nd time, bake your morsels of creamy delight for 25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and filling your kitchen with the heavenly scent of orange groves.
  • Once baked, spread the tops, right away, with the rest of your orange mixture as icing. The heat of the rolls will melt the icing to an even glossiness and thickness.


Where did orange rolls originate?

Orange rolls are a delightful pastry with a sweet and citrusy flavor that is enjoyed by many around the world. The exact origins of orange rolls are a bit unclear, but they are believed to have originated in the United States, specifically in the southern region.

The combination of fluffy dough, orange zest, and a sticky orange glaze has become a popular treat for breakfast or brunch.

The baking of bread rolls and pastries goes as far back as the ancient Egyptians with citrus trees first emerging in southeast Asia.

However, it was not until oranges were grown and cultivated in the southern United States, especially in California, that oranges became a popular ingredient in baked goods.

The first documented recipes incorporating oranges can be attributed to the California Citrus Growers Exchange in 1916, which eventually evolved into the well-known company Sunkist.

Their efforts marked the beginning of a trend that continues to this day, where citrus fruits are commonly used to add flavor and zest to a variety of baked treats, adding a touch of freshness and tanginess to traditional recipes.

Why are these called ‘rolls’?

The term “rolls” when referring to baked goods likely comes from the action of rolling out the dough before baking. When preparing bread or pastries, the dough is often rolled out into a thin sheet before it is shaped or cut into individual pieces for baking.

The act of rolling the dough not only helps to flatten and shape it but also incorporates air into the mixture, resulting in a lighter and fluffier final product. Therefore, the term “rolls” may have originated from this rolling process that is essential in the preparation of these delicious baked treats.

So, the next time you enjoy a warm roll fresh from the oven, you can appreciate the history behind its name and the effort that goes into making it just right.


A Grouping of Baked Goods made with Mindful Ingredients
A Grouping of Baked Goods made with Mindful Ingredients