Orange Rolls Recipe

Published on September 3rd 2022 by Jennifer Dodd.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Front View of Orange Rolls

Homemade Orange Rolls are a southern sweet and sticky treat. They're a cinnamon roll smeared with an orange cream cheese frosting. Eating while still warm with a cup of coffee or tea is the right way to consume these delicious rolls.

All it requires is store-bought pizza dough, butter, brown sugar alternative, fresh orange zest and juice, cream cheese, powdered sugar alternative, and orange extract for some extra orangy punch. Why pizza dough, you may ask? Cinnamon roll dough and pizza dough are similar in that they are both doughs that are risen using yeast—making this a simple recipe that everyone can master. You will fall in love with this easy recipe and impress all your friends and family with your baking skills.   

Want the rolls but not all the carbs? Try this recipe for keto cinnamon rolls

Where did Orange rolls originate?

It's said that orange rolls originated in the city of Birmingham, Alabama, by one Ewing Steel in the 1970s. 

Can you freeze Pillsbury Orange rolls?

Yes, you can freeze orange rolls, spread them out on a tray, so they are not touching, and let them fully freeze before placing them in an airtight container.  

How long do you bake Pillsbury Orange rolls?

Orange rolls are baked until golden brown on top for 20-25 minutes. 

How many calories are in a Pillsbury orange roll?

There are 375 calories in an orange roll. 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
12 persons


Orange Rolls
  • 1x13 ounce Fresh Pizza Dough, room temperature 

  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter, melted 

  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar Alternative 

  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 

  • Zest of 1 Orange 

  • 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour (for dusting) 

  • Nonstick Cooking Spray 

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 cup Cream Cheese, room temperature 

  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature 

  • Juice of 1 Orange 

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar Alternative 

  • 1/2 teaspoon Orange Extract 


Orange Rolls

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a baking dish or skillet with nonstick spay, set aside. 

Overview of a skillet greased with non-stick cooking spray

Lightly flour a clean surface of the counter top and place the pizza dough on top of the floured surface. 

Overview of a floured cutting board with a ball of pizza dough on top

Dust the top of the pizza dough with some flour as well as the rolling pin. Aim to roll the dough into a 12x12 inch rectangle. 

Overview of pizza dough rolled out into a rectangle next to a rolling pin

Mix the melted butter, brown sugar alternative, cinnamon and orange zest in a small bowl. Use a pastry brush to coat the dough with the butter and sugar mixture. Saving some mixture to brush onto the rolls after baking.  

Overview of Orange roll dough brushed with butter, sugar, orange zest and cinnamon

Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut the dough into 12 even strips. 

Overview of 12 cup strips of orange roll pieces next to a pizza cutter

Roll up each strip of dough, placing them into the baking dish or skillet and let them rest for 15 minutes covered with a kitchen towel. 

Overview of rolled orange rolls in a skillet with a kitchen towel covering them

Once the rolls have rested, place them into the center of the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top.  

Overview of rested Orange Rolls ready to be baked in the oven

Once baked, brush the rolls with the leftover butter and sugar mixture and let the orange roll cool for a few minutes while making the frosting. 

Overview of baked orange rolls in a skillet cooling on a rack next to a bowl of the butter and sugar mixture
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Add all the ingredients into a bowl, using a whisk to whip the frosting until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. 

Overview of cream cheese frosting being whipped with a whisk in a bowl

Spread the orange frosting onto the orange rolls, and there you have it—quick and easy homemade orange rolls. 

Overview of orange rolls topped with frosting

Due to the cream cheese frosting it's recommended to store the rolls in the fridge covered for 3-4 days. 

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