Baking & Desserts

Grandma's Orange Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water (105 – 115 degrees F; 40 – 45 degrees C)
  • ¾ cup warm orange juice (105 – 115 degrees F; 40 – 45 degrees C)
  • ¼ cup warm milk(105 – 115 degrees F; 40 – 45 degrees C)
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, or as needed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Dissolve yeast in warm water and warm orange juice in a bowl. Let stand until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

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  • Step 2

    Beat warm milk, shortening, 1/4 cup white sugar, egg, and salt together in a separate bowl. Stir yeast mixture into milk mixture. Add enough flour to mixture to create a soft dough. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Grease a large bowl and two 11x7x2-inch baking sheets.

  • Step 4

    Place dough in the greased bowl and turn dough to coat all sides. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or a clean towel and let rise in a warm place until dough is doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  • Step 5

    Punch dough down and divide in half. Roll each half on a lightly floured surface creating 2 15×10-inch rectangles.

  • Step 6

    Mix 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup softened butter, and 2 tablespoons orange zest in a bowl until smooth; spread half the filling onto each dough rectangle. Roll each rectangle around the filling, jelly roll-style, starting with the long end creating a log. Cut each log into 15 rolls.

  • Step 7

    Arrange rolls on the prepared baking sheets. Cover baking sheets with plastic wrap and let rolls rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

  • Step 8

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Remove plastic wrap from baking sheets.

  • Step 9

    Bake rolls in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Step 10

    Beat confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, 3 tablespoons softened butter, orange juice, and 2 teaspoons orange zest in a bowl until frosting is smooth. Spread frosting on the warm rolls.

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