Copycat Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls are a homemade version of the famous refrigerated cinnamon rolls with that amazing orange glaze.
I was shopping at the grocery store the other day with my husband, a semi-rare occasion (it’s usually just me). He was in the frozen section and asked if I could run get some refrigerated orange rolls. (They’re his absolute favorite.) I walked over to the section where they sell the tubes of Pillsbury rolls and thought to myself, I’m a baker. Why don’t I make them homemade. They will taste better and have all natural ingredients. So that’s what I did. And guess what, he didn’t even notice that they were missing from the cart. Hehe.
I went home and came up with this recipe. They’re basically just homemade cinnamon rolls with an extra special orange infused buttercream frosting. I did add a little bit of orange extract to the yeast roll dough for added flavor.
How to make Copycat Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls
1) Start by making your yeast dough and let it rise for 30 minutes. (Full recipe follows.)
2) Roll it out on a floured surface to 9″x12″.
3) Spread with softened butter, then sprinkle with a mixture of cinnamon and brown sugar.
4) Starting at the wider edge, tightly roll up the dough, then cut into 9 rolls using clean dental floss or a knife.
5) Let rest (covered) for 30 minutes, then bake at 350°F for 18-20 minutes. Frost with orange icing.
Here are my rolls before rising (above) and after I let them rise for 30 minutes.
How to Make the Best Orange Roll Icing
1) Start with softened butter, beat until creamy.
2) Add powdered sugar, orange zest and a little bit of orange juice.
3) Stir until completely combined. Spread over slightly cooled cinnamon rolls.
After the rolls rise, bake them at 350°F for 18-20 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Homemade orange frosting is what really takes these homemade cinnamon rolls to the next level.
Slather on that orange frosting in a haphazard way to give your rolls a rustic look. Don’t forget to lick the spoon when you’re done (my favorite part).
My hubby gave these Copycat Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls his stamp of approval (and he’s not easy to please when it comes to a childhood comfort food like this). They’re perfect for breakfast or even a midnight snack which is exactly what someone I know did. Guess who… (hint, it wasn’t me.)
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Copycat Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls
For the dough
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour plus more for dusting
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup whole milk warmed to 110°F
- 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
For the filling
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature plus 1 tablespoon to butter pan
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt
For the glaze
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- zest of one large orange
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
For the dough
- Whisk together flour and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Place milk in a glass measuring cup. Microwave for 30 seconds. Use a candy thermometer, milk should be 110°F. Pour into large bowl, sprinkle with yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar. Gently stir to combine. Let blossom for 5-10 minutes. You will see little bubbles on top. Then you know your yeast is working.
- Add egg, 2 tablespoons softened butter and orange extract to yeast mixture. Stir to combine. Then fold in the flour mixture with a large spatula or wooden spoon. Keep folding until a dough forms. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead dough for 5-10 minutes. It should start to feel elastic and not stick to your hands. Place in a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 30 minutes.
For the filling
- In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon and pinch of salt. Set aside.
- Roll dough on a lightly floured surface into a 9"x12" rectangle. Spread the 3 tablespoons of softened butter over the entire surface of the dough. Then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Starting at the widest edge, tightly roll the dough up. Cut into 8 equal sections using clean dental floss.
- Grease a 9-inch pie dish or cake pan with 1 tablespoon of softened butter. Place cinnamon rolls in the pan and cover with plastic wrap. Let them rest for 30 minutes. Then remove plastic and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 18-20 minutes. Let cool slightly before glazing.
For the orange glaze
- Stir together the softened butter, powdered sugar, orange zest and juice until smooth. Drizzle onto freshly baked, slightly cool rolls. They're ready to eat. Store covered for 24 hours at room temperature or up to a month in the freezer.
Also try Orange Glazed Cranberry Scones
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