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Copycat Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls
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Copycat Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls

A homemade version of the famous refrigerated cinnamon rolls with that amazing orange glaze.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword copycat pilllsbury orange sweet rolls, orange sweet rolls
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rising time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 9 rolls
Calories 238kcal
Author Lise Ode


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.


Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg