Orange Rolls [+ Video]


These orange rolls are the best I’ve ever had! The rolls are super soft and fluffy and that orange glaze over the top is to die for!

These orange rolls are the best I've ever had! The rolls are super soft and fluffy and that orange glaze over the top is to die for!

These are fantastic. We really do love them. They are light and fluffy, fresh and easy. Plus, you can put the glaze on them and then your kids, family and friends will think you are the coolest person ever for serving the ultimate roll at dinner You’re welcome!


Can You Freeze Orange Sweet Rolls?

You can freeze the rolls, baked but unfrosted.

Later, you can thaw them out, warm them for just a few minutes in the oven, and ice them while warm.

OR you can freeze the rolls completely iced and finished.

Just allow them to cool, then cover with plastic wrap and foil.



These orange rolls are the best I've ever had! The rolls are super soft and fluffy and that orange glaze over the top is to die for!


This roll recipe is actually our famous potato roll recipe (see the link under the recipe) that someone gave us years ago, but we switched it up a little by turning them into orange rolls. The recipe is actually quite easy to make. You just scald the milk to make a fluffier roll and while I don’t understand the science of it I can tell you that we have experimented a lot, and the rolls made with scalded milk (which is just heated milk, never boiled) are always lighter, fluffier and tastier.


Add the potato flakes, butter etc, and cool to luke warm and mix in the remaining ingredients per the instructions. Let them rise, roll out the dough, butter half, fold it over and press to seal. The next part is up to you. You could make crescent roll shaped rolls but I prefer to tie them in knots and tuck the tails under. They just look prettier in my opinion. And they get so big and fluffy everyone can’t wait to dig in.


We had these babies for our Sunday dinner and I couldn’t stop picking in them the rest of the evening. I think  you guys will love them too. So, switch things up and instead of making a basic roll recipe try out these orange rolls! I promise you wont regret it.


Are Orange Rolls Dessert?

These orange sweet rolls are a great breakfast, roll to eat with dinner, or dessert.



What is the Difference Between Instant Yeast and Active Dry Yeast?

Active dry yeast and instant (or rapid-rise) yeast are the two most common yeasts available to us as home bakers.

The two yeasts can be used interchangeably in recipes, but active dry yeast needs to be dissolved in water before using while instant yeast can be mixed right into the dough.



Orange Rolls

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Orange Rolls

These orange rolls are the best I've ever had! The rolls are super soft and fluffy and that orange glaze over the top is to die for!
Prep Time2 hrs 35 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 55 mins
Course: 300 + Back to School Recipes Every Kid Loves
Keyword: bread, orange rolls, potato flakes, potato rolls, rolls, sides
Servings: 36 rolls, depending on size
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


Potato Rolls

  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Butter or shortening plus extra for buttering the dough, about 1/3 cup extra butter
  • 3 Cups Scalded Milk * see note
  • 1 Cup Potato Flakes
  • 1 Tb Salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon SAF Instant Yeast or 2 Tablespoons Fleishmans yeast we use fleishman
  • 7 Cups Flour
  • Zest of 1 large Orange


  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Orange Zest
  • 4 Tablespoons Orange Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter softened
  • Pinch of salt


  • Potato Rolls
  • Mix the sugar, butter or shortening, scalded milk, potato flakes, and salt until lukewarm.
  • Add the yeast and let sit for 1 minute and then whisk in the eggs and zest
  • Add 6 cups of the flour and stir until the dough has come together, but is still soft, you may need to add an extra 1/2 cup, but reserve the last 1/2 cup for heavily flouring the counter and dough when it's time to roll them out. This is not like a bread dough. It is a slightly sticky dough.
  • Let dough rise for one hour.
  • Push down and divide dough into 3 parts.
  • Flour your counter and the top of the dough.
  • Roll out to 1/2" thick and butter 1/2 of dough.
  • Fold the dough over and cut into 1" wide strips.
  • Tie into knots and place on cookie sheet.
  • Let rise for 1-2 hours more.
  • Bake at 350 until golden brown, (14-20 min)
  • Glaze
  • Mix together, all of the ingredients until a thicker glaze forms.
  • Once rolls have cooled slightly glaze them!



To scald milk just heat over a medium low temperature until foam appears around the edges and the top of the milk begins to form a skin. Remove from the stove and proceed.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 275mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g
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These orange rolls are the best I’ve ever had! The rolls are super soft and fluffy and that orange glaze over the top is to die for!

The BEST Potato Rolls

These are the best rolls you’ll ever make. Soft, fluffy and completely no knead.

Our famous potato rolls recipe


Made from our famous Potato #rolls these orange rolls are a sure bet for crowd pleasing deliciousness! ohsweetbasil.comMade from our famous Potato #rolls these orange rolls are a sure bet for crowd pleasing deliciousness!

Orange Rolls

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Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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30 comments on “Orange Rolls [+ Video]”

  1. These sound marvelous and Thank-you for sharing. Lemon or lime sounds like a change in the summer.

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  3. I made this recipe for Easter and they turned out AMAZING. Thank you for the awesome recipe!!

  4. Do you think these would work with gluten-free flour?

  5. These look RIDICULOUS! What do you think if I parbake the rolls and freeze them? There is no way I’m making 36 rolls cause if they are as good as they look i WILL eat them! So was hoping to freeze half just not sure st what stage to do so…..or maybe after making them into knots and before the second rise?

  6. I am going to use this recipe to make loaves rather than rolls. We love orange bread–toasted–with papaya halves sprinkled with lime juive for [email protected]

  7. 5 stars
    We don’t have potato flakes here in the Philippines but I want to try making these..can I just leave it out or is there any substitute? Thanks..

  8. First things first. your potato rolls are my new favorite comfort food! But I’m curios if there is another way to roll and cut them? I’m horrible at knots, for the orange rolls is there any other way to roll and cut these? Like a traditional cinnamon roll?

  9. The orange rolls sound so yummy, I was at the store looking for potato flakes and could not find any. Are the potato flakes what they call mashed potatoes in the box? I thought there was something called potato flakes years ago? I am in California.

  10. Could these be made up to the point of placing the knots on the cookie sheet and then refrigerated overnight and baked in the morning? They sound amazing!

  11. Just curious, in the recipe it lists butter as an ingredient, but in the instructions, it says shortening. Do you use butter or shortening? Thanks!

  12. I absolutely LOVE orange sweet rolls I’m going to make these rolls this weekend and again for Easter.

  13. Oh yum!!!! I LOVE orange rolls and had totally forgotten about them (if that makes any sense at all….I just haven't made them for a long time). I can't wait to try your recipe!

  14. I love orange rolls! These look amazing, I am going to have to make these. 🙂

  15. I don't know if I love anything more than orange rolls – maybe cinnamon, maybe…

  16. Oh my gosh! I completely {HEART} orange rolls. I HAVE to make these!!! YUMMMM! Congrats on your girl, too! So exciting!

  17. Great recipe! I've never seen the orange zest incorporated into the dough. My mom would use a orange zest, sugar and butter mixture and spread it on the dough like you would the cinnamon for cinnamon rolls. This recipe is a much “lighter” version. I would love to try these!

  18. I can't believe I have never made these. I love them and always think about making them, but haven't done it.

  19. We love orange rolls too!