Orange Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
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Orange Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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“I've been making this recipe from my grandmother for years-it's a favorite on Sunday mornings! The orange zest, juice and nuts give the rolls great flavor.” Donna Taylor - Southbridge, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:28 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 28 servings


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice

Nutritional Facts

1 roll equals 110 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 106 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 14-in. square. Spread butter over dough. In a small bowl, combine the pecans, sugar, brown sugar, orange peel and cinnamon. Sprinkle over dough.
  2. Roll up jelly-roll style; pinch seams to seal. Cut into 1/2-in. slices. Place cut side down in two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  3. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown. Combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and enough orange juice to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over warm rolls. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Orange Cinnamon Rolls in Simple & Delicious March/April 2009, p58

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Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"The orange and pecan flavors are perfectly balanced in this recipe. Next time I'll make it with another dough from scratch. I think it was tricky squeezing 12 rolls into each 9-inch pan. They were too small for our liking. I'd probably cut the slices into 1-inch pieces, and fit 6 per pan. That way they would have room to rise nicely."

Reviewed May. 25, 2009

"I made these with out the orange peel and they were wonderful! My husband and brother-in-law ate most of them before I could make the icing. I also did not get as many as the recipe claims. In the future I will always double this."

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2009

"I made these cinnamon rolls but I used my own sweet dough mixture in lieu of frozen dough. It is important to let the dough rest for at least tne minutes before rolling ... makes it easier to roll. The end results for me was they were absolutely delicious and soon disappeared."

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2009

"My husband helped me make these rolls and he used a lightly floured board to roll the dough. You have to press really hard on the dough and keep rolling it outward. Good luck!"

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2009

"I tried to make rolls using thawed bread dough. It was so elastic, I never could get it rolled into a rectangle - any ideas on how to do this?"

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