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Orange Cheesecake Breakfast Rolls

These yummy rolls are a nice change of pace from the typical brown sugar and cinnamon kind. They make a nice treat for breakfast or brunch. —Hannah Cobb, Owings Mills, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1-3/4 cups warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, sugar, eggs, butter, salt and 5 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, orange juice concentrate and vanilla until smooth. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll 1 portion into an 18x7-in. rectangle. Spread half the filling to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  • Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 slices; place cut side down in a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bake rolls for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Combine confectioners' sugar, orange juice and zest; drizzle over warm rolls. Refrigerate leftovers.
To make ahead: Prepare, shape and place rolls in baking pans as directed. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove rolls from the refrigerator and let stand for 30 minutes. Bake and glaze as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 284 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 201mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • Anita
    Nov 3, 2020

    These rolls are wonderful! I sub orange juice for the concentrate, and use 1 1/2 tsp of orange extract for the vanilla. My family loves them and I have to make sure there are always some in the freezer :-)

  • IslandWife
    Jan 1, 2020

    Very yummy! I didn't have OJ concentrate, so I just used orange juice and some zest. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Heather
    Dec 30, 2019

    A new family and friend favorite. Served these three different times over the past holiday week and they were a huge hit with everyone. This recipe makes a large amount of dough, and can cut in half easily. Considerations: I don’t use orange juice concentrate, so the the second batch I added fresh squeezed juice and more orange zest. I also found that using the internal temp of the rolls as a better guide to judge complete baking (180° F by thermometer), which actually took closer to 45 minutes in my convection oven. My family will definitely be asking for these again.

  • grandmaabbott
    Jan 1, 2014

    I made these today for New Year's Day and they were fantastic. I have been wanting to try them for a long time and finally did. The only thing I would change in the recipe is maybe add a little orange zest to the filling. They were very yummy and a definite keeper!!!

  • kafaughn
    Mar 31, 2013

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  • tdeprez41
    Mar 5, 2013

    Absolutely wonderful. Easy to make. Frosting has a full orange flavor. Excellent creamy filling. A new family favorite

  • vdp1972
    Dec 29, 2012

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  • ejmiles7
    Dec 23, 2012

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  • schaumann1
    Dec 19, 2012

    I'm not exactly sure the amount of orange extract I used. I probably put a few drops and then tasted it. I think you'll have to careful and just go according to how strong of an orange flavor you want. Sorry I'm not much help, but thanks for reminding me of these delicious rolls!

  • Cwipf
    Apr 27, 2012

    Delicious. Added twice the amount of concentrate it asked for to cream cheese mixture and also used the concentrate to make the glaze instead of regular juice. Made for 45 people no complaints.