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Orange Cheesecake Breakfast Rolls Recipe

Orange Cheesecake Breakfast Rolls Recipe

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. YIELD:24 servings


  • 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
  • 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 peel


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 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.
  • 3. 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 one portion into an 18x7-in. rectangle. Spread half of the filling to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Combine confectioners' sugar, orange juice and peel; drizzle over warm rolls. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 284 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 201mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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MY REVIEW User ID: 5947940 178384
Reviewed 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!!!"

tdeprez41 User ID: 1471134 190291
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

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

schaumann1 User ID: 3641492 108990
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5966720 189233
Reviewed 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."

STUARTSCHMITT User ID: 1668542 190288
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

"I made these the night before Easter and put in the refrigerator overnight. They are definately awesome! And will definately make them again!"

schaumann1 User ID: 3641492 192073
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"I have always loved orange rolls ever since my childhood. We always had orange rolls for Easter. Well, I made these rolls for our Easter celebration today and they were by far the BEST orange rolls I have ever eaten! Thanks so much for this fabulous recipe!! P.S. The only alterations I made were skim milk instead of 2% and orange extract instead of the oj concentrate."

Grammy B User ID: 5347028 187910
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"I've made these rolls twice so far and plan to take a double batch to an Easter breakfast. The first time I followed the recipe to the "T" and baked them right away as soon as they had risen. My husband said they were his new favorite, even better than my cinnamon buns! The second time I used mostly whole wheat flour, shaped them and left them in the refrigerator overnight. They baked beautifully and were also delicious - slightly less sweet and tasted of whole grain goodness. They are mouth-watering made either way!"

John_B User ID: 6242377 189195
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"Did you proof the yeast?

or just Google for  proofing yeast.

KY_Kate User ID: 173186 119984
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"For those who are having trouble with the dough rising, proof the yeast first. Mix the yeast and water together with about 1/2 teaspoon of the sugar in the recipe; let stand for 5-10 minutes. If the mixture is bubbly, the yeast is good, and you can continue with the recipe. If the yeast is not bubbly, the yeast is either old or your liquid is too hot; discard the yeast mixture and start over with new yeast."

alanda User ID: 3563060 173525
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2012

"even though i got busy and let them over-rise ,,,,, the flavor is amazing! i will definitly make again with less distractions !"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 191656
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2012

"[quote user="4129purcell"] After mixing dough, according to directions, and placing in greased bowl to rise for about an hour,.....well, you got dough does not rise.[/quote]

Temperature is critical to yeast.  First use a thermometer to make sure that your liquid isn't above or below the recommended temperature. Second - make sure that where you set your dough isn't too cool or too warm.  I've made the mistake of letting my dough rise on my stove top while baking something, only to have it be too warm."

4129purcell User ID: 6499059 147141
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2012

"I gave this 3 stars because I might be doing something wrong. After mixing dough, according to directions, and placing in greased bowl to rise for about an hour,.....well, you got dough does not rise. I used all of the ingredients etc. I've tried this receipt twice. Each time the same thing. Please....someone out there, tell me what I'm doing wrong??????"

rtlabonte User ID: 5713195 147140
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2012

"This was a big hit with my coworkers. Everyone asked for the recipe. It's a nice change from cinnamon rolls."

jbillitti User ID: 2839492 147139
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"Moist & flavorful without being too sweet. Made 1/2 recipe and baked in individual Large muffin pans (SurLaTable) Baked just under 25 minutes. Excellent!"

mdv6253 User ID: 1485861 189185
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"Took these fresh to a lab appointment this am. The smell was fantastic and everyone loved them. Had some at home for a friend and she loved them too!! This will be a treasured repeat recipe!!"

hellchell1 User ID: 6114114 147129
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"I would make these again they are very good"

chefgirl6 User ID: 6433433 111416
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"Holy cow! These rolls were so easy to make and super delicious. I'll definitely be making them again. A hit with my hubby, mother-in-law & li'l boys!"

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