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Orange Cinnamon Rolls

“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
    about 2 dozen


  • 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 zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice


  • 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 zest and cinnamon. Sprinkle over dough.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 110 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • bookhamster
    Mar 18, 2013

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  • tcavman15
    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.

  • mzivich
    Apr 9, 2011

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  • nicolev
    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.

  • fairyprincessme
    Apr 27, 2009

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  • jjohnson6632
    Apr 10, 2009

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  • lorriem
    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.

  • Darrel
    Apr 9, 2009

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  • dswpoodles
    Apr 8, 2009

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  • Kathleen Harder
    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!