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Orange-Glazed Bunny Rolls

Orange marmalade gives the frosting on these tender yeast rolls a pleasant citrus flavor. Shape the rolls any way you like for any special occasion. —Gerri Brown, Canfield, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon orange marmalade
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter, softened


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, shortening, eggs, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, salt and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; turn on a lightly floured surface. Divide into 13 pieces. Shape 12 pieces into 12-in. ropes. Fold each in half; twist top half of the open end twice to form ears. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Shape remaining dough into 12 balls. Place one on the loop end of each roll to form a tail; press into dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. In a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients. Spread over rolls.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 399 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.
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  • Googeegaga
    Oct 25, 2019

    I make these every year! I'm allergic to oranges, so I make a plain glaze and it is delightful!

  • katlaydee3
    Jan 28, 2018

    These are delicious and the dough is so easy and soft while kneading. I made this with the Pork Roast dinner from the same issue.

  • ckldy46
    Jul 6, 2017

    We love this delicious dough. Because I always use a type of Instant Yeast, I add it to the mix along with the first 3-cup addition of flour. I've never made the bunny shapes but divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll each into a rope; then coil the rope into a round or a figure 8 shape. I love my home-made marmalade added to the frosting that tops them. Delish! Sometimes I add 1 cup of chocolate chips during my last two minutes of kneading and just leave them unfrosted. I haven't done them with raisins yet but know those are in our future! These rolls are so tender and flavorful (and freeze really well without the frosting). Yum!

  • cookinama
    May 12, 2015

    I made these for Easter and everyone loved them. Very addicting!

  • PatKess
    Mar 31, 2013

    These were very tasty. They didn't need the glaze on top. Everyone enjoyed the orange flavor.

  • azpeggyaz
    Mar 29, 2013

    I just finished making these for my grandsons; however, my husband devoured one before the glaze was added. With two packets of yeast, I had a lot of dough volume, and my finished bunnies were much larger than those pictured. Next time, I will divide the dough logs even more so they are skinnier and not as bulky after dough rises the second time. I think I could yield 18 to 22 bunnies out of one recipe. For the glaze, I incorporated Srotbart's review by using orange juice, but also used Marmalade, which gave the glaze lots of fresh citrus flavor. I had some orange zest left over that I had frozen, but will use orange zest in the glaze instead of the Marmalade. Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

  • llutz3
    Mar 28, 2013

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  • fizzball
    Mar 22, 2013

    I halved the recipe and made the dough in my bread maker. Had to use all water because of severe lactose intolerance. Made 10 yummy bow knots, didn't bother topping them, and they were delish!

  • IslandWife
    Mar 21, 2013

    Very yummy! I didn't have any marmalade, or OJ, so I simply increased my liquids and added pure orange extract. It turned out yummy - probably not quite as good as the recipe, but definitely worked in a pinch! Thanks for sharing!

  • buddjer
    Mar 21, 2013

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