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Orange-Glazed Bunny Rolls Recipe

Orange-Glazed Bunny Rolls Recipe

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 YIELD:12 servings


  • 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 peel
  • 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


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, shortening, eggs, sugar, orange juice, orange peel, salt and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft 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 top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional 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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ckldy46 User ID: 8261828 269043
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5947968 226233
Reviewed May. 12, 2015

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

PatKess User ID: 1235120 154159
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

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

azpeggyaz User ID: 3831169 154158
Reviewed 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!"

fizzball User ID: 5920580 76879
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6007790 95312
Reviewed 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!"

srotbart User ID: 2646998 57449
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"Love these ultra soft rolls. Used instant yeast ( a new yeast I am beginning to work with) and they were done very quickly because you do not need to proof, you let the dough rest for 10 minutes in the bowl you mix it in, then shape and bake like the recipe calls for. I also did not have marmalade for the glaze so I just glazed it with orange juice and powdered sugar stirred together. These are soft and delicious. Oh, I had no patience for fancy shapes so I just shaped them in small log shapes."

Haute_Mama User ID: 5951837 63351
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"I remember making this recipe with my mama when I was little. This year I decided to make it with my 4 year old and we had so much fun rolling and twisting the dough into bunny shapes. We took them to the family Easter picnic, everyone loved them and my mom was happy to see that I passed this tradition on to my daughter.

It was easy to make, and it tasted absolutely delicious. I think I may have had too much yeast ( I can't recall actually paying attention to the ounces on the package) but the bread puffed up quite a bit and some of the bunnies untwisted. It was ok because they tasted all in the same, and I'm pretty certain it was an error on my part. I'll be making this again next year."

karjejo User ID: 1219313 63014
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"I have made this recipe every year since it came out in one of the magazines at Easter time - my family loves the orange flavor and the rolls are very tender. Would recommend it highly."

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