These Fluffy Homemade Orange Cinnamon Rolls are almost better than their Classic counter parts–--seriously! Each roll boasts of it's bigness, fluffiness, tenderness, and they come smothered in a rich, but light orange-flavored cream cheese frosting. These cinnamon rolls are sure to be your newest favorite sweet treat for the Spring/Summer.
OK, so I couldn't be more excited to share these Cinnamon Rolls with you!
If you've been an avid reader of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you know that we've been racking up quite the collection of these delicious sweet treats.
I don't know about you, but I'm highly obsessed with Cinnamon Rolls! Haha. I literally could eat these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Who else is with me?
While, I've made various flavors of Cinnamon Rolls, these Delicious Homemade Classic Cinnamon Rolls have by far remained our most loved by our readers!
But who could blame you, right? The Classic version is just way too good to pass up.
When it comes to other flavors, I must admit that it proves just how versatile these little rolls really are.
You have these Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls which are the perfect addition to your Spring’s sweet treat menu.
Then there are these Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls which are not your typical, traditional rolls. The gingerbread spices add great flavor to every sweet bite and the maple cream cheese frosting is beyond amazing!
For all my apple lovers, these Perfect Apple Streusel Cinnamon Rolls are a MUST try! These rolls come loaded with apple + pecan bits and topped heavily with a brown sugar and pecan crunch crumble.
Every bite will have you feeling like you’re eating a warm slice of Grandma’s apple pie. There’s really no other way to eat a cinnamon roll after finding this recipe.
And if you're anything like me and you enjoy bold flavors and crazy combos, then these Vegan Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls + Maple Pecan Glaze and Delicious Homemade Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls are something right out of a sweet treat magazine and worth indulging in!
In all honesty, looking back on these old Cinnamon Rolls recipes, I can't help but feel proud of how far I've come with my execution.
I mean, these rolls were so intimidating for to make in the beginning. Can anyone relate?
Cinnamon rolls specifically, are a bit more challenging when it comes to the making of the dough and rolling, however, it’s nothing that a little practice can’t fix.
I remember the moments in the beginning of my baking journey, where I HATED making cinnamon rolls because I felt that they were so hard to master.
It’s MESSY with the inside filling and rolling and cutting and fixing them into perfect little rolls.
The dough process is SUPER precise to the point that your liquid being too hot or too cold could kill the yeast and cause it not to rise and the list goes on! But guess what?
I became better at it (obviously after a few trial + errors) and now it’s just a swift process.
So, I want to encourage any baker (or non-baker) to always keep trying the thing that you hope to master one day.
With a little patience, tenacity, and time---you'll be at the right level of expertise to finally master that thing.
Of course, if you're in need a few tips/hacks that I've learned in the process to make the perfect Cinnamon Rolls, I discuss them here.
Now, let’s dig right into these lovelies, shall we?
Start by combining the yeast and 1 tablespoon brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and then slowly pouring in the warm water, while stirring everything together. Allow 10 minutes for the mixture to sit and the yeast to activate (It’ll become foamy when done right!).
Meanwhile, melt the butter and milk together over the stove top on low to medium heat, stirring frequently until the butter has fully melted. NOTE: You don’t want the mixture to get too hot or boil! Set aside and let it cool until WARM.
Add lukewarm butter-milk mixture to yeast and mix until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time and continue mixing on low speed until well combined. Then add orange juice and continue mixing.
Next, combine the all-purpose flour, bread flour, brown sugar, sea salt and cinnamon to the wet ingredients and mix on low-speed until well combined.
Change “mixer head” to kneading accessory and knead dough for 5-10 minutes on medium-high speed until dough ball becomes smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers. NOTE: If dough is too sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until texture is achieved!
Once dough ball is perfectly kneaded, add it to a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit and rise for 1 hour to an hour + 15 minutes.
In the meantime, you can work on the filling!
Melt butter and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar and set aside as well.
Once the hour has gone by and your dough has risen (about double its original size), preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, flour a flat surface and place the dough on it and using a rolling-pin, roll it out to a rectangle (approximately 9″x14), trimming the edges if needed. NOTE: Try not to make the dough too thin or else rolling it up will be hard to do!
Then, generously brush melted butter overtop of dough and spoon the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the butter. NOTE: I also use a ‘pastry brush’ to sweep sugar mixture evenly across the dough to ensure that every bite is sweet!
Tightly roll dough (long-ways) and using a pastry cutter, cut dough into 1.5″ rolls, placing each roll into a large baking dish (lined with parchment paper!).
Then place plastic wrap over the baking dish with rolls and let them rise again (for another 20 minutes).
Once the rolls have doubled in size (once again!) or have gotten significantly larger, brush the tops of the rolls with a little more melted butter and then bake them for approximately 25 minutes (or until centers are cooked through) and the outsides are golden brown.
While all the baking magic is happening, make the Orange-flavored Cream Cheese Glaze (Ingredients + Instructions in Recipe) and set aside.
Remove the rolls from oven and wait 15-20 minutes or so (until it completely cools), and then spread the glaze atop the rolls using a rubber spatula.
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Fluffy Homemade Orange Cinnamon Rolls.