Overnight Orange Rolls

Happy New Year All!  It’s New Year’s Eve here as I’m writing this and grand-girl Jobay and I just put together these orange rolls for tomorrow morning.  We have big plans to watch the Rose Parade on t.v. and enjoy orange rolls and hot chocolate around the coffee table when we get up to welcome in the New Year.  Sounds pretty perfect to me.


1 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 pkg. yeast (2.5 oz.)
1/2 cup white sugar
4  1/2 cups flour (plus more for kneading)
1 tsp. salt
3 eggs

6 tab. butter, melted
1 cup sugar
grated peel of one large orange

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tab. orange juice

Heat the cup of milk 1 minute in the microwave so it’s lukewarm.  Melt the butter in the microwave and add it to the milk.  Stir in the yeast and 1/2 cup sugar.  Then mix in 3 cups of the flour, salt and the eggs.  Finally stir in the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time.

Turn the dough out onto a floured counter and knead gently for about 8 minutes.  Put the dough into large oven proof mixing bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray and set it in a warm place for 1 hour for the dough to rise (about double in size).*

While the dough is rising mix up the filling.  Stir together the 6 tab. melted butter, 1 cup sugar and the grated orange peel and set aside.

After an hour, punch the dough down and use a rolling pin to roll it into a 10″ by 15″ rectangle.  Spread the orange peel mixture over the rectangle, clear to the edges.

Starting along the 15″ side, roll the dough into a cylinder and cut the dough into 12 (or 18 thinner rolls)** slices.

Nestle the cut rolls into a 9″x 13″ baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray (or I used a 12″ circular tart pan).  Cover the orange rolls with plastic wrap and set them in the refrigerator over night.

In the morning, take the rolls from the fridge and set them on the counter for 30 minutes to warm a bit.  Then set them into a 375 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until the rolls are golden.

While they are baking, make the glaze.  Stir together the powdered sugar and orange juice and set aside,

When the rolls are hot from the oven, drizzle the glaze over the top and serve them warm– preferably with mugs of tea.

*I turn on the oven to 350 for just 3 minutes and then turn it OFF when I first start making the dough,  This makes a warm cozy place for the dough to rise.
**Cutting the dough into 12 slices makes taller fluffier rolls, but we have a small crowd for breakfast tomorrow, so I’m cutting them into 18 smaller rolls.  (I know it’s the same amount.  It just looks like more!!)

And here’s Jobay kneading dough New Year’s Eve– my best kitchen helper!



39 thoughts on “Overnight Orange Rolls

    • Hmmm Cate– I’m imagining you are eating all sorts of delicious and interesting things in Scotland!! Hope we get a little report!! It looks like you are having the best time! Loved the picture of you with your son! xo

    • Hey Daisy– it is fun to cook with Jobay. She’s 6 so she still thinks it’s big fun to climb up on a chair and cook with her grandma! Hope you are keeping happily busy in the new year (that’s how I think of you…) hugs hugs friend!

    • Hope you like them Lacey– I had read overnight cinnamon roll recipes lots of times but wondered if they really came out! But these were yummy– and made more than my regular old roll recipe. And it was nice to pull them out of the fridge pretty much ready to go in the morning! Hugs form here!!

  1. I’m sure your grand-daughter must have enjoyed herself greatly – I always loved it when my mum would let me help out in cooking and baking during festive occassions, like Christmas or Chinese New Year. And those are some absolutely delightful food pictures! 🙂

  2. Yummy, Rhonda! I’m going to try these some weekend! I managed to make cinnamon rolls( a similar recipe) over Christmas. They came out pretty good, even though yeast hasn’t always behaved for me! Your granddaughter is precious!❤️😘

    • Thanks– we sort of like having her around the house these days!! Fun reading your instant pot post– seems like everyone who has one, just loves it!! I tried to leave a comment on your post, but it was a little complicated for me. Fun to find your blog!

    • Hi Lisa– thanks– we love having Jobay in the kitchen. Our son, wife & the 3 grand-girls were with us for a month because of the wildfires– moved back home 2 days ago and it will take them a while to get things settled again. But we loved having them here! And– Lisa, your January Calendar was so elegant and beautiful!! What a fun gift! Happy 2018! hugs from here!

    • I know Kat!! My mom and sis and I went up to a family cabin a while back and I was trying to keep the food simple and I remembered can biscuits from my childhood that seemed fine– but they were awful!! easy but awful! What have you been baking??? hugs hugs!

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