Go Back
+ servings

Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls

These sweet rolls are inspired by Joanna Gaines Magnolia Table Cookbook and Cook's Illustrated recipe. This is the perfect breakfast treat that doesn't require yeast or the extra time to rise the dough.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Baking, Breakfast Cakes, Cinnamon Rolls, Quick Breads, Sweet Rolls
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 sweet rolls
Calories 347kcal
Author Janine Waite


Biscuit Dough

  • cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cups buttermilk
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter melted


  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 orange zest finely grated
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup orange juice

Cinnamon Filling

  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • tsp ground cloves
  • tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter melted
  • ¼ cup walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

To Make the Rolls

  • Brush 9-inch square cake pan with 1 tablespoon melted butter.
  • Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.
  • Whisk buttermilk and 2 tablespoons melted butter together in a small bowl.
  • Add liquid to dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until liquid is absorbed (dough will look stringy), about 30 seconds.
  • Transfer dough to a lightly floured counter and knead until smooth.
  • Pat dough into 12 by 9-inch rectangle. Brush dough with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle evenly with filling, leaving ½-border around edges of the dough. Press filling into the dough.
  • Starting at the long side roll like a log and pinch and seal ends.
  • Cut the log into 8 equal pieces.
  • Place one roll in the center of the pan and then place the other around the perimeter.
  • Brush the tops of rolls with the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
  • Bake until edges are golden brown, about 23-25 minutes.
  • Let rolls cool for 5 minutes before icing.

Cinnamon Filling

  • Combine sugars, cinnamon, cloves, walnuts, and salt in a small bowl. Add melted butter and stir with a fork until mixture resembles wet sand; set filling mixture aside.


  • While the buns cool, in a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, and vanilla. whisk in enough orange juice to make a soft glaze that drips in a wide ribbon off the whisk. Drizzle over the slightly cooled rolls.


Serving: 8rolls | Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 267IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg