Orange Sticky Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so I thought I’d create and share a delicious sweet treat that is worthy of any special brunch. What mom in your life could resist tender Orange Sticky Rolls, spiced with cardamom and slathered with a sweet orange cream cheese glaze?

If you’ve read MBA for any length of time, you are well aware that I’ve openly expressed my fear of yeast. Okay, maybe it’s not a full fledged fear, but it’s definitely the source of some minor kitchen anxiety. Whenever I bake with yeast, I’m always second guessing myself. Is my liquid
the right temp? Did I use the right yeast? Has the dough actually doubled in size? You get the picture. I hope I’m not the only one!

When I’m feeling a little unsure of myself, I typically turn to my friend, Amber. She happily reviews the recipe steps with me, offers a little sarcastic reassurance that I’ve done just fine and encourages me to step away from the bowl of rising dough. However, I realize that you too may need some friendly reassurance and advice, but since I can’t exactly post Amber’s phone
number here – I thought I’d tell you about the fantastic online resource – Become a Better Baker.

Become a Better Baker is loaded with Baking 101 tips for newbies as well as expert tips and recipes for those of you that like a little bit of a challenge. My favorite feature of Become a Better Baker
is definitely the informative videos. I’m a visual type of gal, so being able to actually watch a baking technique performed is definitely a good thing.

From crimping perfect pie crusts to learning how to make candy, the passionate baking experts at Become a Better Baker have you covered. Their baking experts can help you tackle just about any baking quandary you throw at them either by email, phone (1-800-777-4959) or even on their Facebook Page.

Now, back to these magnificent Orange Sticky Rolls. I became kind of enthralled with the idea of sweet citrus breakfast rolls when I read Katie’s post on Meyer Lemon Sticky Rolls last year. The thought of lemon zest, brown sugar, and spices oozing from perfect pinwheels of soft yeast rolls
had me swooning, and I haven’t forgotten them. The lovely lemon cream cheese glaze was just an indulgent bonus.

When pondering the perfect Mother’s Day recipe, I decided to riff off Katie, but used my favorite form of citrus – oranges! These Orange Sticky Rolls are absolutely splendid.

If you’re thinking that you can’t possibly whip up a yeast based recipe for brunch, trust me, you can. The beauty of this recipe is that you can get the majority of the work done the night before,
then in the morning just let them rise and bake them off to golden brown, sugary perfection.

Be sure to join the Become a Better Baker Facebook Community for helpful tips, recipes and so much more.

And if you too have a yeast fear, I think you’ll just love these informative videos focused on all things yeast:
Yeast Choices: Cutting Through the Confusion
Kneading Basics
Kneading with a Dough Hook
Yeast Baking: Rising Tips


This is a sponsored post written by My Baking Addiction on behalf of Fleischmann’s® Yeast and Become A Better Baker™. The views and opinions expressed on My Baking Addiction are purely my own.


Orange Sticky Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Yield: 12 large rolls


Orange Roll Dough
1 envelope (0.25 ounces, or 2 1/2 teaspoons)
Fleischmann's Active Dry Yeast
3/4 cup milk, warmed to about 100°F or warm but not hot on your wrist
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
1/4 cup white sugar
1 vanilla bean, seeds only
4 - 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 medium oranges, zested
2 eggs

Sticky Orange Filling
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 medium orange, zested and juiced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft

Orange Cream Cheese Glaze
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 medium orange, juiced and zested


1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, sprinkle the yeast over the warmed milk and let it sit for a few minutes. Using the paddle attachment, stir in the softened butter, sugar, vanilla, and one cup of the flour. Stir in the salt, cardamom, and orange zest. Add in the eggs and enough of the remaining flour to make a soft yet sticky dough. Switch to the dough hook and knead on medium speed for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is elastic and pliable. Spray the top of the dough with vegetable oil, and turn the dough over so it is coated in oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a towel and allow the dough rise until nearly doubled - about an hour.

2. In a small bowl, mix the sugars with the cardamom and ginger, then work in the orange zest with the tips of your fingers until the sugar resembles wet, soft sand. Stir in the orange juice.

3. Lightly grease a 13x9 inch baking dish with baking spray or butter. On a floured surface pat the dough out into a large yet still thick rectangle — about 10x15 inches. Spread evenly with the softened butter, then pour and spread the orange-sugar mixture over top. Roll the dough up tightly, starting from the top long end. Cut the long dough roll into 12 even rolls, and place them, cut side up, in the prepared baking dish.

4. Cover the rolls with a towel and let them rise for an hour or until puffy and nearly doubled. (You can also refrigerate the rolls at this point. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When you are ready to bake the rolls, remove the pan from the fridge, and let them rise for an hour.)

5. Heat the oven to 350°F. Place the risen rolls in the oven and bake for 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into a center roll reads 190°F.

6. While the rolls are baking, prepare the glaze. In a medium bowl with an electric hand mixer, whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, orange zest and juice and blend until well combined. Add the powdered sugar and blend until smooth and creamy.

7. When the rolls are done, spread them with the cream cheese glaze. Serve while warm.

Recipe adapted from The Kitchn via Good Life Eats

37 Responses to “Orange Sticky Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing”

  1. These look fabulous! I’m sure any mom would be so thankful to have these for Mother’s Day! :D


  2. Love the look of these! Yum!


  3. Blog is the New Black — May 7, 2012 at 7:53 am

    What a great idea for the website! I’ll certainly refer to it in the future. But these rolls? YUM!


  4. Kim — May 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

    These rolls really are perfect… I think I’m gonna please my mom sunday with these!


  5. I have a fear of yeast too, but these look so perfect!


  6. I share your yeast fear, but maybe those links you’ve posted will help me overcome it. There are SO many wonderful recipes that I’m missing out on because of my refusal to risk a yeasty disaster!


  7. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

    We always have orange rolls for Christmas. I’m not sure why we limit it to then because they’re so good!


  8. Karrie at Electra Films — May 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Re yeast (verging on)fear … you are NOT alone LOL!


  9. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — May 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Oooooh my goodness. That melted cream cheese glaze looks AMAZING. I’m determined to conquer my own fear of yeast this year. Rolls like this look too delicious to pass up!


  10. Clarissa — May 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

    These look so yummy! You are totally not alone about the fear of yeast! The biggest problem is you sink hours into a recipe and you think you’re doing well because it smells yeasty and delicious, but when it doesn’t turn out, it’s really disappointing! It also doesn’t help that I”m impatient and probably don’t let my dough rise completely, minor details.


  11. Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I get a little scared about yeast, too! Glad to know this is a common kitchen fear :)


  12. Asmaa — May 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Hi there,
    Great twist on cinnamon rolls, can’t go wrong with anything citrus at breakfast time.


  13. These look delicious! I love variations on the traditional cinnamon roll :)


  14. Eva {Alfriston Cottage} — May 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Wouldn’t be able to resist these rolls. They look delicious!!
    BTW, curious to see Mother’s Day is not on the same day everywhere. In Spain it was yesterday (I made some chocolates for my mum!). What day do you celebrate it there?


  15. Lynna H. — May 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Ahhh, these sound irresistible!


  16. Ann P. — May 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Saved this to my recipe database! it’s going to be perfect for next Sunday’s Mother’s Day brunch. :)


  17. Mireia — May 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    These rolls look amazing!!!


  18. Amber — May 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous, Jamie. Might try to make these for Mom & Chell next weekend.


  19. So proud of you for baking through your fear of yeast! See, it’s not so difficult once you get into the swing of doing it, right? (Being able to eat something with cream cheese at the end of the process helps too.)


  20. Tracy — May 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    These look awesome! I definitely prefer orange over lemon for my citrus fix as well, and can’t wait to try this recipe!


  21. Aimee @ Simple Bites — May 7, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Sounds like a cool resource, Jamie, thanks! A baking hotline? Who knew?

    I’m totally thinking of making these for Mother’s Day and bringing them over to my MIL’s. They sound amazing!


  22. I have a bit of a yeast-fear too but seeing amazing recipes like these make me really want to tackle my deepest, darkest fear!


  23. Maria — May 8, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Orange rolls are always a great treat!


  24. Lisa James — May 8, 2012 at 12:35 am

    These look Great ~ can’t wait to try them.


  25. Debra Kapellakis — May 8, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I am going to try these.


  26. Lauren — May 8, 2012 at 11:26 am

    YUM! I love sweet rolls of any kind!! Maybe I could convince my husband to make these for me for mothers day….


  27. Jill — May 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Gonna try these for Mom’s Day!! Mmmmm Gooey Licious!


  28. marla — May 8, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I think mom would LOVE these sticky rolls for Mother’s Day!!


  29. Kelly — May 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    These look delicious! And thanks for introduction to Become a Better Baker!


  30. Oh dear… those look way too good! I’m seriously drooling over these!


  31. Hannah — May 10, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I saw this post yesterday in my RSS feed and quickly glanced at the recipe to see if it had yeast in it. I saw that it did and immediately moved on to the next item in my RSS feed. Today I saw it on Facebook and noticed that it also mentioned tips for becoming a better baker and thought I should at least give the tips a read through. I’m so glad I did. Like you I have a fear of yeast and it doesn’t help that every time I’ve ever tried to do anything with yeast it has been a complete failure. This post has made me want to try again. It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one with the yeast fear! Thanks for this post and all your great recipes!


  32. Shaina — May 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    So, this is probably the essence of what I think the perfect sticky bun should be. Cardamom. Citrus. I’m not even going to try to top that.


  33. Baker Street — May 15, 2012 at 2:30 am

    These sounds insanely delicious! I love anything cream cheese. I must must try these over the weekend. :)


  34. Tickled Red — May 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Ooo…wish my guys had made these for me on Mother’s Day :D I love anything orange.


  35. Chels — May 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I want this in my belly, right now!


  36. diana de salazar — July 12, 2012 at 8:04 am

    mmmm, delicious!!


  37. Melanie — May 16, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    made these for mother’s day and they were a hit! delicious and natural orange flavor was outstanding!


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