When you think of your favorite recipes at Christmas time, what is one that you make every single year? Since I was a little girl, it’s been our family’s orange roll recipe. There isn’t a Thanksgiving or Christmas that goes by without them being made by someone in the family and now I’m teaching my kids how to make them. Thanks to my friend Krista at The Happy Housie, a bunch of us our sharing some of our favorite Christmas recipes with you today so make sure to pin away and visit everyone sharing!
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While, we eat this with our Thanksgiving or Christmas luncheons and dinners, this can certainly be made for a dessert or brunch or breakfast. It would also be wonderful to bring to your neighbors as a Christmas gift if you like to bake for them (as I do).
These are easy to make and even fun to make. I like to teach my kids how to make the knots.
I love that they rise quickly and you don’t have to wait hours for them to rise or wake up early on your holiday to get the dough started.
Honestly, they are the very best on the first day they are made. I let them cool for about 20 minutes, glaze them and then serve them or deliver to friends.
- 2 cups warm milk (not too warm or it will kill yeast)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 TBSP quick-rise yeast (about 2 1/2 packets)
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 TBSP orange zest (Cuties or mandarins are fine too)
- 6 cups flour
- 2 TBSP orange juice
- 1 TBSP orange zest
- 1 TBSP melted butter
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (more if needed)
Mix all ingredients well (EXCEPT flour) in a large bowl. Add flour, one cup at a time and mix. I use my stand mixer for this with the dough hook attachment.
Let rise about 25 min. Knead well for 2 minutes on floured counter-top or pastry board.
Pre-heat oven to 400˚F. Quickly roll large handfuls of dough out and cut into strips. Fold into knots and place on greased baking sheet. Let rise for 10 min while oven heats.
Bake for 7-8 min. If the tops of bottoms are brown, you've cooked them too long. If the rolls are white and bottoms are a very light golden brown, they're perfect and ready to come out. If you are making small knots, consider baking them for only 7 min. You don't want the center to be doughy but you want them very soft.
Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack or parchment paper. Glaze and serve. Tip: I like to cool them on a wire rack (see pic) over a cookie sheet so that the glaze drips through and not all over my counter.
Mix orange juice, zest and melted butter. Then add powdered sugar, adding more or less if necessary.
Once the rolls have cooled for at least 10 minutes, glaze the rolls. Serve immediately or wait until glaze has dried...either way, they are amazing! I just love them when they’re still warm.
I will warn you…..these are highly addicting and sooooo sooooo good!
They just fall apart in your mouth and the orange flavor is divine.
I made these the other night before our annual family “Elf” viewing party. I’ve never served them to anyone who hasn’t
asked begged for the recipe later. If you’re serving these alone, my favorite thing is to serve them warm and with a glass of milk. Yummmmmmm!!!
Today I’m joined by some friends who are also sharing their amazing holiday recipes with you!
How to Make Mulled Wine (Glühwein Recipe) at The Happy Housie
DIY Colonial Gingerbread House at Sincerely, Marie Designs
Christmas Wreath Veggie Pizza at Clean & Scentsible
Homemade Egg Nog at Town and Country Living
Easy Holiday Appetizer at Rooms FOR Rent
Secret Ingredient Gingerbread Cookies at Jenna Kate at Home
Snowball Cookies at Finding Silver Pennies
Easy Gluten Free Shortbread with White Chocolate and Toffee at Home Made Lovely
Brown Butter Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Ganache
The Best One Hour Orange Rolls at Summer Adams Designs
Cake Mix Quick Bread Recipe at On Sutton Place
Best Waffle Recipe Ever at The DIY Mommy
The Most Chocolatey Hot Chocolate Cookies at A Pretty Life
Eggnog Bread Recipe at Tauni Everett
Instant Pot Ham at TIDBITS Marci
Toblerone Shortbread with Browned Flour at Life is a Party
Spicy Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies at Modern Glam
Christmas Tree Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Toppers at The Turquoise Home
Easy Creme Brulee for the Holidays at Hallstrom Home
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Decided to make them this morning and bring them to a luncheon today and they really are every bit amazing as you say they are. I’m hooked! Thanks for sharing!
I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for letting me know! I hope all your friends love them just as much! Xoxo
Shannon Acheson says
Those look so pretty on your pink cake stand! 🙂
Oh Shannon, thank you!!!! You know… I gotta find a way to sneak pink in almost every post if I can lol 😂 Merry Christmas! XO 😘
Mmmmm these look gorgeous and delicious! A perfect recipe for Christmas. Merry Christmas to you!
Thanks sooooo much, Jo-Anna! Merry Christmas to you, too! xoxo
Rhonda Hallstrom says
I’ll need to stop on by and give these tasty things a try! These look so delicious Summer. Merry Christmas
Yes please!!! You’re too close not to! Muah! xoxo
Summer, these look like they’d be so fun to make. Thank you for sharing your family’s recipe xx
They are! Especially getting the kids involved, they love to learn to shape the dough an work with it. Thanks and I appreciate you stopping by! xoxo
You had me at one hour…But orange rolls on a pretty pink cake stand? Well, that’s just perfection. Fun getting to know you a bit through Krista’s hop!
Right?! One hour anything is the best. Thanks sooo much! Fun to get to know you too! xoxo
Summer, these are so yummy! My mom makes them and they taste delicious!
They are my faves! Aren’t they the best?! xoxo
Jenna Shaughnessy says
Oh yummy!!! I love everything orange at this time of the year so I have to make these!! Merry Christmas!! xo
Thanks, Jenna! I love everything orange, too! Merry Christmas! xoxo
Those are so cute and love the pink cake stand! Thank you for sharing on the blog hop Summer!