Orange Glazed Sweet Dinner Rolls

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Orange Glazed Sweet Dinner Rolls are soft and fluffy dinner rolls topped with a deliciously sweet orange glaze. They are so easy to make and add a delicious bit of sweetness to any meal!

Love having rolls with dinner? Try my Macedonian Dinner Rolls with Feta Cheese too!

Orange Rolls Recipe

This Recipe For Sweet Orange Dinner Rolls Is A Family Favorite 

Give me just a hint that you want to join me in my kitchen and I am game. I will even find a way or a reason to politely invite you to knead some dough and bake me a bread.

This probably has something to do with my memories of my Grandma rolling out pastry dough and teaching me how to make just about anything.

Recently I opened up my kitchen to my neighbor – she is 80 years young – and I asked her to tell me a little something about “back in the day”. More specifically, I wanted her to share an older recipe with me that I could possibly pass onto all of you.

She obliged and told me a story about these Sweet Orange Dinner Rolls.

Easy Dinner Rolls Recipe

These Homemade Dinner Rolls Will A Bit Of Sweetness To Your meal

Her mom, she said, used to make the fluffiest dinner rolls covered in a simple orange glaze, and she would serve them with pork chops, of all things.

However, my sweet neighbor admitted that she would hide one in her pocket so to enjoy it as dessert after she was finished with her dinner.

What’s interesting is the baking method in which she shared – pinching off two small rounds of dough and placing one next to another in a muffin tin. I thought we were about to make Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls, but no, she said, and explained that “back in the day”, this is how her Mom mimicked the English popovers.

Recipe For Dinner Rolls

The Orange Glaze Is Easy To Make And So Delicious 

Also, the glaze… allow me to just say that this stuff is incredible. This is just fresh orange juice mixed with granulated sugar and some butter cooked over heat just until thickened.

Normally, I just use powdered sugar with fresh OJ and give it a whirl with the mixer, and while that’s still a pretty delicious glaze, this other one just blew me away. Delicate, sweet and plain old comfortable.

Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe

I love learning from the generations before us. What she shared with me is so simple, but the importance of sharing and having these face to face learning experiences are essential, even if it is just in the kitchen.

Sharing the old and pairing that with the new can lead to new recipes, new tips and tricks, and innovative products.

Orange-Glazed Dinner Rolls

This Recipe Can Even Be Made With Premade Biscuit Dough

Also?? She brought over ready-to-make biscuits dough and said that THAT was her secret. I LOVE her!

But I, on the other hand, really wanted to make from-scratch rolls, so we went with a tried and true recipe. Hope you will love them as much as we did!


5 from 4 votes
Orange-Glazed Dinner Rolls | | Soft and fluffy dinner rolls topped with a deliciously sweet orange glaze.

Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls

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WW Freestyle: 6
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Soft and fluffy dinner rolls topped with a deliciously sweet orange glaze.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 100
Author: Katerina | Diethood


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 package (1/4-ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3-1/2 cups all purpose flour , divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter


  • In a small mixing bowl, combine warm water, yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar; stir until yeast is dissolved.
  • Let stand 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter; add milk and heat to lukewarm.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine yeast mixture, 2 tablespoons sugar, butter mixture, 2 cups flour, and salt; stir together with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  • Gradually stir in remaining flour; stir until dough is sticky. You may need to add a bit more flour to make a sticky dough.
  • Butter a large bowl and set aside.
  • On a lightly floured work area, knead dough until smooth and elastic; about 10 minutes.
  • To keep dough from sticking, add more flour as needed.
  • Form dough into a ball and transfer to buttered bowl, turning to coat.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise at room temperature until doubled; about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Lightly grease 3 muffin tins and set aside.
  • Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface.
  • Pinch off tablespoon pieces of dough and form pieces into balls.
  • Put 2 balls into each muffin cup, one next to another.
  • Cover loosely with kitchen towel and let rolls rise for 35 to 40 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  • Remove towel and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden.
  • Remove from oven and brush with prepared orange glaze.
  • Combine orange juice, sugar and butter in a small saucepan; bring to a boil.
  • Continue to boil at a steady pace for 10 minutes, or until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and brush over dinner rolls.


Adapted from Epicurious
Nutrition Facts
Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 94mg4%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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13 Responses
  1. Cody Dice

    I have been trying to remember this recipe for years and my sisters keep asking me foe it as well. I remember watching my mother making these rolls this way. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! Cody Dice.

  2. Dani @ The Adventure Bite

    Aww that is such a sweet story!! I love learning from the real seasoned cooks (and I love that you made real dough too 🙂

    Stumbled and pinned 🙂

  3. Laura Dembowski

    Cooking and baking with other people is the best! These rolls look amazing! That glaze totally sounds like a full flavored addition.


    These….these…um…well I just don’t have any words for how much I want one! I love how you bake them. I’ll bet they come out super flaky and soft!

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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