There's nothing better than freshly-baked sweet rolls and these bake up especially delicious. These rolls are the perfect combination of orange, fresh ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar. If you are looking for the best homemade cinnamon rolls, this is the recipe for you.
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Ingredients to have on hand
- orange juice
- an orange and a lemon
- fresh ginger
Fresh ginger adds a great element to the flavor and freshly squeezed orange juice makes a big difference too.
Top Tips and FAQ
You absolutely can roll the dough on a cutting board or a kitchen counter dusted with flour. But I've found that using a pastry mat is helpful because you can see the size of each section of dough as you slice it. I bought my pastry mat a few years ago, but this one looks very similar.
Yes, for sure. The fresh ginger adds a delightful, fresh flavor to these sweet rolls, but if you don't have it on hand or if your family isn't a fan of ginger, by all means, simply leave it out. The rolls will still turn out great.
Fresh Baked Rolls Any Time
I've included an option for freezing the dough so you can enjoy fresh from the oven rolls with breakfast any morning. Scroll down for the details.
Fresh from the Freezer
For fresh baked sweet rolls any time, after rolling and slicing, place the rolls in the muffin cups, then place in the freezer until frozen solid. Remove the rolls from the muffin cups and place the frozen rolls in a zip top freezer bag.
On the night before you plan to enjoy fresh baked rolls in the morning, remove them from the freezer and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
The sweet rolls will defrost overnight on your kitchen counter. In the morning, bake as usual and enjoy fresh sweet rolls with your morning coffee or tea.
Sweet rolls made from scratch have been a baking tradition for generations in my family. Hat tip to my Auntie Iva and Auntie Faye who both made the most delicious homemade rolls when I was growing up. They both provided me with a LOT of inspiration for cooking and baking the old fashioned way, from scratch.
This is now one of my go-to recipes any time I want fresh sweet rolls. The icing for these rolls is what really sets them apart. Be sure to use freshly squeezed orange juice - it does make a big difference. This recipe was inspired by a bread recipe I found in a little cookbook my Auntie Maureen sent me. I'm so tickled with how it turned out, it's now my go-to recipe for sweet rolls.
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Meenakshi Thakur says
Orange and ginger! already sounds delicious. Going to give it a try this weekend, thanks for the recipe.
Orange cinnamon rolls are the bestttt! I've made plain cinnamon rolls before but will have to try this orange addition
Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady says
Oh man I bet these smell intoxicating! I love citrus flavoured pastries!!
I love the idea of adding some ginger with bake goods this looks easy to do. I will give it a try.
Emily Flint says
These orange sweet rolls look and sound so amazing, this is just what I was looking for to make for my guy for Father's Day! He loves anything with orange in it so this will be a winner for sure. Thank you!