Happy Thanksgiving! Orange Roll Clouds

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I am sure you are up to your elbows in turkey and stuffing so I just wanted to share a quick dish you might want to make for a special holiday treat, mmmmm…Christmas or a New Year’s Brunch perhaps?

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The best way to describe these pillowy soft rolls is clouds

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They are like eating sweet orange flavored clouds!


You start with combining melted butter, sugar and orange zest into a topping for frozen roll dough


Place the roll dough in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish, leaving plenty of space for them to expand, and top with a dollop of the orange zest mixture


Cover them with a cooking oil sprayed piece of saran and set them aside to rise


After about 4 hours you will have fat little puffs of dough that are ready for baking.  Don’t worry if some of the topping moves around, it doesn’t matter, the flavor is still there!


they kind of look like eggs!


After baking for 13-15 minutes they will be golden brown, and they smell swoonfully divine, all yeasty and orange and sugary….


Pour the glaze all over the hot rolls and let them sit for several minutes before cutting.

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Be sure to serve these on a plate with a fork!

note: I read a ton of recipes for orange rolls and just combined several for this version.

Holiday Orange Rolls

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
rising time 4 hours
Course Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12



  • 2 T butter melted
  • 6 T sugar
  • 2 oranges zested
  • 12 frozen dinner rolls [I used Bridgeford Parkerhouse rolls]

Orange Glaze

  • 2 T butter melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • juice of 1 orange


  • Combine butter, sugar and zest in a small bowl and mix to combine.
  • Place the rolls in a 9 x 13 greased baking dish, spaces between them.
  • Top each roll with a spoon of zest mixture, dividing mixture evenly among the rolls, and lightly press into rolls.
  • Cover the rolls with a cooking oil sprayed piece of saran wrap and let rise for 4 hours.
  • Bake at 375 for 13-15 minutes until golden.
  • Meanwhile make glaze by whisking melted butter with sugar and orange juice. Pour glaze over hot rolls and let sit for 2-3 minutes before serving. Reheat leftovers in microwave. Makes 12 rolls.
Keyword dinner rolls, easy rolls, holiday rolls, orange rolls

So easy to make, so easy to enjoy!  Have a wonderful holiday~


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12 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving! Orange Roll Clouds”
  1. Emily says:

    A great recipe, easy enough and I know my family would love these. I’m saving this recipe for Christmas.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. lulu says:

    I do believe I will be adding these to the Christmas brunch I have for the girls. Happy day to you, Jenna, and thank you for being a special part of my blog experience.

  3. Liz Mackie says:

    Thank you for the nice and easy recipe. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  4. Marigene says:

    Those sound yummy, I love anything orange flavored.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Kim says:

    I wish I had an orange in the house – I’d make some right now!! Wow, those look divine! These are now on my list of recipes to make. Thanks for sharing, and I hope y’all had a wonderful day! (I know it’s game time right now, but I had to escape the room for some peace and quiet.) 😉

  6. Mary says:

    Oh my…I need a couple for breakfast please! I love that you use frozen dinner rolls for these, easy and delicious! I have a monkey bread recipe that’s similar and too dangerous to break out more than once a year at Christmas that my nephews fight over 🙂

  7. Winnie says:

    I think these are GREAT !!
    They absolutely look amazing and super delicious 🙂
    I just prefer makin the dough as well

  8. Miz Helen says:

    Oh my, these are just heavenly! Hope you are staying warm and cozy in this cold weather and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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