In my house growing up, orange rolls for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning was a tradition. I remember anxiously waiting to put them in the oven at 8:30 – so that they’d be ready to eat when the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade came on. Then, mom putting the turkey in shortly thereafter to perfume the air in the house all morning and afternoon long.

I always have preferred orange rolls to cinnamon rolls. Something about that sweet, citrusy zing that I just love. But I’d always made them from the tube, and for something as special as Thanksgiving morning breakfast – I wanted to learn to make them from scratch. I’ve made these a couple times now, and they’re always wonderful and well received. Light, yeasty and moist – with plenty of bright flavor.

I hope that you all have a Happy Thanksgiving, and spend the day treasuring the time with family and friends. I can’t wait to see the jolly man in the red suit pull into Herald Square on Thursday at noon – and bring the official start of the Holiday season along with him. Happy Holidays, everyone!


  1. Posted November 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM | Permalink

    I love orange rolls, these look scrumptious!

  2. Posted November 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM | Permalink

    My mom always made (and by made I mean from a can) orange rolls for us on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We loved them as kids… but I think I may just have to give this homemade version a try! : )

  3. Nicky
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM | Permalink

    These look delicious. How long do you cook them for and at what temperature?

    • Laura
      Posted November 21, 2012 at 9:54 PM | Permalink

      Nicky, 375 – for 25 minutes. Thanks for pointing that out!

  4. Posted November 22, 2012 at 8:42 PM | Permalink

    again, such BEAUTIFUL photos. I love orange sweet rolls – they remind me of growing up and spending the mornings at my grandmothers. She made the best sweet rolls. 🙂 They look simply amazing! Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend 🙂

  5. meg
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 6:56 AM | Permalink

    how much sugar goes in the filling? it says to add sugar to the dough, so i added both the brown and that i’m at the filling i guess that was a mistake.

    • Laura
      Posted December 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink

      Meg, I’m so sorry the ingredient list wasn’t clearer. I went in and clarified the granulated sugar/brown sugar issue. I hope they turned out okay for you, a little extra sugar never hurt anyone, right? Thanks for pointing that error out!

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