Quick Orange Cinnamon Breakfast Rolls


by Heather Harris Brady

These rolls are something of a guilty pleasure from my childhood that I’ve passed on to my kids, I made them to mimic the ones that come in the can with the little plastic container of orange icing. This recipe is nearly as quick, and they’re delicious without all the extra “stuff” that allows those cans to live on the grocery store shelf for ages. If you put the butter out on the counter the night before you can have warm rolls in less than 40 minutes.

Quick Orange Cinnamon Breakfast Rolls, Makes nine servings

  • 4 T. soft butter
  • 2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 2/3 c. milk
  • 1/3 c. sugar mixed with 1-1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. orange extract or orange bakery emulsion
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. milk
  • 1 t. orange extract or orange bakery emulsion

Preheat the oven to 400. Combine the flour, granulated sugar and baking powder in a mixing bowl.


Add the cubes of butter and cut it in.


Stir in the milk and extract in with a fork. Depending on your flour you may need another tablespoon or so, just enough so that all the flour is moistened.


Knead it six-seven times in the bowl.


Flour your counter and roll the dough out to an approximate 1/3″ thickness.


Sprinkle it with the cinnamon mixture and dot with butter.


Roll it up like a jelly roll and cut it into nine pieces. I scoop up any cinnamon that falls out and sprinkle it over the top.


Bake for about 15 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned.


While the rolls are baking stir the powdered sugar and milk together with the extract. Drizzle in another 1/2 t. of milk if you need it to achieve the right consistency. Spoon the icing over the hot rolls and serve.



Store any leftovers lightly covered at room temperature. These are best eaten the day they’re made.


Three years ago: Calzones
Two years ago: Marbled Peanut Butter Pie

One year ago: Ginger Chocolate Scones


3 thoughts on “Quick Orange Cinnamon Breakfast Rolls

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  1. I definitely don’t think ‘quick’ and ‘cinnamon rolls’ would ever go together but this looks great!! Definitely giving it a go!

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