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Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls

Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls

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  • Yield: 15 rolls
  • Prep 45 mins
  • Rise 1 hr
  • Bake 25 mins
  • Stand 10 mins

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The recipe for these hearty rolls comes from Jean Hixson of the Kansas Wheat Commission. They'll keep in an airtight container for a couple days, or you can freeze them (unfrosted) for up to 2 months. They're best served warm, so when ready to eat, wrap the frozen cinnamon rolls in foil and bake about 25 minutes in a 300 degrees oven. Frost as directed.


  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees )
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
  • 2 -2 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • Orange Icing (recipe follows)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add dry milk, the 1/3 cup butter, 1/3 cup honey, the eggs, wheat germ and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl. Add 2 cups of the white whole wheat flour. Beat on low to medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in remaining white whole wheat flour and as much of the bread flour as you can.
  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining bread flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (about 6 minutes). Shape dough into a ball.
  3. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl; turn once to coat the top. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 hour).
  4. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, cover raisins with water; let stand for 5 minutes and drain well. In a medium bowl, whisk together the 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup honey and the orange zest until creamy and well combined.
  6. Roll dough into an 18x15-inch rectangle. Spread the butter mixture to within 1/2 inch of the edges. Sprinkle with raisins. Roll up the rectangle, starting from a long side. Pinch seams to seal. Slice roll into 15 pieces. Place, cut sides down, in prepared pan.
  7. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, leaving room for rolls to rise. Let dough rise in a warm place until nearly double (about 30 minutes).
  8. Remove plastic wrap. Bake in a 350 degrees oven about 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Cool slightly in pan on a wire rack, then spread Orange Icing over rolls. Serve slightly warm. (Or, if you like, cool rolls in pan for 1 minute. Carefully invert rolls onto a wire rack. Cool slightly. Invert again onto a serving platter. Drizzle with Orange Icing and serve slightly warm.)


  • Make-Ahead: Place leftover rolls in an airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days. Or freeze uniced rolls for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature before drizzling rolls with icing. Or if you would like them warm, wrap the frozen rolls in foil and bake in a 300 degrees oven about 25 minutes or until warm. Frost hot rolls with the icing as directed.

Orange Icing


  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons orange juice


  1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together powdered sugar and almond extract. Stir in enough orange juice to make an icing of drizzling consistency.

Nutrition Facts

(Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls)

sat. fat (g) 5, Fat, total (g) 8, chol. (mg) 48, fiber (g) 4, sodium (mg) 241, pro. (g) 9, vit. A (IU) 340, iron (mg) 2, carb. (g) 61, vit. C (mg) 2, cal. (kcal) 346, calcium (mg) 71

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