Oooh these one house cinnamon orange rolls are the perfect December treat!

one hour cinnamon orange rolls

Also, do you like my childlike attempt at my cinnamon roll christmas tree? I think Max could have done a better job and he’s in kindergarten. But if you want to serve your kids something festive, throw your cinnamon rolls into a tree!

freshly grated orange zest

If you’ve ever tried any of my other orange treats (like this orange pull apart bread!) then you know that the orange rolls hold such a huge nostalgic holiday significance in my family. My mom would usually throw the canned orange rolls in the oven on Christmas morning and we loved them so much. We would lounge by the tree, play with presents and just enjoy a slow and easy morning. It was perfect!

orange cinnamon roll dough

I’ve since made a few different cinnamon orange breakfast treats, and this year I actually have another coming after this because I’m all about the classics right now. Give me those classic, nostalgic flavors that taste like my youth to remind me of those days!

Both of my kids also LOVE orange rolls. Anything orange, actually!

And I mean, I’ve definitely made the orange rolls from the can a few times. They take a few minutes and you just can’t beat it. It’s like a taste of 1995 for breakfast and I can’t get enough.

orange cinnamon roll dough

But here we are!

Making our own orange cinnamon rolls. 

These ones are quick. Super quick! I used the recipe for my one hour eggnog cinnamon rolls. I love this dough. It’s definitely different from a dough that you let rise for an hour or two. And it may not be quite as fluffy and easy to work with. But the end result is still delicious and actually reminds me SO much of those canned orange rolls. It’s actually crazy how similar they are. 

cinnamon orange roll dough christmas tree

I like to add some orange zest to the dough, the filling and the glaze for that extra orange flavor. Citrus is SO good right now, and these taste heavenly! 

baked one hour cinnamon orange rolls

If you don’t want to fully bake these in the morning, you can also make the cinnamon rolls the night before, then stick them in a baking dish, cover them and bake in the morning. They will rise a bit more but are just as delish! If not more, because that cinnamon orange flavor marries together.

one hour cinnamon orange rolls

You can also make them fancier with sprinkles or sugared cranberries if you wish. Truly the glaze is enough along with an extra dash of cinnamon!

one hour cinnamon orange rolls

They taste like childhood in the best way possible.

one hour cinnamon orange rolls

Cinnamon Orange Rolls

One Hour Cinnamon Orange Rolls

These cinnamon orange rolls are made in one hour and perfect for a nostalgic, sweet breakfast! Orange glaze takes them over the top!
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  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

orange glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, stir together 2 cups of the flour, sugar and yeast.
  • Place the milk and butter in a small saucepan and heat over low heat just until the butter melts. Remove from the stovetop and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes, then stir in the water and vanilla extract.
  • With the dough hook attached to your mixer, stir in the milk and butter mixture until combined. Add the orange zest, salt, cinnamon and the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. The dough will be very sticky! Add the remaining 3/4 cup flour gradually, beating for another 2 to 3 minutes until the dough comes together again. It should still be sticky. Place it in a bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, roll it out on a floured surface to a 14x10 inch rectangle (or something close to that!). Add the filling - add the melted butter on the dough. Whisk together the sugar, orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg and sprinkle it all over top. Starting with one of the long sides, roll it up tightly. Slice the roll into 1-inch cinnamon rolls. Place them in a baking dish - either a 10-inch round or a 9x9-inch square - you can every do a 9x13 pan. You can also just arrange them in a christmas tree shape on a baking sheet! Be prepared they may spread a bit. Let the rolls sit for 5 minutes.
  • Place the rolls in the oven. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until golden brown on top. Remove and cover with the orange glaze. Serve warm!

orange glaze

  • Whisk ingredients together until a smooth glaze forms. If it’s too thick, add more orange juice 1 teaspoon at a time. If it’s too thin, whisk in more sugar a few tablespoons at a time until desired consistency is reached.

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one hour cinnamon orange rolls

Oooey, gooey and cinnamony!