Last minute Easter breakfast idea for you!

Remember that list of Easter ideas I posted a few days back? I included two sweet rolls on that list – lemon and lime – and as I was making that list I couldn’t get orange rolls out of my head.

These rolls are so amazing. Sweet dough with cream cheese, orange marmalade, and pecans on the inside, all topped with a glaze made from freshly squeezed orange juice. Seriously though, I skipped dinner last night so I could have a second one of these. That good.

If you wanted to make this ahead of time, make the dough the night before, shape them into rolls, let them rise once, and then stick them in the fridge overnight. Pull them out about an hour before you want to bake them to take the chill off – they will have deflated overnight but should start to rise once you pull them out of the fridge. Bake them according to the recipe once they’ve risen. Easy peasy.

Orange Sweet Rolls
from Paula Deen, via Eat Cake for Dinner
For the dough:
  • 2 1/4 ounce packages active dry yeast
  • cup warm milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8-9 cups all-purpose flour
For the filling:
  • 1 8 ounce block cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
To make the dough:
  1. Put yeast and milk in a large mixing bowl. Let side about In a large 5 minutes, until the yeast has dissolved and is slightly foamy. Beat in sugar, melted butter, orange zest, orange juice, eggs and salt at medium-low speed with a mixer until combined. Gradually add 7 cups flour, beating until smooth. Add enough of remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  2. Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface. Knead dough for 6-8 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place, for 1 hour or until dough is doubled in size.
  3. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 24x12 inch rectangle. Spread orange-cream cheese filling (instructions below) evenly over dough, leaving a ½ inch border. Roll up dough, jelly-roll fashion, starting with long side. Using a serrated knife, cut dough crosswise into 1 inch slices. Place rolls, cut side down, in prepared pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Spoon orange glaze over warm rolls.
To make the filling:
  1. Use an electric mixture to combine cream cheese, orange marmalade, sugar, and pecans.
To make the glaze:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and orange juice until smooth.


These might just be my favorite cookies ever. I made them a couple Christmases back and have thought about them frequently ever since. They are a light and delicious sugar cookies with dried cranberries and tons of orange zest. They’re also rolled in a mixture of sugar and orange zest which is what makes them so good. The sugar make them a little crunchy on the outside but they say so soft on the inside. Good stuff.

They are also super simple. My 2 year old and I did made the dough and baked them off in probably 30 minutes, and if you have kids you know everything takes longer with them helping.

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Cranberry Orange Cookies
For the cookies:
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
For the rolling sugar:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Using an electric mixer, mix butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add to butter mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in cranberries and 1 tablespoon orange zest. Chill dough while you make orange sugar.
  4. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon orange zest. Use your fingers to rub the 2 together until everything is combined and mixture is fragrant.
  5. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in orange sugar. Place on baking sheet and flatten slightly.
  6. Bake 10 – 13 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool on wire racks.

Cranberry Orange Cookies - I make these every Christmas! They are so delicious!