Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls

The delicious filling for these homemade sweet rolls features golden raisins and a sweet honey butter. Drizzle with orange glaze and serve with a cup of coffee to wake up any weekend morning.

Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
45 mins
Rise Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
15 rolls


  • 2 packages active dry yeast

  • 1 ¼ cup warm water (110°F to 115°F)

  • ½ cup nonfat dry milk powder

  • cup butter, softened

  • cup honey

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoon toasted wheat germ

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 cup white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour

  • 2 cup bread flour

  • 1 cup golden raisins

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • 1 recipe Orange Icing

Orange Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice


  1. In a large bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add dry milk powder, the 1/3 cup butter, the 1/3 cup honey, the eggs, wheat germ, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. 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. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface of the dough. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 hour).

  3. Punch down dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside.

  4. For filling, in a small bowl cover raisins with cold water; let stand for 5 minutes. Drain well. In a medium bowl whisk together the 1/4 cup butter, the 1/4 cup honey, and the orange peel until creamy and well combined.

  5. Roll dough into an 18x15-inch rectangle. Spread the butter-honey mixture to within 1/2 inch of the edges. Sprinkle with raisins. Roll up rectangle, starting from a long side. Seal seam. Slice roll into 15 pieces. Arrange, cut sides down, in prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (about 30 minutes).

  6. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake about 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Cool for 1 minute. Carefully invert rolls onto a wire rack. Cool slightly. Invert again onto a serving platter. Drizzle with Orange Icing.

Orange Icing

  1. In a small bowl combine powdered sugar and orange peel. Stir in enough orange juice to make icing a drizzling consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

346 Calories
8g Fat
61g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 346
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 241mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 2.2mg 12%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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