Cooking Orange Rolls with Grandchildren

These orange rolls are the easiest ever to make. Use frozen rolls, thaw, tie into a knot shape, dip in butter and then an orange/sugar mixture, and bake.I love. love, love breads, rolls, cinnamon rolls, orange rolls, raspberry rolls. BREAD!  Gimme carbs any day over chocolate.

I saw these Orange Knot Rolls on Grandma Lizzie’s site. I just had to make them.  Had to.

We had some of our children and grandchildren over for Sunday dinner and so I made the rolls.  They turned out beautiful and tasted absolutely divine.  (I just ate two of them.  TWO!!  I had to eat two so that there were enough calories for each of my hips . . .)

These are so easy to make that they have become a favorite with my family. They would be a great for grandchildren to cut their bread-making teeth on this recipe.  I recommend that you thaw the rolls before your grandchildren come over for their baking lesson.

Orange Knots

12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed but cold

1 medium orange rind, grated
½ cup sugar
¼ cup butter, melted

Citrus Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter melted
3 tablespoons orange juice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix grated orange rind with sugar. Roll each roll into a 9-inch rope. Tie in a loose knot. Roll each knot in melted butter and then in rind/sugar mixture. Place on a large sprayed baking sheet. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let double in size. Remove wrap.

Bake at 350° F 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and place on cooling rack. Brush with citrus glaze while still warm.

This recipe was for 12 rolls.  However, I was able to make 24 rolls with the sugar mixture and the citrus glaze.

While you are waiting for the rolls to raise, make sure you do something fun with your grandchildren.  These rolls can be your ‘treat’ after your activity. Or, you can serve them for a special meal that you make together.  Because these rolls are so easy to make, your grandchildren will feel very successful when their beautiful rolls come out of the oven.

Happy baking!

14 thoughts on “Cooking Orange Rolls with Grandchildren

  • April J Harris

    What a great way to start bread baking with younger kids! I’m such a fan of getting kids in the kitchen from a young age. Thank you for sharing these delicious – and fun – orange rolls with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  • Nina Lewis Post author


    You’ll be glad that you didn’t use the rolls last weekend! You’ll be glad that you have them to make these rolls. (I sense that you love bread/rolls as much as I do!)


  • Nina Lewis Post author

    You definitely need several batches! They are so yummy that I predict that you’ll eat a batch in a day or two!


  • Nina Lewis Post author

    These are VERY easy that grandkids could successfully make them. (The secret is that you start out with frozen rolls!:-) )

    Thanks for dropping by!

  • Michelle

    Sunday morning is a time for breakfast pastries, scones and now these yummy treats. Thanks for bringing a batch to my party this week!

  • bj

    Meeee, too…BREAD….my favorite thing to eat…any kind but especially love ORANGE….so grandgirls and I will add these to our LIST TO TRY. thanks so much…here from Daily Cup

  • bohemian babushka

    That sounds perfecto for my granddaughter La Princesa when she visits for two weeks this summer. Have a feeling I should enough to make various batches. ; ) Gracias for the recipe.

  • Pamela Shank

    Oh yes!!! Bread..rolls..all variations are perfect. I have a bag of the Rhodes rolls in the freezer that I didn’t fix this weekend so I see the orange rolls in my future!

  • DigiGram Post author

    Grandma Lizzie — cinnamon knot rolls. I’m gonna have to try these, too.

    Donne — I checked out your Cinnamon-Maple Crisps. They sound yummy and easy. Thanks for sharing!

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