Make Ahead Orange Sweet Rolls And Entertaining Tips

by Alli

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The holiday season will be here soon. It’s also the season for entertaining friends and family. Take a deep breath and forget the picture of the stressful holiday season that just popped in your head.

Make-Ahead Orange Rolls

I’ve got tips and tricks to help you glide through the season with ease and actually enjoy it. Plus, your guests will love my Orange Sweet Rolls and you’ll love that you can do the prep work way ahead of time.

How to Make Orange Sweet Rolls

I learned a long time ago that guests enjoy your presence more than an overly complicated multi-course meal. When I’m entertaining, I almost always serve meals buffet style. I can set the dining table the night before and serve everything buffet style from the kitchen island.

When it comes to overnight holiday guests, I like to serve a casual breakfast or brunch that includes Make-Ahead Orange Sweet Rolls. I’m such a citrus lover and these sweet rolls are filled with brown sugar and orange marmalade.

Orange Sweet Rolls - Ready to Eat

Prep for Overnight Orange Rolls

I do most of the prep work ahead of time and once the orange sweet rolls are baked and cooled, I vacuum seal the orange rolls with my FoodSaver® FM5330 Vacuum Sealing System. My rolls remain fresh and I’m able to relax, knowing that the orange rolls are ready to thaw, heat, frost and serve.

How to Freeze Orange Sweet Rolls

The Foodsaver® FM5330 helps keep my Orange Sweet Rolls fresh in less time with fewer steps.* There’s less bag waste* and the Easy View Vacuum Window always assures me that I’m getting an airtight seal. This is one of the many reasons I love this sealing system.

Make-Ahead Orange Sweet Rolls

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the thawed bread dough into a 15″ x 10″ rectangle. Rolling the bread dough will give your arms a good workout. The thawed dough will be much easier to roll if you let it rest on the kitchen counter for 15 minutes before rolling.

Rolling the Dough for Orange Sweet Rolls

Stir together orange marmalade and softened butter. Spread the mixture onto dough, leaving a 1″ border.

Add Marmalade and Butter to Orange Sweet Rolls

Sprinkle half of the brown sugar evenly over butter mixture.

Add Brown Sugar to Make Ahead Orange Sweet Rolls

Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting at one long side. Pinch edges to seal.

Roll up jelly roll style - Orange Sweet Rolls

Cut rolls into 1″ thick slices and place in 2 lightly greased cake pans, with sides touching. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, for an hour or until doubled in bulk.

Slice rolls and place in cake pan - Orange Sweet Rolls

Bake the Orange Sweet Rolls for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Invert rolls and cool completely.

Orange Rolls Are Delicate

Orange rolls are delicate, so they need to be placed on a cookie sheet and frozen for several hours or until completely firm before sealing.

Once the rolls are frozen, I follow the easy directions that come with the Foodsaver® FM5330. First, I make sure I have a roll installed. To make the first bag, I close the lower seal and cut bar. Then I turn the lever to seal position. When the red light turns off, the seal is complete.

Sealing Orange Sweet Rolls

Then I turn the lever to the unlock position and pull out the pre-sealed roll to measure my bag.

Measuring Bags - Orange Sweet Rolls

When I have the size bag I need, I turn the lever back to the seal position to make the seal of the next bag. I then slide the bag cutter across to cut the bag.

Cutting the bag to freeze Orange Sweet Rolls

I love that every time I turn the lever to seal, I’m creating my next bag. It’s such a simple process.

Bag for storing Orange Sweet Rolls

Once I place the frozen Orange Sweet Rolls in the bag, I vacuum and seal the bag by inserting the open end of the bag through the bottom of the vacuum view window. Once the bag is in place, I push and release the vacuum and seal bar. When the red seal light turns off, the process is complete and the Foodsaver® FM5330 will release the sealed bag.

How to Seal Bag for Orange Sweet Rolls

Then I pop the bag in the freezer and my orange rolls are ready and waiting for my holiday guests. When it’s time to serve, thaw completely and heat in a 350º oven just until warm. Drizzle the warmed orange rolls with icing.

Easy Orange Sweet Rolls

Yield: 12

Make Ahead Orange Sweet Rolls

Make Ahead Orange Sweet Rolls

These delicious orange rolls can be made ahead of time and frozen. Follow the recipe for thawing and icing the rolls before serving.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 (32 oz.) package frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 orange (to juice and zest)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream


  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll thawed bread dough into a 15x10" rectangle. Stir together orange marmalade and softened butter. Spread mixture onto dough, leaving a 1" border. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter mixture. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting at one long side. Pinch edges to seal.
  2. Cut roll into 1" thick slices and place in 2 lightly greased cake pans, with sides touching.
  3. Preheat oven to 375º F. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove rolls and cool completely.
  4. When ready to serve, thaw completely and heat in a 350º oven just until warmed. Drizzle orange rolls with icing.


  1. Grate zest from orange to equal 2 teaspoons. Cut orange in half and squeeze juice to equal 3 Tablespoons. Stir together orange juice, 1 teaspoon orange zest, powdered sugar and whipping cream until smooth. Drizzle over warm rolls. Garnish with remaining teaspoon of orange zest.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 236Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 22mgSodium 79mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 0gSugar 40gProtein 0g

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When it comes to holiday entertaining, I depend on the Foodsaver® FM5330 to plan ahead. When it comes to long-term freezer storage, the multi-layer, BPA-free vacuum-seal bags are the best for blocking out air and helping to prevent freezer burn. This is another reason I trust my FoodSaver® FM 5330.

With the holidays around the corner, I also make sure I stock up on plenty of FoodSaver® Heat-Sealed Bags and FoodSaver® Heat-Sealed Rolls. You can purchase them both at Bed Bath & Beyond.

How to Store Orange Sweet Rolls in the Freezer



*Compared to FoodSaver V4440 Models


robin rue September 24, 2018 - 6:37 am

I love that these can be made ahead of time. I am hosting a brunch in October and I am totally adding these to my menu!!

Amber Myers September 24, 2018 - 8:17 am

Yum, I must make these! We enjoy sweet rolls. I haven’t tried an orange version of them yet, so that’ll be a delicious surprise.

Candy September 24, 2018 - 8:46 am

Nobody ever turns die sweet rolls. They freeze really well so I like to make several pans and have some friends n hand.

Tasheena September 24, 2018 - 9:55 am

This looks like an awesome storage system to have on hand especially with the holidays right around the corner. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

Chubskulit Rose September 24, 2018 - 10:24 am

I might try to make this for one of my daughter’s volleyball games for them to snack on on the bus. Glad you shared the recipe to us.

Melissa Chapman September 24, 2018 - 10:37 am

Those swirls look so good and tasty. It is so smart to save meals and special dishes for a later time and then it is ready.

Farrah Less September 24, 2018 - 11:09 am

Orange or lemon rolls is one of my favorite bread. In fact I made this last week and my family loves it. It is also great with ice cream on the side.

Ashley September 24, 2018 - 3:54 pm

Those orange rolls sound (and look) tasty. I’m saving this recipe for later.

Jenn@Engineermommy September 24, 2018 - 4:57 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like these Orange Sweet Rolls. Usually I have only seen cinnamon ones. I would love to try making these, as they look amazing.

Melanie September 24, 2018 - 9:44 pm

The FoodSaver is one of my favorite kitchen accessories! It makes stocking up on bulk meat easy and quick.

Denay DeGuzman September 24, 2018 - 11:14 pm

I love making orange sweet rolls from scratch! Your recipe looks so flavorful and delicious. I look forward to baking up a batch of this homemade goodness. Yum. Yum!

Anosa Malanga September 25, 2018 - 4:58 am

Ohhh, seeing this orange sweet rolls is definitely making me drool and wanting to have a taste of it. Taking note of the recipe and the seal too.

Rachel September 25, 2018 - 11:33 am

I have a food saver! And I love orange sweet rolls! I am so excited about making these, I can’t even tell you.

Jeanine September 25, 2018 - 11:59 am

WHAt a great kitchen tool. With a huge family and holiday season approaching, we could get great use out of this. Those rolls look delicious

Dhemz September 25, 2018 - 3:12 pm

What a fancy vacuum sealer. I want one! Oh, I can smell the orange marmalade. I would love to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Ronnie September 25, 2018 - 3:22 pm

I’m surprised it protected the volume of the sweet rolls when you vacuumed out the air! I really want one of these for our home, too.

Alli September 25, 2018 - 6:35 pm

Like I stated in the article, you must freeze the orange rolls on a cookie sheet until frozen solid before using the FoodSaver® and vacuuming out the air. If you don’t, the rolls will flatten.

Kita Bryant September 25, 2018 - 4:13 pm

This is something I would love to make for the family. This is the kind of stuff they love!

Heather September 25, 2018 - 9:35 pm

I’m definitely going to make this for my family. I bet they would love it! It’s not often that I use orange in desserts.

Karen Morse September 26, 2018 - 7:06 am

I think this is a great idea! Perfect when you have people coming over unexpectedly. I’d love to keep the recipe! I’m thinking about getting that food saver too, so convenient to have at home!

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