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Slow Cooker Orange Sweet Rolls

Soft, fluffy sweet rolls filled with a cinnamon-orange filling and topped with a sweet orange glaze. These orange sweet rolls take just over two hours to make and no proofing of the dough is required because everything happens in the slow cooker as the rolls bake. All you have to do is mix the dough and fill it with the filling. The rolls will rise during the slow bake in the slow cooker. The process couldn’t be easier!

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Slow Cooker Orange Sweet Rolls on brown paper

As much as I love my cranberry orange sweet rolls, sometimes you just want a sweet roll without all the fuss. Right?

These orange sweet rolls solve all your woes when it comes to working with yeast dough. They are made in the slow cooker so they don’t require rise time.

Can you believe it? It’s become my favorite way to make things like slow cooker monkey bread.

Using the slow cooker method decreases the prep time so you can enjoy sweet rolls sooner. The rising and baking happen in the slow cooker in just two hours.

The dough for these sweet rolls comes together quickly and easily. Mix it up in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment and you won’t need to knead it.

oranges and yeast packets on brown paper

Use quality yeast like Red Star Platinum Instant Yeast for best results with this recipe.

Once the dough comes together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and let it rest for about 10 minutes. This will allow the gluten to relax, making it easier to roll out.

Line a large slow cooker with parchment paper and spray the paper lightly with nonstick spray. This will prevent the rolls from sticking and it makes clean up a breeze.

overhead view of Orange Sweet Rolls in a slow cooker

Roll the dough out into a rectangle, brush it with melted butter, and sprinkle tons of cinnamon orange sugar over it. Roll the dough up to form a tight log and slice it into 10 to 12 pieces.

If your slow cooker is smaller, you may want fewer but longer slices.

Arrange the cut pieces in the bottom of the slow cooker and cook on high for two hours. The sides will turn a gorgeous golden brown.

The icing is a simple mix of confectioners’ sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and heavy cream. Drizzle it over the top while the rolls are still warm and enjoy.

Glazed Slow Cooker Orange Sweet Rolls on brown paper

Minimal work and big, bold flavor make these slow cooker orange sweet rolls a very special treat for breakfast.

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Slow Cooker Orange Sweet Rolls on brown paper

Slow Cooker Orange Sweet Rolls

Yield: 10 rolls
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

These are the best orange sweet rolls – soft, light, fluffy, with a hint of cinnamon orange flavor. Topped with a bold orange glaze, they’re completely irresistible. The dough is simple and doesn’t require time for rising because it all happens in the slow cooker. This is the easiest and most delicious sweet roll recipe ever!

Ingredients

For the rolls

  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar, plus 1 teaspoon, divided
  • 2 and ¼ teaspoons Red Star Platinum Instant Yeast, (1 packet)
  • 2 and ¾ to 3 and ¼ cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cups unsalted butter, melted and cooled, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling

  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the glaze

  • 1 and ⅓ cups confectioners' sugar
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Line a slow cooker with parchment paper and spray the paper lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

Make the dough

  1. Heat milk and 1 teaspoon of the sugar in a small saucepan until it reaches 105°F. Remove from heat and stir in the yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes, until yeast has dissolved and the mixture begins to foam.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, stir together 2 cups of the flour, salt, and remaining sugar. Add the yeast mixture, ¼ cup of the butter, egg, and vanilla. Mix on low speed until combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the remaining flour, ¼ cup at a time, until a soft dough forms. You may not need all the flour. The dough will be ready when it no longer sticks to the sides of the mixing bowl. It should feel soft but not sticky. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and let rest for 10 minutes.

Make the filling

  1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon.
  2. Roll the dough out into an 8x13 inch rectangle. Gently brush the remaining butter over the dough and sprinkle the filling evenly over the butter. Starting with the long side, tightly roll the dough into a log and pinch the seam to seal.
  3. Place the roll, seam-side down, on a cutting board. Cut the dough into 10 to 12 equal pieces and arrange them inside the prepared slow cooker. Place a double layer of paper towel under the lid to prevent condensation from dripping onto the rolls.
  4. Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 2 hours or until the rolls are cooked through. Remove the rolls by lifting them out with the parchment paper.

Make the glaze

  1. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and heavy cream. Drizzle the glaze over the rolls while they are still warm and serve right away.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 377

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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sylvia

Sunday 27th of December 2020

I'd like to have these fresh baked for breakfast. Can I leave the cinnamon rolls in the slow cooker bowl and place it in the refrigerator overnight and put it in the slow cooker in the morning, say 7am, they would be ready for Breakfast at 9am? What do you think about that?

Jen Sobjack

Monday 28th of December 2020

I've not tested this method and can't give advice on how it will turn out. But the dough is super quick to put together and doesn't require hours of rising. So it only takes about 30 minutes to put the recipe together.

Sherry Carr

Monday 4th of February 2019

I made them today and I used, as the recipe says, bread flour which is higher protein, and not regular flour . They came out quite dense, more like biscuits or scones than the cinnamon rolls I am used to. Are you sure you mean bread flour??? I rarely use bread flour, usually only for a French bread or a sourdough.

Jen Sobjack

Wednesday 6th of February 2019

Hi Sherry! I'm sorry you thought the sweet rolls were dense. I did indeed use bread flour but my rolls came out fluffy. Make sure you are measuring the flour properly and not incorporating more flour than needed. It very possible you didn't need the full amount called for.

Sherry Carr

Saturday 2nd of February 2019

I will be making these today, as a long time cinnamon/orange roll baker, I want to share my trick of cutting the rolls with dental floss, not a knife! Slip a piece of floss under the roll, bring up, criss-cross and pull, it will slice your roll without flattening it!

Jen Sobjack

Monday 4th of February 2019

Thanks for sharing! We use that method also when we have mint-free floss on hand.

Marcy

Sunday 27th of January 2019

1/27/2019 I made these today and they were really good. Due to health issues, I had to make a couple of ingredient changes. I used water instead of milk, oil instead of butter in the dough, and white sugar rather than brown. I misread and cut the dough into 8 rather than 10 or 12. They were huge! My hubby has enjoyed every bite. Next time I will have everything ready on the counter so I can get them in the crockpot faster.

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 29th of January 2019

I'm thrilled to hear the rolls came out great with the changes you made. Thanks for sharing!

Craig

Monday 19th of February 2018

Seriously? Everyone absolutely tripping over themselves and fawning to inform us of how great the recipe LOOKS, and how they simply CAN'T WAIT to try it, but no one makes it? Puhleeze.

Well, I made it, and hope that if you're someone -- like me -- who's new to this site, that you find your way past the glad-handing to this spot for a short, but honest-to-God review, because this recipe is really quite something. We were promised an easy recipe to follow, and it's true. It really couldn't be simpler. I'm not one who knows a whole lot about baking, so I was a bit intimidated by the rolling of the dough, but really, slicing equally sized pieces from the dough is the trickiest part. Make sure you have a sharp knife.

One thing that is a little off-putting (at first) is that when fully baked, the rolls themselves are pretty white. This is evident in the pictures above, and I couldn't help but feel the urge the put these in the oven for a little while, just to brown. I didn't, and the rolls came out just fine. In fact, I've made them 3 times in 6 months, and I'm about to make them again. As for flavor, they're wonderful. If the Panera orange scone and a Cinnabon had a love child, this would be it. Really a terrific recipe (that my southern-born mother-in-law can't stop talking about) that more people should take the time to bake.

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 20th of February 2018

Thank you so much for the feedback! These are some of my favorite rolls!

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