Mini Orange Monkey Rolls


I introduced Ellie to orange rolls this week when we had a mother daughter lunch day, and just like me she is hooked.  Orange rolls are like cinnamon rolls, but instead of the cinnamon there is the delicious sweet orange flavor.

When I came across this recipe I just knew it would be delicious and it was.  They were inhaled.

Recipe from The Recipe Critic.


Mini Orange Monkey Rolls:

  • 12 frozen yeast dinner rolls (not the bake and serve in 5-10 minutes kind)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. (I actually used 1 tsp.) Karo syrup
Sweet Orange Glaze (can omit, if desired):
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 TBSP butter, melted
  • 2 TBSP orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Take out 12 frozen dinner rolls and allow them to thaw but still be cold. Cut each roll with a pizza cutter into about 4-6 smaller pieces each.
  2. Mix the 1 c. of sugar and orange zest into a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350*.
  4. Melt the 1/2 c. butter and mix with karo syrup.
  5. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  6. Dip each small piece of the butter and roll in the sugar/orange zest mixture.  (There will be quite a bit of butter and some sugar/orange zest mixture left over.) Put about 4-6 pieces into the muffin tin and fill them about 1/2 way with the small frozen dinner roll pieces.  Let them double in size, about a couple of hours.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Let the rolls cool slightly and then use a knife to loosen them up. Remove each roll and place them upside down on a cooling rack as the bottoms will be sticky.
  9. When ready to serve, make the sweet orange glaze: mix the powdered sugar, orange zest, 1 TBSP butter, 2 TBSP orange juice, and 1 tsp. vanilla together.  Drizzle over the tops of each of the orange rolls. (If you don’t want the glaze you can omit).
Mini Orange Monkey Rolls:

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