Orange Knots

Soft orange knots with a sweet citrus glaze are an excellent addition to your brunch or dinner table. Every holiday and sometimes for a special dinner treat I make my families favorite Sweet Dinner Rolls with Honey Butter. The dinner rolls are always super soft and quite addicting. I was planning on making them for our Easter dinner but I wanted to switch up the recipe a bit. When I stumbled across some orange knots on Sweet Treats and More, I immediately thought of the sweet dinner roll recipe. The orange knot recipe used frozen Rhodes dinner rolls, however, I knew that the sweet dinner roll recipe would be perfect! I tweaked the recipe a bit and the turned out absolutely incredible! The rolls are quite sweet and you could get away with serving them for brunch as well as dinner.

After spending the past 10 days in Miami and Key West, we are headed off to part two of three of our June vacation. We are headed to Cape Cod  for a wedding extravaganza. Tonight is the welcome barbecue, followed by the wedding and reception on Saturday and the farewell brunch on Sunday. We are very excited to see friends and family that we haven’t seen in over a year! 🙂

Orange Knots

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  • 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (110 degrees)
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium orange rind, grated
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Citrus Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the water, yeast and sugar; let rest 10 minutes until foamy.
  2. Add milk, egg, butter, sugar, salt, and flour to the yeast mixture and mix with the dough hook on medium-low until thoroughly combined, about 10 minutes
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Let rest ten minutes. Divide dough into 16 balls. Roll each ball 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 parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let double in size, about 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes until golden. Remove from pan and place on cooling rack. Brush with citrus glaze, serve warm.

Source: adapted from Sweet Dinner Rolls with Honey Butterallrecipes.comSweet Treats and More and Rhodes

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20 Responses to Orange Knots

  1. Have a great time at the wedding!

  2. These knots look amazing!!! Have a wonderful time on the rest of your trip!

  3. jenna laughs says:

    YUM! These remind me of those Pillsbury Orange Danish. My Mom made those for us every Christmas morning. So these orange knots definitely bring up happy memories 🙂

  4. These look seriously incredible! Mmmmm!!

  5. When I saw the title I expected them to be far sweeter. I like that they’re not, makes them more versatile. They look just great.

  6. These look so delicious and fluffy. I think I’d eat them for breakfast. And probably lunch, too. 🙂

  7. Firstly I´m amazed at the wonderful posts you´re doing whilst on holiday – congratulations! We have so many oranges here in Andalucía that I´m always happy to find a new recipe to use them in. This sounds perfect and will be giving these rolls a try very soon. Enjoy the wedding!

  8. briarrose says:

    Love the concept. I would never have thought to do an sweet orange dinner roll… brain usually goes straight to something like a cinnamon roll. 😉 Fabulous recipe.

  9. oOoOoo have fun and stay safe girlie! wow these look sooo good–especially because they’re so small–I bet the small size makes the flavors seep through more easily. I love pretzel-y stuff!

  10. So jealous Christina, but have fun. Those orange rolls looks perfect for every occasion.

  11. Caroline says:

    I’ve only tried garlic knots and cinnamon sugar knots, but orange!? These sound incredible. Hope you have a fabulous time in Cape Cod. 🙂

  12. Tina @ vanillandspice says:

    Why are your recipes always so amazing! Seriously, my mouth waters every time I’m on your blog.

  13. Monica says:

    Oh, how I love this recipe! I’m trying this one out as soon as I can. LOVE orange flavored anything.

  14. juniakk says:

    looks delicious! i want to learn how to tie knots with my bread dough one day hehehe. hope you are enjoying your vacay~

  15. The Teenage Taste says:

    These Orange Knots look so good! They’re like a sweet version of garlic knots. Yummy!

  16. kankana says:

    Sounds like a great wedding party 🙂 This orange knot is going straight in my wish list .. that citrus glaze .. one of my fav!

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  19. Jane Rodman says:

    are you just using the orange zest or actully grating the whole orange rind including the white pith? these sound marvelous!

    • Christina says:

      I only grate the outside of the orange (not the white pith) for these knots. If you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out for you! 🙂

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