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Orange Cardamom Cinnamon Rolls

Orange cardamom cinnamon rolls combine fun flavors with a classic breakfast. Perfect for holidays or any day you want to be special.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Proof2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade cinnamon rolls, orange cardamom cinnamon roll recipe, orange cardamom cinnamon rolls
Servings: 18 rolls


  • 1/4 cup warm water + 1 package yeast
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup milk warm
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pink salt or sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2-4 cups unbleached flour


  • 6 tbsp butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg


  • 2 inches from a block of cream cheese softened
  • 4 tbsp butter softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp warm milk
  • Zest of one orange


  • In a large mixing bowl, place warm water and yeast. Let rest until frothy.
  • In a small saucepan melt butter, add milk and turn off heat. Make sure milk and butter are just warm to the touch and whisk into the yeast and water mix.
  • Whisk in egg, salt, vanilla, and sugar.
  • With a wooden spoon, one cup at a time, mix in flour until a less sticky smooth dough forms.
  • cover and set in a warm part in your kitchen to double in volume.
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Butter a 9x13 pan using a pastry brush with butter or refined coconut oil. Set aside.
  • When It has doubled, place dough on a floured surface and press with fingers or use rolling pin to form dough into a rectangle of about 15 inches long.
  • Spread filling on dough evenly (as pictured abovand then with the long side tightly roll dough into a log.
  • To cut evenly, cut log in half, then each half in half and so on until you have 16-18 cinnamon rolls.
  • Place cinnamon rolls in pan and set in a warm part of your kitchen to let them rise to about double. If needed you can cover them to help them rise.
  • With a pastry brush brush the tops of the cinnamon rolls with a little melted butter.
  • Place in your preheated oven, and bake about 30 min. or until golden brown on top.
  • Note: I baked mine in 2┬áseparate pans so I could use the pan in pictures, so I had 12 in that pan and 6 in another.


  • While dough is rising, make filling
  • Mix soft butter, spices, and sugar in a small mixing bowl with a whisk or hand mixer.
  • Set aside.


  • I usually make this while cinnamon rolls are baking, but you could make before.
  • With a hand mixer or whisk, mix cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar.
  • With a grater grate in zest from one orange and mix well.Buy a hand zester here
  • Add warm milk 1 tbsp at a time until icing is thin enough to drizzle it on.
  • Drizzle on icing and enjoy!