These Homemade Mimosa-Inspired Orange Cinnamon Rolls start with a tender fluffy dough combined with a zesty cinnamon sugar filling and are finished off with a creamy citrusy champagne glaze all made with Florida’s Natural orange juice. They are an absolute treat to wake up to and the perfect way to brunch all year round!
Disclosure: I partnered with Florida’s Natural for this Cinnamon Rolls recipe post, but all opinions expressed here are my own. I am grateful for authentic partnerships like this.
With spring comes brunch season and it has me thinking of some of my favorite morning meals. One of my favorite places to visit for breakfast in Chicago is a spot called Ann Sather. On most weekends, there’s a hefty wait for a table and folks have no problem putting in the time. Families, friends, and solo diners gather around the windows to watch as others feast on steaming skillets and fluffy Belgian waffles. But the most anticipated treat of all is the iconic Ann Sather cinnamon roll!
Each decadent, cream-cheese frosted bun is the size of my fist, with big and bold flavor to match. Served warm, these cinnamon rolls (and the experience that comes with them) are a force to be reckoned with.
There’s nothing like the taste of Florida’s Natural® Orange Juice! Made from only the highest-quality citrus, Florida’s Natural is the best you can buy. Not only does each sip nourish your body, but Florida’s Natural is a proud citrus cooperative owned by hundreds of citrus farmers and their families. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Recently, I found myself craving those rolls, so I set out to make some of my own. But, y’all just know I can’t help myself! I just had to remix the recipe and take advantage of some incredible Florida’s Natural orange juice I had in the fridge.
And just like that, Mimosa Orange Cinnamon Rolls were born! Zesty, uplifting, decadent, and soft, these rolls are soon to be a breakfast or brunch staple in your home. They already are in mine!
It’s no secret that I love cinnamon rolls (and make them often). Over the years, I’ve shared quite a few cinnamon roll recipes with y’all, but none like today’s. Orange is such a great flavor all year round, so I decided that it would be fun to use that flavor for a change.
This recipe uses 3 delicious components to create something fresh, unique and so incredibly delicious:
ORANGE-INFUSED DOUGH- Any cinnamon roll worth its weight is soft, doughy, and slightly chewy, and this dough produces just that. Both the orange juice and zest add a bright, zippy, yet still subtle flavor. Put it all together and you’ve got a unique canvas waiting to be dressed up with spices, sugar, and, of course, that ooey-gooey glaze.
CINNAMON SUGAR FILLING- This filing is nearly identical to that of a regular cinnamon roll! The addition of orange zest ties together the different elements of this recipe and creates a delicious, citrusy bite.
ORANGE CHAMPAGNE GLAZE- Made with indulgent cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar, champagne and both orange juice and zest, this drizzle is the POP that makes this recipe stand out. It literally tastes like a mimosa in icing form!!! It’s a whole new level of tasty!
How to Make Orange Cinnamon Rolls
How to Make In Advance
Absolutely! Breaking up the work into two days can help save yourself the morning wake-up call and improve your pastries.
Prepare the cinnamon rolls as directed by the recipe, then line them up in a buttered dish. Tightly cover the dish, place it in the refrigerator, and let rest overnight. Not only are you saving yourself time, but the flavor of the dough will benefit from a slow rise overnight. This is especially great for highly enriched dough, which tends not to rise as much as lean dough.
Once ready to bake, take the dish out of the fridge and allow the rolls to double in size (about 1-1½ hours). Preheat the oven, then bake, cool, and serve!
These rolls don’t last long in my house but, when there are leftovers, I make it a point to keep them moist and delicious rather than dry and drab. The answer to keeping them moist is all in the packaging method. Store cinnamon rolls in an airtight container or individually wrapped (in saran or foil) at room temperature for 2-3 days. Move to the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
If you’re not planning on eating your leftovers within a week, I suggest freezing them. Cinnamon rolls can be stored and frozen for up to 4 months. To defrost, allow the rolls to sit at room temperature or a few hours or overnight in the fridge.
To Reheat: A quick zap in the microwave (about 30 seconds) should do the trick! Alternatively, heat in a convection or conventional oven at 350 for about 5-10 minutes.
Best Roll Recipes
Catch me baking rolls, sweet or savory, all year long! If you enjoyed this recipe, try a few more of my BEST homemade rolls:
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
- Garlic Cheese Stuffed Rolls
- Strawberry Rose Butter Buns
- Cinnamon Roll Biscuits
- Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls
- Strawberry Shortcake Cinnamon Rolls
- Lemon Cinnamon Biscuits
- Classic Cinnamon Rolls
- Sticky Buns
Mimosa Orange Cinnamon Rolls
For the Dough
- 2 1/4 tsp active-dry yeast 1 package
- 1/2 cup whole milk room temperature
- 1/2 cup Florida's Natural No Pulp Orange Juice room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs beaten at room temperature
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled to room temperature
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 5 cups all purpose flour up to 5 1/2 cups or add more if needed
- 1 tsp kosher salt
For the Filling
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp fresh orange zest
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
For the Orange Glaze
- 4 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 1/2 cup powdered sugar sifted
- 2 tbsp champagne or more juice below if you want it to be non-alcoholic
- 2 tbsp Florida's Natural No Pulp Orange Juice
- 1 tbsp orange zest for garnish
For the Dough
- In a stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, add a pinch of the sugar, the yeast and milk, and let sit for about 5 minutes so that the yeast can begin to activate. Once you see that it is bubbly, turn on the mixer to medium speed and add the orange juice, remaining sugar, beaten eggs, butter, vanilla and orange zest.
- Next, replace the paddle with the dough hook and slow mixer down to low speed. Add in 4½ cups of the flour, followed by the salt and continue to knead on low until completely combined. Gradually add the remaining flour after a thick dough begins to form. If you need any additional flour, add only a ¼ cup at a time making sure that the dough is pulling away from the bowl. Mix for about 10 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl and form it into a ball.
- Wash and dry the mixing bowl, spray it with non-stick baking spray, and return the dough to the bowl. Turn the ball of dough over so the oiled side is on top, then cover with foil or plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest and rise in a warm area of your kitchen for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
For the Filling
- In a small bowl, add both sugars, zest, cinnamon and salt and whisk together to combine. Set aside.
- Grease a large baking dish with more non-stick baking spray and set aside.
- Remove dough from the bowl after 60 minutes and add to the floured surface again. With a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle, about 15×9 inches. Use additional flour as needed to keep it from sticking.
- Once rolled out, spread the butter evenly over the dough using an off-set or rubber spatula.
- Evenly sprinkle the filling on top of the butter.
- Starting from one of the long sides of the rectangle, roll the dough into a log. Pinch the seams a bit just to seal in the filling.
- Cut the log into 12 equal pieces using plain (flavor-less) dental floss or a very sharp knife. Add each roll, swirl side up, to the greased dish and let them sit at room temperature covered with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel for another 30-45 minutes or until they double in size.
- Towards the end of the second rising time, preheat your oven to 350°F. Once the cinnamon rolls have risen, remove the cover.
- Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted to the center of a roll comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.
For the Glaze
- In your stand mixer or using a bowl with a hand mixer, mix together the butter, cream cheese, and salt on medium speed until smooth.
- Slow speed down to low and gradually add the powdered sugar until combined.
- Once sugar is fully incorporated, turn the mixer back to medium speed and add the champagne, juice and orange zest. Pour the glaze on top either warm so it melts down or wait until they cool for it to be thickened, and serve.