Zesty Orange and Almond Cinnamon Rolls

Rolls & Buns

Luscious cinnamon rolls with 2 flavors of icing! Who could resist these with a steaming cup of coffee?





12 rolls

Prep Time

45 minutes

Rise Time

1-1/2 hours

Bake Time

30 to 40 minutes


  • Rolls
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) envelope Fleischmann's® Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (100º to 110ºF)
  • 1 cup potato-cooking water
  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 4 to 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Orange Icing
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly shredded orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • Almond Icing
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract


Stir the yeast into warm water in a large mixing bowl and let stand a few minutes to dissolve. Add the potato water that has cooled to 100º to 110ºF, mashed potato, sugar, salt, butter and egg. Beat well with electric mixer. Add 2 cups of flour and beat 2 minutes. Add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 8 to 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.  Place dough in a large greased bowl, cover and let rise about 45 minutes, or until dough has doubled in bulk.

Punch dough down. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 14x8-inch rectangle. Spread dough with softened butter. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over butter. Roll up from long sides like a jelly roll. Cut into 12 equal pieces. Arrange rolls, cut sides up, in two greased 9-inch round pans or one 13 x 9-inch pan.

Cover pan loosely with greased plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in bulk, approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

Bake at 350ºF for 30 to 40 minutes or until evenly browned. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.

To make Orange Icing: Combine powdered sugar, orange peel, vanilla and enough orange juice to make icing of drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled rolls.

To make Almond Icing: Combine powdered sugar, almond extract and enough milk to make icing of drizzling consistency. Drizzle over orange iced rolls.