Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke
2 dozen (serving size: 1 roll)

Keep any remaining rolls in the baking pan. Cover pan with foil, and store it in the refrigerator. To reheat, place foil-covered pan in a 300° oven for 15 minutes or until rolls are warm.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare dough, dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons softened butter, salt, and egg, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 cups flour to yeast mixture; beat until smooth. Add 1 cup flour to yeast mixture, stirring until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel sticky).

Step 2

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour and 15 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)

Step 3

Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Divide dough in half. Working with 1 portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), roll each portion of dough into a 12-inch circle on a floured surface. Brush surface of each circle with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Combine 3/4 cup sugar and rind. Sprinkle half of sugar mixture over each circle. Cut each circle into 12 wedges. Roll up each wedge tightly, beginning at wide end. Place rolls, point sides down, in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 25 minutes or until doubled in size.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 5

Uncover dough. Bake at 350º for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 6

While rolls bake, prepare the glaze. Combine 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup butter, and orange juice in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in 1/2 cup sour cream. Drizzle glaze over warm rolls; let stand 20 minutes before serving.

Ratings & Reviews

bestdessertever's Review

April 16, 2013
this is one of my favorite dessert ever. It takes really long to make them but like everyone says worth the time. the only thing i had to do was make more of the sugar filling otherwise it was fine. I would recommend this recipe to anyone.

cnpsix's Review

June 20, 2010
These are definitely worth the time! I didn't change anything but I think I'll cut back on the sugar in the filling and the glaze next time. I'd also make less glaze, too. I took them to a potluck picnic and folks seemed to really like them. They taste more like dessert than rolls!

crosscourt's Review

April 04, 2010
These were delicious. I ran out of sour cream so I used 3/4 cup sour cream and 1/4 cup yogurt with strawberries for the rolls and for the topping plain yogurt and they turned out great.

jenmax's Review

December 10, 2008
Rmtorino, My son made a non orange yeast crescent roll in school, then we made it at home for Thanksgiving. He had to do over two days for school. They did the 1 and a quarter hour rising in the refrigerator as an overnight (23 hours for them, 12 hours for us), then punched it, the 5 minute rest, and rolled it to continue the recipe. Worked very well.