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


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


In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the water, yeast and sugar; let rest 10 minutes until foamy.
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
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
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.
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.

20 Responses to “Orange Knots”

  1. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — June 10, 2011 @ 7:02 am

    Have a great time at the wedding!

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    happywhennothungry — June 10, 2011 @ 8:54 am

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

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    jenna laughs — June 10, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    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 :)

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    Kristen@PrettySweet — June 10, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    These look seriously incredible! Mmmmm!!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — June 10, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    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.

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — June 10, 2011 @ 11:03 am

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

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    chicaandaluza — June 10, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    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!

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    briarrose — June 10, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    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.

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    Ellie@fitforthesoul — June 10, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

    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!

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    sensiblecooking — June 10, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

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

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    Caroline — June 10, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

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

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    Tina @ vanillandspice — June 10, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

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

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    Monica — June 10, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

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

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    juniakk — June 11, 2011 @ 1:07 am

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

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    The Teenage Taste — June 11, 2011 @ 8:43 am

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

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    kankana — June 12, 2011 @ 3:17 am

    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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    Jane Rodman — July 16, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

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

    • Christina replied: — July 17th, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

      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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