Orange Cardamom Rolls

I have made these for the last couple of years for our New Year’s Day donut party, and they are one of my favorites.


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons (2 packages) active dry yeast

In bowl of stand mixer, sprinkle yeast over water and allow to dissolve.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom* (grind the cardamom fresh if you can)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt

Heat over medium, stirring occasionally until butter has barely melted. Remove from burner and cool to warm.

When yeast has dissolved, add to mixer:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • Warm butter mixture

Mix on low to combine well, then add

  • 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cups flour

Mix until dough is able to pull away from sides of mixer. The dough will still be quite sticky; do not add too much flour.

Mix with dough hook on low 4 more minutes. Grease a large bowl and allow dough to rise 1 1/2 hours (should about double in size).


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Make a paste. (It’s really messy, but I use my hands. You could also use a mixer, I would think.)

Split dough in half. Roll first half into a 9- x 20-inch rectangle. Spread half the filling on the dough (it goes farther than it looks like it will), then fold over to form a 9- x 10-inch rectangle. Roll a little flatter, then cut into 12 strips.  Twist the strips into knots (just wing it like I do, or watch a YouTube video. Jason literally tied knots). Set on baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest 15 minutes.  Repeat with second half of dough and filling.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

(Remove plastic wrap, though I hope that’s obvious.) Bake at 350 for 20 minutes (or so) until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.


  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • zest and juice from 1 orange
  • (milk or cream or water)

Mix together and add additional liquid 1 teaspoon at a time to adjust consistency. Brush glaze over rolls.

One Response

  1. These are stupendous, and one of my love languages.

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