Sweet Roll Dough
In an electric mixer, a kitchen aid or bosch mixer works great, add the warm water (If using milk, You can warm the milk in the microwave or on a stovetop in a pan. Be careful not to overheat the milk. If you overheat the milk, let it cool till it is about 115 degrees or barely warm on your wrist)
Add the sugar and yeast, mix. (Let that mixture sit for about 5 minutes or until the yeast mixture is light and frothy.
Add the butter, 3 cups of the flour, eggs, and salt. Using a dough hook on your mixer, mix the dough for about 2 minutes or until the dough is really gooey and stringy. Scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Add more flour, a half-cup at a time, to the yeast mixture while mixing. Once you have added about 5 cups flour total, continue to knead the bread. Add flour only until the dough pulls away clean from the edge of the bowl, up to 1 more cup.
By watching this important step will ensure you don't add too much flour to your dough. If you have flour leftover, no worries. You can dust your countertop lightly with the remaining flour when you roll your dough out.
Rolling Out the Orange Rolls
To roll out the orange rolls you will want to lightly flour your countertop and a rolling pin. Separate the dough into 2 portions. Use your rolling pin and roll the dough out into a rectangular shape. You will want your dough to be about 18" tall by about 24" wide. More importantly, the dough should be about ½" thick in all areas.
When rolling out the dough, it's helpful to start in the middle of the dough and roll outwards from the center. If the dough is a little sticky, pull back the dough and add some more flour to your baking surface.
Try to keep the dough as symmetrical as possible. This will help keep the size and thickness of the cinnamon rolls the same.
Once your dough is rolled out, you can add the filling. Melt the butter and brush it on the cinnamon roll dough. Sprinkle the brown sugar on the butter and then sprinkle the cinnamon on the brown sugar. Add raisins if desired.
Starting with the bottom of the dough, roll the cinnamon roll, moving along the dough as you go, roll the dough into a long "pipe or log."
You can use floss to slide under the roll and cut the cinnamon rolls into 1" thick slices. You can also use a large knife, that has a little bit of serration, to cut the cinnamon rolls into 1" thick slices.
Lay the cinnamon rolls in a greased baking sheet about ½"-1" apart.
Continue with this process until ALL the dough is rolled out, filled with cinnamon and sugar, cut into slices, and rising in the baking dish
Cover the cinnamon rolls with a light towel and put them in a warm place until they double in size. They should be spongy to the touch.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. When the oven is preheated, bake the cinnamon rolls for about 30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
Orange Dreamcicle Frosting
Make sure to use soft butter( ½ cup), room temp is best. In an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Turn the mixer down very low and add the powdered sugar (3 cups), ½ teaspoon vanilla, ½ teaspoon orange extract flavoring, 1 Tablespoon finely grated orange zest, and 2 Tablespoons Orange Juice and then mix until all the ingredients are combined. Turn the mixer on high again and beat until fluffy.
Spread a thick layer of this orange frosting recipe on the warm rolls, just out of the oven, paying close attention to evenly coat the edges of the sweet rolls.