I have a book that mentions orange rolls. It’s one of those manuscripts that I am still hoping makes it to publication so don’t call me a liar when you see no mention of orange rolls in The Hope of Azure Springs. Be patient. Someday you’ll know what I’m talking about. . . I hope.

I’m getting off topic. I have a book that mentions orange rolls and that might not seem significant to you but it totally is to me. My mom makes orange rolls every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Her mom made them. And her mom’s mom. And I’m not sure, but it might even go farther back than that. So orange rolls are so much more than delicious, they are tradition. I even make them!

If you are sitting around this holiday season thinking “my family needs more traditions” go make orange rolls!

My mom is super amazing in the kitchen. When she makes these she makes like a million regular rolls and then uses some of the dough to make orange rolls. And we eat them ALL.

Dissolve 2 tsp yeast into ½ cup warm water.


1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup water
3 tbl sugar
1 tsp salt
2 beaten eggs
approximately 3 cups of flour


Let rise.

At this point you can use a round cookie cutter and cut them out and fold them in half and fill a trey and make the best rolls ever. (My sister cleverly calls them “little folded over rolls.”)


Roll the dough out like you would a cinnamon roll and spread 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tbl grated orange peel all over the dough then roll it up and cut it. I like to put mine in muffin tins to bake but you could also just put in a pan.

Bake 10 minutes at 375.

We usually 3 times this recipe (but we really like our rolls!)

Yay for book trivia (even if it’s an unpublished book), yay for good for food, and mostly yay for traditions!!!

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