No-Rise Orange Rolls

You know. I really love the crap out of you all.  Thank you.

Sometime around noon today, my doorbell rang unexpectedly.  I say unexpectedly, because if I have any clue someone might stop by and ring the bell, I will actually toss on a bra and push my glasses civilly up the bridge of my nose.  I didn’t do either of those. Ding dong.

It was one of the high-school girls my husband taught once upon a time, all grown up with babies of her own.  She had in her hand a yellow flower and envelope.  “I read your blog post,” she said, thrusting the green stem and carefully sealed envelope into my hands.  Throwing all caution to the wind, I stepped barefoot onto the front porch and settled into conversation.  She was all smiles and so was I. There’s something about reuniting with someone you forgot you so adored. It’s so gosh-danged nice.

(RELATED TANGENT: Of course, this sweet friend was a physical representation of the support and warmth so, so many of you offered yesterday. Thank you. Will you please allow me to offer the same to you whenEVER you need it? What a gift you all are to me. I hope to be the same to you.)

So, then. If yesterday’s lesson was to be unafraid of being honest with your truest friends (and to embrace leg fat…aka lipoma…but really I just like the name polka-dot fat, so that’s what we’ll be calling it from here on out, k?) then today’s was to learn the profoundly simple truth that telling a person you are thinking about them is never an inconvenience.  Even if they are barefoot. Even if they are braless.  Especially if they are wearing giant nerdy glasses near a public street.  I can’t thank Amber enough for reminding me of such.

Lest you fear I’ll be going all mushy-gushy on you from here on out, I also feel to tell you that there are eleven other wondrous things to blog about, but my husband is running his fingers through my hair and it seems I’ve forgotten just about everything that was to be typed.

I’m having a realfsdly haarrd timmmmme concentraaaaaaaaasting.

So, let’s just nutshell it from here on out.

1) Tell people you love them. Spontaeously. Inexplicably. Entirely.

2) Eat orange rolls. Especially these ones.  With or without cleave support.

3) I really do love the crap out of you.

See? Still Cheeky. ;)


No-Rise Splendidly Simple Orange Rolls


1 cup plain greek yogurt
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups orange marmalade
1/4 cup melted butter

6 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter
1/4 cup orange marmalade
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla


In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, oil, and milk. Add the baking powder and two cups of flour and stir together until a soft batter forms. Add the remaining flour and stir together until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a slightly floured surface and roll the dough to 1/2-3/4" thick with a wooden rolling pin.

Spread a nice, thickish layer of marmalade across the dough, drizzle melted butter across the top of the marmalade, then roll the dough into a long "snake." Cut the snake into 1 1/2" slices. Place slices onto a slightly greased baking sheet or cake pan and bake in a oven preheated to 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Remove and frost with orange buttercream.

Mix all ingredients together in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Spread atop warm orange rolls. Serve & enjoy!

Makes approximately 32 rolls. (Enough to share.)

14 Responses to “No-Rise Orange Rolls”

  1. amy allen says:

    Two things. The first. This is breakfast tomorrow. The second. I love that you say crap. It’s my favorite word. I stopped saying it for a long time when my older kids were little. Lately I’ve been saying it around them. My 13 year old looked at me a little funny and I just said with a huge smile,”now that you’re older I just can’t protect you from who I am anymore.”

    We both laughed, it was awesome.

  2. peachkins says:

    love love love the orange buttercream!

  3. Betsy says:

    Would it be wrong to just eat that orange buttercream off a spoon? ;-)

  4. Stacey says:

    I love that these are healthy and look oh so delish! I can’t wait to give these a try…hopefully this weekend. Thanks for posting!

  5. Katrina says:

    These look so tasty! I love the orange flavour in this. Yum!

  6. Girl! Those look awesome. I’m such a sucker for orange rolls, or I’m thinking I might just make the frosting and eat it with a spoon. That’s okay, right? (say yes say yes say yes say yes…)

  7. Erin says:

    Mmmm! My hubby loves orange rolls and I know he will love these! Thanks for sharing. Love your blog! I have found so many yummy things on here!

  8. Carrie says:

    I have never had an orange roll. I want an orange roll right quick. I don’t think I’m hiding under a rock, but I guess I must be. Thanks for the heads up with this amazing recipe!

    • Brooke says:

      Right quick indeed! Get yourself on these, girlfriend. You’ll love them. (PS…my hubby always swears that he’s never liked orange rolls, but he LOVED these!)

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  10. Camille says:

    Brooke – excellent lesson learned – never being afraid to share you honest feelings. Similar to what’s been on my mind a lot lately: “Never suppress a generous thought!” Your writing SPEAKS to me – literally – like I’m visualing standing next to you, having conversation with you, and feeling the “crap” loved right out of me! The only thing missing is the tangible taste of these delicious orange rolls! I’ll have to make that a reality… ;) Love you Brooke!

    • Brooke says:

      You sweetie, Camille. I think we ought to aim to be standing next to each other sometime, having a conversation, sipping lemonade, eating orange rolls. Such is a plan, dontchya think?!

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