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Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls

Course Bread, Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry-orange-sweet-rolls
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Rise time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 414kcal


  • 4 ½-5 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 (¼ oz each) packages rapid rise yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 14 oz can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • ½ cup dried cranberries (i.e. Craisins) optional
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoon cream
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest plus additional for garnishing


  • To make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer, sift together 2 ½ cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
  • In a small saucepan, simmer over medium low heat butter, milk and orange juice until it reaches a temperature of 120°-125F.
  • Add warm milk mixture and egg to dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Mix using the dough hook on low speed adding additional flour 1 cup at a time until it forms a soft dough. Increase the speed of the mixer and knead for 5 minutes. (Alternatively, this can be done by hand on a floured surface.)
  • Add dough to a lightly buttered bowl. turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise 60-90 minutes or until doubled.
  • Punch down dough. On a lightly floured non stick surface, roll into roughly an 18 x 14 inch rectangle.
  • Spread cranberry sauce from end to end leaving a ½ inch border around the edge. Sprinkle with dried cranberries. Begin to roll starting with the longest side, jelly roll style shaping as you go, ending seam side down.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut into 12 equal portions. (about 1 ½ inches thick) Place rolls in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan lightly buttered or sprayed with cooking spray. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled.
  • To bake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake rolls for 35-45 minutes or until puffed and lightly golden. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • To make the glaze: In a small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, cream, orange juice and zest. Drizzle over rolls.
  • Serve warm garnished with additional orange zest, if desired.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 476IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg