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Cranberry Sweet Rolls

November 11, 2019 (Last Updated: November 25, 2019)

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Cranberry Sweet Rolls are perfect to serve for Christmas or Thanksgiving breakfast or brunch. 

Homemade cinnamon rolls filled with chopped cranberries.

Baking during the holiday is one of my favorite things to do! One of my other favorite things is eating! Dinner and desserts seem to get all the attention during the holiday season, but breakfast is just as important.

I often make a regular batch of cinnamon rolls, but this year I decided to mix it up a bit by adding fresh cranberries and orange to my rolls. They are delicious. 

Fresh batch of cinnamon rolls in a baking dish.

What are cranberry sweet rolls?

Cranberry sweet rolls are a basic cinnamon roll with added fresh chopped cranberries and orange peel. There is also orange peel added to the dough and the glaze for an extra burst of orange flavor. These sweet rolls are perfect served for breakfast or brunch. 

What ingredients do I need?

  • Milk
  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Fresh oranges
  • Fresh cranberries 
  • Cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar – for the glaze

How do I make these fruit filled cinnamon rolls?

First you make a basic sweet dough. Check out this Raspberry Sweet Rolls  post for and video for directions for making the dough. After it rises, you roll out the dough to an 18 x 12″ rectangle. Sweet bread dough rolled out into a rectangular shape.

Chop cranberries in a food processor. Add orange zest, sugar and cinnamon. A bowl filled with fresh chopped cranberries, orange zest and cinnamon.

Place cranberry mixture on rolled dough. Chopped cranberries on bread dough.

Roll up dough into a log. Rolling up dough into a log.

Slice dough into 1 inch slices. This gets messy because the cranberries are juicy. Rolled dough sliced into one inch slices.

Place in a greased baking dish. Slices of sweet rolls in a baking dish.

Cover and let rise. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  Allow cooked sweet rolls to cool for 10 minutes. 

Mix glaze by combining powdered sugar and freshly squeezed orange juice. 

Orange glaze in a small cup.

Pour glaze over sweet rolls while rolls are still warm. A glaze being poured over a pan of filled cinnamon rolls.

Remove from pan and serve. A plateful of freshly baked cinnamon rolls filled with chopped cranberries.

Can I make ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these sweet rolls ahead of time. Complete recipe steps through slicing and placing in pan. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, remove baking dish from refrigerator and set at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Bake as directed, increasing baking time up by 10-15 minutes.

Can I freeze these sweet rolls.

Yes, these can be frozen, after they are fully baked. Do not add glaze before freezing. Allow rolls to fully cool. Wrap thoroughly to prevent freezer burn. Freeze for up to one month. To use, allow rolls to thaw at room temperature. Once fully thawed, you may warm in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes or until heated through. Add glaze before serving. 

A white plate with cranberry sweet rolls.

After baking these delicious sweet rolls, I realized these were very similar to a cranberry orange cookie I make. One is rolled in bread dough and one rolled in cookie dough! 

A plateful of freshly baked cinnamon rolls filled with chopped cranberries.
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Check out all my holiday recipes

Other fun cranberry recipes include Sugared Cranberries, Cranberry Scones, Cranberry Bundt Cake and Cranberry Muffins.

5 from 4 votes
Fresh batch of cinnamon rolls in a baking dish.
Cranberry Sweet Rolls
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Rise Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 55 mins
 

A delicious cinnamon roll filled with fresh cranberries and orange zest.

Course: Baking, Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry bread, Cranberry Sweet Rolls, sweet rolls
Servings: 18 rolls
Calories: 270 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
Dough
  • 1 cup milk warmed
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast or 1 packet of yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon orange peel finely grated
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
Filling
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 Tablespoon orange peel zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
Instructions
Dough
  1. In a large mixing bowl add milk, yeast and sugar. Let sit 5-10 minutes until yeast is bubbly.

  2. Add eggs, butter, salt, orange zest and 2 cups of flour. Mix

  3. With mixer running, continue adding flour 1 cup at a time. You might not need all the flour.

  4. Knead for 10 minutes.

  5. Place in a well greased bowl and cover.Let stand until doubled, 60-90 minutes.Punch down and place on a flat surface.

Filling
  1. Puree cranberries in a food processor.

  2. Mix in sugar, orange zest and cinnamon.

Assemble the rolls
  1. Roll out dough to a 18 inch by 12 inch rectangle.

  2. Add cranberry filling over the surface of the dough. Leave a small border around all edges.

  3. Roll dough along long side. Pinch edge of dough together to form a seam.

  4. Slice dough into 1 inch slices. Place each slice into a greased baking dish.

  5. Cover dish with plastic wrap and allow rolls to rise for about 30 minutes.

  6. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

  7. Allow sweet rolls to cool in pan for about 10 minutes.

  8. Pour glaze over rolls.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  • To make ahead of time - Complete recipe steps through slicing and placing in pan. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, remove baking dish from refrigerator and set at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Bake as directed, increasing baking time up by 10-15 minutes.
  • To freeze -Ā  Fully bake rolls. Do not add glaze before freezing. Allow rolls to fully cool. Wrap thoroughly to prevent freezer burn. Freeze for up to one month. To use, allow rolls to thaw at room temperature. Once fully thawed, you may warm in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes or until heated through. Add glaze before serving.Ā 
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Sweet Rolls
Amount Per Serving (1 Roll)
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 192mg8%
Potassium 96mg3%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 230IU5%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Cheryl
    November 17, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Yum! This looks great. And I have a lot of frozen cranberries I’ve got to figure out more things to do with besides muffins, loaves and sauce!

  • Reply
    Valentina
    November 13, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    5 stars
    Beautiful! Such a delicious, fun and festive recipe for the holiday season. I love it! šŸ™‚ ~Valentina

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    November 13, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Love the tangy taste of cranberries this time of year Kathy! These would be perfect for Thanksgiving breakfast!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    November 12, 2019 at 10:45 am

    5 stars
    Wow Kathy! That a GORGEOUS presentation! These would go over so well Christmas morning with plenty of coffee! Gotta give these a try! Pinned šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    November 12, 2019 at 5:03 am

    5 stars
    You and I totally share a love for baking…especially when it comes to sweet rolls. I’ve been toying with a bunch of different varieties myself lately, and I’m loving this cranberry twist! Talk about the perfect breakfast for Thanksgiving Day!

  • Reply
    Adina
    November 12, 2019 at 1:15 am

    I love this kind of yeasty sweet rolls, I could have them every day. The cranberry filling sounds great, never had that.

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    November 11, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    5 stars
    Kathy, my tongue is tingling just looking at these lovely rolls! Love, love, love cranberry and orange! What a perfect holiday breakfast!

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