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Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls

Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls are a pillowy breakfast roll filled with cranberry sauce and orange zest and topped with a sweetened cream cheese glaze. 
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Prep Time 10 hrs 13 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 12 rolls


For the Dough:

  • ½ cup milk warmed to 110 F
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 packet dry active yeast
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter softened
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • zest of 1 orange
  • ½ cup cranberry sauce

For the Icing:

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 oz butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice


For the Dough:

  • Dissolve the sugar into the warmed milk and then sprinkle the yeast on top. Let proof for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the orange juice, egg, butter, salt, orange zest and flour into the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached. Once the yeast has proofed, add it to the bowl.
  • Mix on medium speed for 5-8 minutes, until a soft and pliable dough has formed.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl, turn it over to coat. Cover it and allow it to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 12x18 rectangle.

For the Filling:

  • Combine the sugar, cinnamon and orange zest together in a bowl. Spread over all of the dough, from edge to edge. Spread the cranberry sauce over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border from the ends of the dough.

To Assemble and Bake:

  • Roll up the dough lengthwise and cut into 12 evenly sized rolls. Place into a 9x13 or larger baking dish. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake cinnamon rolls for 25 minutes or until they're lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let cool.

For the Icing:

  • Combine cream cheese and butter together in a bowl and beat until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar and beat until fully incorporated. Add in the orange juice and mix until combined.
  • Spread over the slightly cooled sweet rolls.


If you spread the icing over the sweet rolls before they have cooled, it will melt and sink into the rolls.
**My rolls were so large I baked 8 in a 9x13 baking dish and the remaining 4 in an 8x8 baking dish.

Recipes on Cookaholic Wife are for information purposes only. Nutritional Data provided has not been evaluated by a nutritionist.

Keyword cranberry orange sweet rolls, sweet rolls
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