Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls
Yield: 12 rolls
For the dough:
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 egg
For the filling
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • zest of 1 large orange
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
For the icing:
  • 3 oz cream cheese, very soft
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons of orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons of orange zest
For the dough:
  1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in butter; stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2¼ cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt; whisk together. Add water, egg and the milk mixture; beat well with an electric mixer or by hand with a whisk.
  3. Add the remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, using a wooden spoon to stir well after each addition. (dough will be too thick and sticky to use the mixers or whisk at this point.)
  4. When the dough has just pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. (dough will spring back when lightly pressed.)
  5. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rest for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile prepare the filling:
  1. In a food processor, pulse the cranberries until they are in small coarse pieces but not puréed. (You could chop them very very small if you don't have a food processor.)
  2. Mix together the brown sugar and spices.
To assemble rolls:
  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 12x9 inch rectangle. (use your 9x13 baking dish as a guide.) Using a pastry brush- slather the dough with the butter.
  2. Sprinkle dough with the sugar/spice mixture and then sprinkle on the cranberries and zest. Press in lightly so it doesn't fall out when you roll it. Roll up dough starting with one of the short ends and pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal size rolls and place in a 9x13 baking dish. Cover and let the rolls rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until browned. Let cool for about 10 minutes and then spread them with icing. (directions below) Serve warm.
Orange Cream Cheese Icing:
  1. Whisk the cream cheese until it's smooth and creamy. Add the powdered sugar and continue to mix. Add a tablespoon of orange juice and zest and continue to whisk. If the icing seems thick, add more orange juice if needed.
Original recipe adapted from: All Recipes
Recipe by The Baker Chick at