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Orange Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls


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  • For the Filling:
  • 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Zest of two oranges
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • For the Orange Sugar Topping:
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 (6 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest


Servings 12
Adapted from


Step 1

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200 degrees. When oven reaches 200 degrees, shut off.
In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the milk and 1 tablespoon of sugar; add yeast and let rest 10 minutes until foamy.
Add butter, eggs, flour, remaining sugar and salt to the yeast mixture and mix with the dough hook on medium-low until thoroughly combined, about 5 minutes
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in warm oven. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon and orange zest. Line 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper, allowing excess to hang over pan edges. Butter the parchment.
To make the orange zest topping, In a small bowl rub together zest of one orange and sugar; set aside.
Roll dough into a 16×21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with ⅓ cup butter, leaving a 1/4″ margin at the long side of dough. Sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture and cranberries. Use the rolling pin to roll over the sugar/cinnamon mixture a few times. Roll up the dough tightly, under-tucking after each completed rollover. Cut into 12 rolls. Dip and twist the rolls into the orange sugar topping. Place rolls into prepared 9×13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together cream cheese, ½ cup butter, confectioners’ sugar, orange juice, salt and orange zest; set aside,
Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20-22 minutes. Once finished baking flip the pan over to allow all of the cinnamon drippings to recoat the rolls, let sit 1-2 minutes. Turn rolls back over and spread with half of the frosting, let sit 2-3 minutes and then spread with remaining frosting.

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