Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls. - Cinnamon like buns made with homemade dough. Fresh cranberries combined with delicious orange marmalade. Sunshine for your Christmas morning, these bake up beautifully.
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Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls

Prep Time2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Sweet Rolls
Cuisine: American
Author: Melanie - Gather for Bread



  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup instant nonfat dry milk


  • 3/4 cup orange marmalade I used Smucker's all natural
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest optional


  • Combine all dough ingredients in the order listed in a large mixing bowl fitted with dough hook. Knead until fully combined and silky, about 3-5 minutes. Dough will be soft.
  • Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Press dough down gently. Pat it down or roll it into a 14" x 12" rectangle. Spread orange marmalade evenly oven dough. Pulse cranberries in a food processor until they're very finely minced. Spread over orange marmalade. Leaving a 2" space along one long side. (This will allow the dough to be pinched together better. If it's wet from the jelly it won't pinch together.)
  • Roll into a log form starting with short side. Cut into 9 or 10 even slices. Place in a lightly greased 9" square or 11" x 7" rectangle pan. Cover and let rise until puffy, about 45 - 60 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake until golden brown around edges. Tent with foil if browning too quickly.


  • In a small bowl combine and stir confectioner's sugar with orange juice, vanilla extract and orange zest (optional). Stir until smooth. Spread over warm rolls. Serve warm.


If baking in a metal pan reduce baking time by about 5 minutes.
May be frozen for longer storage. Wrap well and place in freezer for up to 1 month.