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Sweet Orange Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Enjoy warm, gooey orange cranberry cinnamon rolls, a delightful twist on a classic recipe, with zesty orange and tart cranberry flavors.

orange cranberry cinnamon rolls Recipe

Do you associate certain flavors with specific times of the year? I think most of us do. Fall is all about pumpkin spice and caramel apples. Berries mean summer to me. And Christmas tastes like peppermint, chocolate, and cranberries.

Today I have an incredibly easy recipe for orange cranberry cinnamon rolls that is perfect for the holidays. Your family is going to love how they taste and you are going to love how simple they are to make.

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Cinnamon rolls are a family favorite around here. I love making different versions for every holiday season and special occasion. I have made reindeer, ghosts, and Easter bunnies**. There are Valentine’s rolls and ones for St. Patrick’s Day.

Orange Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Recipe

I have also experimented with adding flavors to my go-to Pillsbury rolls, like apple cinnamon and Oreos. Today, I want to share deliciously simple cranberry orange cinnamon rolls with you. They are perfect for Christmas morning!

orange cranberry cinnamon rolls Recipe

While the flavor combination in these cranberry orange sweet rolls is ideal for Christmas time, they can be enjoyed any time of year. You can also customize the base recipe by switching out the fruit.

How about blueberries and lemon zest? Or maybe cherries, almond extract, and sliced almonds? Give it a try and let me know what your favorite combination is.

orange cranberry cinnamon rolls Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube Grands cinnamon rolls – 5 buns
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 10” round dish with non-stick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.

orange cranberry cinnamon rolls Ingredients

2. In a small bowl, mix cream, cranberries, and zest together. Pour the cranberry mixture into the greased baking pan.

orange cranberry cinnamon rolls Ingredients

3. Open the can of rolls, set aside the icing, and place rolls in the baking dish.

orange cranberry cinnamon rolls Ingredients

4. Mix melted butter, sugar, and walnuts.

orange cranberry cinnamon rolls Ingredients

5. Pour the butter mixture over rolls before baking for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.

orange cranberry cinnamon rolls Ingredients

6. Remove from the oven.

orange cranberry cinnamon rolls Ingredients

7. Add a few drops of extract to the icing and drizzle over the cinnamon buns.

orange cranberry cinnamon rolls Ingredients

Tips and Tricks:

  • Instead of using the packaged icing, make your own cream cheese frosting. You could also make your own yummy glaze with powdered sugar and milk, cranberry juice, or orange juice.
  • Make individual cranberry orange rolls in a muffin tin.
  • For best results, use room temperature ingredients when baking.
  • When making homemade cinnamon rolls, make sure to use a sharp knife to cut the rolls apart. Unflavored dental floss also works great for this.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container or covered tightly with plastic wrap.
Cranberry Rolls

FAQ:

  • Can I use frozen cranberries? I prefer to use fresh cranberries, but frozen also works. You could even use dried ones, but you would lose the tartness.
  • Can I use homemade cinnamon buns? Feel free to use your favorite homemade cinnamon bun recipe.
  • Do I have to use orange extract? You can leave out the extract or substitute it with a flavor of your choice.
Orange Cranberry Rolls

Take your regular cinnamon rolls up a notch this year with tart cranberries and delicious orange flavor. So yummy!

For more delicious orange and cranberry recipes, try this cranberry orange pound cake, orange cranberry muffins, or a cranberry orange coffee cake. They are all wonderful options this time of year.

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Orange Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Orange Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Enjoy warm, gooey orange cranberry cinnamon rolls, a delightful twist on a classic recipe, with zesty orange and tart cranberry flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 tube Grands cinnamon rolls (5 buns)
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 10” round dish with non-stick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.

2. In a small bowl, mix cream, cranberries, and zest together. Pour the cranberry mixture into the greased baking pan.

3. Open the can of rolls, set aside the icing, and place rolls in the baking dish.

4. Mix melted butter, sugar, and walnuts.

5. Pour the butter mixture over rolls before baking for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.

6. Remove from the oven.

7. Add a few drops of extract to the icing and drizzle over the cinnamon buns.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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