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Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls

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These Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls are an exceptional pairing of tart cranberries with bright orange zest, brown sugar, and pizza dough to create a decadent treat!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Finished cranberry orange sweet rolls with sugar glaze on a white serving plate.

These Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls are an exceptional pairing of fresh, tart cranberries with bright orange zest, brown sugar, and pizza dough to create a decadent treat! They’re the perfect fall and winter pastry for breakfast, afternoon snacks, or even dessert!

There are few things in life more satisfying and comforting than a warm, fresh cinnamon roll. If you like that classic breakfast treat, you’ll really enjoy this sweet roll with a seasonal spin.

Finished cranberry orange sweet rolls with sugar glaze on a white serving plate.

What makes these Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls so different? They have the look of a cinnamon roll, but they’re made with fresh cranberries, orange zest, and brown sugar. Not to mention, there’s no mixing and rising the dough because they’re made with a refrigerated pizza crust!


  • These cranberry orange rolls are a flavorful and filling way to start your day.
  • The recipe is very simple to follow!
  • They’re a great way to use up fresh cranberries left after the holidays.
  • You can make them ahead of time, store them in the fridge, and just pop them in the oven when you’re ready to bake.

Equipment You’ll Need

About the Ingredients

Ingredients needed for the recipe.
  • Refrigerated Pizza Dough (I recommend Pillsbury brand, regular (not thin) pizza crust.)
  • Fresh Cranberries (Can also use frozen, thawed cranberries.)
  • Oranges (My preference is navel oranges.)
  • Powdered Sugar (Also called confectioner’s sugar or 10X sugar.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls

Let’s Go Step-by-Step

I always like to show you the photos and step-by-step instructions for my recipes to help you picture how to make them in your own kitchen. If you just want to print out a copy, you can skip to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the recipe card.

Prep Work

STEP 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
STEP 2. Spray the baking pan or dish with cooking spray.
STEP 3. Zest the orange and set it aside.
STEP 4. Melt the butter.
STEP 5. Open the pizza dough and gently roll it out into a rectangle.
STEP 6. Brush half of the melted butter onto the pizza dough rectangle.

Chop the Cranberries

Chopped cranberries, brown sugar, and orange zest in a food processor.
STEP 7.

STEP 7. Add the cranberries, brown sugar, and orange zest to a food processor or blender. Pulse until the cranberries are coarsely chopped.

Spread Cranberry Mixture on Dough

Chopped cranberry mixture spread onto pizza dough.
STEP 8.


STEP 8: Spread the cranberry mixture evenly onto the pizza dough rectangle, covering all the way to the edge.

Roll Into a Log

Filled dough rolled into a log.
STEP 9.


STEP 9: Roll the dough into a log starting on a long edge.

Cut Rolls

STEP 10.


STEP 10: Cut the log into 9 even pieces using a sharp knife. Place the rolls into the prepared 9×9-inch baking pan. Brush rolls with the remaining butter.

Bake

STEP 11.


STEP 11: Bake 25-30 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before topping with glaze.

Make and Apply the Glaze

Finished glazed cranberry orange rolls,
STEP 12.

STEP 12: To make the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl. Glaze rolls just before serving.

Metal spatula holding one cranberry orange sweet roll.

Storage and Make Ahead Information

  • This recipe can be made the day before and stored covered in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. Let the rolls come to room temperature before popping them in the oven.
  • Store at room temperature in a sealed container for 2 to 3 days or refrigerated for up to 5 days. To reheat, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake them for about 10 minutes, or until warm.
  • To freeze, store the completely cooled sweet rolls in an airtight container for two months. To reheat, allow the rolls to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat the same as above.

Tips

  • Any brand of pizza dough will work for this recipe. However, the thin crusts are more difficult to roll, so choose a regular crust.
  • Start making the glaze while the sweet rolls are in the oven to save some time. For a thicker glaze, add an additional 1/4 cup powdered sugar (for a total of 3/4 cup powdered sugar).
  • Got Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers? Try using whole cranberry sauce instead of the fresh cranberries. Skip the processor step when using cranberry sauce.
  • The glaze can be served on the side for those who like more or less sweetness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use another kind of dough for this recipe?

You can use many kinds of yeast dough to make sweet rolls. White or wheat bread dough works great. Or, if you want a lighter, flakier roll, try using crescent roll dough.

Can I use dried cranberries instead of fresh ones?

They definitely won’t be quite the same, but you can try substituting dried cranberries by rehydrating them. To rehydrate them, pour boiling water over the dried cranberries until covered and let them sit for 20-30 minutes. You can also try using whole canned cranberries or frozen cranberries.

Can I make these homemade gluten-free?

You can use a gluten-free pizza dough. I recommend Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix.

How do I know when they are done baking?

Sweet rolls are done when the internal temperature in the center is 190 degrees. To check without a thermometer, use a fork to gently pull up on the center roll. If it’s still sticky, they need more time. Check every few minutes until they’re baked through.

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Recipe

Finished cranberry orange sweet rolls with sugar glaze on a white serving plate.

Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls

These Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls are an exceptional pairing of tart cranberries with bright orange zest, brown sugar, and pizza dough to create a decadent treat!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breads, Breakfast, Desserts, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 13.8 ounces refrigerated pizza dough (recommend Pillsbury classic pizza dough)
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 oranges (zest only)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray the baking pan or dish with cooking spray.
  • Zest the oranges and set it aside.
  • Melt the butter.
  • Open the pizza dough and gently roll it out into a rectangle.
  • Brush half of the melted butter onto the pizza dough rectangle.
  • Add the cranberries, brown sugar, and orange zest to a food processor or blender. Pulse until the cranberries are coarsely chopped.
  • Spread the cranberry mixture evenly onto the pizza dough rectangle, covering all the way to the edge.
  • Roll the dough into a log starting on a long edge.
  • Cut the log into 9 even pieces using a sharp knife. Place the rolls into the prepared 9×9-inch baking pan. Brush rolls with the remaining butter.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before topping with glaze.
  • To make the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl. Glaze rolls just before serving.

Notes

Ingredients:
  • I recommend Pillsbury brand, regular (not thin) pizza crust.
  • Fresh cranberries are best, but frozen, thawed cranberries can also be used.
Storage and Make Ahead Information:
  • This recipe can be made the day before and stored covered in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. Let the rolls come to room temperature before popping them in the oven.
  • Store at room temperature in a sealed container for 2 to 3 days or refrigerated for up to 5 days. To reheat, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake them for about 10 minutes, or until warm.
  • To freeze, store the completely cooled sweet rolls in an airtight container for two months. To reheat, allow the rolls to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat the same as above.
Tips:
  • Any brand of pizza dough will work for this recipe. However, the thin crusts are more difficult to roll, so choose a regular crust.
  • Start making the glaze while the sweet rolls are in the oven to save some time. For a thicker glaze, add an additional ¼ cup powdered sugar (for a total of ¾ cup powdered sugar).
  • Got Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers? Try using whole cranberry sauce instead of the fresh cranberries. Skip the processor step when using cranberry sauce.
  • The glaze can be served on the side for those who like more or less sweetness.
  • You can use many kinds of yeast dough to make sweet rolls. White or wheat bread dough works great. Or, if you want a lighter, flakier roll, try using crescent roll dough.
  • For a gluten-free version, use a gluten-free pizza dough. I recommend Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix.
  • Sweet rolls are done when the internal temperature in the center is 190 degrees. To check without a thermometer, use a fork to gently pull up on the center roll. If it’s still sticky, they need more time. Check every few minutes until they’re baked through.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 364mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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