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Cranberry Orange Rolls

A tart and sweet iced roll, perfect for starting your day out right! This recipe is an overnight recipe so you will need to plan ahead.
Servings 12 rolls
Author Adapted from a recipe by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen


  • Dough:
  • 4 large egg yolks we saved the whites for an egg bake we made the next day!
  • 1 large whole egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 of the zest of one large orange the other 1/4 will be used for the filling
  • 3 and 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 packet of instant rapid rise yeast
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • I cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 of the zest of one large orange
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons of butter
  • Icing:
  • 3 and 1/2 Tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Place egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, butter, buttermilk and 3/4 of the orange zest of one large orange into the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Whisk ingredients together until well combined.
  3. Add 2 cups of flour, yeast and salt to dough, stir until combined.
  4. Switch to the dough hook.
  5. Add remaining 1 and 3/4 cups of flour and knead dough for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Scrape dough into a oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  7. Allow to rise until doubled (approximately 2 and 1/2 hours).
  8. In a food processor, pulse the cranberries with the brown sugar and leftover orange zest (1/4 of total orange zest from large orange) until coarse. (you may need to scrape the sides of the food processor with a spatula until all of the cranberries are coarsely chopped).
  9. Melt the butter and set aside.
  10. Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  11. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured countertop until it is a 18 inch by 12 inch rectangle.
  12. Brush the dough with the melted butter.
  13. Spread the cranberry-brown sugar-orange zest mixture over the dough.
  14. Roll the dough into a long log, being careful to keep the cranberry mixture inside the dough.
  15. Cut the log into sections, halving the log until you have 12 even sections.
  16. Carefully arrange the sections in the baking dish, with even spacing between them.
  17. Cover with plastic wrap and place baking dish into refrigerator (to rise overnight).
  18. The next morning take rolls out of the refrigerator and allow to warm to room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  19. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  20. Bake rolls until golden, approximately 30 minutes.
  21. Whisk the orange juice with the powdered sugar until smooth.
  22. Spread the icing over the warm buns.
  23. Serve and enjoy!