Orange and Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls

Orange and cranberry cinnamon rolls are a delightful twist on the classic cinnamon roll recipe, perfect for a holiday breakfast or brunch. Here’s a recipe to make these delicious treats!

Ingredients

  • For the Dough:
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 packet (about 2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • For the Filling:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • For the Orange Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange

Instructions

1
Combine the flour, granulated sugar, yeast, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
2
In a separate microwave-safe bowl, heat the milk and butter in 30-second increments until the butter is melted and the mixture is warm but not too hot (about 110°F or 43°C).
3
Add the warm milk mixture, eggs, and orange zest to the dry ingredients. Stir until a soft dough forms.
4
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
5
Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour or until it has doubled.
6
While the dough rises, prepare the filling by mixing the softened butter, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, dried cranberries, and orange zest in a bowl. Set it aside.
7
After the dough has risen, punch it down and roll it out on a floured surface into a large rectangle, about 16x20 inches.
8
Spread the prepared filling evenly over the dough.
9
Roll the dough tightly into a log, starting from one long edge.
10
Use a sharp knife or a piece of dental floss to slice the log into 12 equal-sized rolls.
11
Place the rolls in a greased 9x13-inch baking pan.
12
Cover the pan with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let the rolls rise for another 30 minutes.
13
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) while the rolls rise.
14
Bake the cinnamon rolls in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
15
While the rolls are baking, prepare the orange glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar, fresh orange juice, and zest in a bowl until you have a smooth glaze.
16
Once the rolls are out of the oven, drizzle the orange glaze over them while they are still warm.
17
Allow the rolls to cool slightly before serving.

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