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Cranberry Sweet Rolls

 Cranberry Sweet Rolls
Christmas morning will be sweeter than ever when you serve these festive rolls topped with a rich and creamy frosting. They rise nice and high and hold their shape. Plus, the tart cranberry filling is a nice change of pace from cinnamon rolls.—Mrs. Otto (Germaine) Stank, Pound, Wisconsin
15 ServingsPrep: 55 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.


  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon milk


  • In a large saucepan, bring 3/4 cup sugar and water to a boil. Add
  • cranberries; return to a boil. Cook, uncovered, until cranberries

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Cranberry Sweet Rolls (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • begin to pop, about 6 minutes. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes longer
  • or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in orange peel;
  • cover and chill.
  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the next six
  • ingredients, the remaining sugar and 3 cups flour; beat until
  • smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn the
  • dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover
  • and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Roll into a 15-in. x 10-in. rectangle; brush with
  • butter. Spread cranberry filling over dough to within 1 in. of
  • edges. Roll up, jelly roll style, starting at a long side.
  • Cut into 15 slices; place, cut side down, in a greased 13-in. x 9-in.
  • baking pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan
  • 5 minutes; remove to a wire rack to cool.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese frosting ingredients until smooth;
  • spread the frosting over the warm rolls. Yield: 15 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 356 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 281 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.