These Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls are a perfect and easy breakfast – whether you are celebrating a holiday or just looking for a special breakfast, these cinnamon rolls are delicious!
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The last few weeks have been tough for me food wise. The food blogger/food snob in me wants to eat amazingly delicious food, but the 35 weeks pregnant exhausted side of me wants to give in to my family’s “Let’s order pizza!” demands. I hate to admit that I haven’t done as much cooking as I would like, and what I am making has become super lazy.
Thankfully, when life makes it more difficult to make everything from scratch, there are easy ways that we can still eat great food with a minimal amount of work. Normally I prefer to steer away from “semi-homemade” types of recipes, but I also realize there are times in your life where that is what you need. When you are pregnant, exhausted, super busy, whatever life is throwing at you – there are moments in your life when you need easy AND good.
Thankfully there are companies out there that are dedicated to bringing great food into your refrigerators and pantries – because they know that even though you need a shortcut, you still want quality food that tastes great. The Immaculate Baking Company is a great way to take some baking shortcuts – whether or not it is the holiday season. The founder, Scott Blackwell, has had a sweet tooth since the moment his grandmother taught him the ways of home baking – and from there his love of baked goods grew from baking pie to pay his way through college, to winning the Most Outstanding Cookie in America Award, to owning a company that has serious passion in baked goods.
They have an great line of organic and gluten free baking mixes, refrigerated cookie doughs and pie crusts. And when I need to take shortcuts, I want to know that the companies I use have a serious integrity for the quality of ingredients and taste of their product.
I love when a grass roots company can maintain its heart and soul, don’t you?
How to Make Orange Cranberry Sweet Rolls
These easy sweet rolls are a perfect way to “hack” your favorite refrigerated cinnamon rolls. You need 5 minutes of extra work in order to enjoy these semi-homemade autumn treats. Simply unroll the cinnamon rolls in a sheet (make sure you put down some parchment paper first, it gets messy!) and spread some cranberry sauce on top.
If you have ready-made real cranberry sauce (not that homogenous goo from a can, mind you) you can use that, or you can whip up your own really fast. I blitzed some cranberries and fresh squeezed orange juice in my food processor really quick and called it good – you still get the spreadability of a sauce, but you also still have some bigger chunks of cranberries for bursts of flavor.
Roll the dough back up, separate the rolls, and then bake! I then took the frosting packets that came with the cinnamon rolls and mixed in some fresh orange zest to further add to the fresh sweet-tart flavor. It takes seriously 5 minutes of extra work, but sooo worth it!
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- 2 packages refrigerated cinnamon rolls
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 orange - the zest and the juice
- 2 TBSP sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a food processor, blitz the cranberries, the juice from the orange, and the 2 Tablespoons of sugar until mostly chopped. It doesn't need to be perfectly smooth, some chunks are good, you just don't want tons of big pieces..
- Line your counter with parchment paper.
- Unroll the cinnamon rolls from both packages, triying to keep the individual rolls together as much as possible, and spread the cranberry mixture evenly over the dough.
- Carefully re-roll the cinnamon rolls. If big chunks of the cinnamon roll mixture are left behind on the parchment paper, just smear them back onto the dough.
- Separate the dough into individual rolls and place them in the baking sheet.
- Bake according to the package directions (350F for about 18 minutes) or until the rolls are golden brown. Do not over bake.
- Allow the rolls to cool on a wire rack until almost room temperature - you don't want them too warm or the frosting will melt off.
- Open the packages of frosting that came with the refrigerated cinnamon rolls and squeeze the frosting into a small bowl.
- Stir in the orange zest. If you want the frosting to be a little thinner for spreading, you can add 1 TBSP of orange juice (highly recommend because its a good choice) or milk.
- Drizzle and spread the orange frosting over the warm cinnamon rolls.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 152mg Carbohydrates: 19g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 11g Protein: 1g
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