These sweet rolls are super soft and tastily flavored with orange, cranberry, and the tiniest bit of cardamom. This yeasted dough bakes up beautifully for a pull-apart treat!


Recipe Summary

30 mins
25 mins
2 hrs 20 mins
3 hrs 15 mins
12 rolls


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Orange Icing:


Instructions Checklist
  • Place warm milk in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Add yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add orange juice, egg, butter, and orange zest to the bowl. Mix for 1 minute on low speed.

  • Add 3 cups flour and salt. Start mixing on low speed for 1 minute, then increase speed to medium for 2 minutes. Add dried cranberries. Mix in remaining 1/4 cup flour if needed; dough will be sticky.

  • Transfer dough to a greased bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 1 1/2 hours.

  • While dough is rising, prepare the filling. Pour sugar into a medium bowl. Add orange zest and cardamom; work into the sugar with your fingers. Add softened butter and mix thoroughly. Set aside.

  • Turn dough out onto a large surface sprinkled with flour. Sprinkle more flour across the top. Roll into a large rectangle using a rolling pin. Spread the filling evenly over the rectangle. Roll up tightly from 1 long side. Cut log in half using a serrated knife. Cut each half in two so that the log is now quartered. Cut each quarter into 3, for 12 rolls total.

  • Place rolls into a lightly greased pan. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the pan of rolls on a foil-lined baking sheet in case any of the filling spills over.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 25 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the orange icing. Whip cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer. Add powdered sugar and mix for 1 minute. Add orange juice and zest. Continue mixing until icing is smooth and spreadable. Place in the refrigerator until rolls are ready.

  • Remove rolls from the oven and cover immediately with icing.

Nutrition Facts

429 calories; protein 6.1g; carbohydrates 60.1g; fat 18.9g; cholesterol 65.5mg; sodium 239mg. Full Nutrition