cranberry orange feather rolls

Spiced Cranberry Orange Feather Rolls With Chopped Pistachios

These cranberry orange feather rolls have just a touch of spice.

This recipe has all your favorite holiday flavors wrapped into one deliciously fluffy roll! Cranberry and orange with a subtle cardamom kick will punch up your treat tray. Top it off with sweet frosting and a sprinkle of pistachios.

Wendy Paul shares how to make the dough extra light and fluffy. Her secret to the perfect amount of spice? Put it in the filling and the frosting! Layer in the cardamom, orange juice, and orange zest for a flavor packed topping.

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Cranberry Orange Feather Rolls


  • 2 ¼ tsp dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup milk – to be scalded
  • 1/3 cup melted butter, cooled
  • Melted butter for brushing
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • 4-5 cups flour


Place milk into sauce pan. Scald.  Milk will reduce and should measure 1 cup when finished.

Mix yeast, sugar  and water.  Let raise for 10-15 minutes.

Mix all the other ingredients.

Knead or beat and let dough raise until doubled. (about 1 hour in a warm kitchen)

Roll dough into a large rectangle.


Cranberry Spice Filling


  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cardamom
  • Zest of 1 orange


In a medium sauce pan, simmer together until thick and jam consistency about 15 minutes.

Brush the rectangle with butter to 1/4 inch from the edges.  Spread the cooled cranberry filling onto the rectangle dough.

Roll the dough tightly, as you would a cinnamon roll. Then slice into 1 1/2 to 2 “ discs. Cut into 2″ strips lengthwise. (Think the longer the strip of dough the better the shape and spiral of the baked cranberry roll.) Place the rolls into a buttered 9 x 13 pan. Leaving a little space in between each roll for rising.

Bake at 400° for 22 to 24 minutes until lightly golden and cooked all the way through. Remove from the oven. Cool slightly then top with a nice orange spice glaze. (below) and sprinkle with chopped pistachios if desired for garnish.


Orange Spice Glaze


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 oz. soft cream cheese
  • Zest of 1 orange plus juice1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom


Whisk together and spread over the warm cranberry rolls.

I dare you to eat just one.

Happy Baking!

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