cranberry orange swirl rolls
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Simple and Sweet Cranberry Orange Swirl Rolls

These cranberry orange swirl rolls will add a nice change to your Thanksgiving spread.

A bag of frozen bread dough can be used in a ton of different ways come Thanksgiving day! Let them thaw, rise, and add toppings or turn them into fun shapes! This sweet roll recipe will be the talk of the party.

Heidi VanValkenburg, with Rhodes Bread, shares how to use their dough to make cranberry orange swirl rolls. You can also use their premade dough to make pumpkin shaped rolls! All it takes is a few cuts or a couple twists. Then, add a pecan to finish it off.

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Cranberry Swirls

Prep Time: 15 min.

Bake Time: 20 min.

Servings: 12

Difficulty: Easy



  • 18 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls or 12 Rhodes Texas-Size Rolls,
  • thawed and risen
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, finely chopped
  • 1 orange rind, grated
  • ¼ cup sugar

Citrus Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Combine above ingredients until smooth.


  1. Spray board or counter with non-stick cooking spray. Combine rolls together and roll into a 10×16-inch rectangle.
  2. Brush dough with butter.
  3. Combine cranberries and orange rind. Spread evenly over dough.
  4. Sprinkle sugar over cranberry mixture.
  5. Beginning with longer side, roll dough up tightly.
  6. Cut into 12 equal pieces. Place in sprayed muffin cups. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 30 minutes.
  7. Bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and place on
    cooling rack.
  8. Brush with citrus glaze while still warm.


Pumpkin Shaped Rolls

Prep Time: 30 min.

Bake Time: 20 min.

Servings: 12

Difficulty: Intermediate



12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls or 12 Rhodes Texas Rolls, dough thawed but still cold
2 tablespoons butter, melted
12 pecan pieces, for stems


Shape each dinner or Texas roll into a slightly flat ball.

Using scissors, make 6 to 8 cuts, equally spaced, around the outside of each ball about 1/2- inch deep.

Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke a deep hole into the top of each pumpkin shaped roll.

Place on a sprayed baking sheet and cover with sprayed plastic wrap. Allow to rise until almost double.

Remove wrap and re-poke stem hole.

Bake at 350 degrees F 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with butter. Insert pecan pieces into pumpkin rolls for stems.

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