The Best Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls

These are the best cranberry cinnamon rolls! Perfect for Christmas morning!

A kitchen island in marble top with an antique light fixture above it.

Hello friends and hope that you have had a good week so far! I am a part of a special event today called the Thankful to bHome Blog Tour with some talented and lovely friends. Make sure to enjoy the entire tour linked below as well as some details on how to enter a generous giveaway too!

Mulled wine in glasses with a cinnamon stick in them.

An orange cut in half and cranberries in a bowl on the counter.

When thinking about Thanksgiving, gratefulness, entertaining and all things home, I immediately thought about sharing this cranberry cinnamon bun recipe for a couple reasons.

A floral arrangement on the counter beside the orange and cranberries.

I love baking during the holiday season and finding simple ways to put a twist on everyday recipes.

The baked cranberry cinnamon rolls in a round baking dish cooling off on the counter.

These cranberry cinnamon rolls are just that… They exude Thanksgiving food with the cranberries and the cinnamon, but my favorite part of all was the process. Here is how you can make them too.

You will need: refrigerated and premade cinnamon rolls (this could also be done from scratch), cranberry sauce (recipe here), orange (for zest) and icing (this was a part of my cinnamon roll package).

Rolling out the cinnamon bun dough.

First, unroll the sheet of dough (this is usually sold in tubes found in the refrigerator section of your grocery store).

Spreading cranberrries on the dough with a spoon.

Next spread on a thin layer of the cranberry sauce. Almost as if you are making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Rolling the unbaked dough up with the cranberry filling inside.

Carefully roll the dough back up.

Cutting the dough into individual buns.

And now slice the dough so that you have your small rolls.

The unbaked cinnamon buns in a round glass baking dish.

Follow the baking directions. I spread mine out in a glass pie pan as seen above, then set it in the oven.

A little girl sitting on the stool in the kitchen waiting for the buns to be ready.

And then wait….

My sweet girl helped me with this dish and that was the biggest reason this recipe made me think of thanksgiving. If you have been visiting with me for awhile then you know how hard we worked to get here so I could stay home with the kids. It really was a dream come true the day I quit my job to be with them. It was scary to give up the financial stability etc… but it was the best thing I ever did.

Everything that came after was just a complete surprise. We worried about what we would have financially, could we make it and how would we do it. But instead we had, we do have so much more. It is in the little things like baking together, folding laundry and most importantly the time. It is not for everyone but it is for me and this makes my heart beat. Through it all I have had the complete joy of sharing it with you and for that I am grateful. Thankful for the time with my babes, thankful for this imperfect place we call home and thankful for the journey.

The cranberry cinnamon buns baked and out of the oven.

So as we finished up our baking I am reminded of all these things. We pulled our rolls out and drizzled the icing atop. Not forgetting to sprinkle with orange zest too.

Drizzling icing on top of the buns with a spoon.

We dusted some cranberries with sugar for a decorative finish (these will need to be removed once it is time to eat the rolls).

Putting sugar on whole cranberries.

And enjoy!

Styling the sugared cranberries on top of the cinnamon buns.

I hope you liked this easy recipe and let me know if you end up trying it out.

A half eaten bun with a fork in it.

Thank you for letting me share why it is meaningful to me as I am so happy to have you here.

A clear vase with white flowers and the cinnamon buns baked in front of it.

The baked buns with a sliced orange and cinnamon sticks beside it.

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  1. Hi Annie- your recipe looks devine. We are big sweet roll fans in our house so I may need to add this to the list. we too were made that all too important decision about giving up an income to stay at home and I don’t regret it one bit. I am so happy that you won’t miss the opportunity to create those memories with your kids

  2. Annie, this is an amazing recipe for all bakers. I love a great recipe that I can quickly put together with great results and this is indeed that! I am so happy that your dream came true that you enjoying being home with your kids making wonderful memories together! Worth every sacrifice! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Love your blog! Can you tell me where you purchased your light in the kitchen? Love it!!!! It would go perfectly in mine.

  4. Am going to try those rolls – what a good idea! It’s so good that in this day and time you get to stay home with your kids. I think things like that make a real difference in the world. I’m glad that we woman have a choice, but I sure do think society has paid a steep price for not having moms at home.

    I’ll think of you and your choice when I make these rolls!

  5. Annie, I love this post! First of all, the Cinnamon Cranberry Rolls look amazing. But what I love most of all is your love of being home with your children. It’s a decision we made, too, long ago, and one we have never regretted. Sure we had a little “less” once in awhile financially, but the time we spent together and the memory making days, weeks and years far outweighed everything else. {I started FrenchGardenHouse Antiques long after my children were grown up!}

    I loved reading you adore your family, and your home. Wishing you a beautiful month leading up to Thanksgiving. I am so happy to be doing this tour with you. xo Lidy

  6. Annie what a heart felt post! I too am fortunate enough to stay at home with my kids. It’s hard at times but there is so much joy! I will definitely try these rolls out! Thank you

  7. These look delish!! and easy to boot! I love those black plaid dishes. I have a thing for black plaid. Have that ribbon all over the place.

  8. Annie – delicious & beautiful! And now I want to know more about your decision to stay home with your kiddies. We made that decision too – after 14 years as a trial attorney I stopped working. “Stopped working” is funny right as this “job” is the hardest but the BEST imaginable. Enjoy your family today & always xx

  9. These rolls look SO GOOD! And the French Garden House site has beautiful things too. I’m in love with the Brussels Velvet Coverlet there! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  10. My favorite from the French Garden House is the green enamelware coffee pot. I like the soft green and the fact that it is something I can use everyday!

  11. Wow, Annie, these look just amazing! I’m always so awed by people who are so at home in the kitchen. I do cook, and even do some baking but this just looks like nothing bad ever happens in your lovely kitchen! 🙂 Enjoy a wonderful holiday!!

  12. Your cranberry cinnamon rolls look absolutely amazing and your helper did such a wonderful job! Thank you so much for weaving into your post your desire and how wonderful it is to be home with your littles. I, unfortunately, was a single mom for a few years when my children were little and my greatest desire was to be home with them. I would literally cry every single day as I drove to work….I so understand your heart wanting to be home with them and it is such a blessing. So happy to be on this tour with you. xo, mb

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