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Cranberry Citrus Cream Cheese Sweet Rolls

Cranberry Citrus Cream Cheese Sweet Rolls
A rich, buttery yeast roll dough that’s filled with fragrant citrus sugar and tart cranberries, then topped with a creamy orange cream cheese topping and more citrus sugar that gives the rolls a sweet crunchy topping; then they’re finished with a tart lemon glaze drizzled on top.
Yield: 12 sweet rolls
Ingredients
For the dough:
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) RED STAR Platinum Superior Baking Yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
For the citrus sugar and filling:
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp grated orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries
For the cream cheese topping:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 large egg yolk
For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 tsp fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.

  2. In saucepan or microwave safe dish, heat milk and butter until warm (120° – 130°F).

  3. Add warm milk mixture to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened. Add eggs; beat 3 minutes at medium speed.

  4. Switch to the dough hook and mix in the remaining flour a little at a time, to make a soft, slightly sticky dough, add more or less flour as needed. Knead the dough for 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 45 minutes.

  5. Make the citrus sugar by mixing ¾ cup sugar with the lemon and orange zests. Set aside.

  6. Punch down the dough and let it rest 5 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 16-inch x 12-inch rectangle. Spread 2 tablespoons butter evenly over the dough with a rubber spatula or your fingers. Sprinkle ½ cup of the citrus sugar evenly over the butter. Sprinkle cranberries evenly over the sugar. Starting with the long end, roll the dough into a log, and cut it into 12 slices.

  7. Place each piece, cut edges up, 1 inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double, about 30 minutes.

  8. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  9. Make Cream Cheese Topping: Combine cream cheese, sugar, orange juice, and egg yolk; beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended.

  10. Make a slight indentation in the center of each sweet roll. Fill the center of each roll with cream cheese topping. Sprinkle remaining citrus sugar over the tops of the sweet rolls.

  11. Bake about 20 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool on the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.

  12. Prepare glaze: Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle over rolls.

  13. For step by step photos and instructions >> see blog.

  14. Recipe created by Barbara Bakes.
Cranberry Citrus Cream Cheese Sweet Rolls | A rich, buttery yeast roll dough that’s filled with a fragrant citrus sugar and tart cranberries, then topped with a creamy orange cream cheese topping and more citrus sugar that gives the rolls a sweet crunchy topping; then they’re finished with a tart lemon glaze drizzled on top. Find recipe at redstaryeast.com.

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