Jumbo Cran-Apple Sweet Rolls


Jumbo Cran-Apple Sweet Rolls

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    Your guests will never guess that these extra delicious, pillowy and super gooey cranberry-apple sweet rolls started out with frozen bread dough. Be sure to use a deep glass baking dish to accommodate the high rise during baking.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 12
    1 (48-oz.) pkg. frozen Hy-Vee white bread dough (3 ct.), thawed yet still cool
    3 c. frozen whole cranberries
    ½ c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar
    ½ c. packed Hy-Vee brown sugar
    2 tbsp. orange zest
    ¼ c. fresh orange juice
    ¾ tsp. Hy-Vee salt
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee corn starch
    2 tbsp. water
    10 tbsp. Hy-Vee unsalted butter, divided
    3 medium Gala apples , cored, cut in half and cut into 1/8-in.-thick slices
    Hy-Vee all-purpose flour, for dusting
    1 recipe Cream Cheese Frosting

    Things To Grab

    • Wooden spoon or silicone spatula
    • Medium saucepan
    • Whisk
    • Small bowl
    • Apple corer
    • Large nonstick skillet
    • 13x9x3¼-in. glass baking dish
    • Pastry brush
    • Rolling pin
    • Sharp knife
    • Clean kitchen towel
    • Large rimmed baking pan
    • Thermometer
    • Wire rack


    1. Place bread dough in its pkg. in refrigerator for 12 to 18 hours or until thawed.

    2. Stir together cranberries, granulated sugar, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 6 to 7 minutes or until cranberries burst, stirring occasionally.

    3. Whisk together corn starch and water in a small bowl; stir into cranberry mixture. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in 6 Tbsp. chopped butter. Cool completely.

    4. Meanwhile, melt 3 Tbsp. butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add apple slices; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly softened, stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet; set aside.

    5. Remove bread dough from the refrigerator and transfer to a lightly floured surface 15 minutes before using. Meanwhile, brush a 13x9x3¼-in. glass baking dish with remaining 1 Tbsp. melted butter; set aside.

    6. Roll each bread dough loaf into an 18x6-in. slightly oval-shaped rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Gently press apple slices in a single layer on each oval-shaped dough, not overlapping slices. Spread cranberry mixture in an even layer on top of apple slices and almost to the edge of each oval-shaped dough using a silicone spatula.

    7. Starting at a short side, roll up each  dough into a log. Cut each dough log into 4 rolls using a sharp knife. Arrange rolls in prepared baking dish with cut sides down. Cover with a clean kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until rolls reach ½ in. below the rim of the baking dish.

    8. Meanwhile, place 2 oven racks in lower third of oven; place a large rimmed baking pan on the lower rack. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    9. Place baking dish with rolls on the upper rack; bake for 55 to 60 minutes until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 185 degrees to 200 degrees, rotating baking dish halfway through. Cool slightly in baking dish on a wire rack. Spread rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting and serve.*

      *To store leftover rolls: Store covered in the refrigerator up to 2 days. To reheat, place 1 sweet roll on a small microwave-safe plate. Microwave on HIGH for 30 to 40 seconds or until warm.

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    Nutrition facts


    740 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 22g
    • Cholesterol: 55mg
    • Sodium: 730mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 124g
    • Protein: 9g

    Daily Values

    Iron 20%
    Calcium 2%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 2%