Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls with Cranberry Orange Butter

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Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls with Cranberry Orange Butter

And just like that, it’s already November and time to start thinking about Thanksgiving! While there’s certain recipes I have to make every single year, I like to think of at least one new twist to dress up more traditional sides.

I have partnered with  Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast to create this delicious homemade recipe with Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast. Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast has lived in my pantry for as many years as I can remember! Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast has particularly always been my favorite because it makes baking homemade breads so easy! It doesn’t require a long rise time or proofing which makes it easier to make homemade yeast recipes even when I am short on time! I don’t consider myself an avid baker so this yeast is perfect for bakers at any skill level.

Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls with Cranberry Orange Butter

And honestly, what is better than that smell of homemade bread baking in your oven?! Especially during this time of the year, that smell of homemade bread just makes me feel all warm and cozy! It also gives me a sense of accomplishment knowing even my dinner rolls were made from scratch!

One of my favorite flavor combos this time of year is cranberry and orange. So I made orange glazed dinner rolls with cranberry orange butter. Holy Moly! Let me tell you, these dinner rolls might just steal all of the thunder on your holiday dinner table! The orange glaze is so perfectly sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. And while I normally say less is more. In the case of this glaze, more is more! I found myself just licking the spoon.

Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls

The cranberry orange butter is the perfect accompaniment with the rolls. It’s one of those things that looks more impressive than it actually is. All you need is some salted butter, a bit of fresh squeezed orange juice and orange zest, and some chopped dried cranberries. You can bake the rolls a day in advance if needed and then just heat them back up quickly the day you plan to serve them. You can also prepare the cranberry orange butter in advance. I would recommend making the glaze fresh and make sure it is heated for easy brushing before serving!

Before you start baking, keep these important tips in mind:
– Make sure your yeast is always fresh and not expired. Expired yeast will often result in your baked goods not rising!
– I also recommend having a thermometer handy to check the temperature of the milk mixture when making the dough. The milk mixture should be heated to 120˚F-130˚F. If it is too hot, this could kill the yeast. If you don’t have a thermometer, just be sure that the milk and butter mixture is warm, but not hot.

Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls

Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls with Cranberry Orange Butter

Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls with Cranberry Orange Butter

These easy and slightly sweet dinner rolls are made from scratch and topped with orange glaze and cranberry orange butter! The perfect roll for the holidays!

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the rolls:

  • 2 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) packet Fleischmann’s® RapidRise™ Yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk (whole, 2%, 1% OR skim)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine

For the cranberry orange butter:

  • 3/4 cup salted butter, slightly softened
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped

For the orange glaze:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

For the rolls:

  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, the yeast, and the sugar. In a microwave-safe bowl, stir together the milk and water. Drop in the butter. Heat in 15-second increments until the mixture is warm (between 120° to 130°F), but not hot. Pour in with the flour and yeast mixture.
  2. Beat the mixture together with an electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes. Add in another 1/4 cup flour and continue mixing for another 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining flour (1 1/4 cups) and form the dough into a ball.
  3. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 6 to 8 minutes until smooth. The dough should spring back to the touch when lightly pressed. Cover with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Grease a round or square 8x8 baking dish. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll into balls with your hands. Arrange in the baking dish. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place. Let rise for 30 minutes until doubled in size (Tip: you can prepare the cranberry orange butter while waiting for the rolls to rise).
  5. Bake the rolls in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes (Tip: prepare the orange glaze while the rolls are baking). Once done, brush with prepared orange glaze and serve with the cranberry orange butter.

For the cranberry orange butter:

  1. Add the softened butter to a small bowl with the orange juice, zest, and about 1/2 cup of the chopped cranberries. Stir or use a hand mixer to mix together until just combined. Lay a piece of foil or plastic wrap out. Spoon out the butter and form into a log shape. Take the remaining chopped cranberries and use your hands to spread them on top and on some of the sides of the butter log. Wrap the butter up and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

For the orange glaze:

  1. While the rolls are baking, add the orange juice, sugar, and butter to a small sauce pan. Heat on medium high heat and bring to a boil. Let the mixture boil for about 8 minutes or until the mixture is thickened.
  2. Once the rolls are done baking, use a pastry brush to brush the glaze over the top of the rolls while hot (Tip: the glaze will cool as it thickens so it is best to brush the glaze on while the rolls are warm and the glaze is still hot.

Notes

Base dinner roll recipe from Fleischmann's®

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 roll with glaze and about 1 tablespoon of butter

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 44mg Sodium: 225mg Carbohydrates: 49g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 15g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g

Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls

   

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