Simple Cinnamon-Cranberry Dinner Rolls

 Simple Cinnamon Cranberry Dinner Rolls
Thanksgiving is almost here and it's time to nail down those menus. Serving homemade bread is one of the best parts of the holiday meal.

We have so many choices when it comes down to what kind of bread or roll to serve. For me, it comes down to how many people I have to serve and what flavor am I looking to add to the meal.

Since Thanksgiving has so many savory dishes, I am always looking to add a little more sweetness to the meal. I love when dried fruit is added to stuffing, especially when I did it here and here. It helps give diversity to the meal. Since I often add the dried fruit to the stuffing, I thought maybe I would try adding it to the dinner rolls instead. It's always fun to change things up a bit.

Simple Cinnamon Cranberry Dinner Rolls Waiting to rise  Perfect for Thanksgiving
I did not want the rolls overly sweet, so I added a little bit of cinnamon and only a half cup of dried cranberries to my regular dinner rolls recipe. It. Was. Perfect. The slight hint of cinnamon and a bite of dried cranberry smothered in butter was the perfect way to round out the meal.

Simple Cinnamon Cranberry Dinner Rolls perfect for Thanksgiving
Do I have to tell you these rolls disappeared in minutes. I didn't think I did. Make them today, they are so easy and non-fussy to throw together.

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Simple Cinnamon-Cranberry Dinner Rolls

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 36 rolls


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 9 Tablespoons butter (6 softened, 3 melted)
  • 2/3 cup warm water (between 110-114 degrees)
  • 1 large egg, room temp
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • coarse sea salt for sprinkling


  • Combine 1 cup of flour, sugar, yeast, cinnamon and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low. With the machine still on, add softened butter gradually. Continue to mix for about 2-3 minutes until the mixture is the consistency of sand. Add the warm water in a steady stream over one minutes time; scrape down the bowl. Beat in the egg for one minute more.
  • Remove the paddle attachment and add the dough hook. Slowly add remaining 2 cups of flour on low speed. Dough will form a ball (takes about 2 minutes). Add cranberries. Increase mixer speed to medium and continue to knead for about 5 minutes. Dough should be smooth, elastic and slightly sticky. Cover the bowl and place in a warm spot for 10 minutes.
  • On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into thirds. Then cut each third into 12 equal pieces and roll into balls. Brush an 11 x 17 rimmed baking sheet with 1 Tablespoon of melted butter. Arrange dough balls about 1" apart on the prepared pan. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Brush with remaining melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt.

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10 Comments and 2 Replies

  1. This looks mouth-watering. I can’t wait to make them myself.

  2. Jeannette A 2

    Do you think I could freeze half the batch?

  3. I love your spin on the traditional roll — just a hint of sweetness, sounds perfect! And I can turn them into black friday breakfast, too. :-)

  4. Love those juicy cranberries peeking out! These look SO soft and perfect for sliding alongside the turkey and trimmings, Cathy!

  5. Ashley 6

    Homemade bread is definitely one of the best parts of Thanksgiving! These rolls look amazing – I love that you used cranberries in them!

  6. Kelly 7

    I don’t have a stand-up mixer, think I can do this in a food processor?
    Love, love this website!

    • Cathy 8

      The food processor will bring the dough together but it does not have a dough hook to knead the dough. You will have to do that by hand.

  7. These rolls sound so unique and wonderful. Love that they aren’t overly sweet and sound like they’ll be a nice complement to a savory, hearty meal. Lovely!

  8. susan 10

    I think I am going to have to make these for breakfast. I could eat my screen right now!

  9. I could eat a healthy amount of these rolls. Perhaps I should say an unhealhy amount :)

  10. Betty Rose 12

    Where is the recipe for Cinnamon Roll King Cake


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