Cranberry-Mandarin Sweet Rolls w/ Cream Cheese Icing – Bread Machine Recipe #HalosFun

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To me, oranges symbolize the holidays. Maybe it’s because it’s tradition to put an orange at the bottom of each family member’s stocking. This tradition actually dates way back in history! Oranges were a pretty common stocking stuffer in England dating as far back as 100 years or more! Plus, at this time of the year – oranges are at the peak of their harvest and so delicious – especially Halo Mandarin Oranges. Halo Mandarins are small and easy to peel and so tasty.

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Did you know?

Christmas stockings with oranges inside became popular by accident. Folklore has it that Bishop Nicholas (who was born in Turkey in the fourth century A.D. and became Saint Nicholas, or Santa Claus) dropped three bags of gold coins down the chimney of a poor family with three daughters to give them each a dowry needed to land a husband. The bags of gold landed in stockings the girls had hung to dry by their fireplace. The heat from the fire, the myth continues, melted the gold coins into gold balls, which today is symbolized through the use of oranges.

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This past weekend, we hosted our annual Jolly Holiday Family Brunch and we decided to incorporate these sweet mandarins by making Cranberry-Mandarin Sweet Rolls with Mandarin-Cream Cheese Icing. Oh my – these were SO GOOD.

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Cranberry-Mandarin Sweet Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing Recipe



  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast


  • 2 Tbsp mandarin orange zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter – melted
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp mandarin orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


Place ingredients in bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle. In the meantime, combine mandarin orange zest and sugar in a bowl and set aside for later.

Once dough cycle is finished (including rising time), lay the dough onto a lightly floured surface, cover, and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes. Roll dough out into a 16×21-inch rectangle.

Spread dough with melted butter and then evenly sprinkle on the orange/sugar mixture. Add cranberries. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.

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At this point, you can cover the rolls and place in the refrigerator overnight to bake in the morning. If you do refrigerate, then in the morning – take the rolls out 1-2 hours before baking and allow to rise until double in size.

Bake rolls in a 400 degree preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, mandarin orange zest and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.

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  1. You had me at “bread machine” recipe! Yes!!