Bejeweled Cranberry-Orange Rolls

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Bejeweled Cranberry-Orange Rolls
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 55 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 8
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Say hello to our new favorite way to make Pillsbury™ Orange Rolls with Orange Icing—with jeweled-toned cranberries, sweet pineapple, ginger and walnuts for crunch. Just try not to love them!
Updated Apr 25, 2021
Bake-Off® Contest 48, 2018
Bake-Off® Contest 48, 2018
Amy Nelson
Zionville, North Carolina


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) cranberries
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, undrained (from 8-oz can)
  • 1/2 cup strong ginger beer or ginger ale
  • 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 can (13.9 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Orange Rolls with Orange Icing (8 Count)


  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper.
  • 2
    In 2-quart saucepan, cook cranberries, pineapple, ginger beer, orange juice concentrate and ginger over medium-high heat 10 to 14 minutes, stirring frequently, until liquid is absorbed and mixture is very thick. Remove from heat; cool 20 minutes.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, toast walnuts over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden brown. Remove from heat.
  • 4
    Open can of dough; do not separate rolls. Set icing aside.
  • 5
    Carefully unroll dough onto cutting board, being careful not to separate. Spread cooled cranberry mixture evenly on dough; sprinkle with walnuts. Carefully reroll dough. With serrated knife, cut each roll at perforations, wiping blade of knife after each for clean cuts. Place rolls about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet, reshaping rolls if necessary.
  • 6
    Bake 9 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Spread icing evenly over warm rolls.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    For best results, work with cold dough directly from refrigerator.
  • tip 2
    To make rolls easier to cut, refrigerate filled dough about 20 minutes before cutting into individual rolls.

Nutrition Information

220 Calories, 8g Total Fat, 3g Protein, 33g Total Carbohydrate, 15g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Roll
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • My mother was born in 1925 and was never a fancy or adventurous cook. We had the same meal for every holiday, whether it was Thanksgiving, Easter or Christmas. She never wavered for fear of familial uprising! Those meals together were unforgettable. One thing that was always on the holiday table was the cranberry congealed salad. It was a familiar mixture of chopped fresh cranberries, orange, celery, pecans, pineapple and Jello; we devoured it. (My husband may have even married me because of it.) I have a handwritten notebook of recipes, and on the cranberry-stained, well-used page that holds this one, at the top it reads “Called Mama every year (for the recipe). Wrote it down Thanksgiving 2000.” We were not a family of convenience foods. “Having” to eat homemade food at every meal, I thought of canned spaghetti and frozen dinners in aluminum trays as treats! One year, though, we were visiting my sister and she had bought Pillsbury™ orange rolls for breakfast. They were so different from anything I had ever had (this was way before the gourmet cinnamon roll craze) and I loved them. Apparently so did my mama, because fairly often after that they would show up in our fridge at home. They were a convenience food my mom took a liking to, and eating them takes me back in my mind to our kitchen table on mornings before school. In my recipe, the cranberry, pineapple, walnuts and ginger perfectly punctuate and complement the orange rolls. Yes, these rolls are "just food", but can food not, with its profound taste and olfactory power, send us in an instant back to a place of familiar and immediate happiness in our hearts? Yes. A later entry on the cranberry salad recipe page reads: “December 24, 2010: Didn’t make (the salad) for Thanksgiving this year. This is the second year without Mama and Daddy. I miss them terribly, but every motion during the holidays makes me remember them in happy, vivid detail.” I will cook these rolls and remember...
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