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Whole wheat cranberry cinnamon rolls

Wow, one week since my last post…

Sorry, but it is the season…and I am quite going crazy with all of the things that need to get done before Christmas day!!

Anyhow, I have been using cranberries lately for a lot of my desserts. I really like the tart of the cranberries mixed in with the sweetness that baking brings with them.

I am lucky enough to be able to get some organic cranberries at the store. A little bit more expensive, but never the less better :-)

For the purpose of taking pictures I used the classic sugar glaze for the cinnamon rolls however you can use maple syrup instead. It is also great with the cinnamon rolls and much better for you!

These rolls will take you a bit longer to make because whole wheat flour has less gluten thus the rising of the dough will take you longer, but be patient. This are a bit denser than the regular counter parts but they are still really really good.

Here you can see some of the other rolls I have made in the past:

Dark chocolate and hazelnut cinnamon rolls
Whole grain cinnamon rolls

I have actually frozen half of my batch, as I am going to reserved some cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning. I think this would be a nice treat for the kids right before they open their presents.


This is how the dough looks like before and after the first rising. It took about 2 hours, maybe a tiny bit longer.

After the dough rises roll out the dough in a greased surface and spread the cranberry filling over it. Roll it through, making sure you don’t do it tightly.

Cut the roll into little buns and place them on a greased floured 9×13 baking pan for about 2 hours until they rise again. Right picture.

This is how the rolls looked like after baking them for about 30 minutes at 375F.

These cinnamon cranberry rolls are out of this world. I hope you get to try them soon!! and remember, you can use maple syrup in place of the sugar glaze for the rolls


Cranberry cinamon rolls

Yield: 16 rolls


1 1/4 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup unrefined sugar
2 teaspoons instant yeast
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 eggs
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup old fashion rolled oats
4 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour plus 2-4 tablespoons


16 oz of fresh organic cranberries
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the glaze

1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, you can also just use maple syrup instead. A much better option that we like.
3 tablespoons low fat milk, enough to make a spreadable icing


In a mixing bowl mix all of the dough ingredients. Knead it with your hands 2 to 3 minutes. Form the dough into a ball and transfer it to a lightly buttered bowl covered with plastic wrap. Let it stand for to 2 hours until double in bulk.

On the mean time prepare the cranberry filling. Place cranberries and honey in a sauce pan over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes, until cranberries have soften.

Deflate the dough and transfer to a lightly greased work surface. Roll and pat it into a rectangle and spread the cranberry filling over the dough, like in the pictures.

Roll the dough into a log, and using a serrated knife cut it into pieces. Place the buns on a greased and floured a baking pan (or parchment paper) spacing them evenly making sure they won't touch each other. Cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel and let them rise for another 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375F. Bake buns for 25-35 minutes. Remove them from the oven and after 5 minutes invert the rolls onto the rack and invert them back again onto a platter.

In a small bowl, whisk the confectioners’ sugar with the the milk until the glaze is thick and spreadable. Dollop glaze over each roll and spread. Serve warm or at room temperature. You can also use maple syrup in place of the the sugar glaze for a healthier option.


Nutrition facts calculated based on the recipe giving 16 rolls

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11 Responses to “Whole wheat cranberry cinnamon rolls”

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    Angie's Recipes — December 19, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    These cinnamon buns look to die for!!! Seriously, they are HEAVENLY with cranberry filling.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — December 19, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for a good whole wheat cinnamon roll recipe. . .these will definitely be made!

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    Honey — December 24, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    Looks delicious. Just made cranberry cookies yesterday. Never used fresh cranberries before, I suppose you have to cook it first? I love Cinnabon, so there is no doubt that I wouldn’t love these.

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    Erin D. — December 26, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    Oooh yummy! These look delicious and they’re so pretty. :)

    And I know how you feel about the posting thing… I think it’s been over a week since my last post. Haven’t read any blogs in weeks. Haven’t done anything blog related at all. But today I am. Anyway, I bet the kids loved eating these before opening their presents!

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    Heidi — December 28, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    It really has been crazy this year! I’m still catching up – forget posting this week for me, haha. I love the cranberry filling in these! I was just thinking about how I’ve never put fruit in a cinnamon type roll. Why not?! It looks so good! :D

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    Jasmine — December 14, 2014 @ 4:56 pm

    Looks delicious! Did you freeze the extras before or after baking? Once frozen how did you reheat (thaw overnight and reheat or just reheat from frozen)? Thank you

    • Miryam@eatgood4life — December 17th, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

      Yes I froze after they were done. You can defrost them overnight or straight from the freezer. I feel though that overnight and then reheating in the microwave for a minute or so works best. Thanks for stopping by. Sorry for the delayed response…I am in the middle of finals!!

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    Sarah — December 20, 2014 @ 7:32 pm

    About how big is the rectangle you form? These look delicious!

    • Miryam@eatgood4life — December 20th, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

      It is about 15×10 inch :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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    Mali — December 29, 2014 @ 8:02 am

    These look amazing and I definitely want to try them as breakfast foods but also mid-morning snacks for my 2 kids. I don’t live in the US and finding fresh cranberries is a bit of a challenge — dried and canned are available all year round. Which of the two would you recommend as a substitute? Or, is there another fruit you would try?

    • Miryam@eatgood4life — December 29th, 2014 @ 10:28 am

      I think canned will work just fine. I hope you like them :-)

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