Homemade Cranberry Dinner Rolls

I love when fall comes around and cranberries are plentiful!  We use as many fresh berries as we can, then dehydrate and make cranberry concentrate with the rest.  One recipe you’ll see over and over at our house this time of year is our recipe for this delicious cranberry dinner roll.

Don’t grow cranberries?  That’s okay–Did you know that close to the holidays you can peruse Facebook until you find a $1.00 off of cranberries coupon?  Wait until cranberries go on sale for $1.00, and then get free cranberries.  Does it get any better?

We make these cranberry dinner rolls in our home from about November through January.  We have them at least weekly.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cranberries (to taste, or 1/2 cup if you’re unsure)
  • 1 Cup of lukewarm milk
  • 1/4 Cups softened butter
  • 2 1/4 Cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

Cut your cranberries in half and set aside.  Mix the other dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Then add the milk and soft butter to it and mix well.

Once the dough is mixed well, fold the cranberries in.

We use a lot of cranberries.  If you’re not sure if you’ll be crazy about the cranberries, limit yourself to half a cup the first time–they will make the entire roll a bit tart.  If you like your rolls sweet, add 1 Tablespoon of sugar to the dry mix.

Once all the cranberries are sticking to the dough, cut your dough into eight equal pieces and form into balls.  Place on your nonstick mat or greased tray.

Set aside to rise for about an hour in a warm place.  Your rolls should roughly double in size.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Place rolls in oven for 15 minutes.

These rolls are best warm, but always remember those cranberries hold heat for quite awhile, so be careful not to burn yourself.

These cranberry dinner rolls use fresh cranberries to make a welcomed fall, winter, or Thanksgiving treat for the whole family to enjoy!

Tips For Using The Bread Machine

If you’d like the help of your bread machine, make sure to put your milk in first, and then your dry ingredients (but not cranberries yet).  Make wells in the corners of your dry ingredients, and put your cut up butter in there.

Turn your bread machine to the “mix dough” setting.  On the last mixing cycle of your dough (after it’s had a chance to rise), pour your cranberries in whole.

When using a bread machine, be prepared to hear loud popping noises as your machine punctures some of the cranberries.  Also note that your rolls may turn red as the popped cranberries get mixed in.

After your dough is mixed, follow all other instructions above for cutting, balling, and baking.

For more bread machine tips, read this.


Need ideas for Thanksgiving stuffing?  Try using all your home-grown ingredients to make this harvest pear stuffing:

Harvest Pear Stuffing



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