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Wake Up the Family Right on Christmas Day with Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls

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We all know the holidays are a mad dash. Stores are packed, long lines everywhere you go, the days are short and there is just too much to do! Spend time with family and make Christmas morning easy friends… easy & DELICIOUS!

One thing I love to do is wake up a wee bit early on Christmas and throw a breakfast together that wakes up the rest of my family with an aroma of sweet orange and tart cranberries that is sweet and delicious. The key is to take advantage of pre-done French bread dough and the slow cooker! Why wake up earlier than you have to wasting time in the kitchen proofing dough, when you could be enjoying precious family time with loved ones?! So many times, moms and dads are stuck in the kitchen cooking or cleaning up when all the memories are happening. Get out of the kitchen and be a part of the memory making!

I get all my Christmas morning ingredients at Albertsons. From my family’s preferred breakfast drink of choice, Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Orange Juice, to pre-done French bread dough, tart dried cranberries, to the crisp Gold Peak Iced Tea that’s perfect for a post gift opening pick me up! Right now they are printing out a special on Coca-Cola products; buy 4 participating Coca-Cola products and enjoy $20 off at Shutterfly.com! That’s right, enjoy the memories at home, then keep them forever with the help of Shutterfly!

Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls

  • 2 pre-done French bread dough (in refrigerator section)
  • 3/4 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Orange zest from 2 oranges
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 4 T softened butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 T milk
  • 1.5 T orange zest
  • 2 T orange juice

Using parchment paper, cut a large piece and lay it in the slow cooker crock.

 

On a lightly floured surface, spread out both of the French bread doughs. Pinch them together to make one larger flat dough piece. Approximately 10×16 inches. Spread the softened butter over the dough, followed by the brown sugar, cinnamon and cranberries.

In a small bowl combine the granulated sugar and the orange zest. Spread half of the orange sugar onto the dough. Reserve the rest of the orange sugar.

Starting on the right hand side, start to slowly roll up the dough, tucking and rolling.

Cut the dough into 1.5 inch slices. Before placing into the parchment lined crock, dip the cut side of the cinnamon roll into the reserved orange sugar. Place into slow cooker base.

Cook on high 2 to 2.5 hours, or low for 4 to 4.5 hours.

When cooked, lift the parchment paper from the crock onto a platter. Let cool slightly, then frost those bad boys!

To make the icing– in a medium bowl, combine butter, powdered sugar, milk orange zest, and orange juice. Whisk until smooth! Slather onto rolls liberally!

What recipes do you turn to to save time & make memories on Christmas?

  • Nicole Elliott

    These look delicious! What a fun Christmas tradition!! ~ Client