Cranberry-Orange Tea Ring

Cranberry-Orange Tea Ring
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
40 mins
Rise Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
1 ring


  • ¾ cup snipped dried cranberries

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel (set aside)

  • 2 tablespoon orange juice

  • 1 16 ounce loaf frozen sweet roll dough, thawed*

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted, divided

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped pecans

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 recipe Orange Icing

Orange Icing

  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon orange peel

  • 1 teaspoon orange juice


  1. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Grease foil; set baking sheet aside. In a medium bowl stir together dried cranberries and orange juice; set aside.

  2. On a lightly floured surface roll dough into a 15x9-inch rectangle (if dough is difficult to roll, let it rest for a few minutes before rolling again). Brush with 2 teaspoons of the melted butter.

  3. Drain cranberries, discarding juice. Return cranberries to bowl. Stir in brown sugar, pecans, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and orange peel. Sprinkle cranberry mixture over dough, leaving 1 inch unfilled along one of the long sides. Roll up rectangle, starting from the filled long side. Pinch dough to seal seam. Place rolled rectangle, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Bring ends together to form a circle. Moisten ends with water; pinch together to seal circle.

  4. Using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, cut from the outside edge toward center, leaving about 1 inch attached. Repeat around the edge, spacing the cuts 1 inch apart. Gently turn each slice slightly so the same sides of all slices face upward. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours).

  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush tea ring with the remaining 1 teaspoon melted butter. Bake in the preheated oven about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from foil. Cool completely on a wire rack. Drizzle with Orange Icing.

  6. In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel. Stir in enough orange juice (1 to 3 teaspoons) to make an icing of drizzling consistency.

Orange Icing

  1. In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and orange peel. Stir in enough orange juice to make an icing of drizzling consistency.


Let dough thaw in the refrigerator overnight before making tea ring.

Make-Ahead Directions:

Prepare and bake as directed, except do not drizzle with Orange Icing. Wrap tea ring in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. Before serving, drizzle with icing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

143 Calories
3g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 143
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 154mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 1.3mg 7%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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