Make Mom Brunch: Fluffy Pistachio and Dried Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls

[ 0 ] May 6, 2015 |
cinnamon rolls

Image via © Spork Foods, 2015

*Thanks to Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg of Spork Foods for this Mother’s Day recipe.

Yields about 10 cinnamon rolls


1 package fresh pizza dough (refrigerated)

Filling Ingredients:

*1/2 cup Setton Farms Pistachio Kernels, roughly chopped

*1/4 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped

*2 tablespoons brown rice syrup

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Dash nutmeg, freshly grated

Dash sea salt

2 tablespoons melted non-dairy butter, divided

Frosting Ingredients:

1/3 cup organic powdered sugar

1 teaspoon soy creamer

1/2 teaspoon maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dash sea salt

*For a shortcut, substitute 6 finely chopped Setton Farms’ Pistachio Chewy Bites.

Roll dough out into a large rectangle shape on a floured cutting board.

In a mixing bowl, combine pistachios, cranberries, brown rice syrup cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt. Set aside.  Brush dough with melted non-dairy butter and sprinkle with pistachio, cranberry filling mixture. Roll into a coil. Cut into 1 1/2 inch rounds and place rounds in an 8 x 8 square baking dish.

When rolls are in dish, brush with more melted non-dairy butter. Cover and let rise until rolls are almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350° and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

To make frosting, whisk powdered sugar, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and sea salt together until mixture is smooth.  Drizzle over cinnamon rolls when they have cooled.

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Category: breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Recipes, sweets

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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