Citrus Cream Cheese Pull Apart Rolls

Author Leigh Anne Wilkes


  • 1 package frozen roll dough — 25-ounce
  • LA Note: I used 10 rolls for one pan full and cut everything in half since I was only making one pan.
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine — melted
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries — such as Craisins
  • OR 1/2 cup dried apricots — chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar — divided
  • 2/3 cup 1/3-less-fat cream cheese — 6 ounces softened (I would use the whole 8 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  • Thaw roll dough at room temperature 30 minutes. (It usually takes longer for them to be soft enough to cut.)
  • Cut rolls in half
  • Place 24 halves, cut sides down, in bottom of each of 2 (9-inch) round cake pans coated with cooking spray
  • Brush butter evenly over rolls
  • Cover; let rise in a warm place (85º), free from drafts, 30 minutes
  • Sprinkle with dried cranberries
  • Combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar, cream cheese, orange juice, and egg; beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended
  • Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over rolls
  • Combine 3/4 cup granulated sugar, and rinds
  • Sprinkle evenly over rolls
  • Cover and let rise 1 hour or until doubled in size. (It usually takes longer to double in size.)
  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Bake at 350º for 20 minutes
  • Cover with foil
  • Bake an additional 5 minutes or until rolls in center are done
  • Remove from oven; cool 15 minutes
  • Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice
  • Drizzle over rolls


  • After pouring the cream cheese mixture over rolls, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 12 hours Gently remove plastic wrap from rolls; sprinkle with rind mixture
  • Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size. (Depending on the temperature of your kitchen it may take longer to double in size.)
  • Proceed with recipe as directed