Valentine's rolls

Cardamom rolls with tonka bean cranberries jam

It’s almost Valentines Day! Are you going to celebrate it? Honestly, we won’t.. But I am always happy to have a reason to bake and try something new so I came up with a big heart made of cardamom rolls filled with homemade tonka bean cranberry jam and topped with lime icing sugar. I made a big heart to share with my family and then single rolls to share with friends.

You will find more inspiration for this Valentine’s Day here on the post, as I am sharing the ideas of my fellow bloggers, so go meet them and check out their lovely Valentine’s Day recipes.

Rolls with cranberries jam
Valentine’s Cardamom rolls

I learned how to make the rolls from my friend Sofia, she made the classic Swedish cinnamon rolls “Kanelbullar” and they were simply delicious. She added cardamom powder to the dough and I loved it! I filled mine with homemade cranberry jam, flavoured with tonka beans and cinnamon for Valentine’s day because I wanted a touch of red. You may use any filling you like, the classic butter-cinnamon-sugar mixture or nuts, jams, chocolate and so on..

Rolls with cranberries
Cardamom Rolls

Ingredients for the rolls:

  • 500 ml of milk, lukewarm
  • 50 g of fresh yeast (or 12 g of active dry yeast)
  • 150 g room temperature butter
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp grounded cardamom
  • 730 g of plain flour

Ingredients for the filling and decoration:

  • 75 g of butter
  • 1 tsp tonka bean, grated
  • 100 g of cranberry jam
  • 1 egg
  • granulated sugar
  • lime juice and icing sugar
Valentine's rolls
Cardamom rolls with cranberries jam


  1. In a big bowl mix the yeast (fresh or dry) into the lukewarm milk (500ml) and stir until it dissolves.
  2. Add the room-temperature butter (150g) in small pieces, salt (1/2tsp) and grounded cardamom (2tsp), as well as the flour (730g) and sugar (100g) and mix well for 5 (with a machine) to 10 minutes (by hand).
  3. The dough should not stick to your fingers, then it’s ready to rest.
  4. Cover and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Grate the tonka bean into the 75g of butter for the filling.
  6. Knead the dough gently, folding it a couple of times.
  7. Divide it into 4 pieces.
  8. Using a rolling pin, well buttered, roll each bun into a rectangular shape of approximately 15×30 cm.
  9. Spread some tonka flavoured butter on the top and then cover with cranberry jam.
  10. Now roll up the dough tightly on the longer side.
  11. Cut each roll in about 10 pieces and place them in big paper tins or on parchment paper.
  12. Cover and let rise for 40 minutes.
  13. Brush the rolls with the lightly whisked egg and add sugar if you wish.
  14. Bake in the preheated oven at 215 C for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  15. Once cooled down you can decorate with a simple icing made of lime juice mixed with 1-2 tablespoons of icing sugar.
  16. Enjoy!
Cardamom rolls
Rolls with lime icing

Looking for other sweet buns recipes? Did you see the low-sugar pull-apart muffins?

15 thoughts on “Cardamom rolls with tonka bean cranberries jam”

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  2. Deine Kardamom Rolls sehen unglaublich lecker aus liebe Laura ? Tonkabohne verleiht dem ganzen sicherlich noch mal eine ganz besondere Note und die Cranberry Marmelade macht das ganze noch außergewöhnlicher! Eine tolle Idee um seinen Herzensmenschen zu verwöhnen!

    Vielen lieben Dank für den tollen Beitrag!

    Liebe Grüße,

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