cranberry sauce and ham being rolled up in crescent roll dough

Ham and Cranberry Roll Ups

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Ham and Cranberry Roll ups are a festive appetizer for the holidays featuring ham and cranberry sauce rolled and baked in a crescent roll. They are also perfect to make with your Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers! It just takes a little planning to learn how to teach kids cooking classes.

Ham and cranberry sauce rolled up in croissant roll dough

My kids love to make recipes, and this crescent roll dough helps them make fun things that I can bake for them. They always turn out delicious. And they are versatile in so many flavors. All you have to do is pop the can, separate the sections, give one to each child, and supply the toppings.

This ham and cranberry roll ups idea came from leftover ham and cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving. We already knew the flavors went together awesome. My homemade cranberry sauce recipe is bomb and compliments the salty ham so well. And using leftovers gives you a Cheap Lunch Ideas for Daycare.

Kids love ham and they love anything with ham in it. So this is the perfect idea for cooking with kids. We make recipes all throughout the fall, I take pictures of the kids making them, and create cookbooks with them as Christmas gifts for the daycare families. They are beloved by families for years.

You can even get recipes here for kid’s cookbooks.

child spooning cranberry sauce onto a croissant for a roll up

Ham roll ups

These roll ups are so simple, you’re not going to believe you didn’t think of it before. And they are oh so festive. I would make them for a holiday appetizer too!

rolling ham and cranberry sauce in crescent roll dough
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Ham and Cranberry Roll Ups

Sweet, tangy, salty appetizers for your holiday table and a great use for leftovers after the big holiday meal.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, ham and cranberry roll ups, leftovers, thanksgiving
Servings: 8
Author: Christina


  • 1 can pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 1/2 c homemade cranberry sauce or sauce of your choice
  • 8 slices sliced ham, cut into chunks


  • Open can of dough and separate into 8 triangles
  • Top each triangle with a spoonful of cranberry sauce and a sprinkle of ham chunks
  • Roll from the fat end to the skinny end
  • Bake at 375 for 11-13 minutes
  • Serve warm or cold

You’re going to love these and want to make them over and over again! And it’s a really fun activity to spend time with your kids too. They will be so proud that they helped cook what you have on your special table. And they learn math too while developing fine motor skills and cooking skills. Cooking has so many benefits for kids!

For more roll up ideas, check out:

rolling ham and cranberry sauce in crescent roll dough

If you love cranberry as much as I do, check out this yummy Cranberry Syrup Recipe too.

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