Quick & Easy Cinnamon Rolls with Raisins

Cinnamon rolls with raisins, are one of my all time  favorite treats. They’re always an amazing treat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or  even dessert. However, as much as I love cinnamon rolls, I do not like the ones that are store bought. In fact, cinnamon rolls that are store bought tend to be too sweet and too processed. Which is why I prefer to make my own cinnamon rolls from scratch.

 In  the south we eat our cinnamon rolls with raisins in them and this recipe is no different. If you’re trying to eat a bit healthier, then you can cut down on the sugar and add more raisins. The raisins can act as more of a  natural sweetener,  rather than using the processed sugar.

This is the perfect cinnamon roll  recipe because it’s delicious, quick, and easy. I’m not sure which one I love more cinnamon rolls or chocolate cake. By the way  if you’re in need of a delicious dish to serve with your cinnamon rolls, be sure to click here for my homemade spaghetti and meatball recipe. This is  such  a great recipe for when you have a craving for something sweet, but don’t want to feel guilty for indulging.

Keep reading for the homemade cinnamon roll recipe and the delicious finished treat.

*Disclaimer*

You may eat the whole pan of cinnamon rolls, because they’re just that good! 

Ingredients for Cinnamon Rolls and Icing

As always before you start baking, you need a list of your  ingredients. This list of ingredients is more in-depth, because it has the ingredients for the cinnamon rolls, the filling, and of course the cream cheese glaze.

Ingredients for homemade cinnamon rolls from Southern Love

You will use all these ingredients, but they are broken down because they will be used separately for the dough, filling, and the glaze.

Dough ingredients:

-1  cup of warm milk

-1 large  egg

-1  tablespoon of instant yeast

-3 cups of All-purpose flour

-2 tablespoons of white sugar

-1 teaspoon of salt

-3 tablespoons of unsalted butter

Filling ingredients:

-1/2 cup of unsalted butter

– 1 cup of brown sugar

-2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon

1/2 cup of raisins (optional)

Glaze  ingredients:

-4 ounces of softened cream cheese

-1/4 cup of softened unsalted butter

-1 cup of powered sugar

-1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

-1 to 2 tablespoons of milk

How to Make Delicious Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

The very first step of this recipe is to add all of your ingredients  together in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon  of instant yeast,  2 tablespoons of white granulated sugar,  1 teaspoon of salt,  3 tablespoons of unsalted softened butter, 1 egg, and 1 cup of warm milk.

Then begin to mix everything together on low speed.  Begin to add your 3 cups of all-purpose flour into the dough, and  increase the speed to medium.

Cinnamon Roll Dough with Yeast

Cinnamon roll dough with yeast

Once your dough is finished it should be soft and tacky, and  should not stick to your hands at all.

Then place your dough in a greased mixing bowl and cover it with a towel for about an hour.  Since your dough recipe contains yeast, this will allow your dough  time to rise.

Cinnamon Roll Filling

 While you’re waiting for your dough to rise, you can make the filling for your cinnamon rolls. The filling only contains three ingredients; brown sugar,  ground cinnamon, and melted butter.

How to make homemade cinnamon rolls

After you’ve let your dough rise, roll out your dough, and spread 1/2 cup of melted unsalted butter on it.

Homemade cinnamon rolls with raisins

Once you’ve  finished sprinkling on your brown sugar and  cinnamon, you can begin to add raisins (if you desire).

It’s Time to Roll Your Dough

Brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins#homemade cinnamon rolls

 After you’ve added in filling ingredients, then you will begin to tightly roll your dough.

Rolling dough for cinnamon rolls

Continue to roll your dough and then you can use a knife to cut your dough into one-inch slices. Lightly grease a pan or parchment paper, and  preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Cinnamon Rolls

Place your cinnamon rolls onto the lightly greased pan or parchment paper for about 30 minutes, to allow them to puff before you put them in the oven.  They will cook for about 25- 30  minutes, or until the tops are a light golden brown.

How to Make the Cinnamon Roll Cream Cheese Glaze

While you’re waiting  for your cinnamon rolls to finish baking, you can begin to make your homemade  cream cheese glaze. First, you will mix  4 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup of  softened unsalted butter in a bowl until it’s light and fluffy. Then you can add 1 to 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract. The 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk is added to give the drizzle effect, so make sure that you’re adding in enough.

After you remove your cinnamon rolls from the oven, you can drizzle them with  your homemade glaze.

Cinnamon Rolls with Raisins

Cinnamon Rolls from ScratchCinnamon Rolls

 

These delicious homemade cinnamon rolls with raisins and homemade cream cheese glaze, are ready to be enjoyed by you and your loved ones. I would also recommend a nice cup of hot coffee or tea to go with this yummy treat!

I hope that y’all enjoyed this post! What’s your favorite go to treat? Do you like your Cinnamon Rolls with or without raisins?

Feel free to let us know in the comment  section.

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How to Make Cinnamon Rolls with Raisins

Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Make Cinnamon Rolls with Raisins from Scratch

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Mixer
  • 9X13 inch pan

Ingredients

Dough Ingredients

  • 1 cup of warm milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon of instant yeast
  • 3 cups of All-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Cinnamon Roll Filling Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of raisins (optional)

Glaze Ingredients

  • 4 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk

Instructions

  • First, in a large bowl add 1 tablespoon  of instant yeast,  2 tablespoons of white granulated sugar,  1 teaspoon of salt,  3 tablespoons of unsalted softened butter, 1 egg, and 1 cup of warm milk.
  • Mix everything together on low speed.  
  • Begin to add your 3 cups of all-purpose flour into the dough, and  increase the speed to medium.
  • Once your dough is finished it should be soft and tacky, and  should not stick to your hands at all.
  • Then, place your dough in a greased mixing bowl and cover it with a towel for about an hour.  Since your dough recipe contains yeast, this will allow your dough  time to rise.

Cinnamon Roll Filling

  • The filling only contains three ingredients; brown sugar,  ground cinnamon, and melted butter.
  • After you've let your dough rise, roll out your dough, and spread 1/2 cup of melted unsalted butter on it.
  • Once you've  finished sprinkling on your 1 cup of brown sugar and  2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon, you can begin to add 1/2 cup of raisins (if you desire).
     
  • After you've added in filling ingredients, then you will begin to tightly roll your dough.
  • Continue to roll your dough and then you can use a knife to cut your dough into one-inch slices.
  • Lightly grease a pan or parchment paper, and  preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  • Place your cinnamon rolls onto the lightly greased pan or parchment paper for about 30 minutes, to allow them to puff before you put them in the oven.
  • They will cook for about 25- 30  minutes, or until the tops are a light golden brown.
     

Making the Cream Cheese Glaze

  • First, you will mix  4 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup of  softened unsalted butter in a bowl until it's light and fluffy.
  • Then you can add 1 to 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  • The 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk is added to give the drizzle effect, so make sure that you're adding in enough.
  • After you remove your cinnamon rolls from the oven, you can drizzle them with  your homemade glaze.

Notes

These delicious homemade cinnamon rolls with raisins and homemade cream cheese glaze, are ready to be enjoyed by you and your loved ones. I would also recommend a nice cup of hot coffee or tea to go with this yummy treat!
 

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36 Comments

    • January 15, 2019 / 1:48 pm

      Awww thank you so much! The cinnamon rolls were delicious, I could barely stop eating them! 😋 I’ll be sure to check out your awesome blog! Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by! 😊😊

  1. January 15, 2019 / 11:19 pm

    They look soo good! I can’t wait to try this!

    • January 16, 2019 / 12:45 am

      They’re absolutely delicious, I hope you enjoy them! Thank you stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

  2. January 16, 2019 / 2:04 am

    My husband loves cinnamon rolls so I will have to try to make these for him! I love the added raisins.

    • January 16, 2019 / 2:10 pm

      If you don’t like a lot processed of sugar, the raisins add a natural sweetness to the cinnamon rolls! I hope y’all enjoy them! Have a wonderful day!!

  3. January 16, 2019 / 10:59 am

    I’ve recently found a different recipe for these and they are so much easier than I though!

    • January 16, 2019 / 2:04 pm

      That’s what I love about cinnamon rolls, it’s not a difficult recipe at all. It’s easy and the end results are always delicious! Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful day!

  4. Kristen Frolich
    January 16, 2019 / 12:22 pm

    My boys love cinnamon rolls. I haven’t found a good recipe that they really love yet, though. I’ll have to give this one a try and see how they like it.

    • January 16, 2019 / 2:08 pm

      This recipe is really delicious, all the cinnamon rolls were eaten within a day! Hopefully your boys will love this one! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!

  5. January 16, 2019 / 4:20 pm

    This looks so delicious, as cinnamon is my favorite ingredient I love to add it in my food. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe I’m definitely going to try this out.

  6. worldlytreat
    January 16, 2019 / 7:36 pm

    This looks so delicious. I’ve always wanted to try a cinnamon roll, I think it’s the sugar that is keeping me away. Yours looks good

    • January 16, 2019 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you so much! The great thing about baking you can determine how much sugar you use. You can substitute natural sweeteners or incorporate more cinnamon and raisins. The cream cheese glaze is optional, they’re just as good without it! Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have a lovely day!

  7. Moments Inspire
    January 16, 2019 / 8:35 pm

    I always just make the store bought ones so your post and pics really inspired me to try my own sometime. Thanks

    • January 16, 2019 / 9:53 pm

      These are really good and they’re extremely fluffy! It takes a little extra time, but you have more control when you do your own baking. I hope that you enjoy them and thank you for stopping by!

  8. January 16, 2019 / 9:44 pm

    I eat cinnamon rolls a lot bit without the glaze. Now that I’ve read about this recipe, I should be trying out the glazed cinnamon rolls. I look forward to making my C rolls. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It inspires the chef in me.

    • January 16, 2019 / 9:54 pm

      I like to eat them both ways, because they taste just as good without the glaze. I hope you enjoy them, and thank you for taking the time to comment! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  9. January 16, 2019 / 11:29 pm

    Thank you, Jennifer. This is a great recipe, little scare to try but I will. Have you ever tried using Splenda sugar instead of using the regular one? thanks for sharing.

    • January 17, 2019 / 12:00 am

      You’re so welcome! Don’t be afraid, I failed a few times, before I finally got it right. I’ve never tried using Splenda sugar, but you do need the 2 tablespoons of sugar, and the warm milk to interactive with the yeast. In order for your rolls to rise. You can cut out the brown sugar and use more cinnamon and raisins for the sweetness. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing day!

  10. Diana Tidswell
    January 17, 2019 / 12:54 am

    It’s true, store bought cinnamon rolls are just too sweet. And your version of cinnamon rolls seems so delish.

    • January 17, 2019 / 10:06 am

      They are just terrible, it took a few tries but my cinnamon rolls finally turned out. It takes a little more time to bake your own treats, but they just taste so much better! Thank you so much they’re delicious! Hope you have a wonderful day! 😊😊

  11. Catherine Santiago Jose
    January 17, 2019 / 1:43 am

    I really loved eating cinnamon rolls but never tried to make this. Thank you for sharing your recipe and I will definitely making this not only for my family but also with my friends. So delicious!

    • January 17, 2019 / 10:04 am

      Thank you so much! We definitely love cinnamon rolls in my house, so whenever I make them they don’t last very long lol! You’re so welcome, and I hope you enjoy this recipe! 😊

  12. January 17, 2019 / 4:02 am

    I never add raisins to mine! That would definitely be a good difference, and with vegan cream cheese!

    • January 17, 2019 / 10:03 am

      Really?? You have to try them with raisins. If you don’t like a lot of processed sugar. The raisins can be used as a natural sweetener. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have a great day! 😊😊

  13. January 17, 2019 / 4:15 am

    I really love cinnamon rolls and would definitely try out the recipe. This one looks really delicious. Thanks for sharing!

    • January 17, 2019 / 10:11 am

      This is a really good recipe, they’re so yummy! Thank you so much stopping by, and leaving such a kind comment! I hope you have a wonderful day! 😊

  14. simplysensationalfood
    January 17, 2019 / 1:51 pm

    These cinnamon buns look so delectable they would be perfect with coffee for amid morning snack. Bookmarking the recipe to make soon.

    • January 17, 2019 / 3:24 pm

      Thank you so much! They are absolutely wonderful with coffee and I hope you enjoy them! Have a wonderful day!!

  15. January 17, 2019 / 2:17 pm

    You make the preparatory steps more easier than the one I know. Thanks for sharing

    • January 17, 2019 / 3:26 pm

      You’re welcome! I like to keep recipes simple and easy that way anyone can use them! Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!!

  16. Fatima D Torres
    January 17, 2019 / 2:55 pm

    We typically buy the can, but this is a great alternative. Our boys enjoying baking, so this should be fun to make with them.

    • January 17, 2019 / 3:27 pm

      They will really enjoy them, it’s a really fun treat to make with children! Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope you have an amazing day!

  17. January 17, 2019 / 5:25 pm

    I love cinnamon rolls! They are so delicious but so calorie rich too! I like to treat myself with it once in a while.

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