Raspberry Sweet Rolls

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Raspberry Sweet Rolls-soft and sweet yeast rolls filled with raspberries and topped with cream cheese frosting. These sweet rolls are perfect for breakfast or brunch. 

Raspberry Sweet Rolls with cream cheese frosting are perfect for breakfast or brunch

My dad’s cinnamon rolls are hands down the BEST cinnamon rolls in the universe. I shared my dad’s recipe on our blog years and years ago when my dad was probably the only one reading our blog. The post includes pictures of my dad making cinnamon rolls and the recipe. My dad didn’t care at the time because he didn’t think anyone would actually read the post and see his picture, but now his cinnamon roll recipe is the most popular recipe on our site. My dad gets a little embarrassed that his photo is all over the internet.

I have thought about taking new pictures for the post, they aren’t the greatest and probably should be updated to show you how amazing the cinnamon rolls are, but I love those memories with my dad in the kitchen.

When my dad came to visit us a few months ago, I asked if we could make his famous cinnamon rolls, but with a twist. I wanted to make Raspberry Sweet Rolls. My dad said sure, but he made me promise I would only take pictures of the rolls. He is kind of camera shy:)

Soft and sweet raspberry yeast rolls topped with cream cheese frosting. Perfect for breakfast or brunch!

We used my dad’s recipe for the base of the rolls because it is PERFECTION! You will never eat a softer, fluffier, melt in your mouth sweet roll. The dough is like satin.

Homemade Raspberry Sweet Rolls are easy to make and great for breakfast

To mix things up, we added raspberries to the filling. We used frozen raspberries because they hold together better. The raspberries will still get juicy and ooze out a little, but that is ok. They make a pretty mess:)

Raspberry Sweet Rolls with cream cheese frosting are a family favorite and perfect for holiday breakfasts

We topped the raspberry sweet rolls with a generous amount of cream cheese frosting. I added a little lemon zest to brighten up the rolls.

Raspberry Sweet Rolls made with raspberries cream cheese frosting great for breakfast

The raspberry sweet rolls were heavenly! I loved the fruity raspberry filling. And my dad, the cinnamon roll master, approved too!

My dad is coming to visit us for Christmas and I know he will be making his famous cinnamon rolls for Christmas brunch. It is a family tradition. I am going to put in a request for Raspberry Sweet Rolls too. They are the perfect Christmas morning treat! The raspberries make them so pretty and festive…and it is the holidays. It is ok to indulge. I am going to eat a cinnamon roll and raspberry sweet roll. Merry Christmas to me:)

Add these Raspberry Sweet Rolls to your Christmas brunch menu. Your friends and family will love them! And don’t forget to try my dad’s world famous cinnamon rolls! They are the BEST!

Raspberry Sweet Rolls with cream cheese frosting Family favorite breakfast recipe

Raspberry Sweet Rolls

These raspberry sweet rolls with cream cheese frosting are the perfect treat for breakfast or brunch!
4.76 from 25 votes
Cook Time
17 minutes


For the dough:

  • 2 packages yeast 4 1/2 teaspoons, dissolved in 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 6 tablespoons shortening Crisco
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 9 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tablespoon salt

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

For the frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  1. Add yeast to 1 cup of lukewarm water. Stir with a spoon and set aside for about five minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add shortening, sugar, and salt to hot water and beat for 30 seconds. Let cool to lukewarm temperature. Stir in 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture and mix until well combined. Mix in the beaten eggs.
  3. Gradually stir in the remaining flour and mix with the dough hook for about 2 minutes. Remove dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured counter. Knead by hand, add a little flour if the dough is still sticky. Knead until dough feels satiny and smooth.
  4. Put the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
  5. Remove dough from bowl and place on a lightly floured counter. Divide dough in half. With a rolling pin, roll one half of the dough into a rectangular shape. Spread dough evenly with 4 tablespoons of softened butter. Sprinkle dough with 1/4 cup brown sugar. In a medium bowl, carefully stir together the frozen raspberries, granulated sugar, lemon zest, and cornstarch. Sprinkle half of the raspberry mixture over the dough.
  6. Gently roll up dough into one long roll. Cut rolls, using a piece of dental floss or thread, about two inches thick. Place rolls into a greased 9X13 baking pan.
  7. Now follow the exact same steps with the other half of the dough, using the remaining ingredients.
  8. Place rolls in a warm spot and cover with a towel. Let rolls rise until double in bulk, about an hour. Bake rolls at 350 degrees F for 25-32 minutes or until golden brown on top. The insides should be soft, but not doughy. Remove pans from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
  9. While the rolls are cooling, make the frosting. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and lemon zest. Using electric mixer, beat until smooth. Spread frosting on rolls and serve.

Raspberry Sweet Rolls are the perfect breakfast or brunch treat for the holidays or any day! #cinnamonrolls #breakfast #holidays Visit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals.
Raspberry Sweet Rolls-soft and sweet yeast rolls filled with raspberries and topped with cream cheese frosting. These sweet rolls are perfect for breakfast or brunch. #cinnamonrolls #breakfast #holidays Visit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals.
These raspberry sweet rolls with cream cheese frosting are the perfect treat for breakfast or brunch! #cinnamonrolls #breakfast #holidays Visit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I made this recipe but used leftover apricot and cherry filling leftover from Christmas cookies. It makes a lot so I made some cinnamon rolls with it too. I had to add about a cup more flour to knead it as it was very sticky. The end result was perfect! I love the way the dough is light and fluffy. (I always raise the dough in my oven with a bowl of hot water to aid the yeast.) This recipe is a keeper. Thank you for sharing!

  2. hi..I’m gigi from Chile…thanks for this interesting recipe…it really looks so good…I’m so convinced to do it after you answer me this message… 
    the thing is…could you please give me the right measures in grams instead of tablespoons or cups? 

  3. Do you think I could use already made dough?
    Like pizza dough you buy in a store?
    I”ve never made dough before and not sure i would be successful at it.

  4. Could I make these rolls a day ahead. I am nit great with morning and my kids tend to want to eat as soon as they are up. 

  5. I think there’s a mistake in the above recipe.  I added 1 tablespoon of salt as listed and it was inedible and didn’t rise – surely you mean a teaspoon or less?

    1. The recipe is correct. We always use 1 tablespoon, it makes a lot of rolls. Was your yeast expired? Water too warm?

  6. You have made no mention of the size the dough should be rolled out to even though many people have asked! Could you please let us know??

  7. Am I the only person who got dough that was inedible and didn’t rise owing to a whole tablespoon of salt??  Surely it’s a teaspoon at most??

  8. 5 stars
    THANKYOU! These rolls were spectacular. I made these for Easter morning breakfast on a last minute whim around 3:30 in the am. I had some raspberries in my freezer that i got at the farmers market last season and had Exactly 3 1/2 cups. It was meant to be. My mother in law and sil were spending the weekend and were very impressed. I made overnight sausage casseroles (my moms recipe) and these rolls stole the show.. it was a perfect easter morning breakfast. Dont let negative reviews sway you from trying these. I did bake at 375 for 20 min then covered with foil and baked about 5 min more  just know how my oven bakes First time  I’ve commented but just couldnt not. I have made and love several recipes on your blog.   Thanks so much. 

  9. Hello there! I’v made your father cinamon roll recipe and it came out perfectly! I noticed there is no sugar in the yeast and water mixture, like tje cinamon recipe. Is this true? There is no need in the sugar in this recipe?

    Thank you,

  10. 3 stars
    I made these and they were tasty but two things to keep in mind:
    1. The filling overflowed, probably because of how the dough rose.
    2. They took way longer than 20 minutes to bake.

    I might make them again but I’d think about using premade dough (or crescent rolls).

  11. 5 stars
    These are by far the hands down favorite around here. We all love raspberry and it is a nice change from the more traditional cinnamon roll. I half the recipe to get one pan and it works well. Thanks for posting this. Love, love, love your stuff. I made the caprese garlic bread and almost passed out!!!

  12. 5 stars
    I might try to make the dough a little sweeter in the future to balance that lovely tartness of the raspberries.  The recipe worked great for me, and after cooking them at 350F for ~35minutes, they had soft, pillowy centers and a lovely touch of golden edges.   My favorite was probably how they look like a bouquet of roses when they came out–I used a small pan and packed them in a 3×3.

    Thank you for the recipe, I will definitely recommend. 

  13. I have not made this recipe, but ive made many, many cinn rolls. On the doughy problem after baking, are you using pyrex or foil pans? Foil pans keep the rolls more moist( for some reason), but the trick is to place the foil pan on a cookie sheet to bake the rolls. The rolls are baked to perfection. I bake mine in a convection oven at 315 conv. For 22 min. Happy baking!

  14. I made this lovely raspberry rolls yesterday to feed my crew for coffee break,  I used my usual recipe for cinnamon buns including both raisins and cinnamon instead of your Dad’s.  They turned out great! and 
    Was enjoyed by all.  I need to make snacks for school for my grandkids and I am making your Dad’s  this weekend.   Thank you.

  15. WIll make this recipe, but couldn’t get it to print…
    The dough is the same for my cinnamon rolls, which I make in my bread machine.
    Thank you for this suggestion. I have raspberries in my backyard, and other than making Jam, which I do,
    I am always looking for things to do with the excess.

    1. Click the print button in the recipe. I just tried it and it worked for me! Glad you like the recipe!

  16. Active dry yeast or instant yeast? If it is active dry yeast how come not proofing with sugar sorry in advance if this is a dumb question

  17. I made your Dad’s cinnamon rolls for the first time this Christmas and they are the best I have ever had. My family can’t stop eating them. DELICIOUS!

  18. I’ve made cinnamon rolls for years. This recipe is truly the best. Rolls were soft and delicious.  I made half the dough into your raspberry and half into cinnamon caramel pecan.  Family couldn’t pick a favorite.  Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

  19. 5 stars
    Just made these last night and they turned out PERFECT. I thawed raspberries first per another baker’s suggestion and while it was messy, it still turned out fine. Baked at 375 for 20 mins (gas oven) and they were just right. Making Dads famous cinnamon rolls now!

  20. 5 stars
    These are Amazing !! Very tasty, I wanted something different to make for my ministry, Greatful Hearts. which is where you can gather for fellowship and have coffee & snack before Sunday School. I know these will go very quickly. .

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