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Raspberry Sweet Rolls

These raspberry sweet rolls with cream cheese frosting are the perfect treat for breakfast or brunch!
4.57 from 30 votes

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • Add yeast to 1 cup of lukewarm water. Stir with a spoon and set aside for about five minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Put the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Now follow the exact same steps with the other half of the dough, using the remaining ingredients.
  • 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.
  • 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.