Apple Raisin Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Raisin Cinnamon Rolls are filled with tart apples and sweet raisins, combining the delicious flavors in the perfect breakfast treat. 

Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


For the rolls

  • 1 lb frozen bread dough, defrosted
  • flour

For the filling:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 red apples, such as fuji or honeycrisp, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 TBS flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt

For the frosting:

  • 1/4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple juice or milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla


For the filling:

  1. In a medium skillet, add butter and let melt over medium heat. Add the chopped apples and raisins; stir for 1 minute. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt; stir until sugar is combined and starting to melt. Simmer while stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

For the rolls:

  1. Sprinkle flour on board or counter. Roll dough out into a large rectangle, about 18 inches by 12-14 inches. Spread apple mixture over the dough evenly. Starting from the long side, roll the dough evenly and tightly.

  2. Using a serrated knife, cut the dough into 1.5-2 inch slices, then set in a greased cake pan (or any baking dish is fine). Cover pan with a damp towel and set in a warm area for about an hour to let the dough rise. 

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place rolls in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Make your frosting while the rolls bake. 

For Frosting:

  1. Place all frosting ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat on high speed until completely combined. Spread cream cheese frosting over the top of the rolls and serve warm. Enjoy!