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Cinnamon Raisin Christmas Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Christmas Bread
Cinnamon Raisin Christmas Bread
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Prep Time: 20 min (not including thaw time)
Bake Time: 15-20 min
Servings: 8-10
Skills: Beginning


  1. 15 Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  5. 1 tablespoon flour
  6. 1/2 cup golden raisins, softened
  7. 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  8. Holiday sprinkles 
  9. Glaze
  10. 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  11. 1-2 tablespoon milk 


Spray counter lightly with non stick baking spray. Combine rolls into a ball and roll into a 12 x 16 rectangle.

Add the raisins to a bowl and add very hot water over the raisins. Let the raisins soak until plump, Drain and set aside. 

In a medium size bowl combine the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside. 

Down the center of the dough evenly spread the cinnamon mixture. Add the raisins and pecans. 

Using a pizza cutter, cut about 12 slices on each side of the filling mixture. 

Starting at the top of the dough, criss-cross the pieces over each other.  Place the dough braid on a lightly greased baking sheet or on a sheet or use parchment paper and let rise until double in size (about 45 min to 1 hour). 

Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown. Drizzle warm cinnamon raisin bread with vanilla glaze and add holiday sprinkles.

Place the Christmas bread onto a tray or piece of sturdy cardboard covered with foil. Wrap in plastic wrap and add a festive holiday bow and gift tag.

Cook’s Note: 4 ounces cream cheese mixed with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar can be substituted for the cinnamon filling. Sprinkle ½ cup dried cranberries or dried cherries and ¼ cup white chocolate chips over the cream cheese filling.

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