Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls.

Soft & fluffy sweet roll dough filled with juicy raspberries and drizzled with glaze.

Raspberry Sweet Rolls - these are so good! Soft & fluffy sweet roll dough filled with juicy raspberries and drizzled with glaze.

I made, what I consider, the most perfect breakfast sweet roll over the weekend and I am so very excited to share them with you today!  Not only were they fun to photograph, they were SO incredible to eat and enjoy. Juicy, sticky, fluffy, sweet heaven.

Kevin’s mom and I spent our Friday night making sweet rolls. I’ve told you before, I’m a boring gal, but I really couldn’t think of a more perfect way to spend my evening after a long workweek. We decorated a Christmas tree and waited for the sweet rolls to rise. It was awesome.

I got this recipe from the Food & Wine website a few months ago, pinned it, and never quite mustered up the time and energy to make the yeasted roll myself.  As we were kneading, rolling, cutting, and of course – taste-testing, I couldn’t help but kick myself in the butt. Why did I wait so long to make these?  They are SO fluffy, tender, soft, and oozing with sweet raspberry goo in every bite. I trust that you’ll be smarter than I am and dash to your kitchen right now to begin. ;)

Raspberry Sweet Rolls - these are so good! Soft & fluffy sweet roll dough filled with juicy raspberries and drizzled with glaze.

*Be sure to read the whys and the why nots of this recipe if you are looking to make the rolls yourself:

To begin, warm up some milk. I did so on low heat over the stovetop until the milk was lukewarm – be careful not to scald the milk.  I didn’t use a thermometer, but if you choose to do so, aim for roughly 95F degrees.  Pour the milk into a bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a hook attachment.  Add your yeast and 2/3 cup of sugar.  Stir it a little bit, cover, and walk away.  You are testing your yeast to prove that it is alive and active with this first step.

 I checked the bowl about 10 minutes later, after I finished gathering the other ingredients for the rolls. If the yeast/sugar/milk solution has become frothy or bubbly, you have your “proof” that the yeast is alive. If not, the yeast is a dud. Toss it out and start over again with a new batch of active dry yeast.  Our yeast was ready and good to go.

With the mixer running, add your softened butter – be sure it is not melted or too hard.  Crack 2 large eggs, add them one at a time, then a touch of salt.  Let the mixer run for a bit.  Manually scrape down the sides and stir by hand as needed.  Next, slowly add the flour.  Little by little.  Mix for up to 10 minutes on medium high speed until a soft dough forms.  I thought my mixer was going to break down as it jostled about for 10 minutes!  Luckily, we were fine.

For the amount of flour: the recipe states 4.25 – 4.5 cups.  I used 4 and 1/2 cups because the dough was much too sticky with only 4 and 1/4 cup.  In fact, after 10 minutes in the stand mixer, I kneaded the dough by hand on a floured surface for about two minutes because I still felt it was much too sticky.  To test the dough’s readiness, poke the dough with your finger and if it springs back, it is good to go. After mixing for 10 minutes and then kneading by hand on a floured surface, the dough was ready to rise.

Form the dough into a ball, and place in a lightly greased bowl.  Cover with a dish towel and set in a warm place, until it doubles in size.  We had the stove on earlier from warming up the milk, so we placed the bowl on the flat electric stove-top and went to decorate the tree as we waited.  If you make these in the summer time, be sure it is not an overly humid day as the air’s moisture will have a negative affect on the dough’s rising. The dough took about 1.5 hours to practically double in size.

Get your baking pan ready. I used a 9×13 baking pan, your standard size cake pan, and lined it with parchment paper. I sprayed the parchment paper with nonstick spray so the rolls could easily be removed.

Get your roll on. Break out your rolling pin (and your ruler!) and roll that glorious ball of dough into a 10×24 inch rectangle on a generously floured surface.  Oh geez.  I completely underestimated this size before we got out the ruler!  Trust me, it will roll out into a rectangle this large.  Make sure the dough is completely uniform in thickness and a precisely 10×24 inches in size.

Mix frozen raspberries with a touch of cornstarch and sugar.  Frozen – yes, frozen.  Fresh raspberries will be much too juicy and delicate for the filling, which is perfect since they are not in their prime this time of year. Frozen berries are the way to go – try blueberries or cherries instead. Pour the cold sugared raspberries over the large dough rectangle and tightly roll up.

Using your sharpest knife, cut into 16 rolls. This means the rolls were precisely 1.5 inches in thickness. Stuff the rolls into your baking pan, 4 in each row, leaving space between each one so they have room to expand. Some rolls will be more tightly compacted since the pan is longer than it is wide. That’s ok, I promise. Cover your baking pan and store in a warm place once again.

Raspberry Sweet Rolls - these are so good! Soft & fluffy sweet roll dough filled with juicy raspberries and drizzled with glaze.

More waiting time – about 2 hours. That’s ok, there really isn’t much “work time” with this recipe – just more “wait time.”  In this step, be prepared for the berries to release their juices. The bottom of your pan will be FULL of a glorious sweet red raspberry juice, only to be absorbed in the baking process. It turns into an incredible sticky raspberry glaze over the bottom of the rolls. \

The rolls only take about 25 minutes in the oven. Be sure to cover your rolls with foil – it didn’t state this in the original recipe, but this is crucial to prevent the tops of your rolls from getting too brown.  I covered my rolls about halfway through the baking process; the next time I make these, they will be covered the entire time in the oven. The recipe also states 425F degrees. WAY too hot for my rolls. Go for 400F here.

Oh my lanta, the SMELL of these rolls baking is pure bread oblivion!

Cool your rolls, in the pan, on a wire rack for about 15 minutes.  I cooled mine overnight so they’d be ready for their glaze shower first thing in the morning.

Make your glaze. A simple combination of heavy cream and powdered sugar. Nothing else.  Feel free to use half-and-half or milk.  With either half-and-half or milk, keep in mind it you may need more sugar than I used to get the glaze to be as thick and creamy.

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Serve the rolls warm. I froze a few of mine (without glaze) to warm up and enjoy on Christmas morning. My mom was so excited to see a picture when I sent one to her of the finished rolls. She cannot wait to taste one!

I cannot tell you enough how incredible these rolls truly are. The wait time, about 4 hours total, is a bit tedious but not too bad if you have other things to do around the house or let the rolls rise overnight to bake in the morning. Yeast, an ingredient requiring a ton of patience, is so worth it. There is quite simply nothing like a from-scratch, sweet, doughy roll first thing in the morning.

The rolls are tender and fluffy, so soft and springy with each bite.  And so darn puffy! Simply put, imagine the softest dinner roll you’ve ever tasted.  Make them a little sweeter, add some sticky raspberries and creamy glaze and you can imagine what I’m trying to describe here.

I cannot even WAIT to make these into orange rolls, or use this recipe and make a caramel pecan filling.  Or a simple cinnamon/sugar/butter filling.  I just cleared the store shelves from yeast over the weekend so I can get crackin’ on all my sweet roll plans.

Raspberry Sweet Rolls

An important closing note: if the ball of dough does not rise, the yeast was dead, not the recipe!


Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls

Fluffy, sticky, & sweet raspberry rolls. Follow my easy directions and become a master at sweet roll making!

Yield: 16 rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours or overnight



  • 1 cup (240ml) milk
  • 2/3 cup (135g) granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast (2 standard size packets)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 and 1/2 cups (562g) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting/rolling


  • One 10-oz. package frozen raspberries (NOT thawed)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons (80g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  • 1 cup (120g) confectioners' sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) heavy cream (or half-and-half or milk)


Make The Dough: In a small saucepan, warm the milk over low heat until lukewarm (no need to use a thermometer, but to be precise: about 95 degrees F). Pour the warm milk into the bowl of a stand electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment and manually stir in the sugar and yeast. Cover with a towel and let stand until the yeast is foamy, about 5-10 minutes. Add the softened butter, eggs, and salt. Scrape down the sides and manually stir as needed. Gradually add the flour and beat at medium speed until a soft dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until the dough is soft and supple, about 10 minutes longer. *If you do not have a stand-mixer with a hook attachment, knead the dough by hand in this step.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it with your hands for about 2 minutes. Form the dough into a ball and transfer it to a lightly greased bowl. Cover the dough and let sit in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.

Line the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper,leaving room on the sides. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and, using a rolling in, roll into a 10x24 inch rectangle. I used a ruler for accuracy. Make sure the dough is smooth and evenly thick, even at the corners.

Make The Filling: In a medium bowl, toss the frozen raspberries with the sugar and cornstarch. Spread the cold sugared raspberries evenly over the dough. Tightly roll up the dough to form a 24-inch-long log. Cut into 16 even rolls (about 1.5 inches in width each). Arrange them in the prepared baking pan, cut sides up. Cover the rolls and let them rise in a warm place until they are puffy, about 2 hours. The berries will release their juice at the bottom of the pan - this is OK.

Preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Cover the rolls with aluminum foil and bake for about 25 minutes, until they are golden and the berries are bubbling. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for about 15 minutes.

Make The Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk the confectioner’s sugar and heavy cream until smooth. Add more sugar or cream, depending how thick you want the glaze. Pour glaze over the rolls and serve warm.

Make Ahead: During the second rise, cover the sliced rolls and let sit overnight at room temperature before baking.   Baked rolls can be frozen up to 2 months and warmed up to enjoy at a later date.  Glaze right before serving.

Recipe source: Food & Wine with a couple slight changes to the ingredients and preparation.

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Raspberry Sweet Rolls - these are so good! Soft & fluffy sweet roll dough filled with juicy raspberries and drizzled with glaze.




153 Responses to “Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls.”

  1. #
    Stephanieposted February 19, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I made these last night but I used strawberries instead of raspberries and mixed the dough the same way as the easy cinnamon rolls (mix all dry ingredients, microwave butter and milk, then mix together with eggs, etc) and completely skipped the first rise (I was tired haha). They rose overnight and look great – baking right now! The only thing is I may need more strawberries next time. With the rolls risen it doesn’t look like there is much between the layers. Thanks for all your delicious recipes Sally!


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    Dave Gonzalezposted February 25, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’ve been eyeing this recipe at Food and Wine, but finally am making it this morning for a coworker’s birthday. It’s nice to know what changes you’ve made to it, like covering the tops and lowering the temp. I was concerned about the liquid, but I feel relieved that it gets absorbed. Thanks again! Love your blog.


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    Kellyposted February 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I recently got a stand mixer, so I’m on a kick making anything I can with it. I made these last night, but let them rise at room temperature overnight, and baked them this morning. They didn’t look as pretty as yours, but they tasted amazing. I think they rose too much, and some of them turned sideways in the pan while rising. I also had to bake them an extra 10 minutes so that the center was baked all the way through. Even though they weren’t “pretty”, I would totally make them again. They were delicious and really easy to make.


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    Blancaposted March 17, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Could there be a typo in the cups to grams conversion? I made them yesterday and I found the dough not sweet enough :( I have just checked and 2/3 cups of sugar correspond to 134 g, not 67, is that right?
    Will have to try again with the proper amount of sugar because they really looked wonderful! Also, all the other recipes I have tried from your blog (THE chocolate chip cookie, mmmm) have come out really really good :)


    • Sallyreplied on March 17th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Hi Blanca! I just added gram measurements to this recipe recently and yes, you are absolutely right. I am so, so sorry for that error. Completely my fault. I just corrected it and hope you give this dough a try again! Love those cookies so much.


      • Emmareplied on July 19th, 2014 at 6:26 am

        Hi Sally! i don’t have frozen raspberries but i have a lot of frozen blackberries!
        can i use them??? i mean, will they turn out ok??

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    Brianaposted March 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Hello, would it be ok for me to add a cream cheese filling along with the berries, or will adding that ruin the rolls somehow? I’d love to try out this recipe soon either way, just wondering. Thanks.


    • Sallyreplied on March 23rd, 2014 at 11:57 am

      That would deb too much filling for this dough. Perhaps reduce the raspberry filling by 1/2 and then use your cream cheese mixture as well.


    • Colorado_Momreplied on April 26th, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Maybe use a cream cheese glaze on top, instead?


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    Jamieposted April 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Making these now. They are on the second rise and are already looking yummy.


  7. #
    Breeposted April 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    These look beautiful, I must try and make sweet rolls one day. I’ve always been meaning to but I never got around to it! xo


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    Mandiposted May 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Well, those were incredible! Perhaps the best sweet dough I’ve ever made. I was a little worried on the second rise, as nothing was really rising for me, but once they started baking they transformed. I also used mixed frozen berries and recommend to others as well :)


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    Adrianaposted June 26, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    These look amazing! So soft and tender! I noticed that other recipes use 1 packet of yeast. Is there a reason this recipe uses two?


    • Sallyreplied on June 26th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Yep, it’s a completely different dough recipe making a larger batch which requires a little extra.


  10. #
    Joeposted July 26, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Sally!

    These rolls were fantastic – thanks for the tip on covering them.

    Question – made in a 9×13, the rolls were packed awfully tight together when they were completely baked. They were fairly hard to get them apart into individual rolls (meaning, they were a little ragged when pulled apart).

    Any thoughts on either baking them on a sheet pan or dividing them between two 8″ square pans? Interested to hear your thoughts.



    • Sallyreplied on July 27th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Joe. Sounds like your rolls rose quite a bit. That’s completely fine, I suggest two 8×8 or 9×9 baking pans if you try them again.


  11. #
    justine savageposted July 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Can I make them in the bread machine?


  12. #
    Maribelposted August 10, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Hi Sally, i Just found your blog and i am completely excited to start baking again with all these great recipes you have. Today i decided to prepare the sweet rolls but used frozen strawberries instead, i also went based off your blueberry sweet rolls recipe instead ( I seen it before). But now looking over this recipe i seen that there are some differences. so now i am i bit nervous how mine will turn out they are in the oven right now. Why are they prepared differently?


    • Sallyreplied on August 10th, 2014 at 8:09 am

      I got this recipe from another source and my blueberry rolls are self-developed. This recipe makes more and the dough is slightly more rich and buttery tasting, yet a little harder to work with.


  13. #
    Robynposted August 20, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Made these today for work. Added macadamia nuts to the raspberries.
    Kept in fridge overnight and left in warmer for 45 minutes before putting in oven
    Also, made cream cheese topping – OVERALl, decision is delicious +++
    Thank you Sally.
    P.S pecan caramel next time


  14. #
    Allisonposted August 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I have some fresh raspberries that I need to use and thought I would make these beauties. Could you use fresh instead of frozen?


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    Laura Wposted September 2, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I made these last week. I bought some fresh local raspberries and froze them especially. I did roll the dough a little too thick and overbaked them but they came out with a fantastic taste! Next time I’ll learn from my mistakes and I’m sure they’ll be even better. Thank you for the great recipe!


  16. #
    Femi Shimilposted September 26, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Hi just wondering. .can I half the recipe? I dont need to make so much. So is it ok if i use half the measure of all given ingredients?


    • Sallyreplied on September 26th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Yes, you may easily halve this recipe.


  17. #
    Natalieposted October 9, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Hi Sally,

    I made these a few weeks ago with blueberries and they were amazeballs!!! It started off not so well, as my yeast wasn’t reacting so I tried it 2 more times with the same results. Eventually I just decided to use the third batch of ‘dead’ yeast. There was no rise in the dough at all by the end of the day so I decided to leave them overnight and happy days by morning they were huge!! I was so very excited to bake them and they turned out fabulously, the bread part was so so soft and light and fluffy I couldn’t believe it! Next time I will add more fruit though as the huge rise in the bread overwhelmed the yummy blueberries a bit. I can’t wait make to make them with raspberries and the lemon ones are also on my list! Breakfast sweet rolls, is there any better way to start the day?!?

    I also wanted to thank you sharing all of your amazing recipes, and for your hard work and trial and error testing – it makes it so much easier for all of us bakers out there. You have made a massive contribution to the baking world and my own personal recipe repertoire!

    So a BIG thank you and happy baking!!


  18. #
    Afraposted October 19, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Hi Sally!
    Planning to make this today however unsure of how much milk to use…could there be a typo? 1 cup of milk corresponds to 240ml of milk…so do i use 1 cup or half a cup?


    • Sallyreplied on October 19th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Pardon my error, Afra, It is 1 cup.


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    Jennyposted December 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I’m hoping to make these the night before I have a cooking day with family, but I’m concerned about leaving them out to raise all night long. Is it okay to stick the dough in the fridge overnight rather than leaving it out?


    • Jennyreplied on December 16th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Also, do you think it would work just the same if I made them smaller? I’m going to try making this for neighbor treats for Christmas.


      • Sallyreplied on December 16th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

        sticking the dough in the refrigerator is just fine Jenny. You can definitely roll them smaller as well.

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