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Easy Cinnamon Rolls with Raisins and Walnuts

There’s nothing like the fresh aroma of warm cinnamon rolls in the morning! Especially if you have fresh brewed coffee near by. Cinnamon rolls with chewy raisins and crunchy walnuts is an easy recipe made with only 6 ingredients, puff pastry, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, raisins and walnuts.  And anyone can make and bake these rolls in minutes! 

I saw this recipe years ago on a cooking show.  Although I don’t remember who made them, it didn’t matter to me, since it was good enough for me to save the recipe in my book.  Cinnamon rolls are everyone’s favorite!

So, I decided to make these again the other morning for my guests who are staying with us. And finally had the chance to take new photos and replace the old ones.

Once again, they LOVED’EM!! …  warm cinnamon rolls topped with a vanilla glaze icing for extra sweetness while drinking some espresso coffee.  Ohhhhh- what could be better than that? 

These cinnamon rolls are very light, and (just the way I like them) not too sweet.  The delicate and flaky texture is similar to that of a French pastry.  Mm.. they are so good, you can eat two and not feel guilty.

Make these rolls and make your morning great!  Enjoy!

Easy Cinnamon Rolls with Raisins and Walnuts

Vanilla Glaze Icing:

  • 2 cups of Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 to 5 tsp. of whole milk

Open package of pastry and allow to thaw for 15 to 20 minutes.

Sprinkle some flour onto a surface, counter or board.
Unfold one pastry sheet. 

Using a pastry brush, generously brush melted butter onto pastry sheet.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of brown sugar.  Then sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of cinnamon on top. Scatter 1/2 cup of raisins. 

Take one end and begin to roll the dough until it ends. 

Lightly pinch the end.  Using a knife, divide by marking the 6 pieces.

Then cut the roll into the 6 pieces.
Repeat the process again with the second pastry sheet.  

Lightly brush the inside of each muffin cup with melted butter.
Brush all 12 cups!
Sprinkle each with some crushed walnuts.
Place each roll into a muffin cup. Gently press down onto the walnuts.

Preheat oven 375 degrees. 
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden on top.
Allow to cool for about 3 minutes.  Serve warm.   

Directions for Vanilla Glaze Icing:

Blend all the ingredients together, stir until mixture is smooth and adjust the milk, if you need to.  Icing should be thick and creamy. 

Using a tablespoon to glaze each cinnamon roll on top.  Serve warm.
Enjoy these with your favorite coffee or tea!

Yields: 1 dozen

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    August 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Delicious! My husband was just asking for cinnamon rolls and I was going dress up some purchased roll dough. I'll try this instead 🙂

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    August 31, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I have always wondered if I could do these with puff pastry. thanks for answering that question. They look FANTASTIC

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    nancy at good food matters
    August 31, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    those puff pastry sheets are miraculous—you can make so many delicious sweet and savory things with them. great looking cinnamon rolls, ladies!

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    August 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for your comments!! You are so nice!

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    February 25, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I love how easy these are. Now, please send some to WIsconsin! 🙂 Thanks for the nice post!

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      February 27, 2014 at 3:32 am

      Would be happy to send some to Wisconsin! Enjoy!

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    February 26, 2014 at 1:15 am

    They look delicious, I enjoy eating cinnamon rolls, buns, they are one of my favorites! I use pasty dough all the time but never thought about using it for cinnamon buns, good idea. 🙂


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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    February 26, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Puff pastry always tastes good. I've made cinnamon rolls with frozen bread dough but not puff pastry. There is a cafe in Denver famous for its cinnamon rolls and they are of the puff pastry type. Great job!

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    February 26, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    What a fun breakfast treat! I love that you use puff pastry so there's no waiting time for yeast to rise.

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      February 27, 2014 at 3:36 am

      I know Joanne, that's what makes this recipe such a delight!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    February 26, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Your guests are very lucky! These look delicious and easy with the puff pastry/

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      March 3, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Hi Sue, you are so sweet, and I am not sure if they're lucky, but I do try to make them feel welcomed, I hope at least. lol….xxoo Have a great day Sue…

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 27, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    These would not last at my house. I cannot imagine how wonderful they smelled while baking. I need more puff pastry in my life!

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      March 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Tricia, you are so funny! We keep a few boxes of these puff pastry sheets in our freezer so we can whip up desserts and even these cinnamon rolls when we need them promptly. They make my life easy!! Have a great day! xxoo Anna and Liz

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    March 2, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Serving these delicious cinnamon rolls to your guests must have made them hate to leave….the sound delicious.

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      March 3, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Karen,
      Welcome to our site, its so nice to meet you! These rolls were insanely addicting! I needed to make more the next morning again! Thank you for leaving a lovely comment on our site!

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    Cheri Savory Spoon
    February 1, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Anna and Liz, how clever to use puff pastry, these look amazing! just copies this recipe and added puff pastry to my shopping list;)

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      February 2, 2017 at 4:21 am

      Thanks Cheri! Let is know how they turn out For you!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    February 1, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    The thought of making homemade cinnamon rolls puts the fear of God into me, but you've made it so easy ~ thank you!!

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      February 2, 2017 at 4:22 am

      You are welcome Sue! Have a great week!

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    May 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I love cinnamon rolls 🙂 thank you for the recipe

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      May 27, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      You're welcome Ezgi! So nice to meet you and welcome to our blog!

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