Cinnamon-Raisin Christmas Bread

A beautiful Christmas braided gift bread filled with, brown sugar, cinnamon, golden raisins and pecans. 
Christmas is right around the corner! Are you looking for a last minute gift for family and friends? Do you love giving and receiving sweet and festive treats? This Cinnamon-Raisin Christmas Bread is the perfect Christmas gift from your kitchen.  

This fuss free holiday bread starts with Rhodes frozen rolls or frozen white bread, then filled with a buttery cinnamon- raisin- pecan filling and topped with a simple vanilla glaze. This festive yeast bread looks impressive, but is very easy to make, especially using frozen bread dough.      

Wrap this Christmas Bread in clear plastic wrap, add a festive holiday bow and tag for easy gift giving. This festive bread would make a wonderful gift for family, friends, neighbors or your child's teacher. Who wouldn't love to receive this beautiful Christmas Gift Bread.

If cinnamon, raisins and pecans are not for you, try using a lightly sweetened cream cheese filling with dried cranberries (cherries) and white chocolate chips sprinkled on top. Both versions are delicious.  I hope you enjoy this festive bread as much as I do.  

If you would like to get this recipe, head over to the Rhodes Kids Baking Blog where I'm guest posting today, and sharing the full step by step instructions on how to bake this easy Christmas Bread recipe.   

Author: Tina Butler | Mommy's Kitchen
Cinnamon-Raisin Christmas Bread

Cinnamon-Raisin Christmas Bread

A beautiful Christmas braided gift bread filled with, brown sugar, cinnamon, golden raisins and pecans.
Prep time: 1 H & 15 MCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 1 H & 35 M


To make the bread
  • 15 frozen yeast dinner rolls, thawed but still cold
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins, softened
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • Holiday sprinkles
Vanilla Glaze
  • 1 1/2  cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon milk


  1. Place rolls at room temperature until the rolls are thawed but still cold. 
  2. Spray counter lightly with non stick baking spray. Combine rolls into a ball and roll into a 12 x 16 rectangle.
  3. Add the raisins to a bowl and add very hot water over the raisins. Let the raisins soak until plump, Drain and set aside.
  4. In a medium size bowl combine the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  5. Down the center of the dough evenly spread the cinnamon mixture. Add the raisins and pecans.
  6. Using a pizza cutter, cut about 12 slices on each side of the filling mixture.
  7. 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).
  8. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown. 
  9. To make the glaze in a small bowl, combine the milk and the powdered sugar and mix until you have a pourable glaze. 
  10. Drizzle the warm cinnamon raisin bread with vanilla glaze and add holiday sprinkles.
  11. 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.


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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