Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread is filled and rolled up with cinnamon, sugar, and raisins and topped with melted butter and more cinnamon and sugar. Try my Cinnamon and Raisin Bread for a more bagel-like bread, or my Cinnamon Raisin Bagels.

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Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread is so popular, it even has its own date to celebrate each year. But, don’t wait until September 16th to make this homemade cinnamon raisin bread. It is a soft loaf of bread that has just the right sweetness with cinnamon and sugar and plenty of raisins in every bite!

How to Make Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread - adding butter, cinnamon sugar, raisins

Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread Ingredients

Active Dry Yeast: The warm water will activate the dry yeast. Make sure your yeast has not expired before use; this will affect the rise of the bread.

Warm Water: To activate the yeast, the temperature of the water should be between 105-115°F. If the water is too warm (over 120°F), it will kill the yeast.

Egg: Make sure the egg is at room temperature for best results.

Raisins: The nice thing about making your own homemade cinnamon raisin bread (besides the wonderful smell that will fill your house while it’s baking) is that you can add as many raisins as you prefer! I used a cup in this recipe.

Brushing Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread and adding Cinnamon Sugar

How to Serve

Once the bread is done baking, remove it from the oven and brush the remaining melted butter over the top. Let it cool in the pan for a while before transferring it to a wire rack or cutting board to slice. This bread is delicious with just some butter, or toasted!

Brushing Butter on Baked Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread

How to Store Bread

Most bread will only last a day or two at room temperature. However, to get the most out of a loaf of bread, freeze it. After the bread has completely cooled, wrap it tightly in aluminum foil. Then, store the wrapped bread in a freezer-safe, zipped bag. Labe and date the bag; it will last for a few months this way.

Sliced into Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread

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5 from 8 votes

Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rise Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread is filled and rolled up with cinnamon, sugar, and raisins and topped with melted butter and more cinnamon and sugar.



  • 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour, divided
  • ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water, about 110°F (but no more than 120°F)
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins


  • In a large bowl, mix 1½ cups of the flour, granulated sugar, salt, and yeast.
  • Add warm water, oil, and egg, and mix until smooth.
  • Add remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, until the dough comes together.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes, or until smooth and springy.
  • Place dough into a large greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  • Prepare a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • When ready, punch down dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into an 18×10-inch rectangle.
  • Brush 1 tablespoon of melted butter over the top of the dough and spread it out to coat the entire surface.
  • In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the top of the butter, reserving a little for the topping. Sprinkle the raisins evenly over the cinnamon-sugar.
  • Starting on the short side, roll up the rectangle. Pinch the edge of the dough to seal it. Fold the open ends under to seal.
  • Place loaf, seam side down into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Brush another tablespoon of melted butter over the bread. Sprinkle with the reserved cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Cover. Let rise in a warm place about 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • When ready, bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Remove from the oven and brush with remaining melted butter. Let bread cool a bit before serving.

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This recipe was adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread.

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Reader Comments

  1. I made this recipe as called for except I used half bread flour and half all purpose flour. Came out absolutely delicious! The bread was light and airy and had just the right amount of sweetness. Brought it to an Easter brunch and everyone loved it as well. Will definitely make again. Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. Can u put the raisin bread,in a bread machine that. Does all the work. And it cooks in it too

  3. This bread is absolutely amazing. I made mine without the raisins. It’s the perfect texture. It’s moist on the inside and crisp on the outside. Thank you for sharing, and I did post on Instagram and tagged you also.

  4. I have made this recipe twice and I love the texture of the dough. Good lord, I sound like Paul Hollywood! I am not a super experienced baker but this recipe is really fun to bake. And my husband loves it.

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