Simply Delicious Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

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Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits – with a cinnamon swirl, plump raisins, and cinnamon glaze, these sweet biscuits are a perfect breakfast treat!

I love whipping up batches of scones or biscuits on weekend mornings. Easy chocolate chip scones, toffee chocolate chip scones, and maple nut oatmeal scones are a few of our favorites!

cinnamon raisin biscuits on a plate with a glass of milkCinnamon Raisin Biscuits

My first ever real job, besides babysitting, was working at Hardee’s when I was 16. I remember my dad hauling me down to the building they were doing interviews in. (The restaurant wasn’t even open yet.) I was not very thrilled with him. But they interviewed me, hired me that afternoon, and started training me the next week.

And you know what, I actually loved that job! I worked with some really fun people, and made a bunch of new friends. And of course it was nice having the extra cash. 🙂

One thing I remember about working there was the amazing cinnamon raisin biscuits. I didn’t usually work the morning shift, but sometimes my lunch shift would start early enough that I could buy some before work. I’m not even a huge fan of raisins, but man I loved those biscuits! Nice and cinnamon-y with a yummy glaze on top, and oh so good all warm and gooey.

cinnamon raisin biscuit split in half

After I left for college, Hardee’s went out of business, and I never saw those cinnamon raisin biscuits anywhere else. Last year I stumbled across a recipe that claimed to be a copycat of the Hardee’s cinnamon raisin biscuits. I tried it, and they were good, but not as good as I remembered.

So for the next few months I kept tweaking the recipe till I finally came up with a version that I loved. It is not the same as the original biscuits, but to be honest I think I like these even more. Can’t remember for sure, it has been almost 20 years. Yikes, it’s painful to type that!

cinnamon swirl raisin biscuits with icing on a plate

Anyway, they are full of cinnamon flavor, and are nice and tender. And the cinnamon glaze on top makes them extra special. They are best served warm, so if you have any leftovers, just pop them in the microwave for a few seconds. They also freeze well, so sometimes I make a double batch and freeze half of them in a ziplock bag or Tupperware container. They warm up just perfectly in the microwave.

How to make cinnamon raisin biscuits:

These biscuits start with a cinnamon swirl, and you need to make that first. Crush up some bran flakes very finely, then add cinnamon, brown sugar, and melted butter.

For the biscuit part, grate frozen butter into the dry ingredients, then gently stir in milk, eggs, vanilla, and raisins. Gently fold in the cinnamon swirl.

Pat the dough out to about 1″ thick on a floured counter, then cut out your biscuits. For extra flaky biscuits, freeze for 30 minutes. Bake at 425° for 14-18 minutes.

cinnamon raisin biscuits on a cooling rack

After the biscuits come out of the oven, whisk together a simple cinnamon glaze and drizzle it over the tops. Melt in your mouth delicious!!

close up of cinnamon raisin biscuits with cinnamon glaze on a cooling rack

How to store raisin biscuits:

You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 days.

If you need to store them longer, they freeze really well. It’s best to freeze them before adding the icing. But if you need to, you can freeze them after adding the glaze. Let them cool completely and make sure the glaze is set. Freeze them in a single layer for 1-2 hours, then you can place them in ziplock bags or rubbermaid containers.

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Cinnamon Raisin Biscuit Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

Soft sweet biscuits with a cinnamon swirl, plump raisins, and a cinnamon glaze.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Cinnamon Swirl

Biscuits

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup *raisins

Icing

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 tsp milk

Instructions

  1. For cinnamon swirl: Stir together crushed bran flakes, cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter in a small bowl till well combined. Set aside.
  2. For biscuits: Combine flour sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Grate in the frozen butter. (Or if you prefer, you can use cold butter and cut it in with a pastry blender.) Stir together.
  3. Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla till well blended. Add raisins. Pour wet ingredients over flour mixture and mix lightly just till combined. Gently fold in the cinnamon swirl mixture.
  4. Pat dough to 1″ thickness and cut into circles. Place on a lightly greased or silicone lined cookie sheet. For best results, place entire pan of biscuits in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Bake at 425° for 15-18 minutes or till lightly browned. Cool for about 5 minutes, then drizzle with glaze.
  6. For glaze: Mix all ingredients together till smooth, adding enough milk to get the right consistency.

Notes

We don’t eat raisins very fast at my house, so sometimes they get pretty dried out. I like to plump them up by soaking them in hot water for about 30 minutes, then draining them really well before adding them to the biscuit dough.

Need even more biscuit and scone recipes to try? Here you go!

White Chocolate Lime Scones
Bacon Cheese Biscuits
Coconut Chocolate Chip Scones

Enjoy!

-This recipe was originally posted on July 13, 2012. It was updated 10/2018.


Comments

  1. My family definitely love these biscuits!

  2. Jennifer Lehner says:

    These look so good! Perfect for brunch!

  3. So yummy! These look like the perfect breakfast!

  4. Rachael Yerkes says:

    Cinnamon and raisin were made for each other. This is super delicious!

  5. These are the perfect breakfast! A hit with the family!

  6. Not sure where you live Kara, but Hardee’s restaurants are still around in Iowa, Missouri, and Central Illinois. I had their biscuits for breakfast last month in Moline, IL. too.

  7. When do you add the cinnamon swirl ingredients?

  8. Stephanie @ Henry Happened says:

    I know what I’m cooking this weekend: these biscuits!

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