Can I tell you something without receiving the full weight of your judgment? I love fast food. Like, love it. Yes, I adore fancy pants restaurants and made-from-scratch comfort favorites from my own kitchen. I appreciate the slow food movement and eating local and all that jazz. But sometimes fast food just hits the spot, ya know? Give me curly fries or secret sauce or a Chick-Fil-A sandwich basically any day of the week. Maybe it’s because I grew up on food from a brown bag or maybe it’s just because greasy gut bombs hit the spot, but no matter the reason, fast food will always have a place in my food pyramid. Case in point: these cinnamon raisin biscuits. Have you had those buttery beauties from Hardee’s? They are AWESOME. Consider this rendition of those drive-thru faves a homemade ode to the glory that is a fast food breakfast. Let me tell you how to make them.
These cinnamon raisin biscuits start like my favorite chocolate chip biscuits. We stir together the dry ingredients of flour, sugar, leavening and salt, and cut in the fat. Unlike my traditional buttermilk biscuits, these contain a bit of cream cheese which help to keep the pastry tender. Next, we stir in the raisins and bring the dough together with buttermilk. For flaky, pull-apart layered biscuits, we use a folding technique and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon sugar inside the folds so that there is a swirl of spice throughout the biscuits. Finally, the rounds of dough are baked in the oven until golden, and each one is topped with a simple sugar glaze.
These cinnamon raisin biscuits are best eaten the day they’re made, but I’ve had terrific luck reheating them in the toaster oven. If you’re wanting to make them in advance, leave them unglazed so that you can rewarm without making all of the icing run off. I haven’t tried freezer or prepping the dough ahead of time, but I suspect it will work. Who wants to try it out?
Happy Friday to you all and take care! Share a batch of these biscuits with someone you love and enjoy something that makes your heart full this weekend. See you next week and happy baking!
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Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits
These cinnamon raisin biscuits have a swirl layered throughout and a sweet butter glaze on top. Serve warm for a flaky Southern-style treat!
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- Category: Breakfast
For the biscuits:
- 2 cups (280 gm) all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, cold
- 2/3 cup cold buttermilk
- ½ cup raisins
For the filling:
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the topping:
- 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
- 1–1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
To make the biscuits:
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use the back of a fork or a pastry cutter to cut in the cream cheese and butter until large, pea-sized clumps exist throughout. Stir in raisins and then add the buttermilk, stirring to combine. Dump the shaggy dough out onto a floured surface and used floured hands to gently pat the dough out into a 1” rectangle. Fold the dough in thirds like a letter and then pat it out again into 1” thickness. Combine the sugar and the cinnamon for the filling and sprinkle half of it on the dough. Fold the dough in thirds again and sprinkle more filling. Fold once more and then pat the dough out into a 1” thick rectangle. Use a 2” biscuit cutter to cut out rounds of dough. Gently combine the scraps and then pat out that mixture to 1” thick again. Cut out additional rounds. Space the rounds out on a cookie sheet and bake for about 18 minutes or until the tops are puffed and turning almost golden. You may need to rotate the pan towards the end of baking if one size is darkening faster than the other. Allow the biscuits to cool briefly while you prepare the topping.
To prepare the topping:
- Whisk together the ingredients in a small bowl. Rewarm as needed and add a tablespoon or more or milk to get the icing a smooth, spreadable consistency. Smooth a dollop on each biscuit and serve immediately! Biscuits are best eaten on day one and served warm.