German Sweet Roll Recipe with Raisins – Oma's Rosinenbrötchen (2024)

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Here's myeasy German Sweet Roll recipe, raisin buns, aka Rosinenbrötchen, that's an easy one to include among your holiday baking recipes.

Using a traditional method of making this yeast rolls recipe, you can also use the dough to make a fruit loaf. Why not double the recipe and make a loaf and some rolls? Freeze some for later use.

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The texture of these sweet rolls is more similar to a buttery biscuit than a light airy yeast bun. You'll find the dough a bit 'greasy' to work with, but it ends up being delicious!

Use your Bread Machine to make the Dough ...

If you're a bread machine fan, you can just add the ingredients, minus the nuts, raisins, and lemon peel. Set the machine to 'dough' and add these remaining ingredients at the first 'signal'. Once the dough is done, remove and form it.

Although a bit time consuming, this is definitely worth making. It's traditional German Easter food - it's even fun for the kids to make the rolls from kneading the dough to forming the rolls.

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German Sweet Roll Recipe with Raisins – Oma's Rosinenbrötchen

Here's my easy German Sweet Roll recipe, raisin buns, aka Rosinenbrötchen, that's an easy one to include among your holiday baking recipes. Using a traditional method of making this yeast rolls recipe, you can also use the dough to make a fruit loaf.

Prep Time

80 minutes

Bake Time

30 minutes

Total Time

110 minutes


Makes 10 - 12 rolls


  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup warm milk (110°F)
  • 1½ packages active dry yeast (1 tablespoon)
  • ¾ cup butter, melted, cooled slightly
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoonvanilla sugar (or ½ teaspoonvanilla)
  • 2½ cups flour, all-purpose
  • ½ teaspoonsalt
  • ½ teaspooncardamom (optional)
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • ⅓ cup chopped candied lemon peel
  • grated zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • 1⅓ cups raisins
  • 1 egg yolk
  • sugar to sprinkle on rolls


  1. Stir 1 teaspoon sugar into warm milk. Sprinkle with yeast. Let stand until frothy, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, mix butter, sugar, and vanilla sugar (or vanilla).
  3. In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, and cardamom.
  4. Add yeast and butter mixture, stirring to make dough.
  5. Knead in almonds, candied peel, lemon zest and juice, and raisins.
  6. On floured surface, knead dough until smooth and elastic.
  7. Cover and let rise in a warm place about 40 minutes.
  8. Lightly knead risen dough.
  9. Divide dough into 10 to 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  10. Place onto a greased baking sheet and flatten lightly. Cover and let stand in warm place, about 15 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  12. Brush rolls with beaten egg yolk mixed with a bit of water and sprinkle with sugar.
  13. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  14. Cool on rack.


  • To make a loaf, after first rising, lightly knead risen dough. Place either on a greased baking sheet or in a greased loaf pan. Cover and let stand in a warm place about 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated 375° F. oven for about 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown. Bottom of loaf should sound hollow when tapped. Cool on rack.

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Here's an easy German Sweet Roll recipe that's great for Easter and other holidays as well. It also makes a great fruit loaf.

Ingredients: sugar,milk,yeast,butter,vanilla,flour,salt,almonds,candied lemon peel,lemon,raisins,egg yolk,

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German Sweet Roll Recipe with Raisins – Oma's Rosinenbrötchen (2024)


What is a German sweet roll called? ›

Schnecken are a type of sweet bun or roll of German origin. They typically contain raisins.

What are German bread rolls called? ›

Some European languages have many local and dialectal terms for bread rolls. These include German language diminutives of Brot (bread) in most of western and central Germany (where they are called Brötchen) and in Switzerland (where they are called Brötli).

What is the best German bread? ›

The most popular type of German bread can vary depending on the region and personal preferences. However, some of the most beloved breads in Germany include Roggenbrot, a sourdough rye bread, and Weißbrot, a classic white loaf bread.

What is the most famous German dessert? ›

Here are some of the most popular German cakes and desserts: Black Forest cake (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte): This famous cake consists of several layers of chocolate sponge cake, whipped cream, and cherries soaked in kirsch, a cherry liqueur.

What is the signature dessert of Germany? ›

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is Germany's most famous dessert. It's also known as Black Forrest Cake.

What is a German Kaiser roll? ›

What are Kaiser Rolls? Kaisersemmeln are traditionally from Austria but they have long been a common item in Germany. They are a type of bread roll but unlike most American bread rolls, they have more of a crust with a soft and fluffy inside and are often used to make sandwiches or for brotzeit.

What is the difference between Brot and Brötchen? ›

(Das) Brot = bread. A loaf of bread. (Das) Brötchen” = small bread. The suffix “chen” refers to a small shape of the original size.

What do Germans call the end of bread? ›

In northern and western Germany, that would be "Kanten," or "Knust," to name just the most common terms. Bavarians and Austrians might call the crusty dry end of a loaf of bread "Scherzl"; elsewhere in southern Germany it's a "Rand." Jokingly, the heel is also known as "Hintern" (behind).

What is the most famous bread in German? ›

Pumpernickel, a steamed, sweet-tasting bread, is internationally well known, although not representative of German black bread as a whole. Most German breads are made with sourdough. Whole grain is also preferred for high fiber.

Why do Germans eat so much bread? ›

Bread is not only a significant part of German Cuisine, it literally sustains their culture. According to the bread register of the German Institute of Bread, there are 3,200 officially recognized types of bread in the country, and German bread has since been designated an official UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.

What is the oldest German bread? ›

The Ovelgönne bread roll is the remaining part of a bread roll originating from the Pre-Roman Iron Age of Northern Europe, which was found in 1952 during archaeological excavations in a loam mine in the Buxtehude district Ovelgönne in Lower Saxony, Germany.

What is a sweet bread roll called? ›

Sweet roll, also called a breakfast roll (chiefly US) – can refer to a variety of sweet, yeast-leavened breakfast breads or dessert foods. Tahini roll.

What is a German layered pastry with sweet filling? ›

A strudel is a type of sweet or savory layered pastry with a filling inside. The history of strudel dates back for hundreds of years, it was made as an easy yet satisfying meal by the poor. The name Strudel comes from the German word for "whirlpool" or "eddy".


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