Raspberry Sticky Buns

We’re serving up perky and sweet Raspberry Sticky Buns for breakfast! These warm fruity sticky buns will make any day feel special.

Raspberry Sticky Buns - An easy #stickybuns #recipe that is perfect for #spring!

Happy Friday! How was your week?

I bet you could use a good cup of coffee and a sweet raspberry sticky bun right now.

…that’s what I thought.

Gooey Raspberry Sticky Buns - An easy #stickybuns #recipe that is perfect for #spring!

Life is challenging.

It’s the little things, like a 75 degree day, a smile from a stranger, or a special breakfast treat, that lifts our spirits on a hard day.

In fact, I’m pretty sure it was sticky buns that helped me get through puberty and college.

And last week.

Making Raspberry Sticky Buns - An easy #stickybuns #recipe that is perfect for #spring!

These Raspberry Sticky Buns are so gooey, with sweet raspberries oozing out, they could bring a smile to anyone’s face.

The bottoms are saturated with blushing juices, so you could flip them over and serve them up-side-down, like traditional sticky buns. Yet I like to serve them right-side-up with creamy lemon glaze to give them an extra boost of flavor.

How to Make Raspberry Sticky Buns - An easy #stickybuns #recipe that is perfect for #spring!

Start with frozen bread dough, to cut out the step of making dough from scratch.

Then once the dough has had time to rise, roll it out, slather it with a mixture of mascarpone cheese and lemon zest, and then sprinkle it with frozen raspberries mixed with sugar and cornstarch.

Roll the dough into a log, and cut into 15 pieces.

Easy Raspberry Sticky Buns - An easy #stickybuns #recipe that is perfect for #spring!

Once the raspberry sticky buns come out of the oven, drizzle them in sweet lemon glaze.


Awesome Raspberry Sticky Buns - An easy #stickybuns #recipe that is perfect for #spring!

Raspberry Sticky Buns go perfectly with a light roast coffee.

We love to buy Starbucks Coffee in K-Cups for our Keurig® Special Edition Brewing System. Both Dan and I would rather have 1-2 good cups of coffee a day, than a whole pot of mediocre coffee.

Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffees are fabulous for spring because of their bright clean flavor. Both the new Starbucks® Aria Blend K-Cup® Packs and Starbucks® Bright Sky Blend K-Cup® Packs complement light fruity dishes.

Coffee and Sticky Buns

I served my sticky buns with Starbucks® Aria Blend K-Cup® Packs because they have a light citrusy quality that paired perfectly with the zingy raspberries and lemon zest. Plus it’s so smooth, I feel less inclined to load it up with cream.

Well… I do really like cream.

Coffee and Cream

Raspberry Sticky Buns are a great make-ahead item, you can prepare them in the evening, place in the fridge, then bake them off in the morning.

Just in time to serve with your blonde roast coffee!

Simple Raspberry Sticky Buns - An easy #stickybuns #recipe that is perfect for #spring!


Yield: 15

Prep Time: 20 minutes (active time)

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Raspberry Sticky Buns


  • 2 loaves frozen white bread dough, thawed (or homemade bread dough)
  • 10 ounce bag frozen raspberries, not thawed
  • 8 ounce cream cheese or mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • Zest of 2 lemons, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  1. Place the frozen loaves in the fridge and let them thaw over night. In the morning, set them on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and let them rise for 2-3 hours. When ready to start, press the loaves together (if not already fused together) and roll the dough out on a well-floured work surface, into a 12 X 24 inch rectangle.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, zest of one lemon, 3 Tb. sugar, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together the frozen raspberries, remaining 3 Tb. sugar, cornstarch, and pinch of salt.
  3. Smear the cream cheese mixture over the dough, leaving a 1 inch border on the long ends. Then sprinkle the raspberry mixture over the top. Starting on one long end, roll the dough into a log. Then use a serrated knife to cut the log into 15 equal rolls. Place the rolls in a parchment paper lined 9 X 13 inch baking dish and allow them to rise for 30-45 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the tops are golden. Allow the rolls to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then lift them out by the edges of the parchment paper. Whisk together the powdered sugar, remaining lemon zest, and heavy cream. Drizzle or brush the glaze over the tops of the sticky buns, and serve with a fresh cup of Starbucks Aria Blend Coffee!

NOTE: Although cream cheese and mascarpone cheese are similar, they have a very different reaction when baking. Cream cheese puffs into a creamy layer, filling the swirls of the sticky buns. Mascarpone cheese absorbs into the dough, leaving separation between the layers, but giving the dough a moist decadent texture. Both ways are good--it's a preference thing!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company. All opinions are my own.

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52 Responses to “Raspberry Sticky Buns”

  1. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — March 7, 2014 @ 6:10 am

    These sticky buns look amazing, Sommer! Love the raspberries! These buns are definitely a must for my weekend!


  2. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — March 7, 2014 @ 7:08 am

    Love how easy these are…so much more than the yeasted sticky bun!
    I could go for 5 right about now. The raspberry addition is DELISH.


  3. #
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — March 7, 2014 @ 7:31 am

    I love raspberry in breads and I love how easy these are to make. Pinning.


  4. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 7, 2014 @ 8:04 am

    These are gorgeous, Sommer. Absolutely gorgeous. I love the raspberry filling. That picture with the coffee is really cool.


  5. #
    Tieghan — March 7, 2014 @ 8:06 am

    I love sticky buns, but have only ever had one filled with brown sugar + nuts. I cannot wait to try a fruity version. These are so colorful and delicious looking. Plus, I love raspberry anything!


  6. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — March 7, 2014 @ 8:06 am

    I so want these!


  7. #
    Heather Christo — March 7, 2014 @ 8:46 am

    These are just INSANELY gorgeous Sommer!! and I love the coffee pairing- who doesn’t love a cup of coffee with their breakfast!?


  8. #
    Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainer — March 7, 2014 @ 8:52 am

    Looks fabulous. Love raspberries. Love sticky buns! Thanks Sommer!


  9. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — March 7, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    I love sticky buns on lazy Saturdays! We make them regularly, but I have yet to try a fruity version. These remind me of summer days ahead, and that makes me oh so happy :)


  10. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — March 7, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    Beautiful rolls, Sommer. Those raspberries!!


  11. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — March 7, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    Love the flavor of these sticky buns!! The gif is so fun :)


  12. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — March 7, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    These look and sound amazing! What a great way to brighten up the day!


  13. #
    Gaby — March 7, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

    Oh what a delicious treat!


  14. #
    Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 7, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

    What a treat! The raspberries are a nice addition to this classic.


  15. #
    marla — March 8, 2014 @ 2:28 am

    OMG! These rolls look amazing! Love the raspberry.


  16. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — March 8, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    Outstanding! Love the rich look to it.


  17. #
    Heather — March 8, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

    Sticky buns are pretty much the last thing that I like to eat, but raspberry sticky buns are totally different. Im making these for Easter morning breakfast!!! They look yummy and beautiful!


  18. #
    Paula – bell’alimento — March 8, 2014 @ 6:31 pm

    Oh, my breakfast! Love!


  19. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 8, 2014 @ 7:45 pm

    So gorgeous, just what my coffee needs!


  20. #
    Julie — March 9, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    Do you have a recipe for the dough that could be made in a breadmaker? I love the idea of making these rolls, and could use blueberries too, but the frozen bread dough in the stores are expensive and not as good as homemade in my opinion. Love fresh dough! Thanks!


    • Sommer — March 9th, 2014 @ 9:49 am

      Hi Julie, there’s a link in the recipe for a homemade dough I would use in this recipe. I don’t see why it couldn’t be kneaded in a bread maker. It’s so tender, it’s more like a brioche than standard white bread!


  21. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — March 9, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

    OMG these sticky buns look absolutely fantastic!!!! I think I am in love!


  22. #
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — March 9, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

    Wow, these sticky buns look incredible! And your photos are so lovely. I wish I could wake up to these for breakfast every day!


  23. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 9, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

    Sticky buns make everything better – I rely on carbs and coffee to get me through the day – and these are beautiful!


  24. #
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — March 10, 2014 @ 8:46 pm

    Perky? Made me think of cheer leaders and pom poms. Laughing here. However I would definitely get the pom poms out for these sticky buns. Oh yeah, I do think coffee when I look at the photo. What really grabbed me is the suggestion to use frozen bread dough. That is probably a common idea, but for me a light bulb went on. A high wattage light bulb! Excellent.


  25. #
    Jackie — March 11, 2014 @ 4:54 pm

    You’re a genius. These look amazing…


  26. #
    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes — March 11, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    I love the fresh and summery ideas here! And most, of all, I LOVE sticky buns!


  27. #
    Erika — March 12, 2014 @ 7:01 am

    Oh My Goodness.. I am seriously drooling right now. These sticky buns are amazing!


  28. #
    ami@naivecookcooks — March 12, 2014 @ 9:29 am

    Wow, what a great idea!!


  29. #
    Mila Furman — March 12, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

    How perfect! What a great twist on a classic! Pinned and making :) And I LOOOVE my cream with my coffee too! You are not alone sister!


  30. #
    Kimberly Bonnett — March 14, 2014 @ 11:17 pm

    These are pure inspired genius! So glad for stumbling onto your blog from Pinterest! Your pictures are a treat for the eyes, I am drooling!


  31. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — March 15, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

    Oh yes, I could definitely use one of these right now as I type! It looks so delicious :)


  32. #
    Carolyn — March 17, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

    OMG, I love these. How did I miss them earlier???


  33. #
    Marcy — March 21, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    If prepping these the night before, at what point would I leave these in the fridge overnight… prior to the final rise before baking?


    • Sommer — March 23rd, 2014 @ 9:49 am

      Yes, that’s right. :)


  34. #
    blair — April 21, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    I made these this weekend for Easter and they were delicious and a hit! I used cream cheese. Perfect spring/summer recipe! And pretty to look at! .


  35. #
    Bronwyn — April 25, 2014 @ 11:11 pm

    Omg so delicious! I made my own mascarpone last night (folded some into the glaze topping) and used fresh raspberries and added a little lemon juice to the mix. Yummy!


  36. #
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — May 4, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

    Just came across these Sommer. They’re utterly gorgeous!
    Definitely something I’d love to make!


  37. #
    Frank — May 26, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

    Make these today!
    Fairly easy and tastes OUT OF THIS WORLD, esp if you like raspberries!
    Adjusted the recipe a bit, used 4 oz Mascarpone and 4 oz Cream Cheese to get both the gooey and sweet taste!!!


  38. #
    karin — June 30, 2014 @ 5:36 pm

    These look amazing – I can’t wait to try them! I’ve never seen (or bought) frozen bread dough before…is it easy to find?


  39. #
    Alison Jeanine — August 29, 2014 @ 11:33 pm

    LOVE this idea! This opens up a whole new door for the Cinnamon Roll. Making these THIS weekend! :) Xo, Alison



  40. #
    Melissa — August 31, 2014 @ 6:35 am

    I made these rolls this morning and they are FANTASTIC! I did not include the cream cheese layer because I missed that ingredient while shopping. I will try that next time because lemon and raspberry sounds Devine!


  41. #
    hannelore — October 16, 2014 @ 6:08 am

    They look delicious! I can’t seem to find the list of ingredients so I can stop shopping….WHERE is the recipe??????:((


    • hannelore — October 16th, 2014 @ 6:09 am

      I mean…stop drooling and start shopping:)


    • Sommer — October 16th, 2014 @ 11:19 pm

      Sorry about that! Just a little glitch… The recipe should be back up!!


  42. #
    susan gill — October 16, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

    Do you think these could be made with fresh Raspberries?


    • Sommer — October 16th, 2014 @ 11:20 pm

      Hi Susan, YES!!


  43. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — October 18, 2014 @ 6:16 am

    GAH – these look incredible! I’m thinking I might try them with some fresh cranberries, since it’s October. Can’t wait. I’m drooling all ready!


  44. #
    elizabeth @LocalSavour — October 21, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

    Holy yum these look amazing Sommer! Can’t wait to try.


  45. #
    sara — October 25, 2014 @ 9:33 am

    These rolls look SO lovely! That pink color is beautiful and I bet they taste AMAZING!



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