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Cinnamon Raisin Apple Grilled Cheese

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day! I actually didn't eat many grilled cheese growing up but now I'm  a huge fan.  My guys like the classic, American cheese on white bread but I'm much more adventurous.  When I saw this Cinnamon Raisin Apple Grilled Cheese on Taste of Home I knew I had to give it a try!

I did make a few changes to the recipe, and the first was to leave the peel on the apple. I used a Granny Smith and cut it in 1/4" slices.


I used chopped pecans instead of walnuts, I like the Millican brand.  I switched out the regular honey for Mike's hot honey to give it a little kick.  


I'm not normally a raisin person but I do enjoy the cinnamon raisin swirl bread.  If you aren't a fan, they do make versions without the raisins. 

I omitted the powdered sugar called for and just combined together cream cheese and some Selefina Cinnamon.  

You stir the toasted honeyed pecans into the cream cheese mixture and then spread it onto two slices of bread. (You know, I always have the best intentions of doing a step by step picture tutorial, but I kind of lost that right about here.)

Next you add a slice of cheese to each stack.  This was my first time ever having Muenster cheese, it won't be the last!  After that it's the sliced apples, another slice of cheese and then top it with another slice of bread.  

Butter the top slices of bread and invert the sandwiches onto a preheated skillet, then butter the bottom slices. Cook until golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted. 

Just look at all that ooey, gooey melted cheese! I love the crunch from the apples and pecans and the little kick from the hot honey.  I'm thinking that this would also make a great stuffed french toast!

Thank you to Deborah P for sharing her recipe!  Be sure to go and see what my super creative foodie friends made to celebrate #NationalGrilledCheeseDay by using the links down below!


Cinnamon Raisin Apple Grilled Cheese

Cinnamon Apple Grilled Cheese
Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal


  • 1 cup sliced tart apple, peel if desired
  • 3 teaspoons butter, softened, divided
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon hot honey
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 slices cinnamon raisin bread
  • 4 slices Muenster cheese


  1. In a large skillet, saute apple slices in 1 teaspoon butter until tender. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, cook and stir the pecans and honey over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese and cinnamon until smooth. Stir in pecan mixture. Spread over 2 slices of bread; layer with Muenster cheese, apple slices and remaining bread. Spread remaining butter over the outsides of each sandwich.
  3. In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, toast sandwiches for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese is melted.
apple, pecan, grilled cheese
Lunch, Sandwiches, Brunch


  • Bacon and Guacamole Grilled Cheese by Karen's Kitchen Stories
  • Cinnamon Raisin Apple Grilled Cheese by Jolene's Recipe Journal
  • Ham and Havarti Grilled Cheese by A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese by Magical Ingredients
  • Pizza Grilled Cheese by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
  • Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese by Palatable Pastime

  • Comments

    I have made apple grilled cheese but wasn't creative enough to add nuts and cinnamon raisin bread. Can't wait to try this version.
    Anonymous said…
    I love the idea of using cinnamon raisin bread for a sweet and savory grilled cheese!
    Karen said…
    I could eat one for breakfast. I adore that you used hot honey!!! It's my new obsession.
    Radha said…
    I am loving this delicious idea! I love everything about this grilled cheese and using a cinnamon raisin bread to pair with apple, nuts and cheese is simple amazing. Great recipe.

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