Homemade Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Fall was a time my family and I spent at the apple orchards.

We picked far too many apples, drank cider and ate donuts that were tossed in cinnamon sugar.

We then baked, and baked, and baked some more. And somehow, we never seemed to be able to make a dent in the large bushels of apples we brought home.

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I made this recipe for Hussein three years ago, when I decided to make cinnamon rolls at home instead of heading out to Cinnabun!

I added some sauteed Granny Smith apples and my homemade apple cinnamon rolls were born!

diced granny smith apples, cinnamon

Be sure to give your dough sufficient time to rise, before rolling out. Also, when cutting the cinnamon rolls, use a very sharp knife and use a back and forth motion to slice thru.

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Homemade Apple Cinnamon Rolls
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Serves: 16 rolls
Delicious sweet, homemade cinnamon rolls with a Granny Smith apple and nut filling.
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 1/2 warm milk (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 3/4 cups All Purpose flour (I use King Arthur)
  • Filling
  • 2 1/2 cups finely chopped, peeled, cored Granny Smith or other baking apples
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter (to sauté apples)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (to brush on dough)
  • Glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  1. In a large bowl, combine yeast and warm water. Set aside for five minutes.
  2. Add in melted butter, milk, sugar, salt, egg and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add in the flour and mix until a dough forms.
  4. Knead for five minutes and place into a greased bowl. Cover with a towel and allow dough to rise for 45 minutes.
  5. While dough is rising, saute diced granny smith apples with 2 tablespoons butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, salt and brown sugar. Cook for 5-7 minutes until apples are softened but not mushy. Drain liquid. Set apples aside to cool.
  6. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface and roll out using a rolling pin into a rectangle shape that is about 15 by 9 inches.
  7. Brush dough with 2 tablespoons melted butter.
  8. Spoon apples evenly over the dough, spreading to the edges. Sprinkle with pecans.
  9. Carefully roll the dough into a spiral.
  10. Use a very sharp knife to cut the cinnamon rolls into 2 inch sections.
  11. Spray a 9×13 dish with cooking spray.
  12. Place cinnamon rolls in baking dish and allow to rise for about 20 minutes.
  13. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  14. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
  15. Make glaze by mixing together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.
  16. Allow cinnamon rolls to cool and drizzle the glaze atop.
  17. Enjoy :)
Serving size: 16 Calories: 328 Fat: 10g Saturated fat: 5g Unsaturated fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 55g Sugar: 29g Sodium: 172mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 5g Cholesterol: 32mg


I’ve adapted my recipe from Food Network


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  1. My favorite cinnamon rolls on earth. They were so delicious and yum so good with coffee and with icecream for desert. Have to remake these again!

  2. Awesome recipe can’t wait to try it! However I live on an island with no powdered sugar haha any suggestions for something I can substitute for it?

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