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Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Studded with fresh apples and lot of warm spice flavor, this easy Apple Cinnamon Rolls recipe will be an instant favorite!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Rising (Proving) Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 Rolls
Calories: 378.54kcal
Author: Neha

Ingredients

  • ¾ Cup Whole Milk
  • 3 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 2 ¼ tsp (7 gms) 1 packet Yeast (I used instant)
  • 2 ¾ Cups Flour (I used bread flour, All purpose flour can be substituted)
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 Tbsp Butter (unsalted, melted and cooled)
  • 1 tsp Salt

Apple Filling:

  • ¾ Cup Apple Butter (mine was spiced, if yours is plain add 1 tsp apple pie spice)
  • ¾ Cup Brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 small Apple (Peeled, cored and cut into small chunks)

Vanilla Glaze:

  • 1 Cup Confectioners' sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Prepare the dough: Heat milk to 95°F (35°C) it will feel warm to touch at this temp. Add sugar and yeast. Cover and let it sit for 5-10 mins or until the yeast is foamy. If yeast doesn't foam, start over with fresh active yeast.
    Yeast proving to bake Cinnamon Rolls
  • Pour yeast mixture into a mixing bowl. Next add the egg and whisk it in. Now add flour and knead by hand. You can also make this dough with a hand mixer or in stand mixer(with hook attachment). If using mixers knead on medium for about 5-6 minutes(after the dough forms). Knead with hand till a soft dough forms.
    Making dough for cinnamon roll with eggs, yeast and flour.
  • Don't be alarmed if the dough is sticky. It will come together after adding butter. If it still is too sticky add more flour 1 tbsp at a time. I am positive you won't need any more!
    Cinnamon Roll Dough ready for first rise.
  • Next add butter and salt. Knead for another minute and keep back in the mixing bowl (covered with a towel or plastic wrap) for first rise.
  • You can rise the dough in a warm oven for about an hour (heated for 2 minutes at 350 deg F and turned off). Or you can let the dough rise in the fridge for 8-10 hours or until doubled in volume.
  • Grease a 9x9 square baking pan. Punch the risen dough down, and turn it on to a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a 9x15 inch rectangle and spread apple butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and fresh apple chunks on it.
    Apple pie filling and fresh apples over cinnamon rolls dough.
  • Roll the dough tightly and cut 9 equal sized large rolls out of it. Place them in the pan.
    Folding cinnamon roll dough with gooey apple filling.
  • Cover and let rise again for an hour or till they are doubled. Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C).
  • Bake the rolls for 15-20 minutes or until they turn golden brown on top and the roll in center gets fully baked.
  • To make the glaze: Mix and whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl. The glaze should look smooth and free from lumps. Drizzle with glaze while the rolls are warm.
    Homemade Apple Cinnamon Rolls with cinnamon apple filling and easy vanilla glaze.

Notes

How do you store cinnamon rolls?
  • Baked cinnamon rolls can be stored at room temp for up to 2 days, covered tightly.
  • Rolls will keep good in the fridge for about 6-7 days. Cover them tightly to prevent them from drying out.
  • You can also freeze baked cinnamon rolls for about a month or so. Thaw and reheat before enjoying!
How do you reheat frozen cinnamon rolls?
  • Thaw them to room temp and microwave them individually for about a minute. If you prefer a fresh baked crust, pop them into preheated oven at 350 deg F for 2-3 minutes.
  • Alternatively reheat the rolls in a preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes at 425 deg F.
Preparing ahead instructions:
You can leave your dough for first rise in the refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours. Take the dough out and continue with step 6.
A note about yeast: If you use active dry yeast, rising time will be a little longer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Roll | Calories: 378.54kcal | Carbohydrates: 79.16g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 4.47g | Sodium: 310.38mg | Sugar: 46.24g