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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

These caramel apple cinnamon rolls are perfect as a fall dessert or breakfast treat. Classic cinnamon rolls get an upgrade with freshly diced apples and caramel frosting.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time25 mins
Additional Time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 rolls
Calories: 236kcal


for the caramel frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Make the sweet yeast dough as directed in the recipe through the first rise.
  • After the first rise, knead the dough several times and let rest on the counter for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together the brown sugar and cinnamon for the filling. Divide the dough in half and work with one half of the dough at a time. Roll the dough into a 12 x 18 inch rectangle. Be patient with the dough.
  • Spread ½ of the butter (1/4 cup) on the rectangle. Spread it to the edges, leaving 1 inch section bare on one of the 12 inch sides. Sprinkle ½ of the brown sugar filling on top and then 1/2 of the finely diced apples. Roll up tightly starting with the 12 inch side. Cut into 1-1.5 inch sections with dental floss or a very sharp knife. Place ¾ inch apart in a greased baking dish. Repeat with the remaining half of the dough.
  • Cover and let rise until double, 20-30 minutes. Time will vary based on how warm the room is. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Bake the rolls for 12-15 minutes or until lightly brown on top.
  • While the rolls are baking, make the frosting. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Stir in the brown sugar and salt. Bring to a gently boil and let boil for 2 minutes. Add milk and cook for 30 seconds until no longer grainy. Remove from heat and beat in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  • Remove the rolls from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Frost the rolls while they are still warm so the frosting will melt a bit.
  • They are best served warm, but will keep a day or two on the counter.


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g