Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Create a new spin on the classic breakfast treat with gooey caramel icing and apples.

By: Jackie Bruchez

You can’t go wrong when you combine the two best meals of the day: Breakfast and dessert! Tender sautéed apples are rolled into a flaky, sweet dough and topped with a decadent caramel glaze. Get the recipe and tasty topping suggestions and treat yourself!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Makes: 12 rolls
Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $

Sautéed Cinnamon Apple Filling
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped into small pieces
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

Roll Dough
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup oil (canola, vegetable or coconut)
3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for rolling
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 egg

Caramel Glaze
20 caramels, unwrapped
1/4 cup cream
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Instructions for Filling

  1. On medium heat, melt butter in a large frying pan
  2. Once butter is melted add apples, brown sugar and cinnamon and cook on medium heat for five minutes, stirring regularly
  3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool while making dough

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Instructions for Rolls

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. In a microwave safe dish, heat buttermilk for 30 seconds. You want it to be warm, but not hot
  3. Once buttermilk is warm, add oil and stir to combine
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt
  5. In a large bowl, mix buttermilk, oil and yeast with a spoon. Allow to rest for 5 minutes
  6. Add 3 cups of flour mixture and egg to the bowl and knead until combined. If dough is still sticky after all the flour has been kneaded in, add remaining 1/2 cup of flour and knead until the dough it soft and no longer sticking to the sides
  7. On a lightly-floured surface, roll dough out into a large rectangle approximately 1/2 inch thick
  8. Evenly spread dough with the sautéed apple filling mixture
  9. Beginning with the long side closest to you, tightly roll dough to opposite side, pinching the seam together at the end
  10. Cut rolls into 12 even pieces and place in a greased 9-by-13 inch pan
  11. Cover pan with a warm damp cloth and allow rise for about 25 minutes in a dark, warm place
  12. Once rolls have risen, bake at 400 F for 15 minutes, or until slightly browned

While rolls are baking, prepare your caramel glaze:

Instructions for Caramel Glaze

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt caramel, cream and butter
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and add confectioners’ sugar and sea salt
  3. Whisk until smooth
  4. When rolls are done baking, remove from oven, cool for 5 minutes, and pour glaze
  5. Allow glaze to set for 15 minutes before serving

Topping Suggestions

After you glaze the rolls, make them extra decadent with:

  • Crushed pecans
  • Chopped almonds
  • Diced bacon
  • Caramel sauce
  • Frosting
  • Raisins
  • Maple syrup

Jackie Bruchez is a wife and mother of three living in Solana Beach, Calif. She is the author of the food blog The Seaside Baker, which focuses on delicious baked desserts and the occasional savory dish. She loves to travel and is currently working on a cookbook featuring West Coast farmers and cuisine.

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It took a long time for me to make, but IT WAS DELICIOUS AND WORTH IT

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I bet I could just buy the rolls, cause I've never be able to do the whole making the dough thing. What you think?

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Can I just use store bought dough?

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Couldn't you make the whole order and freeze the ones you don't eat? It seems like a lot of work to make just a half order. I can't wait to try it -it sounds so good! and I will be freezing some of them individually so I can take out just one at a time if I want to.

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I'm wondering if this recipe could be halved? It is only two of us so that many would go to waste. Don't want to do that.

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