Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

By Erika on March 20th, 2014 / / 48 Comments

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

 Oh. MY. There are no words for how delicious these cinnamon rolls are. These are BETTER than Cinnabon- super moist and so flavorful!  When I see Cinnabon copycat recipes on the internet I think about how similar these are but mine are a little different. I use scalded milk. Why? Well, my grandmother used scalded milk and that’s the only way I have ever made them. I remember making a version of these when I was a kid and I used the HOT scalded milk…needless to say my cinnamon rolls did not rise and it was a major disaster. I also use a little more salt in the dough to enhance the flavor and cut the sweetness a little. Then of course is the apple filling. Once again, Oh. MY. These are the cinnamon rolls you dream about- gooey in the center, with a cream cheese frosting. Now add the tart apples and this is a serious cinnamon roll.

I always make these Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls the day before Christmas and heat them up Christmas morning… they are always a huge hit in my house and disappear instantly!

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Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: Makes 12 cinnamon rolls

Ingredients:

For the dough:
1 package yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup scalded milk, cooled to warm
1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
1 egg, room temperature
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
Filling:
6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, divided
5 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Glaze:
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

In a small bowl, add yeast and 2 teaspoons of the sugar to the lukewarm water and let it sit until it dissolves, about 10 minutes. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer using the dough hook attachment, (or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer) add scalded milk, melted butter, egg, remaining sugar, and salt and mix on low speed until combined. Add half of the flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture and continue to mix on low. Slowly add the remaining flour (if using an electric mixer you will have to stop when it's getting hard to mix and use a wooden spoon to incorporate the rest of the four as best you can- the motor of the electric mixer will burn out- then turn dough to a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, folding the dough over onto itself and pushing down repeatedly). For a stand mixer, increase the speed to medium and knead for 5 minutes. Remove dough, place in a greased bowl, cover, and set aside on countertop or warm place. Let it rise until it is double in size, about 2 hours.
While dough is rising, make the filling. Heat 4 tablespoons of the butter and sugar in a large skillet, then add the apples. Sauté until apples are slightly caramelized. Remove from heat and set aside.
When dough has risen, remove cover and, using your fist, punch the dough down and remove from the bowl. Roll out on a well-floured surface into a 16x24 inch rectangle and spread the remaining 2 tablespoons butter almost out to the edges, but not quite. Mix the brown sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle evenly across the butter. Spread the apple mixture over the brown sugar as evenly as you can. Roll into a log, starting from one end to the other, lengthwise, so the log is 24 inches. Cut 2 inch slices, this will give you 12 cinnamon rolls.
Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper and butter the parchment. The cinnamon roll slices close together, but not touching, in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until the dough is doubled, 1 1/2-2 hours.
While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake for about 20-22 minutes, being careful not to over-bake them.
While the cinnamon rolls are baking, mix cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt together with an electric or stand mixer on medium speed and set aside. When cinnamon rolls come out of the oven, spread the glaze over the top and serve.
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Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

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48 Responses

  1. Allison says:

    I’m adding this to my list of things to make!

  2. Sonja says:

    Now that looks delish!

  3. christina says:

    Have you tried to refrigerate after the rolls have been placed in the pan, before the second rise and bake them the next day? I would imagine they are best right out of the oven.

    • Erika Erika says:

      Hi Christina, the other day I tried, but I think I let them sit out too long before placing them in the refrigerator so they did not rise after taking them out- I have heard it’s possible but haven’t tried it the right way. And these are really good heated up the next day by the way, I put a little butter on them and they are still gooey and moist…

    • Meryl says:

      I don’t know about putting them in the fridge to rise, but in testing to prepare for Christmas, I just baked the second half of a batch I made a few days ago. (We ate the first half fresh. The second half was just as good!) I made the rolls and let them go through the second rise in the pan, then put them in the freezer. Today I let them thaw for a couple of hours on the counter and baked like normal. (I think they could be thawed overnight in the fridge also.)

  4. Cheryl says:

    1/2 lukewarm water? Is it only half lukewarm?

  5. rosemary says:

    your recipe says this ????1 package yeast (about 2 /14 teaspoons)???? Can you let me know correct amount> Thanks

  6. Gina says:

    Christmas morning was my first thought when I saw this recipe. How do you usually warm them up? Oven? How long?
    Thanks so much for sharing this.

  7. This looks and sounds absolutely fantastic. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks

  8. Suzanna says:

    Holy moly, these look delicious! Forgive a silly question, but is scalding milk as simple as heating it until it almost burns?

    • angie says:

      When you scald milk, you heat it to just BARELY simmering. Do not let it boil. (Once you see tiny bubbles around the edge of the pan, you’re good.)

  9. Thanks, for such a great recipe! I can’t wait to bake some for my me and my family! They really look so good and yummy!

  10. Paula says:

    These look absolutely divine! Could you please tell me what is scalded milk? I’m in the UK and have never heard of it!

    • Erika Erika says:

      Just heat the milk until it’s almost boiling, about 180 degrees farenheit, it will be frothy and bubbling. It changes the texture of the recipe a little.

  11. Chez says:

    I shall bake this good looking bit of food tomorrow! …question, though: does this bake in a microwave oven as well?

  12. Great recipe something to make during the Holidays with Hot Coffee

  13. Katy Browne says:

    These sound AWESOME but I don’t have a stand mixer. Is it possible just to mix by hand or electric beaters in a regular bowl?

  14. Karee says:

    Oh my heck, I am making a batch of these tomorrow! My neighbors will be at my door. Last wk we made 2 batches of Orange Rolls and I made the mistake of opening a window. The doorbell was soon ringing!
    Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you and your family.

  15. Darilyn says:

    This recipe looks awesome…a must try. Keep em coming!

  16. Michelle says:

    These look gorgeous! They are so perfectly cut and iced, I don’t think mine would look like that! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas :-)

  17. Julia S. says:

    What a recipe! I definitely will be trying these for sure!

  18. Katie says:

    Your recipe was really easy to follow. I have never made cinnamon rolls from scratch before….very time consuming. Thanks for the post!

  19. hanan says:

    I made the, they were perfect everyone loved them.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  20. These look and sound absolutely amazing!!!

    • Kathi altamura says:

      These sound so yummy! I love anything with cinnamon and apples
      And making it into a roll Devine!! Thanks for sharing can’t wait to make these.

  21. Nicole says:

    hi
    what kind of yeast do we need? active or instant?

    and do you thing that i can do only half of the recipe?

    thanks

  22. Hayley says:

    I have a daughter who is allergic to dairy and eggs. Would the recipe still work ok using soy, rice or almond milk?
    Thanks for sharing, they look delish!!

  23. carrie Vazquez says:

    thank you so much.
    I was looking for a good cinnamon bun and here it is. my mother-in-law was a great cook and baker but I never felt she would leaves so young. I miss her and all her great treats and help. please email me anytime. and keep up your kindness and good heart.

  24. Rachel says:

    These turned out wonderfully, I did exclude the apple bit and made ol fashioned buns. One thing though is that I set the dough out to rise and it never did. The ONLY thing I did wrong was SF all of the sugar on the yeast and water mix, I don’t think that could be the reason? Any thoughts?

  25. Samantha says:

    I live in Colorado, so we sometimes have snow in May. Today was one of those days and I decided to whip these up for breakfast. I wasn’t able to get my rectangle of dough to 16×23 (perhaps because I don’t have a rolling pin and had woken up super early so I was impatient) and I’m not great with a knife so I ended up with 8 enormous rolls. I cooked them for an extra 10 mins or so and was amazingly pleased with how they turned out – no high altitude alterations needed! They were a huge hit with my boyfriend & friends and didn’t last long!

  26. Kate says:

    Thank you for a wonderful recipe! I made these with my fiancé today…a perfect treat for a cold Melbourne Winter’s day. Thanks again :-)

  27. Patty says:

    Do I have to grease the bowl with oil before putting the dough into it and wait for it to rise?

  28. Patty says:

    When you put the dough in the bowl to wait for it to rise, did you grease the bowl with oil?

  29. Katy says:

    do you use salted or unsalted butter?