Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

By Erika on December 13th, 2018 / / 137 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 | The Hopeless Housewife

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls |The Hopeless Housewife

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife


Yield: Makes 12 cinnamon rolls

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls


For the dough:

  • 1 package yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup scalded milk (Heat milk until bubbles appear around the edge of the pan. Cool until lukewarm)
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour)


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 flour 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 all the granulated sugar in a large skillet over medium heat, then add the apples. Sauté until apples until give off liquid; turn up the heat to medium-high and cook until 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.
  • Using a sharp knife, gently cut 2 inch slices with a sawing motion (try not to push too hard to pinch the dough), 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

    Candy Cane Cocoa

    By Erika on December 10th, 2018 / / 3 Comments

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    I just love this simple, creamy chocolate peppermint heaven of a drink. Candy Cane Cocoa is SO perfect for a freezing cold day like today and it’s ready in minutes. Cozy up to a fire with one!


    Yield: Seves 2-3

    Candy Cane Cocoa


    • 2 cups whole milk
    • 1/2 cup half & half
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
    • 4 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate (4 squares), chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
    • whipping cream
    • 2 candy canes, crushed


    1. Bring milk, half & half and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat in a heavy saucepan. Immediately turn off heat and stir in chocolate and peppermint extract until blended and all chocolate has melted. Pour into mugs. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

    Halloweeño Jalapeño Popper Mummies

    By Erika on September 29th, 2017 / / 60 Comments

    Halloweeño Jalapeño Popper Mummies | The Hopeless Houswife

    These little mummies will win over your heart and your stomach! They are just so darned cute you don’t want to eat them but trust me, once you have one you will be heading back for more! These little Halloweeño Jalapeño Popper Mummies are so easy to make, too. I always say you could wrap Crescent Roll dough on a shoe and it would taste good but the jalapeño popper is such a good compliment to the buttery, crispy Crescent Roll wrapping.They are a perfect addition to your Halloween appetizer spread or to bring to a Halloween party. These will disappear quickly so you might want to make two batches!


    Vampire Martini

    By Erika on September 28th, 2017 / / 1 Comment

    I love Halloween for so many reasons, and this spooky Vampire Martini is one of them. It is SO much fun! A creepy concoction of vampire’s blood and vodka, oh my! The syringes look so real, it’s almost unnerving. What’s really going on here is a combo of my cantaloupe martini, dry ice and a syringe of raspberry purée. The raspberries turn a nice deep red color when cooked– and when put into a syringe (bought on Amazon or ask your pharmacist for plastic syringes) the smartest of vampires can’t stay away!


    Peppermint Bark No-Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake Bars

    By Erika on November 26th, 2016 / / 27 Comments

     Peppermint Bark No-Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake Bars | The Hopeless Housewife

    Here I go again…more peppermint bark but I can’t help myself! I have Christmas fever in a big way and this train’s not slowing down…in fact, I’ve got a whole lot more coal to keep it moving at a fast pace for the next couple of weeks so get ready!

    These Peppermint Bark No-Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake Bars are a fun and easy treat to make for your family, you don’t even have to turn that oven on! I love no-bake cheesecake because it’s so light and fresh tasting…and, well, when you add some  marshmallows to the cheesecake… holy smokes! White chocolate peppermint bark sets the stage for this little number as it sits atop a chocolate cookie crust, making for a perfect combo.


    Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

    By Erika on November 25th, 2016 / / 8 Comments

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    Are you in the Christmas spirit yet?  If not, this will do the trick. Gingerbread Hot Cocoa is like drinking a chocolate gingerbread cookie! It’s Christmas in a cup if I ever saw one.

    You know every year by the time Christmas is over I am REALLY Christmased out…like, don’t even TRY to bring me a cup of Christmas on the night of the 26th, I have already started to think about what salad creations I am going to make because I have had a little TOO much comfort, a little TOO much Christmas. But that time hasn’t come yet- boy, I am going gung-ho with the red and green, the elves, the peppermint…send it ALL my way. And bring me as many cups of Christmas right now as you want.


    Peppermint Bark “Moose Munch”

    By Erika on December 10th, 2015 / / 2 Comments

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    Uh oh…this could be addictive. It’s another one of my late-night concoctions and it doesn’t disappoint– this festive bowl of Christmas fun was a big hit in my house. And seriously simple. The popcorn is coated with Peppermint Bark then drizzled with chocolate and then sprinkled with crushed candy canes. SO simple.

    I think we may just leave some of this Peppermint Bark “Moose Munch” out for Santa this year…


    Chicken Stroganoff Skillet Lasagna

    By Erika on November 18th, 2014 / / 15 Comments

    Chicken Stroganoff Skillet Lasagna + a BIG $435 Le Creuset Giveaway! | The Hopeless Housewife

    Today was a really cold day here in the desert…cold and rainy. We see so few days like this– when it gets a little chilly we all LOVE it. We cozy in and build a fire and make delicious hot comfort food.  Like this Chicken Stroganoff Skillet Lasagna…just about right for a day like today, and SO up my alley. This thing has “Erika” written all over it. Did I mention how embarrassingly EASY this is to make? It is. (more…)

    Chicken and Dumplings

    By Erika on November 1st, 2014 / / 41 Comments

    The Best Chicken and Dumplings + Le Creuset Giveaway | The Hopeless Housewife

    Doesn’t this chilly weather call for a nice big bowl of steaming hot goodness? Well, The Best Chicken and Dumplings is definitely the answer for me today. There is something that just screams back to my childhood when I eat those cute little fluffy balls of dough swimming in that hot and flavorful broth…YUM. In my younger years I always thought this would be really hard to make…but honestly, they are very easy. There are a few steps here but nothing crazy. And believe me, this dish is SO worth any effort it takes to make them.

    Speaking of making chicken and dumplings, I always make mine in my favorite Le Creuset Dutch Oven. I waited until I was a mature adult before I invested in one of the babies and BOY OH BOY are they just awesome to cook in. Well, today is a lucky day for one of my readers…We are  having an incredible giveaway that includes a Le Creuset Dutch Oven so they can make this scrumptious meal in it! Enter the giveaway here.

    Turkey “Shepherd’s” Pie

    By Erika on November 1st, 2014 / / 14 Comments

    Turkey "Shepherd's" Pie | The Hopeless Housewife

    I just heard Oxford declared “selfie” as the word of the year for 2013. I’m not great at selfies but I think if I took one, it would look something like the photo above. I am a messy version of a classic dish. With food flying everywhere.

    Oh look! Our new puppy just took her own selfie after she got het toes done!


    Okay enough of the cutest puppy in the world…Thanksgiving is a little more than a week away and I am already thinking about leftovers. In fact, I think I may like leftovers more than I like the actual dinner. My husband starts making turkey sandwiches on Thanksgiving night practically right after the turkey is put in the fridge so I think we all may just be wired that way over here.

    This Turkey “Shepherd’s” Pie is another one of my mash-ups, a play on the traditional version which contains lamb. Got leftover turkey? Awesome. Got leftover mashed potatoes? Perfect. What about peas? All good. You may just have just about everything you need to make these suckers without having to go to the store after Thanksgiving. You can sit at home with a belly full of food like my family does waiting the the really full feeling to go away so we can eat more!!!


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