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Apple Cinnamon Rolls

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls will have your family wanting them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Put a taste of Autumn in your day!

These irresistible Cinnamon Apple Buns will make the transition to fall a delicious occasion!

Overhead view of Apple Cinnamon Rolls drizzled with icing

Apple Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

I made a batch of butter-laden brioche dough for some dinner rolls. Half was left in the fridge and I had up to 5 days to use it up. My family adores cinnamon rolls…they were truly in mourning when we could no longer get Sara Lee frozen cinnamon rolls at our supermarket. I knew I’d have to step up my baking game.

So, with it being autumn and all, I decided to add some diced apples, sauteed with butter and cinnamon, to this batch of buns. No raisins for this bunch. No-sirree-bob. Adding apples to the mix was already pushing it, but the hubby ate 2 1/2 the first morning. A fine testimonial that these apple cinnamon rolls were A-OK.

Unfrosted Apple Cinnamon Rolls in a round white baking dish


What Are the Best Baking Apples?

I peeled, cored and diced up two baking apples, a Jonamac and some sort of Golden delicious hybrid. If you can find some local apples, this is your chance to let them shine. Granny Smith Apples, Honey Crisp, and Johnathans are all great pie and baking apples. Any of these would be delicious in these Cinnamon Apple Buns.

I sauteed them with some sugar and butter, then added cinnamon and a few grates of fresh nutmeg before letting them cool to room temperature. I rolled out the dough into a large rectangle and spread the apples and their thickened juices over the surface. I utilized my big silicone Roul’Pat dusted with flour to roll out my dough. And it also can be used to help assist with rolling…by allowing me to lift up and roll the long edge in one movement.

So I rolled this Apple Cinnamon Rolls dough up like in a classic cinnamon roll recipe, but the slicing is a bit more difficult due to the chunkier filling.

You may not get perfect spirals, but you will love the aroma coming from your oven as these are baking and the tender, cinnamon-spiced apple buns that don your plate.

Apple Cinnamon Rolls in a baking dish and one on a small white plate with a red handled fork

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Cinnamon Rolls - bits of apples rolled into this breakfast treat make them irresistible!!!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 12


  • 1/2 batch brioche dough, chilled (recipe linked below)
  • 2 baking apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (Kerrygold prefered)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A few gratings of fresh nutmeg (or to taste)


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Put diced apples, sugar and butter into a saute pan. Cook till apples are tender and liquid reduced slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add cinnamon and nutmeg. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Roll out dough on well floured surface into an 18 x 24 inch rectangle. Spread apples evenly across surface, leaving about an inch around perimeter clear. Roll up from long side to long side and press seam to seal. Cut 12 even slices.
  3. Place in greased 9 x 9 baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap coated with non-stick cooking spray and let rise till dough doubles, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 400º.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes till puffed and golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
  6. Mix icing ingredients and drizzle over cooled rolls.

Yield: 12 rolls

Total time: 8+ hours


Total time does not include proofing time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 roll

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g
I used Dorie Greenspan’s brioche recipe for these Apple Cinnamon Rolls.

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45 comments on “Apple Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. Apples and cinnamon are the perfect match! I love, love cinnamon!

  2. Genius minds think alike! (I also baked up cinnamon rolls – vegan ones with Biscoff! Before the next bake though I’ll have to acquire a roul’pat….I’m also very curious about the Jonamac…I thought California was the mecca for hybrids…I guess it’s Indiana!

  3. Yummy! I could eat them all!

  4. Oh how I’d love a couple of these this morning! They look great and I can almost smell the apples here:@)

  5. These are such a fun breakfast treat for fall! Love that they are full of fruit so they have some nutrition in them as well. That just means you can eat two. 😛

  6. I just love how each swirl is tucked with apples. Great recipe with the brioche too =)

  7. Yes, please! These are happening…I’m thinking Thanksgiving brunch (you know it’ll be here before we know it).

  8. Dear Lizzy, What a beautiful presentation of these cinnamon rolls. They look delicious and I would love one right now!! with my coffee. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  9. wonderful photo and I bet they smelled amazing baking!

  10. Incredible rolls, Lizzy! I’ve got to try Dorie’s recipes…her recipes are always great. That icing…wow! Such a pretty addition to our #TwelveLoaves apple theme this month. Thank you for baking with us!!

  11. Oh, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I would love one of these this morning. Happy Fall Baking!

  12. I really want to make brioche dough. I haven’t tried it, just love to eat it. These rolls sound so good. I bet they smelled amazing too.

  13. oh they look beautiful and dainty and so sweet and delicious. I am a sucker for cinnamon rolls and I have never had an apple one! Can’t wait

  14. I love cinnamon rolls but with the addition of apples it makes them all the better and so fall like. Perfect for this time of year. I bet your kitchen smelled heavenly!

  15. This looks amazing! Whenever I make cinnamon buns, they turn out sad looking.

  16. Wow I would be more than happy with these in the morning I love this kind of bread and these fillings sound amazing.

  17. What a glorious pan of cinnamon rolls, loved that you used brioche dough!

  18. Oh the aroma of these beauties baking must have been something special! great choice to include apples in these rolls.

  19. I would like have the same one for my breakfast tomorrow! Love the presentation with the icing !

  20. I have never tried Dorie’s brioche recipe in the high altitude but I’ve been having success with my Hungarian High Altitude Flour so may try to make some bread this Fall. This pan of Apple Cinnamon Rolls just made me drool. By the way, my family members were Sara Lee cinnamon roll fans also. We always had them – for sure – when we watched the Thanksgiving Macy Day Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade. Sometimes, other special occasions.

  21. Whoa! Your hubby ate two and a half? That is quite an accomplishment! I also love that you used up some brioche dough you already had in the fridge, Liz. These look wonderful and your presentation with the icing is so, so pretty!

  22. I almost made apple sweet rolls, too! In the end, I settled on a quick bread instead, but now I absolutely have to do the rolls. Have to.

  23. What a great breakfast treat, I’ve never added apples to this type of brioche roll but I love it. So pretty too.

  24. I do believe I can smell those rolls from here, Liz, oh my! Who am I kidding, I’m sure those heavenly bites of apple goodness are all gone!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing, Liz…

  25. Two for two with this brioche dough, Liz! Cinnamon rolls are good any time of the year!

  26. Those look perfectly coiled to me. The idea of apples in cinnamon rolls sounds fantastic, almost health food! Gorgeous as always.

  27. What a lovely brunch recipe. The lattice icing is very pretty. It would be lovely to enjoy these warm, straight from the oven – as long as there was time to ice them! xx

  28. Lizzy,
    The rolls look yummy. Perfect for the fall. And I don’t see any imperfections in your spirals.

  29. Apples are the perfect addition to cinnamon rolls. The smell while cooking is out of this world too! All the recipes shared with TwelveLoaves looks delicious!

  30. How can you make cinnamon rolls even better? Add apples! Brilliant job Liz!

  31. I love the idea of an apple cinnamon roll! These look so fluffy and perfect!

  32. Liz, these rolls look fabulous…apple and cinnamon all wrapped in a rich bread dough…
    Thanks for the inspiration…enjoy your week 😀

  33. I’m glad you didn’t put raisins in these. 🙂 They’re perfect just the way they are! Cinnamon rolls are my most favorite thing to eat in all the lands. Yours look beautiful!!!

  34. We bet those are better than Sara Lee’s. Plus, they don’t have any additives and preservatives.
    Great job dear Liz, once again, nailed it!:)

  35. Who wouldn’t love a good soft cinnamon buns!? The icing looks beautiful!

  36. Cinnamon rolls are my favorite and these apple ones look gorgeous Liz! Love the icing and brioche dough – I can just imagine how amazing these taste!

  37. Liz my head is spinning! Im trying to figure out the fastest way of eating all of these rolls in one hit 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  38. Gorgeous! I was planning on making some brioche again soon and I’ll definitely have to reserve some dough to give your rolls a try. Love the artful icing pattern!

  39. Those icing certainly make the cinnamon rolls stand out, Liz! Great plating!

  40. I have never seen apples in cinnamon rolls, but what a wonderful idea!

  41. This is my kind of breakfast! I wish I had a batch of these sitting in my kitchen…time to bake!

  42. That’s the best breakfast. Did you cut the rolls with a knife or with dental floss?

  43. Oh my word……I need this in my life! Apples are my favorite fruit, adding them into one of my guilty pleasures sounds awesome! Yum, Hugs, Terra

  44. An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

  45. Apple-filled cinnamon buns are awesome, perfect for Fall but welcome in any season. Cooking the apples for the filling takes a little extra time, but is such a good choice.

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