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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. If you love cinnamon baked goods, check out my Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread, too.

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: 0Total Fat: 0g


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I used Dorie Greenspan’s brioche recipe for these Apple Cinnamon Rolls.

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45 comments on “Apple Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. 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!!

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

  3. 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

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

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

  6. 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. 😛

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

  8. Yummy! I could eat them all!

  9. 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!

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

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