Apple pie cinnamon rolls have spiced filling and taste just like the fall dessert! Make them for a delicious weekend or holiday breakfast.
Recipes like Apple Cinnamon Pie
The secret to these homemade cinnamon rolls is the double topping that makes them ooey-gooey delicious!
Start by spreading a layer of cream cheese frosting over the rolls. You can use your favorite store bought brand (for a quick shortcut) or make the frosting recipe from my Cinnabon Recipe Copycat Cinnamon Rolls.
Then, add a drizzle of my No Fail Caramel Sauce over the top. It’s made with just 4 ingredients and is done in only 6 minutes!
If you can’t wait for homemade dough to rise, try my Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread instead.
It combines the best parts of monkey bread and homemade cinnamon rolls in a perfectly snackable treat.
Recipe notes for Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
Best places for dough to rise
If it’s a warm day out, your kitchen counter will probably do just fine. Place the bowl on top of the refrigerator to keep it out of the way and gain extra heat generated by the appliance itself.
Otherwise, turn on your oven to 200° F. for a few minutes to warm it up. Then, turn it off, place the bowl inside, and close the door.
You can also recreate this in your microwave if it’s easier. Boil a cup of water in the microwave, then quickly remove it, place the bowl inside, and shut the door.
You can prep this easy cinnamon roll recipe the night before, then bake them in the morning. Or, freeze the rolls for up to 6 weeks so you always have some on hand.
- Refrigerate overnight – Make them up to the point of slicing and placing in the pan, then cover tightly with plastic and refrigerate. Remove the pan the next morning and let it sit on the counter for about 30 minutes to remove the chill before baking.
- Freeze for later – Once they are rolled and sliced, place them on a sheet pan spaced apart and freeze for 1 hour. Then, transfer to a sealable storage bag and place back in the freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then let them do their second rise on the counter and bake.
Kitchen tools you’ll need
- Stand mixer – You’ll need both the whisk attachment and dough hook for this recipe.
- Mixing Bowls – I like a variety of mixing bowls and prep bowls and this set has them all.
- Rolling Pin – Any style will do, or you can use an empty wine bottle in a pinch!
- Offset Spatula – Spreading the butter and filling over the dough is much easier with this, and you can use it to add the frosting at the end as well.
- 9” Square Baking Tray – This fits this recipe perfectly, but feel free to use what you have available.
FAQ – Common Recipe Questions
Do cinnamon rolls need to be refrigerated?
They will stay fresh for a day or two at room temperature, but store in the fridge for up to a week if needed.
Be sure to keep them covered or wrapped with plastic so they don’t dry out.
Can I freeze homemade cinnamon rolls?
Sure! Allow them to cool before wrapping individually in plastic wrap and placing in a storage bag. Thaw in the refrigerator before warming in the microwave or oven.
For the best results, it is best to freeze the rolls without the frosting and caramel on them. Add it after they’ve been warmed, which will also help it melt into the crevices.
With love from our simple kitchen to yours.
Cinnamon Roll Recipe Video
Check out our step-by-step video tutorial at the top of the page.
Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls + Video
- 1 cup whole milk, warm
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 large egg
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup apple pie filling, cut into smaller bits
Glaze and topping
- Cream cheese frosting, store bought or use the recipe on our Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls
- Caramel sauce, store bought or use our No-Fail Caramel Sauce
For the Rolls
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk warm milk, sugar and yeast. Cover and leave to rest for 5 minutes. It will be foamy.
- Add the egg and melted butter and whisk till combined
- Add in the flour and salt and change to the dough hook. Mix till dough forms and continue to knead for 3 minutes. Dough will be a bit sticky.
- Transfer the dough to a large well-oiled bowl, cover with a damp towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until double in size.
- Meanwhile, line a 9-inch square baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
- After the dough has finished rising, roll it out onto a floured surface into approximately a 9×14 inch rectangle.
- Spread the butter evenly over the dough, leaving ¼ inch border all around.
- Sprinkle sugar-spices mixture over the buttered dough, pressing it into the butter lightly with your fingers.
- Evenly distribute the apple pie filling over the sugar-spices mixture on the dough.
- From the long side, roll up the dough to a log and pinch the seams together.
- Put dough log seam side down and slice with a sharp knife or floss into 9 even pieces. Trim off the edges on either side which will not have enough filling.
- Put the slices on the prepared baking tray, evenly spaced. Leave to rise in a warm place for another 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F and bake at rolls for 2ominutes, until pale golden brown
- Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes
Glaze and topping
- Frost with cream cheese frosting and drizzle with caramel sauce if desired
- Serve warm.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published October 2020
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