Apple Cinnamon Rolls
Apple Cinnamon Rolls
5 from 1 vote
Indulge in the irresistible allure of apple cinnamon rolls. This treat combines the classic flavours of cinnamon and apple, resulting in an easy-to-make dessert that's a hit for any occasion. Read on to find out the history, variations, and tips for mastering this delightful pastry.
Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Welcome to the delightful world of homemade apple cinnamon rolls! Originating from the cozy kitchens of home cooks, these sweet treats embody warmth, comfort, and the inviting aroma of freshly baked goods.

Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a sweet snack, apple cinnamon rolls are a delightful twist on the classic cinnamon rolls, infusing the sweetness of apples and the warmth of cinnamon into every bite.

Crafting these rolls is an enjoyable journey, blending the simplicity of basic ingredients with the creativity of homemade baking.

Despite their delectable taste, they’re surprisingly easy to make, making them an ideal project for both novice and seasoned bakers alike.

From the soft, pillowy dough to the gooey apple-cinnamon filling, each step of the process promises satisfaction and anticipation.

Expert Tip: For extra flavor, consider adding a handful of chopped nuts or raisins to the apple filling before rolling up the dough.


Plain Flour: The foundation of our dough, providing structure and texture to the rolls.

Yeast: Essential for leavening the dough and creating light, airy rolls.

Milk (Warm): Adds richness and moisture to the dough, enhancing its flavor and texture.

Sugar: Sweetens the dough and balances the tartness of the apples.

Unsalted Butter (Melted and Softened): Contributes richness and flavor to both the dough and the filling.

Salt: Enhances the flavor of the dough and balances the sweetness.

Apples: Infuse the rolls with natural sweetness and a fruity aroma.

Brown Sugar: Sweetens the apple filling and adds a rich caramelized flavor.

Cinnamon: Provides warm, aromatic spice that complements the sweetness of the apples.

Icing Sugar: Forms the base of the glaze, adding sweetness and a smooth texture.

Milk: Used to thin the icing sugar into a pourable glaze.

Expert Tip: Ensure the milk is warm but not hot when activating the yeast to avoid killing the yeast.

Serving Suggestions

  • Enjoy apple cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven, paired with a steaming cup of coffee or tea for a cozy breakfast or snack.
  • Serve alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delightful dessert option.
  • Share with friends and family during gatherings, potlucks, or holiday celebrations for a homemade treat that’s sure to impress.

Expert Tip: When rolling out the dough, aim for a rectangle of even thickness to ensure uniform rolls.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast?

Yes, you can substitute instant yeast for active dry yeast. However, you may need to adjust the rising time slightly as instant yeast tends to work faster.

How long do apple cinnamon rolls stay fresh?

Apple cinnamon rolls are best enjoyed fresh on the day they are baked. However, you can store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving for the best taste and texture.

Can I freeze apple cinnamon rolls?

Yes, you can freeze apple cinnamon rolls before or after baking. If freezing before baking, assemble the rolls, then freeze on a baking sheet until firm. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag or container and store for up to 1 month. When ready to bake, allow the rolls to thaw and rise before baking as directed. If freezing after baking, allow the rolls to cool completely, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing. Thaw and reheat before serving.

Can I omit the glaze?

Absolutely! The glaze adds an extra touch of sweetness and decadence, but the rolls will still be delicious without it. Feel free to omit the glaze or substitute with your favorite icing or drizzle.

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

by Nabeela Kauser
Indulge in the irresistible allure of apple cinnamon rolls. This treat combines the classic flavours of cinnamon and apple, resulting in an easy-to-make dessert that's a hit for any occasion.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Proof Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Swedish
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 257 kcal


  • 500 g Plain Flour
  • 7 g Yeast
  • 250 ml Milk Warm
  • 50 g Sugar
  • 50 g Unsalted Butter Melted
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Apples Peeled, cored, and finely chopped
  • 100 g Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 50 g Unsalted Butter Softened

For the Glaze:

  • 100 g Icing Sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp Milk


  • In a large bowl, combine the warm milk and instant yeast. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until frothy.
  • Add the melted butter, granulated sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Gradually add the flour and mix until a dough forms. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let it proof in a warm place for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
  • While the dough is proofing, prepare the apple filling. In a small bowl, mix together the chopped apples, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and roll it out on a floured surface into a rectangle.
  • Spread the softened butter evenly over the dough, then sprinkle the apple filling mixture on top.
  • Roll up the dough tightly from the long edge to form a log. Cut the log into 12 equal slices.
  • Place the slices in a greased baking dish, leaving some space between them. Cover and let them rest for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Bake the rolls for about 25 minutes or until they are golden brown and cooked through.
  • While the rolls are baking, prepare the glaze by mixing icing sugar and enough milk to achieve a thick but pourable consistency.
  • Once the rolls are out of the oven, drizzle the glaze over them while they are still warm.
  • Serve the delicious Apple Cinnamon Rolls and enjoy!


Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 4gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 45mgFibre: 1gSugar: 0.1gCalcium: 6mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Apple, Food, Fruit, Kids Snacks, Recipe, Snack
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