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Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Author Julie Blanner


  • ¾ c milk
  • c butter
  • c flour
  • ¼ c sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 package active quick rise yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 4 Tbsp butter melted
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • ¾ c brown sugar packed
  • 3 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ¼ c heavy cream
  • 1 apple peeled & chopped
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c + 1 Tbsp heavy cream {5 Tbsp}


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add milk & butter. Stir until melted & remove from heat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine 2¼ c flour, sugar, and salt. Add yeast & lukewarm milk mixture. Combine. Add egg.
  3. Using the dough hook attachment on your mixer, knead while gradually adding in up to 1 c flour until the dough forms a ball & pulls aways from the edges of the bowl. You can also knead by hand.
  4. Let dough rest for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. On a floured surface, roll out dough into a rectangle. Spread melted butter on top. Sprinkle cinnamon, sugars and apples on top. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut 10 strips. Roll & place in a baking dish or cast iron skillet.
  6. OPTIONAL for extra large rolls {not shown} cover with a damp towel, turn oven off and allow to rise 25 minutes. Remove from oven, preheat again to 350 degrees. Otherwise you can bake immediately.
  7. Cover rolls in heavy cream. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until slightly golden.
  8. Combine until smooth. Pour over hot cinnamon rolls to serve.