Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Craving caramel apples?  Try these Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls for a sweetly satisfying breakfast treat!  These gorgeous rolls are topped with a mouth-watering caramel icing and filled with Granny Smith apples and caramel.

Craving caramel apples?  Try these Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls for a sweetly satisfying breakfast treat!  These gorgeous rolls are topped with a mouth-watering caramel icing and filled with Granny Smith apples and caramel. | MomOnTimeout.com

Lately I’ve had caramel apples on the brain.  Like I can’t stop thinking about them.  It must be the season :) I’ve been dreaming up recipes that will satisfy my caramel apple cravings and this is one that I had to get to ASAP.

First of all – who doesn’t like cinnamon rolls?  It occurred to me that caramel + apples = amazingness and cinnamon + apples = classic yumminess.  Why not combine all of those flavors into one fantastic roll?

Craving caramel apples?  Try these Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls for a sweetly satisfying breakfast treat!  These gorgeous rolls are topped with a mouth-watering caramel icing and filled with Granny Smith apples and caramel. | MomOnTimeout.com

These were so much fun to make and I really, REALLY wanted the caramel apple flavor to shine through in the rolls.  I used lots of apples and generously drizzled on caramel – oh.em.gee.  Don’t you just want to dive in?

Both of the boys were up on the counter in the kitchen by this point.  They were grabbing apple bits left and right and dipping them in the caramel sauce.  Couldn’t blame them really :)  The Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls bake up beautifully and you can see all the apple pieces peeking out just waiting to be enjoyed.

Craving caramel apples?  Try these Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls for a sweetly satisfying breakfast treat!  These gorgeous rolls are topped with a mouth-watering caramel icing and filled with Granny Smith apples and caramel. | MomOnTimeout.com

Now it was almost a shame to cover up that prettiness but I really didn’t have a choice.  I knew the caramel icing from my Overnight Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls would be just the thing to send these cinnamon rolls over the top.

Craving caramel apples?  Try these Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls for a sweetly satisfying breakfast treat!  These gorgeous rolls are topped with a mouth-watering caramel icing and filled with Granny Smith apples and caramel. | MomOnTimeout.com

I was right.

Craving caramel apples?  Try these Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls for a sweetly satisfying breakfast treat!  These gorgeous rolls are topped with a mouth-watering caramel icing and filled with Granny Smith apples and caramel. | MomOnTimeout.com

Pure deliciousness here.  These rolls can be made in advance and put in the fridge overnight if that works best for your schedule.  Absolutely to die for and I hope you’ll try them soon!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

    For rolls:
  • 4 1/2 tsp OR 2 packages of active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons + 1/2 c sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3-4 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 c butter, melted
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 Tbls ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 c finely chopped apple (Granny Smith preferred)
  • 1 Tbls fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup caramel bits
  • 1 Tbls milk
  • Caramel Icing:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

    For the rolls:
  1. Mix together 2 tsp sugar, warm milk, and yeast in a mixer bowl. Let stand for five minutes.
  2. Beat eggs, sugar, and salt until well combined.
  3. Add egg mixture to yeast mixture and whisk to combine.
  4. Add 1 cup of flour and continue mixing until smooth.
  5. Pour in the melted butter and mix well.
  6. Continue adding remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough is stiff.
  7. Knead dough 20 times on a lightly floured surface.
  8. Move the dough to a greased bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Place in a warm area and let rise until doubled in size. Approximately 1 hour.
  9. Meanwhile, combine the sugar and cinnamon for the filling.
  10. Toss the apples with the lemon juice in a small bowl.
  11. Add 1 Tbls of the sugar/cinnamon mixture to the apples and stir to combine.
  12. Once dough has risen, lightly flour a large cutting board. Punch down down and roll out to approximately 12 x 16 inches.
  13. Spread on the melted butter and sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Next sprinkle on the apples.
  14. Melt the caramel bits and milk in the microwave in 30 second intervals until fully melted. (Follow package directions.)
  15. Drizzle on top of apples.
  16. Starting on a long side, roll up the dough up into a cylinder and pinch the edge to close. Cut the cylinder in half and then cut each half into six rolls for a total of 12 rolls.
  17. Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish (or two 8x8 dishes) and place rolls leaving a little room around each roll to allow for rising. Let the rolls rise for another hour or so and place in the refrigerator.
  18. {If baking now - do NOT put in refrigerator.}
  19. Remove from refrigerator and let rolls come to room temperature in a warm area.
  20. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes until golden brown in color.
  21. While rolls are baking, prepare the caramel icing:
  22. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add the brown sugar and salt and stir until combined. Continue cooking over low heat for another 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly. Add the heavy whipping cream and stir to combine.
  23. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  24. Whisk in the powdered sugar until nice and smooth.
  25. Remove rolls from oven and pour on icing immediately. Let cool slightly and serve.
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Craving caramel apples?  Try these Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls for a sweetly satisfying breakfast treat!  These gorgeous rolls are topped with a mouth-watering caramel icing and filled with Granny Smith apples and caramel. | MomOnTimeout.com | #fall #breakfast #recipe #caramel #apple

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Comments

  1. Wow those look absolutely incredible. Great recipe!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow
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  2. Ooooh, I love that you put caramel inside too!!! These rock!
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  3. I totally DO want to dive in! These look fantastic! Love apples & caramel, & cinnamon rolls too… :D
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  4. Gorgeous and I bet the flavors are just dynamite! So soft looking and just my thing! Pinned!

  5. Wow…. I wish I’d made these this weekend! Perfect for fall brunch!
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  6. These look incredible, Trish – and they are calling my name! My hubby is a cinnamon roll freak, so I have a feeling I’ll have to try these out soon. Pinned!
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  7. Shut the front door!! I’m drooling all over my laptop. Pinned and will totally be making on a fall crisp morning….and I’m not sharing with my husband :)
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  8. Yum! I bet this smells amazing baking in the oven. We are expecting cooler temperatures this weekend and this would be a wonderful warm breakfast! I can’t wait to try it:)
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  9. Wow, Trish – These look really yummy! I was just thinking about how to do the carmel apple combo this morning. Great idea to put them in a cinnamon roll! Jodi @ Meaningful Mama

  10. I seriously want these…right now! Forget making dinner because I just want gorgeous apple rolls in my oven instead :-)
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  11. Talk about making my mouth water!! THese look delicious! Pinning and will be making these pronto!
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  12. These look amazing, Trish! I need some asap!
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  13. Oh yea, these look AMAZING alright! What a great idea, Trish! Pinned!
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  14. This would be worth saving up all of my extra Weight Watchers points for…YUM!

  15. This may sound like an obvious question, but for the filling when you say caramel bits, do you mean caramel squares cut into smaller pieces? These look wonderful, anxious to try them.

  16. Oh my goodness! These look and sound delicious!! I’m definitely making these very soon.
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  17. Delicious! I need one of those this morning!
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  18. This looks great!

  19. I have everything except the heavy whipping cream – is there anything I can substitute for it? I have 2% milk.

  20. These look so good, I’d like to make them but what are caramel bits?

  21. Wow! These look so good I had to try them this morning!
    I had everything except the caramel bits so I tried it with Skor toffee bits instead… They’re in their second rise right now, hopefully they turn out just as yummy!

  22. If I wanted to use the bread machine to make the dough, which step would I pick up on?

  23. such a great idea with apples and the dough is from scratch awesome

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