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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Craving caramel apples?  Try these Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls for a sweetly satisfying breakfast treat!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel apple cinnamon rolls
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Let Rise 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 12
Calories 582kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


For rolls:

  • 4 1/2 tsp active dry yeast 2 packages
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp sugar divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3-4 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted


  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped apple Granny Smith preferred
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup caramel bits
  • 1 tbsp 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


For the rolls:

  • Mix together 2 tsp sugar, warm milk, and yeast in a mixer bowl. Let stand for five minutes.
  • Beat eggs, sugar, and salt until well combined.
  • Add egg mixture to yeast mixture and whisk to combine.
  • Add 1 cup of flour and continue mixing until smooth.
  • Pour in the melted butter and mix well.
  • Continue adding remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough is stiff.
  • Knead dough 20 times on a lightly floured surface.
  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, combine the sugar and cinnamon for the filling.
  • Toss the apples with the lemon juice in a small bowl.
  • Add 1 Tbls of the sugar/cinnamon mixture to the apples and stir to combine.
  • Once dough has risen, lightly flour a large cutting board. Punch down down and roll out to approximately 12 x 16 inches.
  • Spread on the melted butter and sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Next sprinkle on the apples.
  • Melt the caramel bits and milk in the microwave in 30 second intervals until fully melted. (Follow package directions.)
  • Drizzle on top of apples.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • {If baking now - do NOT put in refrigerator.}
  • Remove from refrigerator and let rolls come to room temperature in a warm area.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes until golden brown in color.
  • While rolls are baking, prepare the caramel icing:
  • 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.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  • Whisk in the powdered sugar until nice and smooth.
  • Remove rolls from oven and pour on icing immediately. Let cool slightly and serve.


Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 692mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 69g | Vitamin A: 891IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg