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Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Servings: 16
Author: Shinee
This homemade cinnamon rolls recipe is a keeper! Packed with juicy apples and smothered with apple caramel sauce, these cinnamon rolls are simply the BEST!
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  • For the dough
  • • 2 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • • 4 cups 500gr all-purpose flour, plus additional ¼ cup (30gr)
  • • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • • 1 teaspoon salt
  • • 4 tablespoons 55gr unsalted butter, softened
  • • 2/3 cup 160ml milk
  • • 1 egg
  • • 2 cups shredded apple about 2 medium apples
  • For filling
  • • 2 tablespoons 30gr unsalted butter, melted
  • • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • For caramel sauce
  • • ½ cup 113gr unsalted butter
  • • 1 cup 200gr light brown sugar
  • • 1 cup 240ml heavy cream
  • • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  • 1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in ¼ cup (60ml) lukewarm water. Let it sit for 10 minutes. The mixture should become foamy, which means the yeast is active.
  • 2. In a separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg for filling. Set aside.
  • 3. In a large mixing bowl with paddle attachment, whisk together 4 cups of flour, sugar and salt. (If you’re not using a stand mixer, simply use a whisk.) Add yeast mixture, butter, milk and egg and mix until the soft dough forms. Put on a lightly floured surface and knead for at least 8-10 minutes until smooth. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with damp towel and place in warm place to rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. (I usually put the bowl in a microwave with a glass of hot water.)
  • 4. Once the dough is doubled in size, put on a floured surface and punch it down. Roll the dough out into a rough rectangle. Place 1 ½ cups of shredded apple in the middle and fold the dough over. Sprinkle ¼ cup of flour over the dough and knead until the apple is evenly distributed. (This step is messy. Add a little more flour, if needed.)
  • 5. Roll the dough out into a 15×19 rectangle. Spread the melted butter all over the rolled dough, and sprinkle sugar mixture from step 2. Roll up the dough into a log, and cut into 12 equal rolls. Put the rolls in greased 9x13in (23x33cm) baking pan. Cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rise for 30-60minutes, or until doubled in size.
  • 6. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • 7. While the rolls are baking, make the apple caramel sauce. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and add the remaining ½ cup of shredded apple and brown sugar. Once the sugar is melted, pour in heavy cream and cook for about 5-7 minutes, whisking frequently. Add vanilla extract and salt. Taste and make sure you’re happy with the flavor. Add more vanilla extract or salt, if needed. Cool slightly.
  • 8. Pour half of the caramel sauce over the rolls 5 minutes before the rolls are done. Continue to bake for 5 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Serve with remaining caramel on the side.