Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

So here’s the thing about these rolls.  They’re kinda awesome.  And they have no cinnamon in them just so ya know.  It’s just when I hear “cinnamon roll” I think of these sweet, spiral, gooey rolls so it was natural for me to call them that.

About them being awesome…they are and if you don’t want to inhale a couple for lunch {not that I did that} you better have a lot of friends to share them with or one big family.  Of course, you could be like me and have a big family, share with friends, and still inhale two for lunch.

You have been warned.

I’d also like to talk for a moment about yeast.  Do not fear the yeast.  It is your friend and it makes for some fluffy dough.

As long as you are working with fresh yeast {I like to buy a 2lb bag and store it in my fridge door} you shouldn’t have a problem.  The only thing difficult about these rolls is waiting the entire hour for the dough to rise so you can finally bake them!

So, pop quiz.

Is there actual cinnamon in these rolls?  No.

Is yeast scary and hard to work with?  No.

Will you go make these this weekend and share with your big family, friends, and inhale two for lunch?  Yes.

Easy A.

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Makes 14 rolls


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2-3 apples, peeled and diced
  • Caramel Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup store bought or homemade caramel


  1. In a medium sauce pan scald the milk over medium heat. Stir in the sugar, salt, and butter until the butter is melted. Beat the egg in small bowl and temper with a bit of the milk mixture to ensure it doesn't scramble once added. Add to the milk mixture and beat until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer (or in a medium size bowl) add the yeast, warm water, and teaspoon of sugar. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile sift 1 cup of flour and add it to the milk and butter mixture. Pour into the yeast and beat on low until smooth. Sift the rest of the flour and gradually add it to the dough until it is no longer sticky. Knead for 10 minutes until smooth. Cover and allow to rise for one hour.
  4. Punch down and roll the dough out onto a floured surface into a rectangle shape that is about 1/4" thick. Melt the additional butter in the microwave and spread evenly on top of the dough. Spread the brown sugar evenly over the melted butter and sprinkle with the diced apples. Carefully roll the dough beginning at the bottom and working your way up being careful to roll tightly.
  5. Once rolled, cut off the ends and place in a small ramekin. (Those are just for the cook!)
  6. The best way to cut these into rolls is to use string. Slide the string underneath the roll, bring the ends over top, criss cross, and pull down so that the string goes straight through the dough. Cut into 2" slices and place in two separate pie plates. Be sure not to over crowd the dish. Allow to rise another 15 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350° and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Allow to cool slightly then frost with the caramel frosting.
  8. Caramel Frosting
  9. In a medium bowl beat the butter and powdered sugar. Add the caramel and continue to beat until smooth. Spread over slightly cooled rolls and serve.


Best if served fresh but just as good the next day!


  1. It’s like apple pie and cinnamon rolls had a delicious baby!!1

  2. I have no doubt that these are amazing. They look incredible! Especially all that frosting. What a perfect fall recipe!

  3. Chels R. says:

    I’m craving this right now!!!

  4. These rolls look dangerously addictive!!

  5. They look so good! Pinning!

  6. Ooooohhhh, those look so yummy! Caramel apple rolls sound fabulous :)

  7. Cassie says:

    I need the whole pan. Seriously, Krista, I have been craving cinnamon rolls. Love these!

  8. Alexandria says:

    These look so awesome. I cant wait to try. By the way, do you have a homemade Carmel recipe?

  9. Daniel says:

    This recipe is amazing, and very versatile. I made 3 batches today (just because i had a day off and was bored to death;)] so i made one with plums, one with apples and one i just sprinkled a cinnamon over sugar, rolled it up and baked it. AMAZING


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