Apple Pie Inspired Cinnamon Rolls

"All the things that you love about an apple pie rolled up into cinnamon rolls!"
-- @thefood__blogger
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Prep time 30mins
Cook time 37mins
Serves or Makes: 12 to 13 rolls

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Ingredients For the Dough


  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Preparing The Dough


  • Step 1

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, prepare two 11 x 9 inch square baking pans by putting a piece of parchment paper then set aside until further use.

  • Step 2

    2. Then start by pouring the yeast/water mixture, oil, eggs, and then whisk together. Stir the both flours together and granulated sugar together in a separate bowl. Add in half the flour, then fold it in using a rubber spatula. After that, pour in the rest of the flour mixture then mix until it's a shaggy mass. Dump out onto your work surface, and knead for 10 minutes, as you need flour add it to the dough(not too much so that it wont become hard or dry, as you knead the dough it will get stronger and become smooth! Don't worry!). If you don't want to do this you can knead your dough in your Kitchenaid Stand Mixer for 7-8 minutes until smooth and elastic.

  • Step 3

    3. After you've kneaded the dough for 10 minutes, let rise for 1 hour.

Preparing The Filling


  • 3/4 cups lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 peeled, sliced, and cut in half Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 peeled, sliced, and cut in half Honey Crisp Apple
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/3 granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • pinch of salt


  • Step 1

    (Mix the first three set of ingredients: flour, cinnamon, and brown sugar are separate from the last set of ingredients. So you will essentially have two fillings!)

  • Step 2

    1. Mix the brown sugar, flour, and ground cinnamon into a separate bowl then set aside. After you have peeled, and sliced your apple cut them in half.

  • Step 3

    2. After you have cut the apples place them into a bowl along with the granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, flour, and salt. Give it a nice stir to ensure that everything is incorporated evenly, then set aside to sit until the apple have softened( the sugar and salt with help draw out moisture from the apples, and with the flour it beautifully thickens the juices. Keep the melted butter set aside.

  • Step 4

    (BACK TO THE DOUGH) 3. Dump your dough onto a floured surface, degas, and roll out into a large square.

  • Step 5

    4. Pour most of the melted butter over the dough, and spread it all over the dough leaving an inch uncovered. Then, sprinkle all of the brown sugar mixture on top of the butter making sure that it evenly dispersed. Next, take the macerated apples and place then all over the dough, except for the inch around the border of the dough.

  • Step 6

    5. Starting from the opposite end from you, roll up the dough tightly until it reaches you then pinch the log to border. First, cut off the edges(because there will barely anything in them, but DO NOT, however, throw them away! You regather and make something else with it. :D) Then starting from the middle out began to start cutting your rolls to your desired size. I just keep cutting each cut in half, so they will be about an inch in width, but it's not rocket science just cut it how you like it.

  • Step 7

    6. Then in your prepared baking pans, place each roll cut side down, but if you forget no biggie just place them in the pan, cover them with cling film then set in a warm place for 30 minutes to an 1 hour or until doubled in size

  • Step 8

    7. After they have risen and doubled in size bake in your preheated oven for 36-37 minutes, or until golden brown. Make sure to brush them with butter before they bake and if needed even as they bake! It gives it that soft top, and also start your rolls on the bottom of the oven because as I said before your baked good start from the bottom up, so make your way to the top as you bake them.

The Icing


  • 1 1/2 sticks melted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • a dash of water, if needed

Mix The Icing Together

  • Step 1

    1. In a mixing bowl, pour in your powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and salt. Sit together until smooth, and if the frosting is too thick add a dash of water. Then when the rolls come out let then sit for a couple of minutes before frosting them with the icing.