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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

  • Yield: 12 rolls 1x


These Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls have a cinnamon-sugar apple filling and a caramel apple topping! These are the perfect decadent fall breakfast treat.



For the dough

  • 1 cup warm milk (100-110°F/45°C)
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon white sugar, separated
  • 2½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 4½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice

For the filling

  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced into small pieces
  • ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, separated
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice

For caramel apple sauce

  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced small
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg


For the rolls

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the warm milk, active dry yeast, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Allow to proof for about 10 minutes. The mixture should get bubbly and foamy on top.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and whisk together. Once the yeast is activated, add in the remaining ½ cup sugar, eggs and butter. With the paddle attachment, mix until just combined. Add in the flour mixture and mix until the dough comes together. Switch to the dough hook and knead for about 3-5 minutes on low speed or until the dough is completely smooth.
  3. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl and place the dough into the bowl. Allow to rise in a warm place for about an hour, or until doubled in size.
  4. While the dough is rising, make the filling. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saute pan. Add the apples and stir, cooking over low heat for about 5 minutes or until apples are tender. Allow to cool completely while you roll out the dough. In a small bowl, combine the softened ⅓ cup butter, brown sugar, and spices. Mix until completely combined.
  5. After the dough is finished rising, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  6. After the dough has rested, roll it out into a large rectangle. Spread the dough with the butter-sugar mixture. Spread the sauteed apples evenly over the butter mixture, pressing slightly into the dough. Roll the dough tightly at the wide end and seal well.
  7. Grease a 9″x13″ cooking pan. Cut the dough log into 12 equal pieces (discarding the ends if you don’t like the look of them) and place them in the pan, separated slightly from each other. Cover the pan and allow the rolls to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size, or place in the refrigerator overnight.
  8. Bake the rolls at 400°F until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Drizzle with caramel apple sauce (recipe below) and serve!

For caramel apple sauce

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter. Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir together. Cook on low heat for about 15 minutes, or until the apples have cooked down and the sauce has thickened. It should be a dark amber color. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days until needed.