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Apple Pie Cinnamon rolls are the perfect breakfast or dessert for Fall!

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Kristen | Ella Claire & Co.



  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 T active dry yeast
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1/8 c. oil
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 6 cups flour + extra for flouring surface


  • 1 T butter
  • 5 apples
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 6 T butter- room temperature important


  • 3/4 stick butter room temperature
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 1/2 T whole milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla


  1. In a small bowl, mix warm water, yeast and 2 T sugar. Set aside and let yeast proof. In a mixing bowl (I use a Bosch), mix the 1/2 cup sugar, salt and oil. Add yeast mixture and mix. Begin to add the flour, 1 cup at a time until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Knead in mixer for 5 minutes. Dough should still be soft, but should be holding together well. Cover and let rise in a warm, dry place until double in size (I pull the dough hooks out of my bowl before rising).
  2. While dough is rising, peel and chop apples. Sauté them in the 1 T butter until slightly softened and beginning to become golden brown.
  3. Once dough has risen, dump out onto a floured surface. Roll out until about 16 x 20″. Spread room temperature (not melted!) butter over the entire slab of dough. I use my hands for this part because it is just easier. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle apples over the cinnamon and sugar. Roll up dough and cut into 12 slices. I use the dental floss technique (google it- it really works the best!). Place rolls evenly spaced on a cookie sheet and let rise in a warm oven until nice and plump (about 20 minutes or so in 195 degree oven). Leave cinnamon rolls in the oven and set temperature to 350 degrees. Bake for 25- 30 minutes until nice and golden brown.
  4. While cinnamon rolls are cooling slightly, mix together Icing. Whip butter, powdered sugar, whole milk and vanilla until nice and smooth and delicious. Smother rolls with icing while warm (not super hot) and enjoy!