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Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Imagine waking up to the aroma of warm cinnamon and apples wafting through your kitchen, promising a delicious treat to start your day. That’s exactly what you’ll get with these Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting. Packed with all the flavors of a classic cinnamon roll, but with a delightful twist of apple pie seasoning, this recipe is a game-changer for your breakfast or brunch spread.

Why You’ll Love Apple Cinnamon Rolls

  • A Fusion of Classic and Orchard Freshness: These rolls marry the timeless appeal of cinnamon rolls with the fruity goodness of applesauce and diced apples, giving you a delightful balance of flavors and textures in every bite.
  • Soft, Gooey, and Utterly Comforting: The dough is carefully crafted to yield soft, pillowy rolls that practically melt in your mouth. With a gooey filling of brown sugar, cinnamon, and diced apples, every bite is an indulgent, comforting experience.
  • Cream Cheese Frosting Perfection: The crowning glory of these rolls is the luscious cream cheese frosting. It’s sweet, tangy, and oh-so-creamy, providing the perfect contrast to the warm, spiced rolls.

Ingredients You Need To Make Apple Cinnamon Rolls

For the Dough:

  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Warm Water
  • Salt
  • Instant Active Yeast
  • Applesauce
  • Sour Cream
  • Apple Pie Seasoning (Substitute: Cinnamon)
  • Gluten-Free Flour

For the Filling:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Apple (Finely Diced)

For the Frosting:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Peanut butter

How To Make Apple Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Lightly oil a bowl and set it aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine applesauce, apple pie seasoning (or cinnamon), and sour cream. Mix until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, add half of the sugar, yeast, honey, and warm water. Let it sit for 5 minutes until it bubbles.
  4. In a stockpot, combine butter, the rest of the sugar, salt, and milk. Scald the milk mixture (be careful not to boil) and set it aside to cool partially.
  5. Add the yeast mixture to the apple mixture while the mixer is running, and slowly add the milk mixture.
  6. Gradually add the flour, half a cup at a time. Once incorporated, the dough will be sticky.
  7. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface, lightly flour the rolling pin, and gently roll it out to approximately 9×12 inches. Avoid pressing out the air from the dough.


  1. Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and finely diced apples together.
  2. Spread the mixture evenly over the dough.
  3. Roll up the dough, cut it into 9 slices, and place them in a buttered 9×13 baking dish. You can use floss for a clean cut.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel, and let it rise to 1 1/2 times its original size.
  5. For an extra gooey texture, pour 1 cup of heavy cream over the cinnamon rolls.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 30 minutes.


  1. Mix cream cheese, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.
  2. Generously spread the frosting over the warm cinnamon rolls.

Want an alternate frosting? Remove peanut butter if you want a traditional cream cheese or substitute sunflower butter if you have an allergy.


Can I use regular flour instead of gluten-free flour?

Yes, you can. Simply use the same quantity of all-purpose flour instead of the gluten-free variant.

Can I freeze these cinnamon rolls?

Certainly! After baking, allow them to cool completely, wrap them tightly, and store them in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw and reheat as needed.

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 9 Cinnamon rolls
Calories: 476kcal


Ingredients: Dough

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water 110Degrees
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 ¼ tsp instant active yeast
  • 4 oz applesauce
  • 4 oz sour cream
  • 2 tsp apple pie seasoning-sub cinnamon
  • 4 cups 1.1 GF bread flour

Ingredients: Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup apple finely dice

Ingredients: Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter



  • Lightly oil a bowl, set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl w/paddle add applesauce, seasoning and sour cream, mix until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl add 1/2 the sugar, yeast, honey & warm water.
  • Let sit for 5 mins (should bubble).
  • To a stock pot add butter, the rest of the sugar, salt & milk.
  • Scald milk mixture (do not boil), set aside to cool partially.
  • Add yeast mix to the apple mix, while the mixer is running slowly add the milk mixture. 
  • Add 1/2 a cup of flour at a time.
  • Once the flour is all incorporated (it will be very sticky) add the dough onto a lightly floured surface, lightly flour the rolling pin & top of dough.
  • Lightly roll to out to approx. 9×12″ (avoid pressing the air out of the dough)


  • Mix the ingredients together & spread on the dough.
  • Roll up, cut into 9 slices & place in a buttered 9×13 baking dish. Floss is a great way to cut your cinnamon rolls.
  • Cover with saran wrap, towel & let rise 1 1/2 times its size.
  • *For gooey texture, add 1 cup of heavy cream over the cinnamon rolls.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 30 min.


  • Mix all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Spread graciously over the cinnamon rolls.


Modifications and Alternates: 
You are able substitute 1:1 Gluten Free Flour for all-purpose flour in your recipes without making any measurement adjustments.
When using gluten-free flours, choose either GF bread flour or a 1:1 GF Flour. The 1:1 GF Flour may result in slight cracks upon baking, but the flavor profile remains the same. 
On the other hand, GF bread flour ensures the classic, defined shape of a traditional cinnamon roll.


Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Indulging in these Apple Cinnamon Rolls is like taking a bite out of a perfect autumn morning. The warm, comforting flavors of apple pie combined with the classic allure of cinnamon rolls create a truly magical breakfast experience. Whether you’re sharing them with loved ones or savoring them in quiet solitude, these rolls are bound to become a cherished addition to your morning routine. Enjoy!

The Secret To Cinnamon Rolls

Introducing heavy cream to your cinnamon rolls is like adding a secret ingredient that takes them to the next level. The cream brings a luxurious tenderness to the rolls’ texture, making each bite soft, moist, and incredibly satisfying. As the rolls bake, the cream works its magic, creating a golden, slightly caramelized exterior that adds a subtle richness to every bite. It’s an insider’s tip to crafting cinnamon rolls that are not just good but exceptional.

How much do we add?

When pouring heavy cream into the pan for cinnamon rolls, you don’t need to entirely submerge the dough. The goal is to provide a generous amount to ensure moisture and flavor enhancement, but not so much that it drowns the dough. Aim to cover about 2/3 of the dough with the cream, leaving some parts exposed.

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