Delicious Apple Cinnamon Rolls – Perfect for Fall!

Welcome to my kitchen, where I’m excited to share with you my Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls recipe. These cinnamon rolls are the perfect comfort food for chilly autumn mornings or cozy evenings by the fire.

As a chef, I take pride in using seasonal ingredients and creating recipes that are both delicious and easy to make. In this recipe, I’ve combined the warm flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar with the sweetness of honeycrisp apples to create a mouth-watering treat that will leave you wanting more.

Whether you’re an experienced baker or new to the kitchen, this recipe is sure to impress your family and friends. So grab your ingredients, put on your apron, and let’s get started on making these delectable apple cinnamon rolls. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls
Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls

Are you looking for a warm, comforting treat that perfectly captures the essence of fall? Look no further than these Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls! Trust me, once you try this recipe, you’ll be hooked.

First of all, these cinnamon rolls are packed with flavor. We combine sweet honeycrisp apples with warm cinnamon and brown sugar to create a filling that is both rich and comforting. The apple butter adds an extra layer of flavor that really brings the rolls to life.

But the real star of the show is the brown butter maple icing. This creamy topping perfectly complements the sweet and spicy rolls, adding a touch of decadence to every bite. The combination of the cinnamon sugar and the caramel apple cinnamon makes it the perfect choice for anyone who loves the flavors of fall.

And let’s not forget about the texture. These rolls are soft, fluffy, and perfectly swirled with cinnamon sugar. The dough is buttery and sweet, and the apples add a satisfying crunch that is sure to please. Whether you’re enjoying them fresh out of the oven or reheated the next day, they are always delicious.

And the best part? These cinnamon rolls are easy to make! With just a few simple ingredients and some basic baking skills, you can have a batch of warm, comforting rolls in no time. So why not give this recipe a try? I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredient List

 These Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls are the ultimate fall treat!
These Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls are the ultimate fall treat!

Let’s talk about the ingredients you’ll need to make these mouth-watering Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls. Don’t worry, you won’t need anything too fancy or out of the ordinary. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar


  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups of finely chopped honeycrisp apples, peeled


  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of apple butter
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk, as needed

Make sure you have all the ingredients on hand before starting the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to indulge in the warm, gooey goodness of these cinnamon rolls.
Get ready to indulge in the warm, gooey goodness of these cinnamon rolls.

Now, it’s time to get cooking! Follow these simple steps to create your own delectable Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls.


  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup of milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 honeycrisp apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup of apple butter


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, active dry yeast, salt, and ground cinnamon.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, melted butter, and eggs until well combined.

  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until a dough forms.

  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.

  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.

  6. Once the dough has risen, punch it down and roll it out into a large rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.

  7. Spread the apple butter over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edges.

  8. Sprinkle the diced apples over the apple butter.

  9. Roll the dough up tightly, starting at the long end.

  10. Cut the rolled dough into 12 equal slices and place them in a greased 9×13 inch baking dish.

  11. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and let the rolls rise for 30-45 minutes, or until puffy.

  12. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  13. Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

  14. While the rolls are still warm, generously spread the Brown Butter Maple Icing over the top.

  15. Serve the rolls warm and enjoy!

These Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls are sure to become a family favorite. The rich apple cinnamon flavor, combined with the sweetness of the rolls and the warming brown butter maple icing, make for a truly irresistible treat. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations, like adding caramel sauce or cream cheese frosting. With this recipe, the possibilities are endless!

Substitutions and Variations

 The combination of apples and cinnamon will fill your home with the most delicious aroma.
The combination of apples and cinnamon will fill your home with the most delicious aroma.

One of the best things about this Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls recipe is that there are so many ways to make it your own! Here are a few substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Apples: While honeycrisp apples are my favorite for this recipe, you can use any variety of apple that you like. Granny smith apples would be a great tart contrast to the sweet cinnamon rolls, while fuji apples would add a nice crunch.

– Cinnamon: If you’re a cinnamon lover like me, you can add even more cinnamon to the filling or sprinkle some on top of the rolls before baking. You could also try using different types of cinnamon, like Vietnamese or Ceylon, for a slightly different flavor.

– Brown Sugar: For a slightly less sweet version, you can use half brown sugar and half granulated sugar in the filling. You could also try using coconut sugar or maple sugar for a different taste.

– Icing: If you’re not a fan of maple icing, you could try a cream cheese frosting, a caramel sauce, or even a sugar-free glaze. Or, if you want to keep it simple, you can just dust the rolls with powdered sugar.

– Monkey Bread: You could turn this recipe into an Apple Harvest Monkey Bread by cutting the dough into small pieces and rolling them in cinnamon sugar and chopped apples. Then, layer them in a bundt pan and bake until golden brown.

– Vegan: To make this recipe vegan, you can use almond milk instead of regular milk and vegan butter instead of regular butter. You can also use a flax egg instead of a regular egg.

– Pillsbury Grands: If you’re short on time, you can use Pillsbury Grands cinnamon rolls instead of making the dough from scratch. Just spread the apple butter and cinnamon sugar mixture on the dough before rolling it up.

No matter what substitutions or variations you choose, these Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls are sure to be a hit!

Serving and Pairing

 Don't be intimidated by the recipe, these cinnamon rolls are surprisingly easy to make.
Don’t be intimidated by the recipe, these cinnamon rolls are surprisingly easy to make.

Once you’ve baked these delicious apple harvest cinnamon rolls, it’s time to serve and enjoy them. These rolls are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even as a dessert. Serve them alongside a hot cup of coffee or tea, or a cold glass of milk.

For those looking to take their serving game to the next level, try pairing these rolls with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The combination of the warm cinnamon rolls and the cold ice cream is pure perfection. Additionally, you can drizzle a little bit of caramel sauce on top to add a touch of sweetness.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try making a caramel apple pie with these apple cinnamon rolls as the crust. Half Baked Harvest has a great recipe for this dessert that is sure to impress your guests.

These rolls are also perfect for potlucks, picnics, and other gatherings. Bring them warm out of the oven and watch as they disappear quickly. They’re a definite crowd-pleaser.

Overall, the apple harvest cinnamon rolls are a versatile treat that can be enjoyed at any time of day. Serve them up however you like and watch as they become a new family favorite.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These cinnamon rolls are perfect for a cozy weekend brunch with friends and family.
These cinnamon rolls are perfect for a cozy weekend brunch with friends and family.

One of the best parts about this apple harvest cinnamon rolls recipe is that you can make them ahead of time and store them for later. This is especially helpful if you want to serve them for a special occasion or if you just want to have a delicious breakfast on hand without all the work.

To make these rolls ahead of time, simply follow the recipe instructions up until the point where you would normally bake them. Instead of baking, cover the rolls with plastic wrap or foil and store them in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, allow the rolls to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking.

When it comes to storing these cinnamon rolls, it’s best to do so in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag. They will keep well for up to 3-4 days at room temperature. If you want to keep them for longer, you can freeze them for up to a month. Just make sure to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer-safe container.

When it’s time to reheat these delicious treats, there are a few different options. You can microwave them for a few seconds to warm them up, but this may make them a bit soggy. A better option is to reheat them in the oven. Simply preheat your oven to 350°F, place the rolls on a baking sheet, and bake for 5-10 minutes until they are warmed through.

No matter how you choose to store and reheat these apple harvest cinnamon rolls, they are sure to be a hit. The warming brown butter maple icing and the sweet honeycrisp apples roll perfectly complement the cinnamon sugar swirled throughout the soft and fluffy dough. Whether you’re enjoying them for breakfast or dessert, these rolls are sure to satisfy.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The cream cheese frosting is the icing on the cake, literally!
The cream cheese frosting is the icing on the cake, literally!

Now that you have the recipe for apple harvest cinnamon rolls, let’s talk about some tips to ensure they turn out perfectly every time.

Firstly, make sure to use room temperature ingredients. This includes the milk, butter, and egg. Room temperature ingredients mix together more easily, creating a smooth and even dough. If your ingredients are too cold, they won’t mix properly, and your dough may end up lumpy or uneven.

When measuring your flour, spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off with a knife. This will ensure that you don’t accidentally use too much flour, which can make the dough dry and tough.

It’s also important to use the right kind of apples. Honeycrisp apples work best for this recipe because they are sweet and juicy, making for a delicious filling. Be sure to peel and chop them into small pieces for even distribution throughout the rolls.

When rolling out the dough, use a lightly floured surface to prevent it from sticking. Roll the dough out evenly and try to keep the thickness consistent throughout. This will ensure that all of the rolls bake evenly and have the same texture.

When filling the dough with the apple cinnamon mixture, be sure to spread it evenly and leave a border around the edges. This will prevent the filling from oozing out during baking and creating a mess.

Once you have rolled up the dough and cut it into pieces, place them in a greased baking dish with some space between each roll. This will allow them to rise properly and bake evenly.

When baking the rolls, keep an eye on them to prevent over-browning. If they start to brown too much on top, cover them with foil for the remainder of the baking time.

Lastly, don’t skimp on the frosting! The brown butter maple icing is what takes these rolls to the next level. Generously frost the rolls while they are still warm, allowing the icing to melt and seep into all of the nooks and crannies.

By following these tips, you’ll be sure to have a batch of delicious and perfectly baked apple harvest cinnamon rolls every time.


Now that we’ve covered all the essential aspects of this recipe, let’s move on to the frequently asked questions. These are some common queries that people have when it comes to making apple harvest cinnamon rolls. So, if you have any questions in your mind, keep reading to find your answers.

Why do people put cream on top of cinnamon rolls when baking?

Have you ever wondered why cream is such a crucial ingredient in cinnamon rolls? As these delightful treats bake, the cream at the bottom of the pan warms up and permeates into the rolls, giving them a luscious and moist texture.

Why are my cinnamon rolls not fluffy?

Achieving a light and airy texture in your rolls is highly dependent on the presence of enough air bubbles. However, there are several possible reasons why your yeasted dough may not be rising as expected. These reasons may include using expired yeast, having a room temperature that is not warm enough, or using liquid that is too hot when blooming the yeast. It is important to consider these factors to ensure that your dough rises properly.

How do you make cinnamon rolls more moist?

Looking for a quick and easy way to upgrade your premade buns? Look no further than this viral TikTok hack! All you need is some heavy cream and a baking dish to take your pastries to the next level. Simply pour the cream into the dish to cover the bottom, arrange your buns on top, cover with foil, and bake as directed on the package. This hack promises to deliver a moist, tender and pillowy texture that will have you coming back for more. So why not give it a try and see for yourself?

Why are my cinnamon rolls soggy?

When making rolls, it is crucial to use the right amount of flour, as it determines the structure and texture of the final product. Insufficient flour can result in dense and soggy rolls that fail to rise. Therefore, while mixing the dough, add flour gradually, one tablespoon at a time, until the desired texture is achieved. To ensure consistency, it is essential to learn how to measure flour correctly.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls recipe is a must-try for any baking enthusiast or anyone who loves the sweet and cozy flavors of fall. With the combination of apple butter, honeycrisp apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar, these rolls are the epitome of comfort food. The buttery soft and fluffy dough swirled with cinnamon sugar and frosted generously with a warming brown butter maple icing is a match made in heaven.

Don’t be intimidated by the recipe’s length or number of ingredients. With a little bit of patience and attention to detail, anyone can master this recipe and create a delicious treat that’s perfect for any occasion.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and get baking! Whether you’re enjoying them for breakfast, dessert, or a mid-day snack, these Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you feeling warm and cozy inside.

Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

When fall rolls around, I can’t wait to dive head first into all the wonderful traditions of the season including…APPLES! This cross between apple pie and cinnamon rolls sound delish…I have not tried yet, so any comments are very welcome! From Better Homes and Gardens Make Ahead Cooking.

  • 6 -6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 ounce active dry yeast (two packets)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups apples, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup apple butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • apple juice
  1. In a large bowl combine 3 cups of flour and all yeast; set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat and stir milk, 1/4 cup butter, the granulated sugar and 1 1/2 tsp salt until warm. Add to flour mixture, then add egg.
  3. Beat with a mixer, scraping sides of bowl. Beat on high 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, add as much of remaining flour as you can.
  4. Turn dough out onto floured surface, kneading until smooth and elastic. Shape dough into bowl and place in greased bowl, then cover and let rise until double in size (45-60 min).
  5. For filling, melt remaining butter, stir in brown sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. Stir in chopped apple and apple butter. Set aside.
  6. Punch down dough and turn onto floured surface. Divide dough in half and left rest 10 minutes. Roll each half into a rectangle, spread half the filling onto each.
  7. Starting from short side, roll into a log and pinch seams. Cut into six 2-inch pieces.
  8. Place all pieces in a greased 9×13 pan, cover and let rise for 30 to 40 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees 35 to 40 minutes.
  9. Combine powdered sugar and enough apple juice to be able to drizzle over slightly cooled rolls.
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