Caramel apple cinnamon rolls are a decadent breakfast sweet you’ll love. This indulgent cinnamon bun recipe combines caramel apple pie with the classic breakfast sweet roll for a perfect fall or holiday treat.
As we head into the holiday season, caramel apple flavors get overlooked.
Everyone gets all excited about pumpkin spice and peppermint, but I’m over here wanting more caramel apple flavors!
And these caramel apple cinnamon rolls are the perfect way to bring the classic flavor combination into the holiday season.
These sweet rolls make the perfect breakfast that is absolutely indulgent enough for any holiday morning.
They would be the perfect treat to bake up while opening gifts on Christmas morning.
To make these shortcut cinnamon buns you’ll need:
- dry active yeast
- warm water
- spice cake mix
- apple pie filling
How to Make
To make this, start by adding the yeast and warm water to a bowl.
Give it a stir and then wait for it to foam.
Once the yeast gets foamy, add in the cake mix, vanilla and salt and mix it until well combined.
As you mix, gradually add in the flour until it forms more of a pizza dough consistency instead of a thinner cake batter consistency.
After the flour is incorporated, you can use your hands to knead the dough well.
Then cover and let it rest and rise in a warm spot for an hour.
After an hour, the dough should have roughly doubled in size.
Uncover it, and punch the air out of the dough.
Then turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until it is smooth.
Roll it out into a rectangle.
Once you’ve rolled the dough out, cover the dough in melted butter, sugar and cinnamon.
Then cut your pie filling into very small pieces and spread it thinly onto the dough.
Roll the dough up tightly so it forms a long log.
Cut it into one inch pieces.
Place the cut pieces into a greased baking dish and let them rise for 15 minutes before baking at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown.
Then remove from the oven and drizzle them with caramel sauce.
Serve and enjoy!
Leave any leftover rolls in the baking dish and cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap.
Store them covered on your counter for up to 3 days or in your fridge for about a week.
Tips and Tricks
- Make sure you are using warm water, not hot water. If your water is too hot, you will kill the yeast. On the other hand, if you use water that’s too cool the yeast won’t activate.
- If the yeast doesn’t foam after 10 minutes, discard and use new yeast.
- Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic. This generally takes about 10 minutes of kneading.
- Don’t overwork the dough or it will turn tough.
- Dealing with a cold kitchen and worried your dough won’t rise? Let your oven heat to warm. Then turn it off and place the dough inside the oven with the door cracked. It’ll be warm enough to let the dough rise but not warm enough to cook the dough.
Other Sweet Rolls You’ll Love
These caramel apple cinnamon rolls are a family favorite during the fall and holiday season.
Make them for your next breakfast treat and enjoy!
Looking for other sweet roll recipes? Try these:
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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls
- 2 packets Active Yeast
- 2 1/2 cups Warm Water
- 1 box Super Moist Spice Cake Mix
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 5 1/2 cups Flour
- Melted Butter
- 1 can of Apple Pie Filling
- Start by adding your yeast and warm water to a bowl, mix, and wait for it to foam.
- Add in cake mix, vanilla, and salt.
- Mix until well combined.
- Slowly add in your flour as you mix.
- Knead well with your hands, cover, and let rest for one hour.
- Punch the air out of your dough.
- Cover your surface with flour, knead, and roll out into a rectangle.
- Cover dough in melted butter and then in sugar and cinnamon.
- Cut up your pie filling into very small pieces and spread THINLY onto your dough.
- Roll up dough tightly and cut into one-inch segments.
- Place in a greased baking dish and let rise for 15 minutes.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Drizzle with caramel and serve!
- Serve and enjoy!