Caramel apple cinnamon rolls topped with apple cinnamon icing make the perfect breakfast/brunch menu addition or a knock-your-socks-off dessert!
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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Apple Cinnamon Icing

Caramel apple cinnamon rolls topped with apple cinnamon icing make the perfect breakfast/brunch menu addition or a knock-your-socks-off dessert!
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 rolls
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Ty


Dough starter

  • 5 tbsp milk
  • 5 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp bread flour

Sweet Roll Dough

  • 3 2/3 c bread flour
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 2 pk instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 eggs


  • 2 c diced apple
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/2 c packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 c white sugar
  • 3/4 c milk


  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3-4 tbsp apple juice concentrate
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


Dough Starter

  • In a skillet over low heat add milk, water, and flour
  • Whisk until smooth and thickened to a mashed potato consistency
  • Remove from heat to completely cool


  • In a large mixing bowl stir flour, sugar, yeast, and salt and set aside
  • In a batter bowl whisk eggs, milk, butter, and cooled dough starter
  • Add wet mix to dry mix and knead together using dough hook attachments on a hand or stand mixer until a soft ball is formed
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until a smooth ball
  • Place dough into a buttered bowl to rise, cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm area until doubled in size; about 30-40 min


  • Dice 2-3 gala apples into 1/4 inch pieces; coat apples with lemon juice and set aside
  • In a skillet over medium-low heat, melt 4 tablespoons of butter and add apples
  • Sauté apples for 5-6 minutes stirring frequently
  • Add cinnamon, salt, and water
  • Allow to simmer for 2-3 additional minutes
  • When water begins to boil add both sugars and vanilla
  • Lower heat and bring to a bubbly boil; stir occasionally
  • Once the sugar begins to caramelize (thicken and darken in color), add remaining butter mixing it in well
  • Stir caramel apple sauce and slowly add the milk
  • Allow the sauce to simmer for a few minute to thicken


  • In a mixing bowl, cream the butter until smooth with a hand mixer
  • Add cinnamon and one cup of powdered sugar and beat until creamed
  • Add remaining sugar and beat until soft crumbles form
  • Add apple juice concentrate and beat until creamy icing forms
  • Add more sugar until consistency is achieved
  • Refrigerate until needed

To assymble

  • Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish with butter. Bring icing to room temp or softened.
  • Punch down risen dough and roll it out on to a floured surface. Dust the top with flour and roll into an approx 10" x 16" rectangle. 
  • Spread the apple filling evenly onto the dough by dividing it into 4 equal parts at each corner. Use a flat spatula to spread the filling into the center; making sure to get close to the edges.
  • Roll the dough lengthwise into a log, pinching the seams closed. Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into 16 even pieces.
  • Layer the rolls 3-4 to a row and bake for 25 min. 
  • Remove from the oven and spread icing on the top. Allow to cool for 5 min and devour! 


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 8.8% | Vitamin C: 1.2% | Calcium: 4.8% | Iron: 2.4%