Apple Harvest Cinnamon Rolls

"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."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • In a large bowl combine 3 cups of flour and all yeast; set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • For filling, melt remaining butter, stir in brown sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. Stir in chopped apple and apple butter. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • Starting from short side, roll into a log and pinch seams. Cut into six 2-inch pieces.
  • Place all pieces in a greased 9x13 pan, cover and let rise for 30 to 40 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Combine powdered sugar and enough apple juice to be able to drizzle over slightly cooled rolls.

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  1. Very yummy. The dough wasn't anything spectacular but I liked the filling. I may try other dough recipes for it though. I did not peel the apples since they were organic and I think that added some character to it. *One important tip: On step 5 I melted the butter and also stirred in the apple butter and let it simmer. Wrong! The mixture was runny like a syrup and when I put it on the dough it wouldn't stay there as I rolled the dough up. I ended up pouring the excess over the pan. Next time I will just use softened butter and cream the ingredients together, maybe saving out the apples to just sprinkle on the dough before rolling. Without the icing these are 500 calories each so keep that in mind! I cut mine into 20 pieces but that was still 300 cals. Bummer!



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