Apple Cinnamon Rolls for #SundayFunday

Welcome to #SundayFunday! Wendy from A Day In The Life on The Farm invited fellow bloggers to kick back, relax, and share something tasty and fun each weekend. "Sunday should be a Family Funday. Please join us in sharing recipes that will help you to enjoy your Sunday." If you're a blogger interested in joining us, just visit our Facebook group and request to join!

Today our #SundayFunday group is hosted by Amy who invited us to: "Celebrate mom with tasty brunch mains, sides, drinks, etc!"

These rolls are an AMAZING breakfast / brunch treat! It takes a wonderfully moist, rich, tender cinnamon roll dough and stuffs it with a basic filling and the addition of tender pieces of apple. It makes them a little extra special. That cream cheese frosting puts them over the top! 

They rise up so beautifully! 

My little assistant fully approved of the frosting!

Can't beat tender, flaky, deliciously rich and tender cinnamon rolls. Perfect with a cup of coffee to start the day or end the day with once everyone is in bed. :) 

See what everyone is bringing to the table today!

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

1 cup half and half
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 TBS active dry yeast
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature and cut into 4 pieces
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting/rolling

6 TBS butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1 1/2 TBS ground cinnamon
2 cups chopped apples (about 2 medium apples)

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened to room temperature

  1. Heat the half and half to about 95 degrees (warm in the microwave for about 60 seconds). Add to the bowl of a stand mixer, and add in 1 TBS of the sugar and the yeast. Mix to blend and allow to sit 5-8 minutes or unitl the yeast is puffy and well activated.
  2. Add in the eggs and butter, and with the dough hook attached begin blending on low to medium speed to begin combining ingredients. Add in the salt and flour and slowly increase speed until dough ball begins to form and comes together. Mix on medium to medium-high speed for about 3-4 minutes. You should have a well formed soft ball of dough.
  3. Scrape the dough out of the bowl and add some olive oil. Return dough to bowl and flip so both sides are coated. Cover with a tea towel and set aside to rise in a warm place for about an hour, until doubled in size.
  4. Meanwhile, create the filling by combining the brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl and using a fork to blend. Set aside. Keep the chopped apples and softened butter separate.
  5. When dough has risen, punch it down and roll it out into a large 12x9 rectangle. Lightly flour your rolling pin and counter, just enough so the dough doesn't stick.
  6. Use your hand, a butter knife, or an offset spatula to spread the softened butter all over the rectangle of dough, almost to the very edges.
  7. Sprinkle the brown sugar cinnamon mixture evenly all over, then sprinkle the chopped apples over that.
  8. Roll into a log shape, from the long side (see photos).
  9. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  10. Cut the log into 12 large cinnamon rolls and arrange in the pan. Cover with a tea towel and set aside to rise 30-60 minutes, until very puffy.
  11. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake 25-30 minutes, covering about half way through when they are lightly browned to prevent over browning. Ensure the center rolls are cooked all the way through before removing from oven and setting aside to begin cooling.
  12. Prepare the frosting while the rolls cool by whipping the softened cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer until creamy, add in the sifted confectioners sugar and slowly increase speed to medium-high, scraping down the sides and bottom as needed. Add in the vanilla. Add a splash or two of half and half if you want a looser, creamier texture.
  13. When rolls are mostly cooled, but still just warm, frost them and serve! 

Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking


  1. I haven't made cinnamon rolls for a long time. Thanks for the nudge. I can't wait to try your recipe.

  2. Love the texture of the rolls. You are tempting me to make this soon.

  3. Amy, love cinnamon rolls. And these filled with apples and topped with cream cheese, now you've got me craving for them.

  4. The formula is simple to grasp and follow. I'll keep the recipe and learn how to cook it.

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