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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls
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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls are the best way to start any morning! These sweet, gooey, soft rolls filled with apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and caramel are so craveable, but surprisingly simple to make. Whip up a batch and enjoy for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or a snack with an afternoon cup of tea. 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Jill

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter cubed
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons powdered milk
  • 1 envelope dry active yeast (very fresh)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg

Filling

  • 5 tablespoons butter very soft, but not melted
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and diced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup caramel sauce divided

Instructions

  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine the cubed butter, milk, and butter. Heat on high in 30-second increments until warm and the butter is melted. NOTE: the mixture should be warm to the touch, not hot. If it is too hot, let it sit for a few minutes to cool before adding to the flour mixture.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 3 cups of the flour, granulated sugar, powdered milk, yeast, and salt. Add the warmed milk/butter mixture and the egg and mix until combined with the dough hook attachment. Continue to knead the dough with the dough hook for 5 minutes, adding up to 3/4 cup of the remaining flour as needed until the dough is soft and pulls away from the sides of the bowl to form a ball. Cover the dough and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Roll the dough out on a floured surface into a 10x14-inch rectangle. Spread the softened butter onto the dough.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle this over the butter on the dough.
  • Top the cinnamon/sugar mixture with the diced apples and then drizzle with 1/3 cup of the caramel sauce.
  • Beginning at one of the short ends of the dough, roll from one end to the other like a jelly roll. Cut the roll into 12 individual cinnamon rolls. Place the rolls into a 9x13-inch baking dish that has been greased with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cover the rolls lightly with a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm location to rise for 30 minutes. While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Bake the rolls at 350F for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Drizzle with the remaining 1/3 cup of caramel sauce while hot. Allow the rolls to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then serve warm.