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Easy Fluffy Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Butter Maple Icing. Just the autumn breakfast we’re all looking for. Buttery, soft, and fluffy dough swirled with cinnamon sugar and sweet Honeycrisp apples. Each roll is frosted generously with a warming brown butter and maple icing that melts into every nook and cranny. There’s nothing not to love, every bite is melt in your mouth delicious.
Cinnamon rolls hold a special place in my kitchen, and by that, I really just mean that we love them to pieces. Growing up, my mom would occasionally buy the cinnamon rolls that come from the can around the holidays. My brothers and I LOVED them. We looked forward to these cinnamon roll breakfasts every single year.
These days we all know I choose to make my own, but still, we love a good cinnamon roll. And you know? Homemade really is best, and they’re really not that difficult to make.
These apple cinnamon rolls are no exception. Everything from the rolls to the icing is pretty close to perfect. They might take a little time to make, because of the rising. But besides that, they really are quite easy.
And the smells coming from the kitchen as they bake? Mmm, too good.
The dough is the simplest to make. Simply mix the yeast with warm milk and a small touch of brown sugar. It’s important to let that mix sit for a few minutes to allow the yeast to “activate”.
Next, add the butter, eggs, flour, and salt. Mix until smooth and let the dough rest until doubled in size. Then it’s time to shape the rolls.
It’s super simple. I love to use a mix of brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon for the best consistency. The brown sugar adds a nice depth of flavor. And I go heavy on the cinnamon for sweet cinnamon swirls throughout.
And of course, the apples. I like to use Honeycrisp apples, and yes, I do leave the skin on! If you prefer no skin, be sure to peel the apples first.
Spread the dough with butter, then sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar, and apples. Roll the dough up into a log, slice, and bake.
The smells coming from the oven will be perfect. Think…fall candle and Christmas morning combined.
Brown the butter and mix it with the cream cheese, maple syrup, sugar, and a touch of vanilla. The maple is key. It pairs so well with the apples and cinnamon.
As soon as the rolls come out of the oven, frost, serve, and enjoy every last sweet and delicious bite. They’re soft, fluffy, heavy in the cinnamon swirl, and perfectly spiced with warm autumn flavors.
And gooey, SO gooey. These rolls are beyond good. Great for all the crisp fall weekends to come!
Looking for other cinnamon recipes? Here are a few ideas:
Easy Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls
Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts with Cinnamon Maple Glaze
Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting
Lastly, if you make these Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Butter Maple Icing be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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What do you advise for a gluten free flour substitute? Almond flour, quinoa flour?
I think a gluten free flour blend would work best for you! Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx
It doesn’t convert to metric.
I need the ingredients in grams
If you just click “metric” below the list of ingredients, the measurements will convert for you. I just tested it out:) Let me know if you are still having trouble!! xx
Hello!! I’ve made this recipe several times and it is delicious!!! I’m curious if the recipe for the dough could be used for any kind of cinnamon type roll?? Or if your measurements are based on taking into account moisture from the apples? Thanks!!
Happy Sunday!!💕 Thanks so much for trying this recipe out and sharing your feedback, so glad it was a hit! You could use for any type of cinnamon roll. xx
Hi. I made this recipe 2x and noticed the dough is very thick /dense and I noticed in both of your videos you skip over the dough part ( how you put it together) now I’m kind of seeing why. I’ve made pizza dough multiple times which is pretty similar and the dough is never like this nor does it need the ingredients you call for. I don’t know how every one else is doing it but this is frustrating
Sorry to hear you are having issues with the dough. This dough is much different than pizza dough:) What kind of yeast are you using? Is it possible your milk is too hot? Is the dough able to rise? Let me know how I can help! xx
Have already been told several times that these are THE BEST cinnamon rolls ever! My boyfriend insists that I add as many apples as possible… Love this recipe!
Happy Sunday!!❄️ I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for trying it out and sharing your feedback! xx
If I could give these rolls ten stars, I would. They’re amazing! I ended up using bread flour and two eggs plus one egg yolk, and these components made for the softest, fluffiest cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had! They were a little messy to roll, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. I made nine giant rolls instead of twelve. That icing is to die for! I licked the bowl clean and stole some from the tops of the finished rolls. Why are your apple recipes so addicting?! You really know how to do apple recipes!
Happy New Year!🎆🎈 I appreciate you making this recipe and your comment! So glad to hear it was enjoyed! xx
I’m making these on Sunday! Can I use two eggs plus one egg yolk? I’ve made cinnamon rolls with one extra yolk and they turned out so soft! Could I do that here? Abigail
Sure, I don’t see why not! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT
Is it possible to make this recipe without a standing mixer with dough hook?
Totally, just mix with a wooden spoon and knead by hand until smooth. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT
I made these the day before Christmas to bake on Christmas morning. They came out great. I did think the frosting was a bit too sweet but honestly I don’t think you can go wrong with this recipe. Despite my using rapid rise yeast by mistake and mixing the butter in with the filling they still came out great and were delicious. These rolls are nice addition to Christmas morning breakfast. When I make them again I am going to try some chopped pecans in with the filling and sprinkle a bit on top as well. I am going to try the Chai Cinnamon rolls next.
Awesome!! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and appreciate you giving it a try! xT
Made these (rise overnight in the fridge version) for breakfast Christmas morning and they turned out perfectly. Took a little longer to rise for me though. Thank you for the recipe! Might be a new Christmas tradition 🙂
Happy Holidays!!☃️ I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! xT
I have made these rolls three times since finding this recipe only a month ago! I’ve loved sharing them with family over the holidays —and they’ve loved it too!
I’m wondering if you have a recommended thickness for the dough when rolling it out? I haven’t quite perfected that aspect.
Merry Christmas to you and yours🤍
Happy Monday!❄️ I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! Ahhh I would say it’s about 1/4 inch thick! xx
Hi Tieghan, I’ve made the eggnog rolls last few Christmases and love then. Decided to try these but still use eggnog instead of whole milk. This was the only change I made and I still used the active yeast (not instant) and after an hour my dough has not doubled in size. Should I throw it out and start over?
Was the eggnog warm? Is your dough sitting in a warm spot? Let me know if that helps at all! xT
This is my 3rd or 4th time making these and they are *perfection*. I can’t even go back to regular cinnamon rolls—it’s gotta be these.
I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Merry Christmas! 🎁🎄