Nothing makes me happier than tangy caramelized apples wrapped in a fluffy pastry and topped with cheese icing.
If you are a great fan of apple pies or cinnamon rolls, you will absolutely fall in love with these amazing apple pie cinnamon rolls.
It’s having twice the amazing taste all in one. I can’t explain how amazing these cinnamon rolls are.
They are moist and filled with a delicious caramelized cinnamon spice apple filling that melts in your mouth with every bite.
One of the other good things about apple pie cinnamon rolls is that they can be made in big batches and stored in the fridge or freezer.
They tend to take quite some time to prepare so if you want to have them for breakfast the best option would be to prepare them the night before.
This way you can just pop them in the microwave the next morning.
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Simple hacks to making the perfect apple pie cinnamon rolls
- Always use warm water and warm milk. This helps the yeast rise and makes the dough very easy to spread.
- Use enough flour to prevent the dough from getting loose and very messy while trying to roll
I have simplified this recipe as much as possible by dividing it into three subsections to make it easier for you to follow.
The first part deals with the dough, the second the apple filling, and finally the cream cheese frosting.
If you are not a huge fan of cream cheese frosting, you can eat them without although I highly recommend the frosting.
Here is how you can make your apple pie cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing.
APPLE PIE CINNAMON ROLLS WITH CREAM CHEESE ICING
4 cups of all-purpose flour
¼ cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of yeast
½ cup warm milk
½ cup lukewarm water
1/3 cup of melted butter
Apple pie filling ingredients
5 apple peeled and diced
2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
1 cup of brown sugar
5 tablespoons of melted butter
2 tablespoons of butter at room temperature
½ teaspoon of apple spice
Creme cheese icing ingredients
1&1/2 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup of softened cream cheese
4 tablespoons of butter at room temperature
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
In a small bowl, combine the lukewarm water, ¼ cup sugar, and yeast. Set it aside for 10 minutes or until the mixture begins to bubble indicating the yeast has become active.
In another large bowl, whisk the melted butter, egg, warm milk, and salt. Add the yeast mixture you had set aside and then add a cup of flour after another as you whisk.
As the mixture thickens, switch to a wooden spoon and mix gradually until all the flour is fully combined.
Put the dough on a flat surface and knead for 5 minutes.
Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Place it in a microwave or oven for 90 minutes as you work on the apple filling. Do not turn on the microwave or oven.
Apple pie filling instructions:
Heat a large skillet to medium/ high heat and add 5 tablespoons of butter. Stir the butter until it melts.
Add the apples and sugar and sauté until the apples are lightly caramelized.
Remove the skillet from heat and set it aside until you are ready to use it.
Cheese cream frosting instructions:
Mix the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla essence, and salt with an electric or stand mixer on medium speed until the icing is light and fluffy.
Once all the other ingredients are ready and the dough in the microwave/ oven has risen, remove it from the greased bowl and roll it out on a flat surface into a 16*24 inch rectangle.
Spread the 2 tablespoons of butter at room temperature evenly on the dough avoiding ½ inch from the edges.
Mix the brown sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle it evenly across the butter.
Spread the apple mixture over the brown sugar as evenly as you can.
Roll your dough into a log 24 inches long and cut it into two-inch slices.
Line a 9*13 baking pan with parchment paper and place the rolls on the paper about an inch apart.
Cover it with a plastic wrap and allow to rise for an hour.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and then bake the rolls for 20 minutes or until the edges are golden in color.
Allow the rolls to cool for at least 15 minutes then top with cream cheese frosting.
Serve warm and enjoy!