For these apple pie cinnamon rolls, we used a bread mix to make the dough, added cinnamon chips, and then spread apple pastry filling (you can use pie filling but a pastry filling is more concentrated) onto the dough before rolling it up. After baking, we frosted them with a thick caramel frosting. The results were fabulous!
What You'll Need for the Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
- Cinnamon Chips: For the best cinnamon rolls, add cinnamon chips. They’re made with a premium Vietnamese to give a burst of flavor in every bite that you just don’t get with the cassia cinnamon sold in stores.
- Pastry Filling: Besides the cinnamon chips, it’s the apple pasty filling that makes these apple pie cinnamon rolls so great. You can use canned apple pie filling, but pastry filling is more concentrated for a better balance in most pastries.
“How to Bake Like a Pro with Pastry Fillings“
Learn when to use pastry fillings and when to use pie fillings.
Making the Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls with the Bread Machine
You can use a bread recipe but to make it even easier—easy enough for non-bread makers—use a mix. You can make it with your bread machine set on the dough cycle. Once the bread machine has finished the cycle, take out the dough and finish making the apple pie cinnamon rolls as explained in the instructions below.
Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
- 1 bread mix, Buttermilk White, Sour Cream Potato Rolls, or equal
- 3/4 cup cinnamon chips
- 2 cups (about half a pound) apple pastry filling
- Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x13-inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper. Parchment paper will make it easier to get the rolls out of the pan.
- Mix the bread dough according to package directions. If you use your stand-type mixer, use the dough hook and let it beat for five minutes or until the gluten is developed. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or use a proofing bag and set the dough aside to rise.
- After the dough has risen, fold in the cinnamon chips kneading until the chips are dispersed. Do not knead more than necessary.
- Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rough rectangle on a floured counter with the dough about 1/4-inch thick.
- Spread the pastry filling on dough. Roll the dough into a log with the filling trapped inside. Pinch the seam with your fingers to keep the filling from falling out.
- Cut slices horizontally into 12 rolls. Place the slices in the prepared 9×12-inch pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap or place it in a proofing bag and let the rolls rise until they are doubled in size and very puffy.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until done. The center of the rolls will register 190 degrees with an insta-read thermometer. Times will vary with different pans.
- Immediately loosen the edges from the pan and invert the pan onto a cutting board or rack to remove the rolls and then immediately re-invert the rolls onto a wire rack so that they finish cooling right-side-up. (Remove the rolls immediately, before the sugar starts to set up.)
- Let the rolls cool for five minutes and then frost them.
Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
- 4 ounces of cream cheese, softened.
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon caramel flavoring
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 3 cups granulated sugar or to taste.
Beat the butter, cream cheese, flavor, and sugar together with the whip attachment of your stand-type mixer. Beat the mixture to a consistency of soft frosting just right for spreading, adding a tablespoon or two of milk if necessary.
- Learn more at the “Cinnamon Chip Resource Center.“
- Join us at the “How to Bake Cooking Club.”
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- How to Make Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread! This will tell you how to make it from scratch–when you don’t have a mix.
- Cinnamon Chip Biscuits! Often, we pair cinnamon chips with muffins but try them in biscuits.
- Filled Cinnamon Chip Muffins in Ramekins. This is super fun! Bake them in pretty ramekins and then fill them with apple, peach or other fillings.