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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

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This Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls recipe can be made in 1 hour, and will send you into caramel apple heaven.

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Oh friends. I have literally been waiting for months to make these. Months and months and months.

But finally, fall and caramel apple season have officially arrived. And so have these Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls.

As Uncle Jesse would say (running fingers through that perfectly swoopy black hair)…

…”have mercy.” 

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I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking on this recipe. But here are 4 quick things you need to know:

1) They are a version of my 1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls recipe.  So in addition to being fabulously decadent and delicious, they can also be on the table in literally a single hour from start to finish. And trust me — they are truly simple and taste just as good as overnight cinnamon rolls!

2) You can use store-bought caramel sauce or homemade.  I’m a little partial to my microwave caramel sauce recipe, which I think beats anything that comes in a jar. But literally any caramel sauce will work for this. If you go store-bought, I would recommend using the jarred caramel sauce that can be found near the ice cream toppings (instead of the dipping sauce), but either will work.

3) You can use any kind of apples. I went with Granny Smith for extra tartness, but soft apples or crispy apples or whatever you’d like will work. I decided to just finely chop my apples with the skin on, but you can also peel them. And if you want a different twist than the little chunks, you can use a vegetable peeler to thinly peel them and lay them out on the butter-cinnamon-sugar surface. Whatever works!

4) Folks, these are rich.  Yep, this recipe falls in the “treat” category, especially if you go with more than less caramel sauce. I am typically a pretty healthy eater, but I’m a big believer of all things (especially decadent desserts) in moderation. So these fall into the special occasion category for me. And let me assure you, I savor every single bite! :)


Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls |

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls |

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls |

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls |

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls |

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls |

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls |

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls |

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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

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  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cinnamon rolls 1x


These caramel apple cinnamon rolls are filled with delicious sweet caramel and tart apples — the perfect combination!



Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 envelope instant or ‘rapid rise’ yeast (approx. 2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 egg

Caramel-Apple-Cinnamon-Sugar Filing Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, (completely) softened
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple, cored and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce, homemade or store-bought


  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce, homemade or store-bought
  • (optional) 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts, pecans or peanuts


To Make The Dough & Filling:

  1. Combine milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for 1 minute, then remove and stir. Continue heating in 20 second intervals, pausing after each to stir, until the butter is melted and the milk is warm to the touch but not hot. If needed, let the milk mixture sit for a few minutes until it is warm but not hot.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (*see note below for an alternative method of making this by hand*) fitted with the dough hook attachment, add 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Stir by hand to combine. Add the egg and milk mixture, and beat on medium-low speed until combined. Add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, beating after each addition until incorporated. When the dough begins to form a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, you have added enough flour. Continue beating for 5 minutes on medium-low speed. Remove the dough hook and cover the dough with a damp towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, begin making your filling by whisking together sugars and cinnamon in a bowl until combined.
  4. When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured work surface. Then use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 14 x 9 inches in size. (If you want all edges to be even, you can use a pizza slicer to cut the dough into a perfect rectangle. Don’t worry about cutting away extra dough — this recipe makes plenty.) Use a knife or pastry spatula to spread the softened butter out evenly over the entire surface of the dough. Then sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Then sprinkle on the finely chopped apples, and drizzle with 1/2 cup caramel sauce.
  5. Beginning at the 14-inch edge, tightly roll up the dough. And then give the final seam a little pinch so that it seals. Use a piece of dental floss* to “cut” off the two ends of the roll (just a centimeter or so) so that they are even. Then cut the remaining dough into 11 or 12 equal pieces. (11 rolls seem to fit in a pie plate, while 12 rolls fit in a rectangular pan.)
  6. (*To cut dough with dental floss, simply break off a piece of floss about 12 inches long. Then very carefully slide the middle of the floss under the dough to the place where you want to “cut”. Then pull the ends of the floss up and cross over the top of the dough. Then give a quick tug to literally cut all the way through the dough. This is the best method for not squishing your dough while cutting it — although the standard knife method still works too.)
  7. Place each of the cut cinnamon rolls into a greased pie plate or 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Then cover again with a damp towel, and leave the dish in a warm place to rise for 25 minutes. (I typically turn on my oven to 200 degrees, then turn it off and place the dish in the oven with the door cracked open. It’s a great option if you don’t have a vent or a warm window nearby.)
  8. When the rolls have risen, uncover the dish. Then place on the center rack of the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until the rolls are golden and cooked through. Remove and let cool on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes. Drizzle with remaining caramel sauce and serve.

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls |

 Also check out the original 1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls recipe!

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe |

And my favorite Microwave Caramel Sauce recipe. YUM.

Microwave Caramel Sauce |

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110 comments on “Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. All the caramel in these is awesome! Yum!!

  2. One of my favorite treats growing up was a green apple covered in sticky, sweet caramel. Sweet memories :) These look delicious!

  3. Gorgeous caramel apple cinnamon rolls, Ali! Have mercy, indeed! Love all that caramel and yeasty cinnamon goodness. Beautiful photography, too Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

  4. Oh com on!! These rolls are just dripping with goodness!! Must make them this weekend!

  5. Holy bonkers mother of pearl these look amazing. All of that caramel and apple goodness in one roll. Drool!

  6. You get the prize for most droolworthy recipe of the week. YUM.

  7. They look absolutely divine! Who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls? I am drooling over these.

  8. I definitely have an hour…guess I know now what to do with it!

  9. These look over-the-top delicious! I’ve had caramel apples on the brain lately.

  10. Can you make these for me next week? Pretty please?

  11. I never thought I’d say this, but these look even better than cinnamon buns! Must make these when I get the chance!

  12. Oh heavens………………………..I want to roll around in a pool of these.

    Ok that sounds gross but I definitely see the need in inviting several people over when making these so I dont eat every last one!!

    Ok, Fall,….you and me. These are happening. SOON.

    Good call, Ali…good call.

  13. I absolutely need these in my life!

  14. Ali!! These are the most gorgeous rolls ever! Must have them in my life :) xoxo

  15. These are just gorgeous Ali! I’ve actually been dying to make a version of Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls too- the flavor combo is just too perfect!

  16. Oh my gosh – look at how PURDY these are!! And one hour? You’re speaking right to my carb-loving heart Ali!

  17. Beautiful photographs and a lovely recipe!

  18. There are not enough words to describe how amazing these look!

  19. 1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls?! With caramel and apples… my heavens.. have mercy is right! I WILL be making these this weekend!

  20. Pinning! And totally making these this weekend!

  21. I adore these. I’m all about some caramel apples!

  22. Yummmeeeeee

  23. Question ~ I do NOT have to share….right?!

  24. Perfection! I’m with Dalila on this – no sharing on this one!

  25. Cinnamon Rolls are my fav! But I think I enjoyed the Uncle Jesse comment even more! I thought I was the only one that repeated Full House quotes, ha!

  26. Oh my gosh I want to dive right into this right now! Apples and caramel are perfect together but in a cinnamon roll…?!? Just wow! xo

  27. This is one of those post where I wish I could stick my finger right through the screen and dip it in the caramel for a taste test.

  28. So many pictures of that ooey gooey caramel!!!! I love it. This recipe is dangerous, in the best kind of way though!

  29. These are the most beautiful rolls I’ve ever seen and the caramel…Ohmygosh. I have GOT to try these!

  30. Have mercy indeed, these rolls look divine!

  31. Oh, my heavens!! These are the most perfect cinnamon rolls ever! Makes me so hungry! :)

  32. These look seriously incredible, I’d have a hard time limiting myself to just a bit…

  33. Too good to be true!

  34. your photography is mindblowing Ali! And the recipe, the caramel, the whole thing – stunning! Wow. Pinned!

  35. Ali, I can’t even handle this right now. Stunning. Just Stunning.

  36. Um what??? These look insane! I can’t wait to look at the recipe for the microwave caramel sauce too!

  37. Haven’t tried these yet, but they look like a sweet poutine!

  38. Oh my gosh, Ali, these look wildly amazing! I literally have scrolled back up to stare at your gorgeous photos 5 times!!! I have to make these.

  39. I’m going to need these and I mean soon!!

  40. Oh my goodness Ali, these look amazing!! I am going to have to find some time soon to make these. I just decided I needed to start eating healthier but these just might have to throw that “diet” plan out the window.

  41. I am totally dying – I need these in my life!!

  42. So happy to find your blog,
    your recipes are delicious with beautiful pics!

  43. I don’t own a microwave, can your caramel sauce be made on the stove top?

  44. oh my gosh the caramel on top of these cinnamon rolls looks like serious heaven. Plus, I usually only like apple desserts when they have caramel with them so I think I would love these!

  45. Mmmmm…my stomach is growling at me! This looks SO delicious!

  46. LOVE. These look so decadent and delicious – I need to make these!