Today I am partnering with Musselman’s to bring you the recipe for these amazing Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls. It’s like having a warm bite of fall for breakfast.
It’s supposed to be fall here. Remember how I talked about how excited I was for the chilly weather, the changing leaves, and wearing sweatshirts?
The weather is not cooperating with my desire to be cold and have a cozy sweatshirt on. There were a few days this week when we had the windows open all night long and the house was chilly in the morning, so I got a little too excited and pulled out the sweatshirts. Both days when I was sitting in the pick up line for school…in the 80* heat…I was seriously regretting my clothing choice. Never mind that I did that two days in a row. I finally got smart to the fact that we are in the middle of a heat wave, and I wore a t-shirt to our son’s soccer game yesterday. An hour and a half of sitting in the sun with a sweatshirt would have definitely distracted me from the game.
Until our weather decides to cooperate with the calendar, I will just dream of all things fall. I have fall candles burning in my house, pumpkin decorations in my living room, apple butter in my rolls…and the air conditioner cranked to a nice chilly 72*. Take that summer…I can beat you at this game.
I was excited when Musselman’s contacted me again to create an apple butter spin on a classic recipe. I remember growing up eating apple butter on toast when I was little. Warm bread coated in melted butter and spicy apple butter is definitely a breakfast to get excited about. I just can’t get enough of that stuff!
Apple butter is applesauce that has been slowly cooked down into a caramelized thick spread. The smell while it is cooking is absolutely amazing. It will fill your house with a spicy apple orchard kind of a feeling.
I do love to eat apple butter and toast, but I also love to bake with it. Last year I made this Apple Butter Cake that I am thinking needs to happen again with my leftover jar of apple butter.
When I was trying to decide on what sweet treat I wanted to share with you that was full of apple butter taste, I kept thinking about the classic cinnamon roll. I decided to use my recipe for these Mocha Chip Cinnamon Rolls and change it up with apple butter. This easy no yeast dough can be made, rolled, and baked in about 40 minutes. That’s what I like to hear when I am craving cinnamon rolls.
I cut back on the amount of butter milk in the recipe and substituted apple butter. I wanted these rolls to have apple butter shining through in every element.
Pat the dough out on your counter or table. Now the dough is going to be sticky, but don’t worry. Keep a layer of flour between the dough and your work space. Go ahead and knead the dough with some flour just to make it workable. Now pat the dough out with your hands to form a 10×14 rectangle, trying to keep it as even as possible all over.
Time to add some more apple butter. You are going to spread a layer of apple butter over the dough, making sure not to go all the way to the edges. Sprinkle that with some more sugar and cinnamon. Usually I use more for my filling, but I knew that I didn’t want to overwhelm the apple butter.
Are you ready for the fun part? Start to roll up the dough from the shortest side. It will stick to your counter, so use a butter knife to gently loosen it as you go. I usually cut the very end of the cinnamon roll log off to make it even. Cut the roll into 9 even pieces and place them in an 8×8 pan that has a thin layer of butter in the bottom.
20 minutes in the oven and these rolls will be a nice golden brown. Pull the pan out to cool slightly while you make the apple butter glaze. I told you I wanted these rolls to be full of apple butter goodness I would say I accomplished that by having apple butter in all three elements of these cinnamon rolls.
Who else is ready for chilly weather and apple butter on everything?
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*BruCrew Life was sent a jar of apple butter and compensated to develop a recipe for Musselman’s. All opinions in this post are 100% my own.