Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls

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.

Three times the apple butter makes these warm cinnamon rolls a delicious breakfast treat.

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 excitedand 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.   
These easy no yeast cinnamon rolls are filled with apple butter. Ready in under an hour!
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.

Adding apple butter to these easy cinnamon rolls makes them disappear in a hurry!  They are ready in under an hour!
I was so 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!

Musselman's Apple Butter

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.

Having three times the apple butter in these cinnamon rolls makes them a delicious breakfast any time of year!

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 a 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?

Apple butter and cinnamon sugar takes these easy cinnamon rolls over the top!  Perfect fall breakfast!

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Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 9 rolls

Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Apple butter is put into all three components of this easy no yeast cinnamon rolls. 45 minutes from start to finish and you can be enjoying a fall twist to the classic roll.


For the Dough
2 1/2 cups flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup Musselman's Apple Butter
5 Tablespoons melted butter, divided
For the Filling
6 Tablespoons Musselman's Apple Butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the Glaze
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons Musselman's Apple Butter


  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Create a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk, apple butter, and 4 Tablespoons melted butter. Slowly beat on low with a mixer until a soft dough forms. You can also use a fork.
  2. Place the dough ball on a floured surface and knead a few times to make the dough more manageable. The dough is very sticky. Pat out to form a 10x14 rectangle, making sure to keep flour underneath and to keep it evenly patted out.
  3. Spread the apple butter over the dough, making sure to not go all the way to the edges. Mix together the brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon and sprinkle over the apple butter.
  4. Gently and slowly start to roll up from the shortest side. The dough may stick to your work surface, so use a butter knife to gently loosen the dough as you roll. Cut a very small piece of each end to even it up. Cut the dough roll into 9 even pieces.
  5. Place the rolls cut side down into an 10x10 pan that has been coated with 1 Tablespoon melted butter. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  6. Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and apple butter until creamy. Spread over the slightly cooled rolls. Serve immediately. Keep uneaten rolls refrigerated. Can be warmed in the microwave for 30-40 seconds to eat the next day. Makes 9 cinnamon rolls.

These easy cinnamon rolls have three times the apple butter in them. Perfect breakfast treat!


*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.

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  1. says

    We had 80 degree weather, too … so disappointing when you are wearing a sweatshirt. Oh, well, soon it will be cool and breezy, right? And then I can eat these cinnamon rolls without the AC, right? :) They look delicious (I have no self control with cinnamon rolls) and all these apple butter recipes are going to force me to buy apple butter … it sounds like fall in a jar!
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  2. says

    Seriously, why can’t summer grow up and leave already – we’ve al been so patient for Fall! Apple and pumpkin treats taste better when you are wearing a sweater: it’s a well-known fact. BUT I bet these apple butter cinnamon rolls taste delicious no matter what time of year! Woo for apple butter! 😀
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  3. says

    I have some of that very same apple butter in my fridge right now … my kids love it …. & these do look really good …. but I am DROOLING over that dish!!!! POLKA DOTS!!!! I love it, where ever did you get it????
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  4. Megan M. says

    Could these be made a day ahead and refrigerated? I’m thinking they would be perfect for Christmas morning…I can just imagine how good the house would smell as we’re opening presents!

    • says

      Yes, these are still great the next day. I actually always make them a day ahead because I’m not really a morning person. Just pop each one in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds and they are perfect!

  5. says

    I love apple butter – literally it is my thing. I have the best memories of homemade apple butter from my grandpa! I can’t wait to try his recipe with these rolls. Pinned! SU!


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