A pan of these easy Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls makes a great breakfast or afternoon snack. It's like having a warm bite of fall on a plate.
*I am partnering with Musselman's this fall. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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 Cinnamon Rolls in my oven, and the air conditioner cranked to a nice chilly 72 degrees.
Take that summer. I can beat you at this game.
This fall 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.
These easy cinnamon rolls can be made, rolled, and baked in about 40 minutes. That's what I like to hear when I am craving homemade cinnamon rolls.
How to make Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls
I cut back on the 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.
Pat the dough out with your hands to form a 10x14 rectangle, trying to keep it as even as possible all over.
Time to add some more apple butter. Spread a layer of apple butter over the dough, making sure not to go all the way to the edges.
Sprinkle that with a little bit of sugar and cinnamon. Usually I use more for my filling, but I knew that I didn't want to overwhelm the apple butter.
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. Cut the roll into 9 even pieces and place them in a pan that has a thin layer of melted 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?
More Uses for Apple Butter
- Glazed Apple Butter Shortbread Bars
- Apple Butter Crumble Cake
- Baked Apple Butter Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
- Frosted Cranberry Apple Butter Bars
- Apple Butter Oatmeal Bars
*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.
The flour in this recipe is way off. I had to add at least one more cup before my dough was even close to manageable!! Anyways, do love the whole concept of these and I'll be eating one in a bit with the applebutter cream cheese glaze! Can't wait 🙂
No, the recipe is correct. I only add 2 1/2 cups of flour to the dough. I did mention in the instructions that it would be sticky, but by keeping flour down on the counter and on your hands, it rolls out just fine. I'm nervous that yours will be very heavy and floury tasting with that much extra flour in the dough. Keep me posted on how they are.
They are not heavy at all. In fact, they are very tender and light. I used the dough hook on my kitchen aid and didn't knead anything with my hands. So it absolutely needed another 3/4ish about of flour to even get it to manageable roll out stage. It was even still sticky after adding the 3/4 or so extra of flour that I added. I also cut the powdered sugar down by half in the glaze. They turned out delicious with these changes.
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!
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!
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!
Samantha @ Five Heart Home
I've never had apple-y cinnamon rolls, but these sound perfect, Jocelyn! And I love that they can be made so quickly. Maybe if we all keep baking with pumpkin and apples, fall will eventually decide to stick around (it's still hot here, too)!
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????