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Bite Me Monday: Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Happy Monday!  Here in Central Indiana, the temperatures are already starting to drop and you can feel fall coming in the crisp mornings.  And you know what fall means, right?! S’mores, pumpkins, and apples! Let’s kick off fall with a delicious breakfast recipe: Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls from the Little Spice Jar!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Supplies Needed

Central is here to make this recipe even more simple! Here’s exactly what supplies you’ll need:


  • Dough Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup salted butter or clarified butter (ghee)
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used cow’s milk)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 1/4 – 3 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 envelope ‘rapid rise’ or instant yeast (approx. 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 tablespoons powdered milk
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • Caramel Apple + Cinnamon Sugar FIlling:
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 5 tablespoons [b]salted[/b] butter, softened
  • 1 large granny smith, cored and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 3/4 cup caramel sauce


To make the cinnamon roll dough:
  1. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk, water, and butter. Heat on high for 1 minute, remove and stir. Continue to heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until the butter melts and the milk is warm. If the milk is hot, allow the mixture to sit on the counter for a few minutes. You want it to be warm to the touch before you proceed.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, add 3 cups of flour, sugar, salt, powdered milk, and the yeast. Add the warm milk mixture and the egg. Beat on medium-low speed to combine. If the dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl, add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough begins to pull away from the sides and form a ball. I needed the entire 3/4 cup for my dough. Continue running the dough in the machine for another 5 minutes on the medium-low speed setting. Remove dough from hook and cover with dough (just the doughs surface) with plastic wrap. Let dough rest for 10-15 minutes.
To make the cinnamon brown sugar:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon and ground nutmeg until combined.
To make the caramel apple cinnamon rolls:
  1. When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. With a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough into a 14×10 inch rectangle. (you can trim the edges with a pizza cutter if you want the dough to be a perfect rectangle). Using a small spatula, spread the softened butter out evenly over the entire surface of the dough. Sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon brown sugar mixture. Top with apple and pecan pieces. Drizzle 1/2 cup of caramel sauce on top. Roll up the dough tightly, cut into 12 even pieces and place in a lightly greased 9-inch round or 13 x 9 rectangle pan*. I used dental floss to cut my cinnamon rolls, it’s easier than using a knife.
  2. Loosely cover the rolls with a towel and allow to rise in a warm, dark place for 20-25 minutes. If you have the time, allow them to sit for 35 minutes, that’s even better. [b]Here’s a tip:[/b] heat a 200 F degree oven, Turn the oven OFF and place the rolls inside oven and allow them to rise. It’s the perfect little trick to get them to rise in 20 minutes.
  3. When dough has risen, uncover the dish. Place a rack near the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the caramel apple cinnamon rolls for 15-18 minutes or until the rolls are golden and cooked through. Remove and let cool on a wire cooling rack for 5 – 10 minutes. Drizzle with the remaining caramel sauce and serve warm. Serve with additional caramel sauce or powdered sugar.


If you bake these cinnamon rolls in a 9-inch round pie pan only 11 of the rolls will fit. 12 rolls fit in a 13 x 9 rectangle pan. Also, you can bake these in muffin pans to get individual caramel apple cinnamon rolls.
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Serves: 12 cinnamon rolls
Enjoy! Check back next week for another bite worthy recipe!

Spice Up Your Fall Menu: Apple Recipes!

Fall is one of our favorite times of the year! From the beautiful leaves and fun seasonal recipes, there are endless possibilities for your restaurant! Apples are one of the most versatile produce items this time of year. And did you know that October is National Apple month? From breakfast, snacks, desserts and drinks – we rounded up the best of the best for you to celebrate throughout the month and to encourage customers to be regulars in no time!


You know what they say – breakfast is the most important meal of the day! And who doesn’t love breakfast?! These breakfast apple recipes are one of a kind and will give your customers another reason to come back tomorrow!

apple pie pancakes

via AverieCooks.com


apple french toast

via LemonTreeDwelling.com


Fall season begins the time of endless, delicious desserts! Customers are searching for the perfect savory, but refreshing desserts and apples give this perfect combination! Mix it up and offer a variety of these sweet treats – they’re sure to be crowd favorites!

apple crisp stuffed baked apples

via Life-In-The-Lofthouse.com


apple fries

via FavFamilyRecipes.com


caramel apple cheesecake bars

via SugarApron.com


apple shortbread bars

via SoberJulie.com


apple oatmeal cookies

via LiveWellBakeOften.com

apple crisp

via TastesBetterFromScratch.com


Are your customers looking for delicious drinks rather in food? Try serving up these classics with a twist of apple!

caramel apple sangria

via TheWholesomeDish.com


apple cide floats

via DomesticallyBeautiful.com