[Fall Bucket List] Overnight Caramel Apple Rolls

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Holy deliciousness. I made these (from scratch!) on Saturday for breakfast and they turned out better than I could have ever imagined! (And they re-heated wonderfully for breakfast on Sunday too!)


1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 medium cooking apple, peeled and chopped (1 1/2 cups)(I used 2 smaller Gala apples)

3 to 3 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour or Better for Bread™ bread flour (I used all purpose)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
1 pkg regular or quick active dry yeast
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
3 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I left the nuts out)
2 Tbsp butter or margarine, softened


In medium bowl, mix filling ingredients. 

Set aside. 

In large bowl, mix 1 cup of the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, the salt and yeast.

In 2-qt saucepan, cook 1/2 cup applesauce, 1/4 cup butter and the milk over medium heat, stirring constantly, until very warm (120-130°F). 

Add warm mixture and egg to flour mixture; beat with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. 

Beat on medium speed 2 min. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.

Place dough on lightly floured surface; gently roll in flour to coat. Knead about 5 min or until smooth and springy. 

Place in large greased bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover and let rise in warm place 45-60 min or until double. (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.)

Grease bottom and sides of 13" x 9" pan with shortening (I used Pam cooking spray). Mix brown sugar, 1/2 cup applesauce, 3 Tbsp melted butter and the walnuts in pan; spread evenly.

Gently push fist into dough to deflate. 

Roll dough into 15x12" rectangle. Spread 2 Tbsp softened butter over dough; sprinkle with filling.

Tightly roll up rectangle, beginning at 15" side; pinch edge of dough into roll to seal. Stretch and shape until even. 

 Cut roll into twelve 1" slices. Place slightly apart in pan.

Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hr but no longer than 48 hr.

Before baking, let rolls stand at room temperature 30 minutes (rolls will not rise during this time).
(I took them out before we left for swim and they were out for about an hour instead of the 30 minutes that it suggested and they turned out fine).

Heat oven to 400ºF. Bake 20-25 min or until golden brown. Cool in pan 1 min.
(I cooked for 21 minutes but I think 20 minutes would have been just fine.)

Place heatproof serving platter or tray upside down onto pan; turn platter and pan over. 

 Let stand about 1 min so caramel can drizzle over rolls; remove pan.

Serve warm.

Printable recipe here (from the Betty Crocker website).

Bake these now. Thank me later.


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 Desiree at Macke Monologues | Stephanie at Wife Mommy Me | Elizabeth at Chasin' Mason


  1. Looks delicious! For some reason I've always been intimidated by recipes involving active yeast lol!

  2. hahaha, did Seth take your pictures? Was he like...why are we taking pics of your hands? Or, is that just my husband =)

    I looove them. I love making cinnamon rolls and I always see such fun variations - like a berry one just the other day that sounds amazing, but I can never bring myself to step outside my zone. I adore cinnamon rolls so I'm afraid I'll want those instead of apples and caramel or berries. I'm such a chicken! I also always see the turn them upside down method but have never tried. Maybe I'll do that next. Shoot now I really want cinnamon rolls. I don't think those are my to do list until a few weeks from now. Or something super long. Maybe we'll rearrange. All your fault though.

    What did you do with your leftovers? When I make them we eat cinnamon rolls for a week. Did you share or hoard?

  3. I have been wanting to make some caramel apple cinnamon rolls... maybe I will try this recipe out :)!

  4. Ooo, great recipe! They look super yummy, especially next to that iced coffee :) Feel free to send some over to Wisconsin! :D

  5. Hmmm, you could have sent me some of those in my box o' goodies, they look delicious! Yummy!

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

  6. HECK YES TO THESE!!! they look majorly delicious!!!!

  7. WOW! Those look INSANELY good! Thanks for the link-up :)

  8. Yuuuuuummmmm!!!!! Can't wait to try these out!!!!

  9. These look delicious!!! I've been looking for a new sweet treat and this just may very well be it. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Holy yum! Sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  11. DROOLING!!! I *have* to make these, they look absolutely ahhhh-may-zing!

  12. Hello Liz! How tasty do these look? Holy smokes I 'm going to try these when my Mom is here. "Impress" her with my backing abilities.

  13. I am super impressed! I will definitely have to give these a try!

  14. Dang, go you for making it all from scratch! I have never done that before. I am so intimidated by bread and yeast! I love that you went with apple. I know it is so wrong but I am not a pumpkin flavor fan. However I love me some apple! They look so good. I can taste the warm, soft apples right now. Send me some!


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