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Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Fabulous cinnamon rolls with chunks of apple and salted caramel sauce rolled up inside.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Resting time 3 hours
Total 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 cinnamon rolls
Calories 539 kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • ¾ cup whole milk, 110 degrees F
  • teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoons salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened

For the Filling:

  • cups light brown sugar
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 apple peeled, cored and chopped
  • ¼ cup salted caramel sauce

For the Salted Caramel Icing:

Directions

  1. Make the Dough: Whisk together the milk and yeast in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup (or small bowl) until the yeast dissolves, then whisk in the eggs.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix together the flour, cornstarch, sugar and salt on low speed until combined. With the mixer still on low speed, add the warm milk mixture in a steady stream and mix until the dough comes together, about 1 minute.
  3. Increase the speed to medium and add the butter, one piece at a time, until totally incorporated. Continue to mix until the dough is smooth and comes away from the sides of the bowl, about 10 minutes. If after mixing for 10 minutes the dough is still wet and sticky, add up to another 4 tablespoons of flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. (Be patient with this, as mine took nearly the entire 10 minutes to clear the sides of the bowl and I did not need additional flour.)
  4. Turn the dough onto a clean surface and knead briefly to form a round, smooth ball. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warm, draft-free area and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  5. Make the Filling: In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into an 18-inch square. Using an offset spatula, spread the softened butter over the surface of the dough, leaving a ½-inch border around the edges. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over top, then sprinkle the chopped apple and drizzle with the caramel sauce.
  6.  Beginning with the edge nearest you, roll the dough into a tight cylinder and pinch the seams closed. Using a sharp knife or bench scraper, cut the roll into 12 even pieces. Place the pieces cut-side-up in a greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in size, about 1 hour. (MAKE AHEAD: After placing the rolls in the pan and covering with plastic wrap, you can place the pan in the refrigerator overnight, or up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, remove from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour before proceeding with the next step.)
  7. Bake the Cinnamon Rolls: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the plastic wrap and bake until the cinnamon rolls are a deep golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool while you prepare the icing.
  8. Make the Salted Caramel Icing: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, heavy cream and salted caramel sauce until smooth. Using a small whisk or spoon, drizzle the icing over the cinnamon rolls. Serve warm or at room temperature. Leftovers should be stored tightly wrapped with plastic wrap or in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 539 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 397mg17%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 605IU12%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.