Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Mini Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls! Imagine serving cinnamon rolls from scratch on Christmas morning, filled with tangy spiced apples and topped with a rich caramel glaze. These babies will make everyone at the table just a little more jolly!

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If you haven’t already, it’s time to plan your menu and grocery list for the big week ahead!

I usually think about what I’m going to serve on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for weeks in advance. Yet when it comes to other holiday meals, I tend to forget about them until the last minute.


This year, let’s not forget to plan something really special for Christmas morning.

A make-ahead french toast breakfast bake, perhaps. Or maybe savory breakfast scones and frittata. Or even a big chocolate cinnamon bread wreath would be a nice touch.

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Or why not try your hand at making cinnamon rolls from scratch!

My Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls are a huge hit with friends and family. Plus they are mini, so you can allow the little guys to have more than one and won’t be worried about tummy aches later in the day.

…at least not from these.

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Truly, cinnamon rolls are the perfect platform for caramel apple flavor.

I simply made my pillowy cinnamon roll as I usually do, then sauteed some tart granny smith apples in butter, brown sugar, and of course cinnamon.

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To make cinnamon rolls mini, simply cut the dough into 3 equal pieces before rolling it out.

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Then roll each piece out, and slather with spiced apple filling.

All the sugar, butter, and spices needed are in the filling, so you don’t have to mess with spreading butter on soft dough like in traditional cinnamon roll recipes.

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It’s a little messy, but worth the gooey fingers in the end.

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See all the spiced apples peeping out?

Let the rolls rise for a few minutes while the oven is preheating, then bake and slather with a quick caramel glaze.

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Want to make Mini Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls ahead of time? No problem.

Follow the recipe below up to the point of popping them in the oven. Stop there and wrap the unbaked cinnamon rolls well, then freeze. The night before baking, allow them to thaw most of the way, then put in the fridge until morning. In the morning, bake and glaze!

You could also freeze the rolls, fully baked but unglazed. Later thaw them out, warm them in the oven for 5-10 minutes, and glaze them while warm.

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There’s so much to love in each tiny roll!

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As if Mini Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls weren’t fun enough…

Make sure to serve them on festive Christmas plates, like these Q Squared Winter’s Eve Plates!

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Q Squared dishes are perfect for holiday entertaining because they are affordable, safe and sturdy (made of non-petroleum based Melamine that is crack resistant) and come in many fabulous styles that you would ordinarily only find in high-end china.

Make sure to check out other Q Squared styles!

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10 comments on “Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

  1. [email protected]posted December 19, 2014 at 7:15 am Reply

    Say What? Your killing me here. I have to make this asap!

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted December 19, 2014 at 7:15 am Reply

    I officially want these on Christmas morning sooooo bad!! Love this recipe!

  3. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted December 19, 2014 at 9:19 am Reply

    Ooooooo, so yummy!!

    Rating: 5
  4. Heather christoposted December 19, 2014 at 8:56 am Reply

    couldn’t be a more delicious combo!!

  5. Mariaposted December 19, 2014 at 3:06 pm Reply

    The perfect treat for Christmas morning!

    Rating: 5
  6. Tinaposted January 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm Reply

    Oh my, my family will flip for these. Looks like a perfect Sunday treat.

  7. Nayaposted January 25, 2015 at 3:22 pm Reply

    I tried them , very delicious and very easy to make. I found it easier to separate the dry ingredients from the wet ingredients( milk , butter, eggs) . They are a real hit!

    Rating: 5
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  9. Noeliaposted October 21, 2015 at 11:19 am Reply


    This recipe looks amazing. I want to try and make it but before I wanted to know at what altitude you made this. I’m in Mexico City, which altitude is +7,000ft, and don’t know if need to make any adjustments.

    Thanks much!

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