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Crockpot Yeast Rolls Recipe with Apple Butter

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This easy yeast rolls recipe is my favorite variety of crockpot bread, with a rich sweet flavor and moist tender texture. Just the kind of rolls you want to serve on Thanksgiving!
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Crockpot Yeast Rolls Recipe with Apple Butter

Yep, you read that right. Yeast Rolls. Made with apple butter. In a slow cooker.

Let me backtrack for a moment…

Hi, my name is Sommer and I’m a bread burner.

It’s been 3 weeks since I last burned a baguette and scraped the black crumby evidence into the kitchen sink…

What, you think just because I create recipes for a living I never struggle in the kitchen?

I’ve burned bread my whole life. I can’t even prepare a proper piece of toast without having one of the kids stand over the toaster for me with wooden tongs in hand.

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Slow Cooker Bread

I’m going to blame it on my mother. Bread-burning runs in the family.

My mother is an amazing cook. She was my first inspiration and mentor in the kitchen, and has taught me many things over the years.

But, my mother burns bread.

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Among all the useful kitchen tips I’ve learned from her, I also indirectly learned that bread is the least important element in a meal. Therefore, you pop it in the oven and never look back.

That is, until you smell the dark char wafting from the oven.

This is how I was raised and this is how I’ve always treated bread.

Until I discovered crockpot bread.

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Crockpot Bread

Crockpot bread has changed my whole perspective on bread baking.

No, it’s not the most glamorous bread, with a glossary top and crispy crust, but it’s almost impossible to burn and it stays extremely moist.

Because crockpot bread is cooked on low heat in a slow cooker, the bottom develops color and crust and the rest of the bread is steamed to perfection.

This apple butter yeast rolls recipe is one of my favorite varieties of crockpot bread. It’s slightly sweet with a deep apple flavor and the little yeast rolls stay so soft and moist, they are impossible to resist.

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Apple Butter Yeast Rolls Recipe

Yes, this apple butter yeast rolls recipe takes much longer to bake in a slow cooker than in the oven, but if you are like me (a notorious bread burner) it’s worth the extra time.

You can casually check the yeast rolls whenever you get around to it, knowing that extra few minutes is not going to ruin the whole bread baking endeavor.

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Easy Recipe For Yeast Rolls

Another reason to make your apple butter yeast rolls in a slow cooker is to save room in the oven for other dishes.

Thanksgiving would be a great time to try this yeast rolls recipe. While your turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and casseroles are hogging the oven, your sweet little yeast rolls will be steaming away on the counter top, without fear of burning.

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Crockpot bread has been a revelation for me.

If you’ve never tried it, this apple butter yeast rolls recipe is the perfect place to start!

Ingredients For Slow Cooker Yeast Rolls

  • Dry active yeast – To create the lifting in the dough, so the rolls are light and tender.
  • Warm water – To activat the yeast. Make sure the water is just above room temperature… If it’s too hot, it will kill the yeast.
  • Sugar – To feed the yeast and help it grow.
  • Apple butter – To offer rich flavor and a moist texture to the yeast rolls.
  • Egg – For binding.
  • Salt – All baked goods need a little salt.
  • Bread flour – To create structure in the dough.
  • Melted butter – For the tops of the rolls.
  • Brown sugar – To make the tops of the rolls glisten!

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Crockpot Yeast Rolls Recipe with Apple Butter

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
These Slow Cooker Apple Butter Yeast Rolls make a great crockpot bread recipe.
Servings: 24 rolls



  • Using an electric mixer with a bread hook, place the warm water (just barely over luke-warm, too hot will kill the yeast) and sugar in the mixing bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it foam for 10 minutes.
  • Then turn on the mixer and add the apple butter, egg and salt. Slowly add the flour. Once all the flour is in the bowl, add the melted butter. "Knead" the dough with the bread hook for 5-8 minutes.
  • The dough will be smooth, but very tacky. Dump it out onto a floured work surface. Using a floured knife, cut the dough into 4 quarters. Then cut each quarter into 6 equal pieces, to make 24 small dough segments.
  • Turn the ends of each dough segment under to create little balls. Then place a large piece of parchment paper in a 6-quart slow cooker, and press down. Arrange 12 dough balls in the slow cooker. Then carefully lift the parchment paper out, and repeat with the remaining dough balls and another piece of parchment, creating two separate batches. Place the lid on the crockpot and cover the additional dough balls on the counter, with plastic wrap. Allow them to rise for 1 hour at room temperature. *At this point the dough balls could be put in the fridge for up to a week, until ready to bake.
  • Sprinkle the rolls with a little brown sugar. Turn the slow cooker on high and "bake" for 60-90 minutes, depending on your crockpot. To test, touch the top of the rolls. If they feel slightly firm and are no longer tacky, the rolls are ready. Repeat with the second batch of dough balls. Each batch will cook for 60-90 minutes, 3 hrs total.


Serving: 1roll, Calories: 118kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 167mg, Potassium: 41mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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135 comments on “Crockpot Yeast Rolls Recipe with Apple Butter”

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  2. Do you cook/bake the rolls with the parchment paper in the crockpot?

  3. Could you make the dough in a bread machine ?

  4. Would it be possible to stack both batches and cook together, on low? (Or at least cook one batch on low?)
    I really want these as part of our Thanksgiving feast, but I won’t be home in time to do both batches before the gang arrives for dinner.

  5. Do these rolls freeze well?

  6. I tried this today and it was easy least! The pull-apart rolls turned out great, light and fluffy. Thanks for sharing!

  7. The rolls sound very good, and I will try them very soon

  8. Loved it

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  11. I tried this recipe and the dough was insanely stiff. My measurements were right. Any advice?

  12. I live alone, can this recipe be cut in half? I could never eat 24 of thesse before they ruin.

  13. Does this recipe work at high altitude?

    • Hi Helen,

      Honestly, I’ve never tried slow cooker baking at high altitude. Maybe someone in our online community can chime in? What I do know it that when baking in the oven at high altitudes you usually add 1 tablespoon more flour per cup, so I would definitely do that.

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  20. Since I have been making butters these past 2 weeks – apple butter, sweet potato butter, and peach butter – I just might have to try these with each of the butters. My son will think he died and went to heaven. <

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  27. This is a weird question, considering the recipe is for crock-pot bread. Had anyone tried baking this bread in the oven? I have to ask because the one thing I don’t have on holidays is the crock-pot, the fabulous bashed beans go in there. Though I could just bake the rolls the day before, and stick them in the oven to warn them up.

    Ignore me, it’s late and snowing, I’ve so got to try these rolls.

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  31. I followed the steps and my ball is crumbing and not smoothed what I’m I doing wrong thank you

    • Hi Floyd, Sounds like a moisture issue… sometimes ingredients like butter or apple butter vary in moisture level. I’d add a itty bitty bit of water to soften the dough.

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  33. Tried this recipe 3 times and failed all 3 times. Dough was always dense and borderline dry. Never the described (or pictured) “tacky. Cut rolls never rose much and bake time was beyond 90 mins. Very disappointed.

    • That definitely happened to me on my first batch. 4 cups is a lot of flour. On my second batch I sifted the flour into the measuring cup and it came out properly tacky.

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  35. These are fantastic! They have a subtle sweet and spicy apple flavor that goes well with pretty much anything. I did notice that my crockpot seemed to cook a little unevenly so that some of the rolls got a little too dark while some were a little doughy. To make up for this on the second batch I just made sure to rotate the rolls part way through cooking.

  36. I am going to try these but quick question. Do you let them rise for 1 hour before you bake in crockpot?

  37. Can these be done in the oven? I’d love to make them for thanksgiving.

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  40. I am absolutely trying this, just on Facebook too, I think everyone will love this idea!!

  41. These look great! How would you suggest reheating the first batch if you want to serve both batches together?

  42. Hey Sommer! Do you think these would work using an all purpose gluten free flour or bread mix?

    • Mmm, not sure. It would be worth a try! Sorry I’m not more helpful–I’m not well versed in gluten free baking.

      • Thanks, Sommer! I think I might give it a try. I’m not very well versed in gluten free baking either, but am trying to learn. I also have tons of pear-apple butter that I made using fresh pears I picked from my family’s farm, so I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to use it.

        Also, not sure if you remember me, but we worked together when I was at the Zimmerman agency and the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville was my client.

        I’m no longer at the agency, but I’ve continued to follow your blog and it’s become one of my absolute favorites. I’m even making a couple of your recipes for this coming Thanksgiving!

        Thanks again for your response!

      • Awesome! Thanks for reaching out and for the kind words. Let me know how the recipes turn out. :)

    • Mycah, I have never read this blog before but noticed your post concerning GLUTEN free bread and saw Asheville, NC. My Fiancé is about to put his Asheville home on the market and move here South of Memphis and we are considering opening a Gluten Free Restaurant! That I hope will go Nationwide with Franchisees. His home is less than two miles from Grand Bohemian … in case you know anyone in the area looking for an older home in an older neighborhood.

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  44. I love baking in my crock pot- bread, brownies, pie crust, caramel- It has opened a whole new world for me. Love your recipe- I will be giving it a go probably today. :)

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  50. Wow! These look and sound amazing. I’ve never thought to make bread in a crockpot. I just made pretzel rolls the other day and they were excellent. I’ve never been a bread baker either. i will have to try these crockpot rolls. Yum!

  51. Can these be made without the apple butter? I love the sound of yeast rolls, but would prefer they not have the apple flavoring. Can that ingredient just be eliminated, or could something else be substituted? For example, what about something like thinned mashed potatoes, for potato bread flavor?

    • Elaine, don’t know if you’ve gotten an answer, but I suspect that thinned mashed potatoes would work, canned pumpkin, mashed sweet potato (thinned a bit), you could go with a Hawaiian roll style and use pineapple puree and honey instead of sugar…I think this is a great recipe to experiment with. I know you wrote your question about a year ago, did you try something else and how did they turn out if you did?

  52. In process of trying these, but I am sure they are not going to work as there is no liquid .
    Think they sound good, and I have made a yeast bread in slow cooker no problem.
    Anyone know how much liquid should have been used.

  53. Hi what can I use instead of apple butter, dont think we have something like that in South Africa, or at least not that I am aware of. Thanks

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  56. I need recipes for low carb, gluten free crock pot bread!

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  58. I have a low and high choice on my crockpot. Which one should I use?

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  60. I have an old roaster from my husbands grandma big enough to cook all of these at once. Do you think I should use more of the oven method or crockpot method?

    • Gosh, I’ve never used a roaster like that! If you can set the temperature really low, I’d go with the crockpot method, just to be safe.

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  62. Yum, yum and one more…YUM!

  63. Um… This is awesome!! I’ve heard of crockpot bread but I don’t know why I didn’t pay much attention to it. But these rolls look awesome! I think I need to try bread in the crockpot now :D I also love the apple butter in these – I’m on such an apple butter kick!

  64. Great recipe. I’m so pinning this.

  65. I stumbled upon this post after visiting for Faith’s book launch. Love it! Your post brought back memories of how I burned the biscuits that my hubby was going to use in his stuffing last Thanksgiving. I put them in the oven, then promptly forgot about them. Until I smelled the black char. I have homemade apple butter… I think I need to make these for Thanksgiving. I am sure they will be a million times better than King’s Hawaiian Rolls my hubby normally buys.

  66. I enjoy these recipes however I do not eat meat neither meat prodcuts such as eggs. Is there any other ingredient that can be used to replace the egg?

  67. I had no idea you could bake rolls in a crockpot, what an amazing way to make bread!

  68. What a clever idea – I would never think to bake bread in a crockpot!

  69. Love my Crock-Pot, but I’ve never attempted bread in it. These sound so yummy!

  70. I saw this on Pinterest and I knew it had to be yours! These rolls look so delicious – can’t wait to give them a try!

  71. These rolls look like heaven, I love the apple butter!

  72. This, my friend, is BRILLIANT!! We are going to try this with the Porter peach butter we have in our fridge … yum yum YUM!

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  74. Sommer this is genius! Crockpot, the fact that they’re wheat and still rose up like little champs, the apple butter – the whole thing is great! Pinning!

  75. Looks awesome, Sommer!! Perfect for Fall dinners too. :)

  76. Holy cow! I need to make these ASAP!

  77. These look incredible!! In a crock pot??

  78. what a super cool and creative idea!!

  79. Oh, these sound good! I do a pumpernickel loaf in a slow cooker but that’s the only bread I’ve tried. My mom’s old crockpot actually has a cake/quick bread insert pan with a little leaflet of recipes but I’ve never actually tried any of them. Can’t wait to try these!

  80. Do you realize how dangerous this is for me? I have to try this!!! I LOVE bread!!

  81. This is so intriguing! Must try.

  82. Your inherited bread-burning story made me laugh — looks like you’ve found the perfect solution!

  83. Stupid question…is there a way to mix the dough without the mixer? I am a beginner when it comes to the kitchen and haven’t had the money to buy a mixer yet. I just have the old hand mixer in the cabinet. :-(

    • Christy, I don’t have a mixer with a dough hook either. I use a wooden spoon to mix bread dough and then knead it on the counter (with some flour sprinkled on it.)

  84. What a great idea for those days you don’t have time to sit around babysitting bread!

  85. I didn’t know you could bake in a slow cooker! This is too cool. Sending it to my sis to try, too. :)

  86. I think it’s so amazing that this can be made in the slow cooker. Who would’ve thought?! And since we’re being honest here, I’m a cheesecake cracker. Every single time I bake a cheesecake, there are cracks in it. It’s the worst!

    • Chung-Ah

      There are a few reasons why your cheesecakes might crack:

      Overmixing the batter: when you add the aggs and sour cream, if using, mix gently only until you can no longer see them.

      Not loosening the cake around the sides: when you take the cheesecake out of the oven, let it cool for 5-10 minutes then run a knife around the sides to loosen it.

      Taking it out of the oven too quickly: when the cake is finished baking, turn of the oven and let the cake stay there with the door open for 5 minutes.

      Good luck-I hope that helps

  87. Goodness…these sound heavenly! I’ve never make rolls in a crockpot and I can’t wait to try. I don’t have a slow cooker until a week ago. I know I know….quite hard to believe but it’s true. I’m so glad I got one now which makes my life much easier. Can’t wait to make these beauties. ;)

  88. Do you think these could be made in a dutch oven on the stove top or could you bake them in the regular oven for a shorter period of time?

  89. I did not realize that you could make rolls in the slow-cooker. Amazing. I am going to have to try this.

  90. Love this idea! Perfect for Thanksgiving!

  91. Rolls in the crock pot?! I need to try this!

  92. So excited to try this, wow.

  93. What a neat idea! Love all breads and this one sounds yummy!

  94. Bread in a crockpot?! Wow! Now, I am a huge fan of my slow cooker, but this is something that I haven’t tried. Awesome!

  95. Gorgeous pictures and what a fantastic idea!! So beautiful and no burnt! Yay!

  96. Brilliant! And the timing is dead on for Thanksgiving planning.

  97. Slow Cooker Apple Butter Rolls. How can these not be good? I have avoided buying a bread maker for fear of getting … bigger! Now I have to toss out my slow cooker .. these look too good to not make all the time!!

  98. My mind has been blown. Bread in the crockpot? I want to try it just to see if it works!

  99. oh honey. this is so very dangerous when i’m trying to cut down on carbs.

    oh well :)

  100. Crockpot bread is genius! Why have I never done this. And the apple butter is perfect. I love this Sommer!

  101. What a fabulous idea and I would not have thought to add apple butter to the bread dough, I love it!

  102. What a terrific post and tutorial! So interesting, bread made with apple butter, thanks for sharing! ~ Melissa

  103. NO WAY. Crockpot bread?!?! I have to try this.

  104. Whoa! YOu can make rolls in a slow cooker? Where the hell have I been???

  105. What a great idea to bake rolls in the crockpot! I love these!

  106. This is a brilliant recipe, and I’m dying to try it this weekend with my homemade persimmon butter. I don’t quite understand the instructions, though… are there 2 layers of dough, separated by parchment? Do you leave the plastic wrap on the rolls when you put them in the slow cooker? Do you put the dough balls in the crockpot while it’s still cold, or do you warm it up first and then add the dough? Does it matter?

    • Hey Andi, sorry about that.

      Let me clarify: You split the dough, 12 balls each on 2 pieces of parchment, then slow-cook one bath at a time. The plastic wrap is simply to keep the second batch moist while the first batch in baking. They should be room-temp when you put them in the crockpot. Does that make sense?

      • These look so good! Question – do you cook the rolls in the crock pot with the parchment paper still under them?

      • Yep! That way, they don’t stick to the bottom.

      • Um, this still doesn’t make sense. If the slow-cooker isn’t turned on, I don’t see the advantage of letting these rise inside the slow-cooker vs the second batch rising while sitting on the counter “waiting” for its turn to rise in the slow-cooker. Why not just let them rise on the counter, then put 12 on parchment in the slow-cooker to bake?

        Sorry for my confusion but I’m a left-brained guy, so have 2 disabilities affecting me. :-)

      • Do u think it’s possible to add pureed sweet potatoes instead of apple butter? I’m not much of a cook I was wondering if that would work??

      • Hi Molly. You know, I believe it would work! Let me know if you give it a try. :)

      • Going to try! I want to do this for Thanksgiving and about to give it a test run. Will let y’all know!

      • Do you let the first batch rise for an hour before cooking it in the crock pot?

      • Hi Brooke, That’s exactly right!