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Apple Dumpling Cinnamon Rolls

by Emma on December 27, 2011

in Breakfast

This is what I made Christmas morning. What I love about these cinnamon rolls is they take about 30 minutes to make, including baking time.

Yeah. I know.

In the center of each roll is a bite of baked apple. It’s like a little prize in the center.

Is that weird? Well, whatev. I love sour apples paired with cinnamon and sugar, so I had to add it in. It’s a must.

Apple Dumpling Cinnamon Rolls, makes around 15 small/medium-sized rolls.

Needed: 1 package of puff pastry, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 1 apple.

Thaw out your puff pastry ahead of time, in the refrigerator. Melt your butter and in a separate bowl combine the cinnamon and sugar. Peel, core and chop up your apple into long thin pieces. Roll out puff pastry and brush on melted butter. Sprinkle on cinnamon sugar, add apple slices to one end and roll up into a long log shape. Slice into cinnamon rolls and place on a prepared baking sheet.

Bake at 375 F for 18-22 minutes, until golden brown.

If you want to make a glaze while these are baking, go for it! I  made mine using 1 stick of melted butter and whisking in 1 cup of powder sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Easy, right?

xo. Emma


Ester December 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I’m so going to try this! I just hope I won’t get lost in translation haha
thanks for sharing!

hannahalehandra December 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I love cinnamon buns! I may just have to buy a pack of puff pastry now. Nothing like a winter morning in England with a sweet treat and some Earl Grey tea. Thanks for the idea!

anna December 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm

these look delicious! love that you added apple to them!

vivienne December 27, 2011 at 7:36 pm

What a creative twist on cinnamon buns! plus they look uber delicious…

Deanna December 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Oooh! This looks positively delightful! I think I will venture to try these for tomorrows breakfast. Wish me luck!

{XOXO, Deanna}

Rae Veda December 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Oh my gosh! Those look so so yummy. xo, rv

Chloe December 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Just scrumptious looking!

Georgina December 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm

These look so tasty! I love cinnamon rolls. I am definitely going to try this recipe

Catherine Denton December 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Oh girl…these look so scrumptious! You make it sound easy. And I think the apple in the middle would be a lovely surprise!
Catherine Denton

Charlotteofraises December 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Oh god, I just love Cinnamon Rolls…and never thought about doing them (silly me!!!). It seems so easy with this receipe, thanks to you ;)

debbie December 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm

looks so so good!

Ashlee December 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm

These look SO yummy! I wish I could try these for myself, but I just had my wisdom teeth out a few hours ago! A girl can dream though, right? <3

Julie December 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm

oh my gosh! This recipe just made me so happy! I have to try it!

sarah December 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm

I just wanted to say how refreshing your blog is. It’s beautiful! I love the mix of food, book reviews, pictures… Thanks for the gem.

Chris December 28, 2011 at 12:28 am

What a clever use of puff pastry! Who would’ve thought you could make cinnamon rolls so quickly and I love the idea of the apple tucked inside.

shannon December 28, 2011 at 12:35 am

Not only are those beautiful, but they also look so delicious! Cinnamon rolls are my favorite treat.

Monica @ Soirees & Such December 28, 2011 at 1:54 am

So easy! I love it. I guess you can also freeze it and just pop it in the oven whenever.

Katia December 28, 2011 at 2:52 am

Ouuuu those sound so amaaayzing. Funny because we had Cinnamon rolls for Christmas day too!
Hope you had a lovely lovelyyyy Christmas!

Inna December 28, 2011 at 7:04 am

These look great. Thank you!

Hanna December 28, 2011 at 9:14 am

I’ve always wanted to try cinnamon rolls! And that these take only 30 minutes is even better, thanks for sharing.

Sarah Rooftops December 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

Just… YUM!!! More pastries should have apples added to them. Fact.

DaddyDonnie December 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

You really need to make some of those for………………your Dad!

Vicky December 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Hi! I want to make this too, but I have some problems with the measurements. Can you please tell me these things in grams? 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 stick of melted butter.


ashley December 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm

so i got a bit excited when i saw this recipe! is there a greater combination in the world than cinnamon and apples?! needless to say, i went to the grocery store on my break at work, whipped this up and took them to a movie night with friends yesterday evening. thank you!

Jenn December 30, 2011 at 6:00 am

My husband thanks you for posting this!

Bailey Ana December 30, 2011 at 10:16 am

OK so this is actually the best recipe I’ve ever seen – could it be any easier!! I’m going out right now to get me some apples and get this party started! LOVE LOVE LOVE.


Stephanie January 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Oh my goodness! I just made this recipe for a New Year’s day brunch. I hope I don’t eat them all before my friends get here. Thanks!!

Penelope Lach January 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Okay, I just made these, and they are SO good! The baked apples in the middle make all the difference. My husband had a less-than-satisfactory cinnamon roll when we went out to breakfast a few days ago, and he says he’d be fine if these were the only ones he ever had again! Thanks for all your amazing recipes.

Baily Hollen January 4, 2012 at 3:11 am

Oh my! I want to host a brunch at my house just so I have an excuse to make these lovely rolls. I can only imagine how good the house would smell with these in the oven. Thank you for this lovely recipe!

Millie January 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm

how many grams are in a stick of butter, im from england and we dont have sticks of butter, they look really yummy and i love cinnamon, cant wait to make them!! <3

Victoria February 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Could you post a valentine’s recipe? Something sweet and lovely.
I love what you do!
Thank you :)