Apple-Cinnamon Rolls W/ Cream Cheese Frosting

Perhaps you could forget about making fruitcake this year and make cinnamon rolls instead? I believe cinnamon rolls would be a nice food item to give out to family, friends, and neighbors for Christmas. That’s what I did last year. It’s delicious for breakfast with a cup of coffee before or after opening the gifts in the Christmas morning. You can either make the regular cinnamon rolls or add a twist by putting chocolate chips, or peach marmalade. Or literally twist the cinnamon roll idea by making twisted cinnamon bread. Add to your list this apple-cinnamon rolls. My family prefers the peach marmalade though over this apple version but it’s not that bad and if you like apples with cinnamon then this would be a treat for you and your loved ones.

Apple-Cinnamon Rolls



  • 1 packet dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 5 1/2 cups flour + extra
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • oil spray for the baking pan (or extra vegetable oil)


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 tbsp powdered cinnamon
  • generous sprinkling of sugar
  • generous sprinkling of powdered cinnamon
  • 2 sticks butter


  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups confectionery sugar
  • 1 brick cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and vegetable oil. In another bowl, sprinkle yeast and 2 tbsp of sugar with the lukewarm water. Let that sit for 5 minutes or until bubbly. Once the yeast mixture is ready, pour it onto the flour mixture. Mix until you can form a ball. Sprinkle flour in a flat surface. Knead the dough for 5 minutes or until it's a soft ball.
  • Spray a bowl with oil spray or lightly brush with the extra vegetable oil, drop the ball of dough in it then cover with a clean dish towel. Let the dough rise for 2 hours. Punch it after 2 hours or until the size doubles. Cover then let it rise for another hour.
  • While letting the dough rest melt 1/2 stick of butter in a pot. Add the cubed apples. Sprinkle brown sugar and powdered cinnamon. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the apples have softened. Don’t over cook.
  • Combine sugar and powdered cinnamon in a container or ziploc, set that aside.
  • Sprinkle flour in the counter space. Cut the dough in half. Roll the 1st half of the dough into a wide rectangle. Sprinkle half of the sugar and generous powdered cinnamon. Dot the dough with 1 stick of butter. Spread half of the apple-cinnamon mixture on top.
  • Roll the dough as tightly as you can then cut the rolls. Lightly brush the bottom of a pan with butter. Place the rolls in the pan. Cover with clean kitchen cloth and let the whole thing rest for 15 minutes. Repeat the process for the other half of the dough.
  • Bake the rolls in the preheated oven of 355°, for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Once baked, take ‘em out of the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes. Make the frosting while waiting for the cinnamon rolls to cool. Beat together the butter, confectionery sugar, cream cheese, salt, and milk.


If you would rather have a runny glaze instead of cream cheese frosting on top, just whisk together 2 cups of confectionery sugar and 1/2 cup of milk. Add more milk if the consistency is too thick.

Make some for your family’s breakfast and as gifts to your neighbors!

Dexie Jane

Mother of 2. She drinks coffee everyday and wine on the weekends. She devours massive amount of chocolate, pork, and sushi. She loves to dance in her living room and binge-watches KDRAMA, historical dramas, and excessive unhealthy dose of Crime/Murder mysteries/dramas/documentaries. She's also a proud Bibliophile and loves being a bargain fashionista & SHOEHOLIC!

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