Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

You will love these fluffy, delicious apple walnut cinnamon rolls, especially during the holiday season!

Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

Want to Save This Recipe?

Enter your email & I’ll send it to your inbox. Plus, get new recipes from me too!

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

By submitting this form, you consent to receive emails from Pizzazzerie.

Tis the season of cinnamon rolls around my house! I love making them, gifting them, and most of all – eating them! I wanted to give classic cinnamon rolls a holiday twist so I decided to make apple walnut cinnamon rolls. They taste like the perfect blend of apple pie and cinnamon rolls, according to my husband! They’re sure to be a crowd pleaser for holiday gatherings and festivities.

Plus, they incorporate one of my favorite holiday flavors – walnuts! As you probably know if you’re a regular reader, I love using California Walnuts in many of my recipes!

I have grown up watching my brother make cinnamon rolls. Baking with yeast can be a little intimidating, but he’s taught me well! They turn out perfectly every single time! Stay tuned, I’ll share all my tips and tricks!

Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

Your house will smell amazing with the aromas of apples, cinnamon, and walnuts. If someone could turn that into a candle scent, I would burn it every single day. It’s amazing!

Let’s talk about a few tips and tricks for making these apple walnut cinnamon rolls. For the filling, I like to use a mix of cinnamon and apple pie spice. Apple pie spice contains cinnamon but it also has a few other spices (like nutmeg) that really give these cinnamon rolls that holiday flavor. You can certainly just use cinnamon, of course, they’ll still taste irresistible!

Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

While we are chatting filling, I use a mix of 1/2 cup light brown sugar and 1/2 dark brown sugar. I like the richness it gives the flavor. Again, you could use all light or dark brown sugar too. I’ve made this recipe with just dark brown sugar for the filling, and it was also delicious.

Next, I recommend combining your butter and filling ingredients in a small bowl to make a sort of “paste” and press it down on the rolled out dough. I like this better than the butter and sprinkling method because all the filling stays right where it should be, no escaping!

Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

I used Granny Smith apples, diced, but you can use any baking variety you prefer. The apples soften while baking and get coated in all the cinnamon and apple pie spice. It’s heavenly. Plus, the walnuts give these cinnamon rolls the perfect nutty flavor as well as a boost of good fats and antioxidants. They remind me of the holiday season so they’re my favorite addition in these cinnamon rolls!

While we’re chatting walnuts are one of my favorite ingredients to cook and bake with, so check out a few of my other favorite walnut recipes below…

Back to the recipe! Depending on how thick you cut your cinnamon rolls, you can squeeze them all into a 9×13 baking dish or you can bake a few extra on a parchment-lined baking pan or smaller baking dish. I usually cut mine about 1 1/2″ thick.

Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls
Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

Buttery sweet cinnamon rolls full of apples and walnuts! 
SERVINGS 15 rolls


For the Cinnamon Rolls

  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk - warmed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp apple pie spice
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter - softened
  • 1 cup apples - diced
  • 1 cup walnuts - chopped

For the Cream Cheese Icing

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter - softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • Warm milk (105-110 degrees F.) and add packet of yeast. Add a pinch of sugar, stir to combine, and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Yeast should froth slightly. 
  • Add sugar, butter, and eggs to bowl of electric mixer. Mix until combined. Add salt and flour. Combine. Pour in milk/yeast mixture and switch to dough hook of mixture. If not using mixer, hand knead. Mix (or hand knead) for 5-10 minutes. Dough will be sticky. 
  • Place dough in an oiled or buttered bowl. Cover and place in a warm location (such as oven with light on). Allow to rise for 1 hour (or until doubled in size). Punch down and allow to rise for additional 15 minutes. 
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface (to approximately 18″ x 12″). Combine butter with sugars and spices. Spread evenly across dough. Sprinkle with apples and walnuts. 
  • Rolling from the long edge, carefully roll dough up tightly. Use a sharp knife to cut cinnamon rolls (about 1 1/2″ thick) and place in an oiled or buttered 9×13 dish. Cover and allow to rise again for 1 hour. 
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and bake for 20 minutes. Don’t over-bake. 
  • In a mixer, cream together butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and salt until smooth. Pour over warm cinnamon rolls. Optional: garnish with diced walnuts. 


Calories: 487kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 6gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 223mgPotassium: 152mgFiber: 2gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 625IUVitamin C: 0.6mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 2.2mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

I hope these Apple Walnut Cinnamon rolls make it to your table this holiday season!

This post is sponsored by the California Walnut Board. Thanks for supporting our partners! 

You Might Also Love These Breakfast Ideas!

Pizzazzerie is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associate Programs and other affiliate services. This means that receives a small commission by linking to and other sites at no cost to the readers.

Courtney’s Latest book

Get Your Copy!

In The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook, Courtney Whitmore shares her party go-tos, over 75 delicious crowd-pleasing recipes. Featured as a must-have cookbook in Southern Living Magazine.


  1. I love reading your posts but find myself clicking through less & less because I’m bombarded with ads when I do and then have to spend SO much time closing ad windows just to get to read your post- ugh- I understand a few but 3 minutes of closing ads is TOO much!

    1. Hi Diana,

      Thanks for your feedback. I’ve sent in a message to my ad network to discuss it and be sure there wasn’t an error. Ads should be on the sidebar with some between content (that you can scroll right on past without needing to x out of). Ads allow me to provide free content, so they essentially allow me to do this job. However, I take this feedback very seriously and am looking into it! I don’t want you to have a bad experience, at all. I will see what I can do. Thank you again for messaging! – Courtney

  2. Excellent job, Sis! These cinnamon rolls sound delicious, and they look perfect. I love the addition of apples + walnuts here. I’m totally making these for the holidays this year!

  3. These were absolutely delicious!!!!

    They’re light, fluffy, and for some reason, my mind is transported to a cozy inn with a fireplace while eating them.

    The only alterations I made were using pecans instead of walnuts (I accidentally burnt them while trying to toast them in the oven), and peeling the apples before cutting them.

    Regardless, this recipe is an absolute keeper!!

5 from 2 votes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating