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Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

Buttery sweet cinnamon rolls full of apples and walnuts! 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword apple walnut cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls
Servings 15 rolls
Calories 487kcal


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 9x13 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: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2.2mg