No-Rise Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Salted Caramel Frosting

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My go-to Fall breakfast recipe is this No-Rise Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Salted Caramel Frosting! Nothing beats freshly baked homemade cinnamon rolls.

Frosted cinnamon rolls on a white background with apple slices

Cinnamon rolls are a staple in our home on cold, Fall days. They are gooey, delicious, and full of salted caramel goodness. Think of a caramel apple meeting a cinnamon roll and having a baby and the result is my Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls. It’s the perfect combination to create a festive Fall recipe.

You can also make this recipe without the caramel frosting. Instead substitute it for a cream cheese frosting to make the perfect easy, homemade apple cinnamon rolls. Either way, you won’t be disappointed! 

If you’re not into apples in your cinnamon rolls, try some of my other cinnamon roll recipes, like these pumpkin cinnamon rolls or my delicious no-rise cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

Are you ready to make one of my favorite Fall breakfast recipes? I think you will LOVE this one. Above all, they will definitely satisfy any caramel apple craving and are delicious and easy to make! 

Let’s talk about some tips for making these cinnamon rolls:

Don’t skimp on the filling:

The filling may be a little watery. Let it cool completely before putting it on the dough. This is a must, or your dough will become soggy and you won’t be able to roll them well! 

Do not let it rise:

These cinnamon rolls are no rise for a reason. Because there is quite a bit of yeast in the dough if you let the dough rise for more than 10-15 minutes, the yeast will start fermenting the dough and give it a fermented flavor, which doesn’t taste great in my opinion.

If your cinnamon rolls are falling apart it is okay!

These apple cinnamon rolls will naturally be more likely to fall apart because of the filling,  but they still bake perfectly! You just want to make sure the filling is completely cool and that you roll the cinnamon roll tightly and quickly. 

Make sure your cream cheese and butter are room temperature:

Cold cream cheese will cause your frosting to be lumpy. Let it sit out at room temperature, or you can even throw it in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls:

1
Peel three apples.
2
Slice the apples in 1/4 inch slices.
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Melt butter in a large nonstick pan over medium heat.
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Add the apples to the pan.
5
Add the brown sugar.
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Add vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract.
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Stir to combine and cook for 5-7 minutes.
8
Combine water and cornstarch to make a slurry.
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Add the slurry to the apple mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes.
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Let the apple mixture cool completely.
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To make the cinnamon roll dough combine warm water and yeast in a stand mixer.
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Add granulated sugar. Let sit to bloom for 5 minutes.
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Add the oil.
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Add eggs and salt. Mix to combine.
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Add the bread flour. Make sure to use a dough attachment. Mix on low speed.
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Mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
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Place some oil on a clean work surface. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle.
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Add the softened butter and brown sugar and spread evenly over the whole surface area.
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Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
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Add the cooled apple filling over the whole surface area.
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Start rolling the dough tightly to form a log. The filling may fall out a little which is okay.
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With a bench scraper cut the roll in half and then each half in half until you have 18 rolls.
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Carefully place the rolls in a greased pan. Top with extra sauce. Bake at 400 for 13-16 minutes.
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To make frosting beat softened butter and cream cheese in a stand mixer.
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Add powdered sugar and mix to combine.
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Add salted caramel and mix to combine.
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When the rolls are done spread evenly with frosting. Top with Maldon salt.
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Serve!
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cinnamon rolls in a white baking dish with caramel frosting on a white background.

No-Rise Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Salted Caramel Frosting

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy, Fall breakfast recipe.

Ingredients

FILLING # 1: (you can make ahead and refrigerate)

  • ¼ Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Cups Green Apples, Peeled, Sliced 1/4 Inch Thick
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 2 Teaspoons Cornstarch Mixed with 1 Tablespoon Water

FOR THE DOUGH:

  • 1 ¾ Cups Warm Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Dry Active Yeast
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil + 2 Tablespoons (for rolling out)
  • ½ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ Tablespoon Salt
  • 5 ¼ Cup Bread Flour

FILLING # 2:

  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • ¼ Cup Butter, Softened
  • Sprinkle Ground Cinnamon

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • ½ Cup Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1 (8 oz) Block Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • ½ Cup Salted Caramel (I like the one from Trader Joe's)
  • Optional: Maldon Finishing Sea Salt

Instructions

    1. Preheat a medium nonstick sauté pan over medium heat. Melt the butter and then add the apples. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the brown sugar, vanilla, and cornstarch mixture, and cook for 7-10 minutes or until the apples are soft. Let cool completely in the refrigerator.

    2. In an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix together the first four ingredients for the dough. Let sit for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients, and turn on low for 3-5 minutes until the dough is silky (it will be a little sticky). DO NOT LET RISE!

    3.Smear 2 tablespoons oil on a clean work surface (I use my counter) and roll out the dough ¼ inch thick in a rectangle shape. Top with filling #2 (spread the softened butter on the dough, then top with brown sugar and sprinkle generously with cinnamon). Lightly press the filling down. Then top with filling #1 (apple mixture with all the liquid) and spread out evenly.

    4. Working quickly, roll the dough to form a log. Starting on the end closest to your body, roll the dough away from you. Continue to roll the dough (as tight as possible, but being careful not to break the dough) until a long log forms (some of the liquid will spill out, and that's okay).

    5. With a bench scraper, cut the log in half and then cut each half in half. Continue this process until it yields 16 rolls. Place the rolls in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Let the rolls sit for 10 minutes while you preheat the oven to 400°F.

    6. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Remove the rolls from the oven and top with frosting (directions follow).

    Optional: Sprinkle with Maldon Sea Salt.

    To Make The Frosting:

    1. Beat together the butter and the cream cheese until smooth.

    2. Add the powdered sugar and mix to combine.

    3. Add the caramel sauce and mix to combine.

Notes

You can also cut the rolls by using unflavored dental floss. If your cinnamon rolls get smashed from cutting, simply reshape while putting them into your baking dish.

I’ve got lots more easy fall recipe ideas on my blog, including Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars and Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.


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