Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls

On Sunday morning, we got together with a few friends for a lovely brunch.  It had been far too long since we had gotten together.  The day was beautiful, probably one of the last “warm” days we will be seeing for a while.  I wanted to make something sweet, something that screamed fall, and I came across this recipe for Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls from The Pioneer Woman.

The recipe came together very easily.  I started at 9am and we had hot, luscious rolls at 12:30pm for brunch.   It is a yeast dough, but it isn’t fussy and doesn’t require a lengthy rise time.

You start by scalding milk that has been mixed with vegetable oil and sugar.

scalded milk

Once you let that cool a bit, you add flour and yeast, put a lid on the pot and let it sit for an hour.  After the hour. you add a bit more flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.  You turn it out onto a floured surface and roll it out.


I have an affinity for dough, it is something that I truly love to work with.  This time of year is especially fun, I find myself making all sorts of dough’s around the holiday season.   Anyway back to the rolls.  While the dough is rising in the pan, you make the caramel apple mixture.  It is a simple caramel, butter, sugar, and cream.  You saute some apples and add them to the caramel and let them cool.

After rolling the dough, you spread it with the apple mixture and roll it up tight.

spreading the apples caramel apple sweet rolls

You cut the roll, place it in pans and let it rise for another 25 minutes.   Once it has risen a second time, you bake and top with a caramel icing.  I didn’t take a picture of the final product, I loaded them into the car and drove over to my friend’s house where they were demolished in about 2.5 seconds.  It really was a very easy recipe and so tasty.  I will warn you, they are very good but really, really SWEET!  I couldn’t finish an entire roll, I had to share it with the hubby.   If you are looking for a recipe to make Thanksgiving morning, this would certainly fit the bill.   If you make them the day before, you can store them in the fridge, loosely covered and cook them Thanksgiving morning for a warm, filling treat before you put the Turkey in the oven.  Happy Fall Baking everyone!

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