Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Baked Apples

Fluffy cinnamon rolls made from scratch with an easy 30 minute dough, stuffed and baked inside juicy apples and topped with rich cream cheese frosting. The juice from the apple seeps into the cinnamon roll just enough to give it a cinnamon-apple flavor!

Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Baked Apples

 Buckle up people cause I’ve got a whole lotta make-you-crave-a-cinnamon-roll-photos comin’ your way. I know I said I was at the end of my apple-stuffing phase, but alas, I have another. Can you bear to suffer through one more with me? I promise you that it will be worth your time. I mean, it involves cinnamon rolls. Need I say more?

Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Baked Apples

Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Baked Apples

Now first things first, let’s talk dough. Yes, this is a yeast dough BUT before you go running in the other direction, just hear me out for a second. This dough is EASY. Let me say that again in case you didn’t quite let yourself believe it the first time. THIS. RECIPE. IS. EASY. 🙂 Capiche? Good. Now let me tell you why it is easy.

This dough requires only 5 ingredients and 30 minutes of prep before it is in the oven doin’ it’s rising-baking-browning thang. Easy right?? None of that “cover it with a damp towel and let it rise in a warm dry place for a bazillion hours til it has quadrupled in size and a new season has begun” nonsense. And then I look like an idiot running all over the house trying to decide where it’s “warm enough” to place a big bowl of dough and expect it to grow like a weed. Bleh. Call me lazy, call me impatient… I prefer “efficient”. Why wait an hour for your dough to rise when you can wait 10 minutes. No brainer? Um, yes.

Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Baked Apples

Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Baked Apples

Now let’s discuss this whole putting a cinnamon roll inside of an apple thing. When I first thought of this recipe half of me (the cool half) was thinking oh my gosh this is sheer brilliance! and the other half was thinking – no way Jose, not gonna work. Challenge accepted. I’m here to tell you that yes, cinnamon rolls can be baked inside of apples, and yes, they are easy, and yes they are absolutely 110% better than your average everyday baked outside of an apple cinnamon roll.

Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Baked Apples

Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Baked Apples

Besides the fact that these are so purrrdy, they really are insanely delicious. The apple juices kind of seep into the cinnamon roll dough while it’s baking – not enough to make it soggy (ewe), but just enough to give the cinnamon roll a hint of sweet apple-y flavor (mmmm). It’s incredible, irresistible, and undeniably wonderful. And the frosting! Can’t forget that stuff, obviously. A rich cream cheese frosting is the perfect topping for these cinnamon rolls. Drizzle it, spread it, dunk it – however you please, just make sure you get plenty of that frosting on every single bite of your cinnamon roll stuffed baked apple. You will not regret it friends.

Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Baked Apples

Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Baked Apples

Fluffy cinnamon rolls made from scratch with an easy 30 minute dough, stuffed and baked inside juicy apples and topped with rich cream cheese frosting.

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, cinnamon roll
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 4-12 large apples (1 apple per person. Round, wide apples work best with this recipe if you can find some)

Dough

  • 1 1/3 cups very warm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 4 tablespoons butter, very soft
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

Frosting

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • heavy cream or milk

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough attachment (*see notes for alternate method) add water, yeast, and honey and stir with a spoon to combine. Allow to rest for 5 minutes (mixture will rise and foam).

  2. Add flour and salt to yeast mixture. Turn the mixer on low and mix until all ingredients come together. Increase speed to medium-low and knead for 2-3 minutes longer until dough is more smooth. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

  3. While dough is resting, prepare the filling by whisking together sugars and cinnamon in a bowl. (Don't do anything with the butter yet).

  4. Chop off the tops of the apples and scoop out the insides. Discard or use for another recipe. Place hollowed apples on a greased baking sheet and preheat oven to 350.

  5. After 10 minutes of rest time, roll the dough into a 9x15 (approximate) inch rectangle (make sure the surface is well-floured and use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to trim any uneven sides of the rectangle of dough - discard trimmings)

  6. Spread softened butter (from filling ingredients) over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Tightly roll one long end (the 15-inch of the rectangle) toward the other long end so you have a long log-shape. Trim the ends with a sharp knife or pizza cutter and discard. Cut remaining dough into 1 1/2 inch wide sections (cut as many sections as you need for your apples. If you are preparing 10 apples, cut 10 sections, etc) Place cinnamon roll sections swirly-side-up inside each of the apples.

  7. Bake apples in preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until tops are lightly golden and rolls are cooked through. While those are baking, prepare the frosting by creaming together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Slowly mix in powdered sugar until incorporated and smooth. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until a pourable or spreadable consistency is reached.

  8. When cinnamon rolls are finished baking, spread or drizzle with frosting and serve warm. 

Recipe Notes

*If you do not have an electric stand mixer with a dough attachment, you can stir the ingredients together, and then knead by hand for 5-7 minutes until dough is smooth.

 

Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Baked Apples

Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Baked Apples

 

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This is such an awesome idea Tiffany!

This recipe is everything and more. I can’t wait to give this a try and I am completely obsessed with the fact that the dough is ready in under an hour!

This looks amazing. I love cinnamon rolls and in combination with apples, wow. Gorgeous pictures, too.

This is definitely creative, to say the least! I love all these stuffed-inside-an-apple ideas you’re coming up with. Who would say no to an apple-infused cinnamon roll IN an apple!?

OMG these look insaneeeellly good!! This is actually brilliant and I need to eat one (or 5)! Pinned!

Holy yum! These will be promptly going on my ‘To Bake’ list! Thanks.

Wow, beautiful! What a great idea. Your pictures are wonderful!

This is nothing short of genius, Tiffany! My first thought was “OMG WHY HAVE I NEVER DONE THAT?!?!” Plus – your photos are beautiful – I love your use of light.

Darn, I was right… Not a peep about buying the apples. 😉 But oh my GOODNESS GRACIOUS Tiffany, these look even better than you described!! Like, I have 6 smallish apples in my fruit drawer right now and I want to sprint to the kitchen pronto to make them. Just totally ignore the tiny detail that I already planned on testing a cinnamon roll recipe myself tomorrow morning… You can never have enough cinnamon rolls, right? Good. Pinned of course!

Wow! This is such a great idea!

Oh my word! I thought id seen it all until I stumbled across your blog! Not only do these sound incredible but they look absolutely to die for! I will for sure be making these soon!

Can you be really lazy and just put some pillsbury cinnamon rolls in an apple and bake? Just wondering?

    Hi Eva – that would probably work!

Just made these, and they were delish! I used the recioe as a guide, but changed it up a little. Not being into baking much, I bought Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls, and also purchased the Pillsbury Orange icing cinnamon rolls. I decided to use the orange rolls, and I must say they were awesome! I cored the apple and put the inside of the apples in a saucepan, and cooked it for applesauce tomorrow. No waste! I put one roll in each apple, cooked as directed for time and temperature. When they were done, I spread used a butter knife and spread the orange icing that came with the rolls. I then added the cream cheese icing. Oh my, my husband was in heaven!

    I was thinking how couLD I MAKE THIS A BIT EASIER. YOU NAILED IT!
    OF COURSE I AM GOING TO TRY THE HOMEMADE FROM SCRATCH.

Hi Tiffany,

I love to prep things before hand ( a night before) so i can enjoy the company of my friends instead of being in the kitchen the entire time. So, I wanted to know if I am able to prepare the rolls and stuff them in apples for a bake later without risking the quality of the final product? I would love to know if this is possible.

it is even easier if you just use store bought tube cinnamon rolls

Really Tiffany? Discard the inner apple??? I think not! BUT I will use the apple innards, sans core, in a 9×13 Cinnamon Apple Cake Recipe from TasteofHome. Now I have two dessert options and no waste! Love it.