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Apple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

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Be sure to leave your kitchen while these apple pecan cinnamon roll cupcakes are baking. When you reenter the room, you’ll get to experience a sensational smell that is so strong you can almost see it cartoonishly wafting from your oven directly to your nose.  When the cupcakes are done, quickly drizzle the tops with apple cider glaze.  Then, dive into your works of art, making sure to lick the warm, gooey apple cinnamon pecan filling off of your fingers as you go.  If you somehow have any cupcakes left over, you can reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds before serving.

Whether or not you make the cinnamon rolls, I’d highly recommend trying out the simple apple cider glaze. The apple cider glaze would be outstanding on my gingersnap cookies.
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Apple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

A yeast apple pecan cinnamon roll cupcake with an apple cider glaze.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple pecan cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls
Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 326kcal


Cinnamon Roll Ingredients

  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast .5 oz
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 ½ cups all-purpose flour divided
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter room temperature

Filling Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup loosely chopped pecans
  • 2 cups finely chopped tart apples

Apple Cider Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 7 teaspoons apple cider 2 tablespoons+ 1 teaspoon


Cinnamon Roll Instructions

  • In a small saucepan or a microwave oven, warm milk to about 110 F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in the milk.
  • Add salt and two cups of flour and beat for two minutes.
  • Beat in eggs and butter.
  • Stir in the remaining flour a half cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about five minutes).
  • Place the dough in a large bowl and cover it with a towel. Set in a warm place and allow to rise for 40 minutes or until approximately doubled in volume.
  • Roll out dough into a long rectangle about 1/4” thick.
  • Brush with about half of the melted butter.

Filling and Assembly Instructions

  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans, and apples.
  • Spread the pecan/apple mixture evenly over the dough, leaving about an inch empty on all sides.
  • Roll dough over itself from back to front along the long side of the rectangle to form a log.
  • Slice the log into 24 even pieces.
  • Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners and place each piece of the log in a cupcake liner. If they don’t fit, fold the ends together to make a “C” shape. The pieces should come to about the top of the liners.
  • Cover the cupcake tins and set in a warm place to rise for another 40 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Evenly distribute the remaining ¼ cup of melted butter over the tops of the cupcakes.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden.

Apple Cider Glaze Instructions

  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix powdered sugar and apple cider until fully combined.
  • Drizzle over cooled cupcakes.


Nutrition Facts
Apple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 212mg9%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 230IU5%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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9 comments on “Apple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. These look so yummy. I love the fact that you are using apple cider glaze on them.

  2. Joysays:

    Oh my! That looks so good. I would never think of making a cinnamon roll into a cupcake.

  3. Lisasays:

    What a delicious idea. Apples and cinnamon go so well together and they’re perfect for the upcoming fall season.

  4. Hollysays:

    These look amazing! Last week I made cinnamon apple cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting but this cinnamon roll idea looks extra drool worthy! I will definitely have to take a stab at these! Thanks :)

  5. These look terrific! Happened to be blog surfing and ran into yours, which is wonderful! I just got done baking all morning, but now I might have to just get back in the kitchen :o)

  6. Was looking forward to trying out your apple pecan xinammon roll cupcake but couldn’t find the recipe on paula deen’s web site. Can you provide the direct link?

  7. Ginisays:

    OMG! That looks so yummi. I love pecans and cinnamon. Perfect for this season. Will try to make these for my friends and the kiddos for playdate.

  8. Juliasays:

    Since I served them the first time, everyone is always asking for them. The best recipe ever!!!

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