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Apple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

A yeast apple pecan cinnamon roll cupcake with an apple cider glaze.
Prep Time2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 326kcal
Author: Stefani


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 large 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.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1.9mg