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Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about my husband’s taste in sweets, is that he’s as traditional as you can get. He loves apple pie, chocolate chip cookies, vanilla ice cream, and cinnamon rolls. So when I saw this recipe pop up on Pinterest for these Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls,I knew immediately that I was going to make these for Tyson. I mean, it has two of the four desserts he loves the most, combined into one! It can’t be more meant to be than that. Well, maybe if it also had chocolate chip cookies and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But that’s out of control, even for him. So Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls it is!

I’ve made cinnamon rolls a couple times before. Each time, I get impatient and don’t let the dough proof properly. How the heck am I supposed to wait two hours for the dough to rise once, roll it into cinnamon rolls and then proof another two hours?! It’ll be lunch by the time I finish these. It’s not shocking to understand why the rolls came out slightly tough. This time I was determined to give the dough enough time to rise (twice!) because I crave that soft, chewy, delicious feel of traditional cinnamon rolls that I can’t seem to master.

And OMG, did these rolls come out amazing! The dough was moist and chewy, but soft and fluffy at the same time. The moisture from the apples created a syrup at the bottom of the rolls that was absorbed during baking so there was sticky sauce all throughout. The apples retained some texture so they were al-dente and not mushy. This is definitely going into the vault of best things I’ve made. EVER!

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