Apple Cinnamon Rolls

This easy favorite puts a fresh apple twist on a favorite cinnamon roll recipe!

A tender dough is smothered in butter, cinnamon, and our favorite apple topping. It’s all rolled up and baked until tender. Top with a quick glaze or your favorite cream cheese frosting for a delicious treat.

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A Twist on a Favorite

Who doesn’t love apple pie in the morning?

These apple cinnamon rolls taste just like fresh apple pie, filled with cinnamon-sugared apples, fragrant and perfect for serving with a steaming cup of coffee

Ingredients

DOUGH This recipe is made with homemade dough and while it takes a bit of time, it’s not difficult to make.

FILLING We make homemade apple pie filling in minutes, this gives the best flavor. Canned apple pie filling can be used in a pinch.

SUGAR & SPICE Cinnamon sugar and the glaze are just as important as the apples and the dough, so don’t skimp on the seasonings! If you have it, swap out some of the cinnamon for apple pie spice.

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Prepare the apple filling. If using canned, chop the apples smaller.
  2. Prepare the dough per recipe below and let rise for 1 hour.
  3. After rising, roll into a rectangle, brush with butter, & sprinkle cinnamon sugar over top.
  4. Spread apple filling over top, roll the dough into a log.

adding apples to dough and cinnamon to make Easy Apple Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Carefully slice the rolls into 12 pieces and place them in a baking dish.
  2. Rise until fluffy and bake according to the recipe.

Easy Apple Cinnamon Rolls in a dish before baking

To Serve

  • Let the rolls cool a few minutes in the pan.
  • While cooling, make the glaze in a small zippered bag. Snip off one end and drizzle the glaze over the tops. Serve warm.

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How to Store Apple Cinnamon Rolls

  • Keep apple cinnamon rolls in an airtight container at room temperature and they’ll be good for about 3 days.
  • Baked rolls can be frozen as long as they are wrapped tightly and placed in a zippered bag with the date labeled on the outside. Toss one into a backpack or briefcase and they’ll be thawed in a couple of hours!
  • Freeze unbaked rolls in the baking dish and wrap them with plastic with the date written on the outside. They’ll keep in the freezer for about 2 months. Let them thaw overnight and bake in the morning!

Delicious Apple Dishes

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Cinnamon Rolls are soft, gooey, and loaded with apple pie filling. The whole family will love this delicious twist on a classic favorite!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 8 minutes
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 418
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

Glaze

  • cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tablespoon water
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla

Dough

  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast or 2 ¼ teaspoon
  • cup granulated sugar plus 1 teaspoon
  • ¾ cup milk
  • cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 4 to 4 ½ cups all purpose flour divided

Instructions

  • Grease a 9×13″ pan and set aside. Chop the apples in the filling and set aside.

Dough

  • Combine water, yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in a small bowl. Let sit 10 minutes or until foamy.
  • Combine milk, butter, remaining sugar, and salt in a saucepan and heat to 120-130°F. Place 2 cups flour in a stand mixer. Add eggs, milk mixture and yeast mixture. Mix until combined.
  • Using a dough hook, add remaining flour, ½ cup at a time to form a soft dough that pulls away from the side of the bowl. You may not use all of the flour.
  • Remove dough from the bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface until dough is smooth and elastic (approx. 8 mins).
  • Place in a greased bowl in a warm spot and cover with a towel for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • On a floured surface, roll out bread dough into an 18″x9″ rectangle.

Assembly

  • Cover the dough with a thin layer of butter. In a small bowl combine brown sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle it over the rolled dough. Top with apple filling.
  • Roll the dough into a log (it should be 18″ long). Slice into 12 pieces. Place the rolls in the pan and cover with parchment paper and a dishtowel. Place in a warm area to rise (about 60 minutes).
  • Once risen, preheat oven to 375°F. Bake 22-27 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly.
  • In a small zippered bag, mix the glaze ingredients together. Snip off the corner and drizzle over top.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

Ensure the filling is not chilled from the fridge or the rolls won’t rise properly. 

These rolls are best served warm from the oven.

You can use thawed bread dough in place of homemade dough. It will need longer to rise. If using thawed bread dough, the centers will hollow slightly as these cool.

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 418 | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 398IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3mg
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Zucchini Muffins – Loaded with Fresh Zucchini!

These zucchini muffins come out moist and flavorful every time!

We love this recipe because it’s easy and of course the zucchini makes them extra moist.

close up of two Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients

We love these zucchini muffins just the way they are— but switching out ingredients makes these muffins super versatile!

DRY INGREDIENTS This recipe calls for all purpose flour and other ingredients typical in muffin recipes. Half of the all purpose flour can be substituted for whole wheat flour if desired.

VEGGIES Similar to a quick bread, zucchini muffins can be switched up with shredded carrots instead of zucchini. Or use shredded pumpkin and add some cinnamon!

OTHER ADDITIONS Why not add some frozen blueberries? Zucchini muffins are a great low-sugar way to get healthy nutrition into hungry bellies. We are convinced this is one of our best recipes ever!

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How to Make Zucchini Muffins

It’s not hard to whip up a batch of homemade zucchini muffins!

  1. Prepare muffin tins. Whisk all the dry ingredients together (per recipe below).
  2. Combine egg, oil, and vanilla, and zucchini. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Don’t over mix.
  3. Pour into prepared muffin liners or tins. Bake until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins in the muffin tin

How Long to Bake Muffins

  • For mini-muffins: Bake @ 350°F for 14 to 16 minutes.
  • For regular-sized muffins: Bake @ 350°F for 22 to 24 minutes.
  • For Texas-sized muffins: Bake @ 350°F for 24 to 27 minutes.

Baking with Zucchini

Baking with zucchini can be simple— we recommend squeezing out the excess moisture from grated zucchini by pressing it down in the colander or pressing it between layers of clean paper towels.

Storing Zucchini Muffins

  • Zucchini muffins are best when they are kept at room temperature and in a closed container or a zippered bag. Keep a slice of bread with them so it absorbs excess moisture.
  • Zucchini muffins freeze perfectly, so wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then place them in a zippered bag. Write the date on the outside of the bag and they will last about 8 weeks in the freezer!

More Muffins

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Zucchini Muffins

These Zucchini Muffins are moist, decadent, and make the perfect snack or breakfast treat!
Course Breakfast, Muffins, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 187
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup zucchini grated
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line muffin wells with liners.
  • Whisk dry ingredients medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine egg, oil, vanilla. Fold in zucchini.
  • Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture just until combined. Fold in walnuts (and chocolate chips if using.)
  • Divide over muffin tins and bake 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Notes

Zucchini muffins can be kept at room temperature in a closed container or a zippered bag. Keep a slice of bread with them to absorb excess moisture.

Nutrition

Calories: 187 | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

Zucchini Favorites

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Drop Biscuits – Ready in 30 Minutes!

These homemade drop biscuits are buttery and fluffy without all of the fuss of rolling dough!

Melt-in-your-mouth, they’re the perfect savory biscuit for soaking up soup, sauce, or gravy. Serve them with butter or top them with jam.

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Biscuits Made Easy

We love Homemade Biscuits served with soups and stews, topped with jam and of course served with sausage gravy.

A drop biscuit is the perfect quick and easy solution when dinner is on the go! Skip the box mix, these are just as easy!

Light, fluffy biscuits are just six ingredients away!

ingredients to make Easy Drop Biscuits

Ingredients

These easy drop biscuits are an everyday recipe that can be prepared for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

  • Butter Ensure the butter is cold, this creates little pockets that add lift and texture (and of course flavor).
  • Milk Again, cold is best. This adds moisture, texture and helps with browning.
  • Flour These biscuits use all-purpose flour, you can substitute half with whole wheat flour if preferred.
  • Leavening: Baking soda, baking powder, and a little salt to produce airy biscuits with the perfect texture every time!

Variations

This recipe is easily up-leveled by switching out the milk for buttermilk or mixing cheddar cheese or herbs into the dough.

Drop biscuits are also perfect for dumplings which are basically uncooked drop biscuits that are added to the top of chili, or a savory soup or stew!

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How to Make Drop Biscuits

These 6-ingredient biscuits give a new meaning to the words ‘quick and easy’!

  1. Whisk together dry ingredients.  Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender or two knives until it resembles small peas.
  2. Add milk a little at a time until the dough is thick but able to be scooped and dropped with a spoon.
  3. Drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet and bake per recipe below or until the biscuits are lightly browned.

close up of cooked Easy Drop Biscuits

How to Store Leftover Biscuits

  • Drop biscuits keep best in a covered container or a zippered bag at room temperature for about 3 days.
  • Uncooked biscuits will keep in the freezer for about 3 months as long as they are in a zippered bag—don’t forget to write the date on the outside! Frozen biscuit dough can be baked for about 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Cooked biscuits can be frozen in a zippered bag for up to 2 months. Let them thaw at room temperature before serving.

Serve Biscuits With…

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Easy Drop Biscuits

With only a handful of simple ingredients and 30 minutes, these flavorful drop biscuits are ready to serve!
Course Bread, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 biscuits
Calories 133
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • cup cold butter
  • 1 to 1 ¼ cup milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a large baking sheet.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  • Add cold butter and cut in with a pastry blender until the butter is the size of peas or slightly smaller.
  • Add milk a bit at a time stirring after each addition until the dough holds together but is soft enough to be dropped with a spoon.
  • Drop dough by heaping tablespoons to create 12 biscuits.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or lightly browned.

Notes

Drop biscuits will keep for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature. 

Nutrition

Calories: 133 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 206IU | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1mg
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