Apple Cinnamon Rolls - Yes, I want cake (1)

I love it when I’m asked to bring food to events.

Actually, I don’t even have to be asked. I just love making (sugary, delicious, drool-worthy) food, trying a bite, and then getting it the heck out of my house.

Even more so when the food in question is for brunch.

(Could there be a better meal? Mid-morning. A huge spread of food. Bacon and French toast and cinnamon rolls and an abundance of coffee all on the same table. Lingering over food with good conversation. The whole day in front of you.)

It’s a fact, brunch is best.

Apples in the fall are also best. These and these cinnamon rolls, too. The best.

So I threw all those things in a bowl (figuratively speaking concerning the brunch) and had the best, best, best Thursday morning a girl could ask for.

Apple Cinnamon Rolls - Yes, I want cake (2)

Overnight Apple Cinnamon Rolls

{adapted from here and here}

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  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 2 T yeast (about 1 packet)
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt


  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 2 T butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 C peeled and sliced apples
  • 1/4 C cinnamon chips


  • ~2 C powdered sugar
  • 1-2 T milk or coffee (I used 1 T of each)
  • 1/4 t vanilla


Dissolve yeast in warm milk. Once yeas is dissolved, add the applesauce and set aside.

Combine flours, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt.

Add yeast mixture to flour mixture until a dough forms. Turn dough out onto floured bread board and knead in as much extra flour as necessary so that dough is no longer sticky.

Roll dough into a large rectangle.

Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Sprinkle it over the rolled out dough. Then scatter the apples + cinnamon chips on top of that.

Roll dough up firmly to make a log. Cut the log into eight equal pieces and place in a cake pan sprayed with cooking spray.

Then place the tray (covered) in the refrigerator over night. In the morning, set them in a warm spot and let them rise for 30 – 40 minutes (you could do this all in the morning, just skip the refrigerator step and go straight to the rising)

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. When preheated, bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly.

Combine icing ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over the rolls and let it all soak in. Serve and enjoy!

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