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The Good Stuff {Recipe: Cider Glazed Apple Pie Rolls}

Apple Cider Glazed Apple Pie Dessert Rolls

I’ve had this recipe for Apple Cider Glazed Apple Pie Rolls rolling around in my head for quite some time, but I wasn’t quite sure if the execution of my idea would work.

You see, I like apple pie enough. I don’t love apple pie, but I like it. If I’m being truly honest with myself what I like the most about apple pie is the cinnamon sugar mixture soaked into the pie crust with the flavors of apple juice mixed in. Melted ice cream obviously makes it even better. 

Creamy Apple Cider Glaze over Baked Apple Filled Rolls

Basically, I want apple pie with the least amount of apples in it. Strange, right?

So, what I decided to try was making a variation of apple pie with a bigger focus on “the good stuff”… the flavors of apple, the spices, the cream and the crust without a lot of cooked apples getting in the way. 

I’m happy to say that the idea worked and worked really well. Imagine diced apples coated in a buttery cinnamon sugar mixture wrapped up in a swirl of thicker, pie like crust. Top it off with a sweet and creamy apple cider glaze and you’ve got an apple pie variation, featuring the best of “the good stuff”.  Enjoy!

Breakfast Dessert Recipe Apple Cider Glazed Apple Pie Rolls

Apple Cider Glazed Apple Pie Rolls

Apple Cider Glazed Apple Pie Rolls

Apple pie gets a "good stuff" twist with extra gooey glazed hot apple rolls.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 Tablespoons cold butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Filling
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
  • 2 Honey Crisp Apples, cored and diced
  • For the Glaze
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons brewed Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider (Note: Any apple cider will do.. I just prefer Green Mountain Naturals)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a food processor; pulse to mix. Add 4 Tablespoons cold butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add milk, pulsing until mixture forms a cohesive ball.
  3. Remove dough from food processor and place on a lightly floured smooth surface. Roll out into a rectangle, approximately 12x16 and 1/4 inch thick.
  4. In a small bowl, toss diced apples with melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread evenly over the top of the dough rectangle.
  5. Roll up, jelly roll style. Once rolled, cut into 1 inch slices. Place in a buttered 9-inch round baking dish.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden.
  7. While rolls are baking, combine Powdered Sugar and Hot Apple Cider in a small bowl and mix until smooth.
  8. Once rolls are baked, remove from oven and turn over onto a round serving platter. Pour apple cider glaze over the top and serve warm.
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  1. Hoo! That is one dangerous apple concoction. It looks like a bunch of my all-time-favourite apple fritters stuck together. This is going in the ‘Foods to eat before 2013′ bucket list :)

  2. Oh my, those look delicious. If I could reach into my screen and pull those out, I would in a heartbeat – I’m not kidding!

  3. Wow, this is the good stuff! Thanks for the link love!

  4. Woah. Love apple flavored things. Apple rolls are such an awesome idea. Baking this next time I take a diet break. ;)

  5. Wait wait wait whoa whoa whoa. I am still back at “I don’t love apple pie.”

  6. Oh my heavens, K — those look awesome. Good work with carrying out that creative concept!! (Bookmarking and printing!)

  7. Note to self: don’t read your posts before I’ve had breakfast. :-) My stomach is officially rumbling!!!

  8. Oh my! This sounds completely delicious and it looks like a blue ribbon winner to boot! Thanks for sharing your recipes. I must try this!!!!

  9. I recently make caramel apple cinnamon rolls and they were a huge hit. So I bet these cider ones are fantastic too!

  10. Oh man–these look awesome! Love that you used honeycrisps :)

  11. Looks like an amazing execution to me! This reminds me of apple fritter doughnut twists, with the diced apples all twisted up in the dough. YUM!

  12. Is this breakfast? I hope so :)

  13. That’s a WOW recipe! Loved it. Its so mouthwatering. Too good.

  14. These look like one of the best things ever. I”d love the whole pan!!

  15. Ohhhhhhh my gosh, Kristen. Why isn’t my mouth all over that?

  16. These look so.good! I wish they were sitting in front of me right now!

  17. I love the fun twist on cinnamon rolls. This is the perfect fall breakfast!!

  18. Mmmm… so many good things to say about this recipe!! First, I totally understand your apple pie love. I’m all about the pie, not so much about the apples :$ With that said, ohhhh mama I need these rolls in my life!

  19. Oh my goodness – this sounds heavenly! Definitely all of my favorite things about an apple pie. :)

  20. Mmmm legit drooling. This looks too good! Apple pie rolls are an amazing take on cinnamon rolls!


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