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Jumbo Crescent Apple Cinnamon Rolls Easy Recipe

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Updated February 15, 2022

Make soft and gooey Crescent Cinnamon Rolls with little bits of apples browned in melted butter. An easy breakfast treat or weeknight dessert. Great for a brunch buffet too.

An apple stuffed cinnamon roll cut in half

Making Crescent Cinnamon Rolls the easy way will look like you spent hours in the kitchen but let it be our secret just how easy these delicious treats really are to make.

Whip up a batch of cinnamon roll crescents with simple ingredients. The apple filling is cooked from scratch and paired with crescent roll dough for almost homemade sticky buns.

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Ingredients for Apple Cinnamon Rolls

 Apple Cinnamon Rolls with pecans and raisins but no icing

Directions

Cooking the apples

Step 1

Peel and cut the apples into small chunks for cooking

chopping apples

Step 2

Place ¼ cup butter and ¼ cup brown sugar into skillet and cook on medium heat stirring until butter is melted.

Add cut-up apples to the butter mixture and cook until apples are tender, stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Cook apple mixture with a lid on the pan, removing frequently to stir and replace each time.

Step 4

Once the apples are soft, remove them from heat. Place the apples into a small food chopper and pulse until coarsely ground. Mix the raisins into the apples and set them aside.

Prepare the Crescent Roll dough

Step 1

While the apple mixture is cooking, prepare your work surface. I like to use these disposable counter covers for easy clean up. Sprinkle a little four onto your work surface.

Open your can of crescent roll dough and carefully remove them. Line all of the crescent roll dough up side by side on your work surface and pinch seams together so that you have one big sheet.

Step 2

Use a rolling pin to roll the crescent roll dough out thinner. (It will be uneven on the edges, that is ok)

buttered cinnamon roll dough

Step 3

Spread the other ¼ cup of softened butter over the top of the dough.

spreading cinnamon and brown sugar onto cinnamon roll dough

Step 4

In a small bowl, mix the 2 Tbsp. of brown sugar with the cinnamon. Then sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over top of the buttery crescent roll dough.

 Apple Cinnamon Rolls with caramel icing

The secret to success is rolling out the crescent rolls so that you get those soft doughy layers we all love in cinnamon rolls.

Step 5

Spread the apple and raisin mixture over top of the dough. Do not drain the melted butter from the mixture.

Step 6 Making the rolls

Starting at one end, gently roll the dough into a log. Take care to roll as tight as possible.

rolling up cinnamon roll dough

Step 7 Cutting into rolls

Use a serrated knife to slice the log into pieces about 1 inch each.

Tip

One trick for making sure your cinnamon rolls are close to the same size is to cut the entire roll in half. Then cut each half in half and keep doing this until you have about 12 rolls.

Step 8

Prepare a large cookie sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper. Place your cinnamon rolls onto the prepared baking sheet.

Sprinkle chopped pecans on top of each roll.

Step 9 Baking the cinnamon rolls

Bake in preheated oven at 325° for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until dough is golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool before adding the caramel drizzle.

Drizzle caramel ice cream topping over each roll.

Serve and enjoy!

The next time I make this, I plan to slather them with this Cream cheese icing recipe.

Yield: 7

Crescent Cinnamon Rolls with Apples

Crescent Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Jumbo Crescent Rolls made into delicious Apple stuffed Cinnamon rolls for an easy dessert recipe.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. Jumbo crescent rolls
  • 2 medium sweet apples, I use Honeycrisp
  • 1/2 stick Butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. Brown suga
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 chopped Pecans
  • 1/4 cup Raisins, (optional)
  • Caramel ice cream syrup

Instructions

Peel and cut the apples into small chunks for cooking. We will pulverize them into smaller bites after they are cooked.

Place ¼ cup butter and ¼ cup brown sugar into skillet and cook on medium heat stirring until butter is melted.

Add cut-up apples to the butter mixture and cook until apples are tender, stirring occasionally.

Cook apple mixture with a lid on the pan, removing frequently to stir and replace each time.

Once the apples are soft, remove them from heat. Place the apples into a small food chopper and pulse until coarsely ground. Mix the raisins into the apples and set them aside.

While the apple mixture is cooking, prepare your work surface. I like to use these disposable counter covers for easy clean-up. Sprinkle a little four onto your work surface.

Open your can of crescent rolls and carefully remove them. Line all of the crescent rolls up side by side on your work surface and pinch seams together so that you have one big sheet.

Use a rolling pin to roll the crescent roll dough out thinner. (It will be uneven on the edges, that is ok)

Spread the other ¼ cup of softened butter over the top of the dough.

In a small bowl, mix the 2 Tbsp. of brown sugar with the cinnamon. Then sprinkle the mixture over top of the butter on the crescent rolls dough.

Spread the apple and raisin mixture over top of the dough. Do not drain the melted butter from the mixture.

Starting at one end, gently roll the dough into a log. Take care to roll as tight as possible.

Use a serrated knife to slice the log into pieces about 1 inch each. You should be able to get about 7 cinnamon rolls.

Prepare a large baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper. Place your cinnamon rolls onto the prepared baking sheet.

Sprinkle chopped pecans on top of each roll.

Bake in preheated oven at 325° for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until dough is golden. Remove from the oven and cool before adding the caramel drizzle.

Drizzle caramel ice cream topping over each roll. Serve and enjoy!

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This is a great recipe to make for Christmas morning, weekend mornings, or a Mother’s Day brunch buffet. You will want to double the recipe if you are feeding a crowd.

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16 Comments

  1. Now please tell me why things like this can’t make us skinny! This is much more mouthwatering than a rice cake! The apples are oozing! Yum! Thanks so much for sharing with #foodpornthursdays and we hope you will join us for our last this week.

  2. It’s decided…I need to live at your house! My stomach would always be happy! I bet your house always smells delicious! Oh my goodness, definitely trying this!

  3. Oh I have my coffee ready so I’d like some please! These look absolutely delicious and I can almost smell the apple and cinnamon yummmm. Thanks for sharing this with us at #WednesdaysWisdom and have a great week!

    1. Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by. I totally agree about crescent rolls. I try to keep them in the fridge all the time. If you have Crescent rolls, apples and butter you can easily create a nice dessert!

  4. I love all things made with crescent rolls. I really like the caramel drizzle, too. It looks so gooey and delicious. Cinnamon rolls are such a big favorite of mine. I can hardly wait to try one of these babies. Yum!

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