Blog > Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Icing Find A Store Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Icing Like clockwork, my cinnamon roll cravings become pretty intense in September. Greeting us all at the corner of comfort food and calorie-laden are APPLE CINNAMON ROLLS drowning in caramel icing. Move over every other type of cinnamon roll out there… there’s a new boss in town. My little secret to the BEST cinnamon rolls can be found in the little packets you see above. Red Star Yeast. Quality yeast, and a carefully formulated dough to pair with it, helps guarantee success, no matter how terrified you are of yeast. The Red Star Yeast Platinum line makes working with yeast (even for you first timers!) super simple and approachable. I’m a huge fan of Red Star Yeast and use this yeast exclusively in my kitchen because it’s always a guarantee. Once the dough is made, allow it to rise in a warm environment, then punch it down so you can roll it out and fill it up. The filling = brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and apples. You have the option of making them in the morning OR you can get started the night before. Whichever you choose, the rolls bake up into this gorgeous golden brown color. Drizzle with caramel icing and you’ve got one EPIC fall breakfast on the table. Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Icing Gooey cinnamon rolls bursting with chopped apples and topped with a sweet caramel icing for a delicious breakfast treat. Yield 12 rolls Print Recipe Pin Recipe 3 Reviews IngredientsDough1 cup whole milk2/3 cup granulated sugar2 (0.25oz each) packages (14g) or 4 1/2 teaspoons Platinum Yeast1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened to room temperature and cut into 4 pieces)2 large eggs (at room temperature)1/2 teaspoon salt4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for dusting/rolling)Filling6 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar1 tablespoon ground cinnamon2 cups chopped apples (peel if you’d like, about 2 medium apples)Icing1 cup confectioners’ sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 tablespoons milk2 tablespoons warmed caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought) InstructionsMake the dough: Heat milk to about 95°F (35°C)– use microwave or stovetop. Pour the warm milk into the bowl of a stand electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment (OR you can use a handheld mixer OR no mixer, but a stand mixer is ideal). With a whisk, manually whisk in the sugar and yeast. Cover with a towel and let sit until the yeast is foamy, about 5-10 minutes. If the yeast does not dissolve and foam, start over with fresh active yeast. On low speed, beat in the softened butter until it is slightly broken up. Next add the eggs, one at a time, and then the salt. The butter won’t really be mixing into the mixture, so don’t be alarmed if it stays in pieces. On low speed, gradually add the flour. Once it is all added, beat on medium speed until a soft dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until the dough is soft and supple, about 6 minutes longer. *If you do not have a stand-mixer with a hook attachment, knead the dough by hand in this step.Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it with your hands for 1 minute. Form the dough into a ball and transfer it to a lightly greased bowl. Cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap, a paper towel, or aluminum foil and let sit in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 to 2 hours. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Turn the risen dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, punch it down and, using a rolling pin, roll into a 12×18 inch rectangle. Make sure the dough is smooth and evenly thick.Fill the rolls: Spread the softened butter all over the dough. In a small bowl, toss the brown sugar and cinnamon together until combined and then sprinkle evenly over the dough. Top evenly with chopped apples. Tightly roll up the dough to form an 18-inch-long log. Cut into 12 equal rolls. Arrange them in the prepared baking pan. Cover the rolls very tightly with aluminum foil.Allow rolls to rise in a warm environment again for about 45-60 minutes or until doubled in size.Bake the rolls: Preheat the oven to 375°F (191°C). Bake rolls for about 25 minutes until they are golden brown. About halfway through the bake time, I like to cover the rolls loosely with aluminum foil so the tops don’t brown too much. Remove pan from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.Make the icing: Whisk all of the icing ingredients together and drizzle over warm rolls. Serve warm. Cover leftover frosted or unfrosted rolls tightly and store for up to 3 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the refrigerator. NotesMake Ahead Instructions Overnight: To prepare the night before serving, prepare the rolls through step 4. Cover the rolls tightly and refrigerate for 8-12 hours. The next morning, remove from the refrigerator and allow to rise on the counter for 1-2 hours before continuing with step 6. Freezing: Baked rolls can be frozen up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm up before enjoying. Recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction. Did you make this recipe? We want to see it! Tag @redstaryeast and use hashtag #redstaryeast Sally McKenney is a professional food photographer, cookbook author, and baker. She has written, photographed, and published more than 1,000 from-scratch recipes and written three cookbooks. Her thorough step-by-step tutorials give millions of followers the knowledge and confidence to bake from scratch.