Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Very Healthy Sort of Healthy  Well...Almost Healthy  ...Not Very Healthy (But Extremely Delicious) Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Try not to remember how much butter went into these as you eat them for dessert tonight :-)

Yield: Makes 12 cinnamon rolls

For the dough:
1 package yeast (about 2 /14 teaspoons)
1/2 cup lukewarm apple cider
1/2 cup sugar or honey
1/2 cup scalded milk, cooled to warm
1/3 cup melted butter
1 egg, room temperature
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups home-ground whole-wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
6 tablespoons melted butter, divided
2 Large apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon 
1/4 c. raisins
1/4 c walnuts 
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Home-made Cider.

In a small bowl, add yeast and 2 teaspoons of the sugar to the lukewarm cider(or water) and let it sit until it dissolves, about 10 minutes. 
In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer using the dough hook attachment, add scalded milk, melted butter, egg, remaining sugar, and salt and mix on low speed until combined. Add half of the flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture and continue to mix on low. Slowly add the remaining flour. Increase the speed to medium and knead for 5 minutes. Remove dough, place in a greased bowl, cover, and set aside on countertop or warm place. Let it rise until it is double in size, about 2 hours. 
While dough is rising, make the filling. Heat 4 tablespoons of the butter and sugar in a large skillet, then add the apples. Sauté until apples are slightly caramelized. Remove from heat and set aside.
Walnuts given to us by a friend.
When dough has risen, remove cover and, using your fist, punch the dough down and remove from the bowl. Roll out on a well-floured surface into a 16x24 inch rectangle and spread the remaining 2 tablespoons butter almost out to the edges, but not quite. Mix the brown sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle evenly across the butter. Spread the apple mixture and raisins and nuts over the brown sugar as evenly as you can. Roll into a log, starting from one end to the other. Cut 2 inch slices, this will give you 12 cinnamon rolls. 
Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper and butter the parchment. The cinnamon roll slices close together, but not touching, in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until the dough is doubled, 1 1/2-2 hours.
While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake for about 20-22 minutes, being careful not to over-bake them.
While the cinnamon rolls are baking, mix cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt together with an electric or stand mixer on medium speed and set aside. When cinnamon rolls come out of the oven, spread the glaze over the top and serve. 

I used some of this lovely whey leftover from making greek yogurt for the liquid in this recipe.  That makes it more healthy..ish...doesn't it?  



  1. Oh my! Those look very delicious, and indeed healthy!!! Let's see, they have cream cheese, milk, an egg, apples, raisins, walnuts and home-ground WHEAT flour . . . not to mention the whey that you mentioned.
    : -) That sounds like health food to us! : -) I think we'll be trying these out soon! Maybe we'll have them FOR dinner!! JK . . . or not!
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    Love you,

    1. Mommy, you are SO funny! I remember when we used to eat ice cream for dinner occasionally :-) In that case, yeah, these are probably healthier (but I'm sure higher calories!)

  2. That looks fantastic. (long drawn out sigh)

    1. Add a "sniffle, sniffle" to the end of that and it will be perfect lol
      Come up and have one tomorrow!

  3. I am on my way. At least in my dreams. I love all the healthy ingredients in apple pie cinnamon buns. Hey their name contains nothing but healthy. Right? We can tell our bellies that.

  4. *Sniffle sniffle* I just . . . (voice falters) never get fed here. I mean, I know they try to feed me, but . . . (begins to sob) it's just never enough!

    How was that?

    I may just have to come up tomorrow! (If you don't mind, of course)