Apple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel Sauce
Serves: 12-13 rolls
  • Rolls:
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 package yeast (fast acting)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 ¾ cups flour (plus more for rolling)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1½ cups diced honey crisp apples (about two apples)
  • ½ chopped pecans (plus more for garnish)
  • Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 6 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Caramel Sauce:
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup half & half
  1. In a stand mixer mix warm milk, sugar and yeast. Let sit until foamy, about 5-7 minutes. Add in eggs, salt and melted butter. Mix until combined. With the mixer on a low seed add flour. Once combined dump dough out on to a floured surface. Dough should be tacky.. Knead dough until smooth, about 5-6 minutes; add a little bit of flour if too sticky. Transfer to an oiled bowl and place in a warm, draft free place. Let rise one hour. Punch dough down, flip around and let rise another 20 minutes.
  2. Once dough has rise a second time, place dough on a floured surface. Roll out to a 13X15 rectangle. Mix together ⅔ cup sugar and cinnamon. Brush dough with melted butter, Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, then apples and pecans. Roll dough, jellyroll fashion, pinch ends together to seal.
  3. Cut in 1 inch rolls. Place rolls in a large greased baking sheet. If making the day before cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. If making the same day, let the rolls rise another 15 minutes before baking.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until slightly brown and cooked through. Drizzle with icing and caramel sauce. Sprinkle with pecans.
  5. Icing:In a small bowl, whisk together softened cream cheese, vanilla and milk. Slowly whisk in powdered sugar until smooth. Set aside.
  6. Caramel: In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter and ½ and ½ . Heat over a medium heat, stirring frequently until butter and sugar is melted, about five minutes. Season with a pinch of salt. Remove from heat, let cool completely.
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