Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls & Apple Buttercream Icing

Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls & Apple Buttercream Icing

Using the best bread recipe, and fresh apples, these are definitely the best cinnamon rolls I’ve had yet!

apple cinnamon rolls with apple cider cinnamon icing

We spent our Labor Day weekend at the cabin with all of the family disconnecting, and relaxing in the cool with my favorite people was just what the doctor ordered. Husband and I got up there the morning before everyone came and since it was still #makeandtakeweek, we decided to make up some granny bread, in hopes that we would be pulling out the warm loaves as everyone rolled into town that evening.

While the bread rose, we played outside and noticed the apple trees were ready to explode! So we spent the next 30-40 minutes apple picking and enjoying the mountain air. My mom heart was a pool of mother-butter watching my kids play outside like I did in my granny’s backyard…

boss apple picking 1 boss apple picking 2 reese apple picking

I had an epiphany… just days before when I made this bread, instead of my usual 3 medium-sized loaves, I made 2 loaves AND a full batch of cinnamon rolls too! I did the same here only I whipped up a ridiculous buttercream with apple cider and real apple juice from the apples I used to load the inside with. We all agreed they were probably the best way to have cinnamon rolls. Ooey, gooey, and the apples made the inside so, yes, it must be said: moist. {Don’t hate me for using the M-word.}

apple cider cinnamon rolls with the best ever apple buttercream icing

So when you try these this fall, or when you come back to these around Christmas {cause they’d be PERFECT for Christmas morning…}, just remember that the white bread recipe makes 2 large loaves, or 3 medium, so you could make all of it into cinnamon rolls of course, and it would make at least 3 cookie sheets worth. With just 1/3 of the bread recipe, this made about 15 good-sized cinnamon rolls. So plan on lots of carbs. Or, in honor of Granny, just make the 2 loaves and cinnamon rolls, then give away a loaf or two.

Let me know how you like them!

apple cider cinnamon rolls with apple cider buttercream icing

Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls & Apple Buttercream Icing


  • White bread dough {full recipe}
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5-6 medium-sized green apples

  • Apple Buttercream Icing:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 packets of apple cider drink mix
  • 1/4-1/2 cup fresh apple juice
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • dash of cinnamon

what to do

Make up the bread recipe as directed, let rise to double, and divide. {If using the full recipe, divide into 3 balls before rolling out. This is made from 1/3 the dough.}

While dough rises, peel apples, core, and put into a food processor until it is in small bits and there is juice left in the bowl. Save the juice!

Roll each ball into a large rectangle until about 1/2 in to 1/4 in thick. Spread the softened butter with your hands until fully covered, then generously coat the top in sugar and cinnamon.

Spread the apple bits over the dough so it is evenly coated, being sure to leave the juice in the bowl as best you can.

Roll up long-ways, cut every 2 inches, and place on a cookie sheet or 9×13 that has been sprayed with baking spray. {cut side goes up}.

Place on the oven while it pre-heats to 375 to let rolls rise even larger, then bake for 7-9 minutes or until the edges are barely golden. Do NOT over bake these! They’ll still be tasty, but not nearly as naughty, if you bake them too long. Depending on the size and heat of your oven, it may be more or less, so smell for them and check on them.

To make the buttercream, whip up the butter until creamy, and add the apple cider and then powdered sugar until the mixture begins to crumble. Then add the apple juice to thin it to desired consistency. {Some like the thick stuff to put on when it’s hot, some like the drizzled. It’s hard to mess up. Add more sugar and juice until you like it!} Then give it a few shakes of cinnamon and it’s ready to put all over your warm cinnamon rolls!

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About Meg

I am Meg. A health and wellness coach, a color lover, and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE cooking together and doing home projects. We blog about our food and DIY adventures from sunny Arizona with our 3 cutie kids. Email me at colormemegblog at gmail dot com to work with me!

8 comments on Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls & Apple Buttercream Icing

  1. Jennifer
    September 14, 2015 at 6:47 am (3 years ago)

    These look delicious and I love how the family picked the apples together. Definitely going to try this recipe!

  2. Autumn
    September 14, 2015 at 9:33 am (3 years ago)

    That picture of your daughter carrying the apples is seriously the cutest! I hope you frame that and put it on the wall for someday. You have a beautiful family! Your food photography (and photography, period) is beautiful. I would love to know any tips you have!!

  3. Denay DeGuzman
    September 14, 2015 at 10:40 am (3 years ago)

    This recipe is a definite KEEPER! I’m adding it to my recipe file. I can just imagine the sweet delicious smell of Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls filling my home this fall and winter. Thanks so much for sharing this scrumptious recipe along with gorgeous photos. 🙂

  4. Amanda @Blissful Gal
    September 14, 2015 at 4:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Omg warm apple flavored food is do good! And cinnamon rolls are just so tasty too!

  5. Tirralan - Tinseltown Mom
    September 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm (3 years ago)

    I love Cinnamon rolls and Apple cider. What a great combination! Pinning now!

  6. Jessica
    September 15, 2015 at 6:26 am (3 years ago)

    This looks scrumptious. I have never tried Apple Cider Cinnamon rolls but it would definitely pair well with the Fall season! Pinned!

  7. Katie @ Gettin' My Healthy On
    October 24, 2015 at 9:36 am (3 years ago)

    Cinnamon rolls are my weakness, and this recipe is officially on my to-make list. Yum!