- Make sure to warm the milk up until it just barely shows bubbles on the surface. If the milk is too hot, it will burn and possibly kill the yeast when added. The temperature of the warm water and yeast should be around 110˚ when checked with a kitchen thermometer.
- The amount of flour required for the cinnamon roll dough will vary based on temperature, humidity and method of measuring. All of the flour may need to be used or more or less may be needed. The dough has enough flour when it pulls away from the bowl and is no longer sticky, but tacky when touched.
- Rising times may be less or more depending on the temperature and humidity. Try to place the dough in a warm spot to help them rise properly.
- Allow the baked cinnamon rolls about 10-15 minutes to cool while you make the frosting. This will make sure that the frosting will coat and cover the cinnamon rolls, but not completely melt off of them.
Substitutions and Variations
- Apples - There are a TON of varieties of apples to choose from when cooking or baking. My go to's are typically gala, fuji or pink lady apples. They all have a fairly sweet flavor that is good for baking.
- Nuts - Sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts on top of the other filling ingredients before rolling up and cutting the cinnamon rolls.
- Frosting - Instead of caramel frosting, a more standard cinnamon roll frosting can be used or your favorite store bought frosting may also be used.
Make Ahead Instructions
The cinnamon rolls can be prepped the night before to make for easy baking the next morning.
- Follow the instructions for making the cinnamon rolls all the way up to just before the second rising time.
- After placing the cut rolls on a sheet pan, cover it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to rise slowly overnight.
- In the morning, remove them from the refrigerator 1 hour before baking time to allow them time to come to room temperature.
- Frosting can also be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Heat in a pot on low on the stovetop, stirring frequently until just warm enough to pour on the cinnamon rolls.
The baked and frosted apple cinnamon rolls will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. Heat the cinnamon rolls up in the microwave for 15-30 seconds to make them warm again.