Another over the top cinnamon roll filled with shredded apples and chopped walnuts and smothered in cream cheese icing with a hint of coffee, yeah they are GOOD! These are rich and delicious perfect for Christmas morning. I used to buy canned cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning, but finally I learned to make homemade and they are so much better and actually they don’t take too long to make. I use the bread recipe from The Best of Country Breads from Taste of Home and doctor them up to be a tasty sweet roll. There isn’t anything better than a warm cinnamon roll right out of the oven with a cup of coffee.
Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110-115 degrees)
2 tablespoons yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
3 to 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and shredded
1 cup walnuts, chopped
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons brewed coffee (room temperature)
2 cups powdered sugar
In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt, and enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 3-5 minutes. Let dough rest for about 10 minutes, this will let it relax and it will be easier to roll out. On a lightly floured surface roll dough into a rectangle about 1/4″ thick. Spread butter evenly over dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, apples and walnuts. With the palm of your hand, lightly press the filling into the dough. Starting on the long edge, roll up dough, pinching edges to seal. Use a sharp knife, I like to use my bread knife, and slice into 2-inch rolls. Place into a greased 11 x 14 -inch baking dish. Cover with a flour sack towel and let rise thirty minutes to one hour.
While the dough rises, mix cream cheese, butter, coffee and powdered sugar together until smooth, set aside.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25-27 minutes or until rolls are lightly browned. Remove from oven and dollop icing over each roll. As the icing starts to melt, smooth around to completely cover tops of rolls. Cool slightly and serve warm or at room temperature.
Check out another sweet roll recipe: Chocolate Chip Sweet Rolls with Peanut Butter Icing