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Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls

Feeling creative, I put an apple spin on a traditional cinnamon roll recipe. The results were yummy! A panful is perfect for a weekend morning in autumn.—Kim Forni, Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2-1/4 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, cider and 1/4 cup butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add egg; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll into a 15x10-in. rectangle. Spread remaining butter to within 1/2 in. of edges. Combine the apples, brown sugar, walnuts and cinnamon; sprinkle over butter.
  • Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 slices. Place cut side down in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Bake until golden brown, 30-35 minutes. For frosting, place cider and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 20 minutes. Discard cinnamon stick; cool cider.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and reduced cider; beat until smooth. Spread over warm rolls.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 540 calories, 25g fat (13g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 272mg sodium, 74g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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