Toffee Apple Cinnamon Buns

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.


8 cinnamon buns

Updated: Sep. 23, 2022
This recipe was my dad’s favorite growing up. He would sit and watch his mom sprinkle the dough with sweet filling, carefully roll it up and cut it into rounds. The anticipation waiting for them to come out of the oven was almost more than he could bear. —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota
Toffee Apple Cinnamon Buns Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thawed apple juice concentrate
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1/4 cup brickle toffee bits
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons thawed apple juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons brickle toffee bits


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine apple and apple juice concentrate; microwave, covered, on high for 1-2 minutes or until tender. Drain; cool slightly. In a small bowl, mix 2/3 cup sugar and cinnamon.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and remaining sugar. Stir in buttermilk and 2 tablespoons melted butter just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth, 2-4 minutes.
  3. Roll dough into a 12x9-in. rectangle. Brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter to within 1/2 in. of edges; sprinkle with sugar mixture, apple and toffee bits. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into eight slices.
  4. Place in a greased 9-in. square or round baking pan, cut side down. Brush with remaining melted butter. Bake 22-28 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Cool 5 minutes on a wire rack. In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and apple juice concentrate until smooth. Spread over buns; sprinkle with toffee bits. Serve warm.
To substitute for each cup of buttermilk, use 1 Tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to measure 1 cup. Stir, then let stand 5 min. Or, use 1 cup plain yogurt or 1-3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar plus 1 cup milk.

Nutrition Facts

1 bun: 525 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 498mg sodium, 96g carbohydrate (56g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.