Cosmic Crisp® Apple Fritter Cinnamon Rolls


For the dough

  • 2 packets of fast-rising yeast 8g each
  • 4.5 cups all purpose flour + some until you reach a non-sticky consistency
  • 1.5 cups warm milk see important note about temp below
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature is best – if taking straight from the fridge put it in some warm water for a few minutes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

For the filling

  • 2 Cosmic Crisp® apples, diced plus more for topping if desired
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 6 tbsp salted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

For the icing

  • 1 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup softened salted butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar


  1. Into a small bowl add 1 cup of flour and both packets of yeast. Stir and set aside.
  2. Into a large bowl whisk together the warm milk, sugar, egg, salt and melted butter until well combined.
  3. Into the large bowl add the flour and yeast mixture. Whisk for around 2-3 minutes or until everything is well combined and lots of bubbles have developed.
  4. Now stir in the remainder of the flour (3.5 cups), slowly, and add more as you need. You want the dough to be pliable but not too sticky. Knead for 5 minutes and add flour to the surface area to make the process easier.
  5. Grease the sides of another large bowl and add in your dough. Add oil to the top of your dough and place a damp cloth over the top of the bowl. Place in a warm place for around 15-30 minutes.
  6. While your dough rests prepare your apples by cooking them in a frying pan on medium-low heat with 2 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp brown sugar. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. Cook until slightly softened, about 10 minutes and then remove from heat and let it cool.
  7. You can now preheat your oven to 350F and grab a baking dish – I used a 16″L x 9″W x 2.50″H. Line the baking dish with parchment paper and butter or spray the dish generously.
  8. Once your dough has risen punch a hole into the middle of the dough (this is very satisfying) and let it rise by double once again.
  9. Once dough has risen again, using a rolling pin roll out the dough on a floured surface, into a large rectangle, around 20 X 14 X 1 but use whichever dimensions work best for you and your baking dish!
  10. Once you have a flat dough, spread 6 tbsp softened butter across it and sprinkle with 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon, pressing the brown sugar and cinnamon gently into the softened butter. Then sprinkle all of the cooked apples across the dough. Roll the dough width-wise, keeping it tight and cut into around 12-14 rolls. Place them into the baking pan and set them aside to rise until doubled in size.
  11. Once ready then bake for 25-35 minutes or until just golden brown.
  12. To make your icing, simply add your ingredients into a deep bowl and blend using a hand mixer for around 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  13. Once your cinnamon buns are cooked let sit for a few minutes and then spread over that delectable cream cheese icing! Sprinkle with more fresh, diced apple if desired.


Recipe by foodbymaria

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