Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

caramelapplerollSo I was thinking about mythical Halloween characters and I’ve come to the conclusion that vampires are probably the best one can be stuck with for eternity.

You see, vampires don’t have anything wrong with them except for the whole garlic-aversion/undead/blood-drinking thing which in the grand scheme of things, isn’t so bad.  They’re slender, since blood is probably way less fatty than eating other human organs, and if you live in a Stephanie Meyer book, their skin is glittery which is cool because that means you’d save a TON since you wouldn’t have to buy body glitter at the store.

I mean, it would suck to be a werewolf.  I have enough body hair as it is, so I definitely wouldn’t want to evolve into something even hairier.  Also, the whole ‘transformation-at-midnight’ thing is SO cumbersome.  What if I have a date that goes until midnight?  How awkward does that have to be?  Like, ‘I know it’s only our first date but if you have any expectations of this relationship blossoming into something deeper and long-term, I’m going to have to let you know I turn really growly and hairy at midnight so basically I will never be able to accompany you to any late-night parties, midnight movie premieres, or New Year’s Eve plans.

Total rule-breaker, right??

And then there’s the Creature of the Black Lagoon.  I don’t even know where the nearest black lagoon is, so that means it’s proooobably in the middle of nowhere.  I have serious problems with ‘middle-of-nowhere’-America because I am terrified of ruralness.  What if you got murdered?  No one would know.  Also, lagoons probably smell like dead fish and mud which I’m pretty sure ranks second only to soup when it comes to worst-things-people-could-smell-like-according-to-Hayley.

Oh, and Frankenstein?  Why even bother?  Dude is totally trippin’ over them huge-ass shoes and he’s basically controlled by the scientist who made him.  I don’t know about you homegirl, but I hate being tied down to someone who’s always blabbering “I like, *invented* her, you know what I mean?”  Totally cramps my style.  Not to mention the bolts in the head remind me of every.single.time I wear a headband and 2 hours later, I want to blow my head off because it’s so damn painful.  Just not cool.

DSC_0102ASo if for SOME REASON, I get bitten by a vampire, it’s totally okay because I can still eat cinnamon rolls, and really, that’s the most important thing.  You NEED to make these rolls; they are my new favorite item on the blog by far!


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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 10
Celebrate the season with these festive cinnamon rolls, flavored like a gooey, sticky caramel apple!
  • 2 cans (5 rolls each) jumbo refrigerated cinnamon rolls (I used the kind by Trader Joe's)
  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • 1 tub Pillsbury Caramel Apple frosting
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan or two 9" round cake pans with cooking spray and set aside. Meanwhile, dump the contents of the pie filling onto a cutting board and chop the apples into small, bite-sized pieces.
  2. Separate each cinnamon roll and space them evenly throughout the pan(s). Using greased fingers, gently press an indentation in the center of each cinnamon roll, careful not to puncture completely through. You just want a cavity in the center of the roll.
  3. Fill the cavity with a heaping Tablespoon or so of the apple pie filling. If a little spills over, that's okay.
  4. Bake the rolls for approx. 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and puffy. Remove from the oven and let stand for about 5 minutes.
  5. With the foil and lid removed, microwave the frosting in the can for about 15-20 seconds or until slightly thinned and runny. Drizzle the frosting evenly over all of the cinnamon rolls. Top immediately with the chopped pecans. Serve room temperature or warmed, if desired.

DSC_0106AThese cinnamon rolls are SOFREAKINGAMAZINGHOLYBANANAS.  They were gone in minutes at my house and I immediately made a second batch because they were so popular!  The key here is to use the JUMBO, XXL-sized cinnamon rolls for the ultimate plushness and to be the perfect vehicle for that soft, spiced apple pie filling.  Look for the XXL/jumbo-sized cinnamon rolls in the refrigerated section at the store–they usually come five or six to a container and are the ideal, chunky size for these huge rolls!  And please, if you do anything, please stock up on that limited edition caramel apple icing by Pillsbury!  It is SO good and tastes PERFECT on top of these warm, spicy cinnamon rolls.

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley


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  1. Your presentation is SO darn cute! Ah, I love the look of these cinnamon rolls…. to the point where I want to eat through my screen. In Australia we don’t really celebrate Halloween but it’s a tradition that I want to start up. I love all of the pumpkin carving, costume parties, trick or treating etc. Maybe if I just start doing it everyone else will follow? Uh, yeah. Anyway, at the very least I’m going to make these gorgeous cinnamon rolls. I know I’ll love them! x

  2. I think this is such a quick and easy version to homemade cinnamon rolls! Looks yummy!

  3. Ok, so I don’t care what kind of creature I am…as long as it means I get to eat these cinnamon rolls! Girl, these look so crazy good, and I am loving the fun twine and popsicle stick! So cute!!!!

  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how easy these guys are to make! Plus you just make them look so darn pretty! Love your style!

  5. Girl you KNOW I love these. 🙂

  6. LOVE this caramel apple twist to cinnamon rolls, Hayley! Nifty food styling. And, I like your reasoning and Halloween creature choice. 😉

  7. I love this apple fall happy version of cinnamon rolls! Cinnamon rolls are my weakness, bring them on!

  8. OMG…these look and sound amazing. Totally making these ASAP!

    • Made these today and they were absolutely delicious. Left out the nuts and used 3 cans of the regular sized cinnamon rolls. I took them to a staff event and they were well received. Plus my daughter loved them and I’ve already committed to making them again. Maybe I’ll use the jumbo cinnamon rolls on that batch.

      • Okay so I tried the jumbo cinnamon rolls on the second batch. Still delicious but I felt like it was a bit much. Think I will stick to the regular sized ones.

  9. These sweet and simple cinnamon rolls are calling my name!

  10. waaaa this looks fabulous as usual!

  11. Bahahaha I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at Frankenstein “trippin”. 😉 I have to say, you make a strong point for vampires! I wouldn’t want anything to get in the way of me scarfing down as many of these cinnamon rolls as possible! WOAH!

  12. Terrified of ruralness, lol!
    These are not only adorable, but your pictures are awesome AND I now have a serious craving for at least 2 of these cinnamon rolls. So clever – as usual 🙂

  13. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm caramel apple cinnamon rolls!!!

  14. I saw that frosting today at Target…what a brilliant idea. That is my kind of breakfast

  15. This post made me giggle. I liked vampires BEFORE THEY WERE COOL, UGH!, and I would always make the case that being a vampire would be the best. I read a book where they COULD go out in daylight, they just got kinda sunburnt. Not a bad gig.

    But be careful, woman! There are STAKES in them there apples!

  16. Holy cannoli. These are EPIC! I think I’d go into a very blissful sugar coma after one of these. But I could never stop at one!

  17. I seriously cannot get over how much I LOVE these!!! You a genius, boo.

  18. As long as we can eat cinnamon rolls, anything is okay 😉 PS next time invite me over to come for breakfast!! I WANT!!! LOL

  19. I am so in love with your styling in these photos Hayley! And, yum.

    I’m with you on the vampires. You just have to drink some blood, no big. And fall in love with clumsy humans… 🙂

  20. I’d love to inhale these! There’s nothing quite like caramel apples with pecans so this is a perfect cinnamon roll!

  21. You’re so right, vamps are the best. If I were one, I would want to be friends with Spike from Buffy because he’s awesome and would totally eat these cinnamon rolls with me!

  22. My husband may leave me for you once he sees these!

  23. Vampire it is then! Can I just say YOUR PHOTOS ROCK! Yes indeedy girl – you are just get more and more awesome each time I stop in for a visit 🙂 These rolls look heavenly!! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE how easy they are – so awesome! Pinned!

  24. Please pass me a roll (or 4) – I need them for lunch!

  25. Haha! I think that it would be pretty awesome to be a faerie, like in True Blood. You can come out during the day, no weird body hair, and you can read people’s thoughts and throw little balls of energy at your enemies. Sounds good to me 🙂

    These rolls look totally delish!

  26. This post is brilliant! I am making these for my daughters to enjoy on their morning commute to school…thankyou for making my life easier:)

  27. So Fantastic! I’m sure werewolves would love these too :)!


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