I love warm, fresh cinnamon rolls in the morning, but I don't have the patience to knead dough and wait for it to rise, so I tend to go for the canned version instead. The upside of making them from scratch is that you can create much more flavor variety in your fresh-baked breakfast treat, but you can easily spice up canned cinnamon rolls with just a couple extra steps and still have a warm and tasty semi-homemade breakfast in less than an hour! These Canned Cinnamon Rolls with Apple Pie Filling and Brown Sugar Honey Glaze need just four ingredients and are sure to significantly improve your mornings!
Why this recipe works
On Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, it is traditional to eat apples and honey to represent a sweet new year. It's also traditional to eat round foods to represent the cycle of the year. These traditions inspired these delicious Apples and Honey Cinnamon rolls - round, sweet, filled with apple pie goodness, and topped with a brown sugar honey glaze.
These easy honey-glazed cinnamon buns are the best breakfast, a cozy fall treat, or the perfect dessert for your High Holiday celebrations!
Ingredients and notes
Canned Cinnamon Rolls - While this sweet spiced recipe calls for canned, homemade cinnamon roll dough will work for this delicious treat as well. You'll just add the pie filling before you roll them up! If using store-bought, pick out your favorite brand, just be sure the dough is rolled up and not sliced so that you can unroll them - no yeast or kneading needed!
Apple Pie Filling - This quick and easy recipe uses canned apple pie filling, but you could certainly use homemade apple pie filling if you prefer.
Honey - Instead of the frosting that comes with the canned cinnamon buns, these warm, gooey treats are topped with a brown sugar honey glaze.
How to make this recipe
Preheat the oven according to the instructions on the can.
Unroll one cinnamon bun at a time, and roll a rolling pin over it to make the strips a bit wider.
Line the inside of the dough with the apple pie filling (and replace any cinnamon filling that came off the dough).
Roll the dough back up, making sure the dough is rolling overtop of the apple pie filling and is not pushing the apples out.
Place the cinnamon apple pie rolls in an ungreased pan, and bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Combine honey and brown sugar, drizzle over warm cinnamon buns, and enjoy!
Cinnamon rolls are a cinnamon-filled dough, rolled up and topped with icing. Sticky buns are similar but have a glaze instead of icing. Some people consider a cinnamon bun to be the same as a cinnamon roll, but others consider cinnamon buns to be sticky buns. Regardless of what you call them, they're all delicious!
If you don't eat these apple cinnamon buns while they are warm, they should be sealed well in an airtight container and can be stored at room temperature for a few days.
There are numerous reasons why apple is the fruit we dip in honey for the holiday, but the general purpose of the apple dipped in honey is to represent sweetness for the year ahead.
Tips & Tricks
- When buying canned cinnamon buns, make sure to buy the dough that is rolled up, not sliced. If you're using Pillsbury, you'll want to buy Grands.
- When rolling the gooey spiced filling into the cinnamon roll dough, keep your hands on the sides of the dough as you roll the dough overtop of the apple pieces to help keep the apples from seeping out the sides.
- This is a messy process! You can wear gloves if you want to keep your hands clean, but it cleans up easy when you're done!
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Apples & Honey Cinnamon Rolls
- Rolling Pin
- Baking Pan
- 1 can cinnamon rolls (or your homemade dough and filling of choice)
- ½ cup apple pie filling (store-bought or homemade)
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Preheat oven according to the instructions for your cinnamon rolls.
- Unroll one cinnamon roll at a time, and roll the dough out with a rolling pin, making flatter and wider strips.
- Line the inside of the cinnamon roll dough with the apple pie filling (and replace any cinnamon filling that came off the dough).
- Roll the dough back up, making sure the dough is rolling overtop of the apple pie filling and is not pushing the apples out the sides.
- Place the cinnamon rolls in an ungreased pan, and bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Combine honey and brown sugar, drizzle over warm rolls, and enjoy!
This recipe was originally posted on September 5, 2018, but was republished with additional information about the recipe in August of 2022.