I created these apple filled cinnamon rolls to have at Christmas this year. They are a cross between a warm apple filled danish and a cinnamon roll.
I think that saying goes something like "Many hands make the work light". I love this idea during the holidays with my family. I love to involve the kids in making and baking our holiday foods. I want the traditions to continue on after I'm too old to help. And I'm hoping too that my kids pass these right on down to their kids too. Keeping traditions alive. Christmas morning, we get up, everyone brushes their hair, face and hands and we meet in the kitchen for coffee and milk. Once everyone has gotten a drink, we head into the family room to open gifts. After a few hours, everyone is ready for a sweet treat before our big Christmas morning brunch. We sometimes have danishes or donuts, but there is always the treat of something warm from the oven. I created these apple filled cinnamon rolls to have at Christmas this year. They are a cross between a warm apple filled danish and a cinnamon roll. They are rich and heavenly and perfect for our Christmas treat. I also love that Christmas Eve my girls can help me put these rolls together in about 10 minutes, and I can allow them to rise in the fridge, so come morning, I just need to preheat the oven and they will be ready in just a little bit.
Feel free to change this recipe up, and use any other pie fillings: cherry, lemon, blueberry or peach.
We need a few ingredients-
1 packages of Rhodes Bake N Serv Cinnamon Rolls
1 can apple pie filling
1 package of French Vanilla Pudding mix
1 stick of butter- melted
1 container of caramel ice cream topping- for garnish
To begin, allow your rolls to thaw out on the counter for about 15-20 minutes. Just until pliable, but not mushy.
Have the kids unroll each cinnamon roll like above.
In a 9x11 baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray, place the cinnamon rolls into the pan, slightly rolled but leaving gaps between the pieces.
Using a spoon, place the pie filling into the gaps in the rolls. I bought a diced apple mix, you can use kitchen shears to chop up large pieces while still in the can.
Fill all the gaps in the rolls with the pie filling. I used the leftover in the can to fill in between the rolls as well.
I also used the spoon to flatten the filling down into the rolls before finishing so that none of the apples stuck up to get too brown in baking.
Once the filling is done, tear open the package of pudding mix, sprinkle it completely over the filled rolls.
The rolls will be covered completely.
Melt the stick of butter, and drizzle that as evenly as you can over the pudding mix.
Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Remove the plastic wrap.
Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, keeping a close eye on the rolls.
Once they are baked, cool slightly and add the Cream Cheese icing from the package.
Serve while still warm. Drizzle each serving with the caramel ice cream topping.
Enjoy your holidays!
Christmas Morning RollsServings: 12 | Skills: Beginning | Prep Time: 15 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 15-20 min
Christmas Morning Rolls Print
1 bag Rhodes Bake N Serv Cinnamon Rolls
1 can of Apple Pie Filling
1 package of French Vanilla Pudding Mix
1 stick of butter- melted
1 container of caramel ice cream topping
Thaw rolls on counter until just barely thawed. Unroll each cinnamon roll, place into pan sprayed with cooking spray.
Use pie filling to fill in open spaces in cinnamon rolls. Cover with package of dry pudding mix. Evenly spread melted butter on top of pudding mix.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Remove plastic wrap and bake at 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
Allow to cool 10 minutes, then use packaged icing mix and add to cinnamon rolls.
Serve drizzled with caramel topping.