A casserole of Apple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls with icing

Apple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: bake


Easy homemade apple pecan cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing. This cinnamon roll recipe is a MUST for fall! 



1/2 Cup of warm water
1/4 Ounce pack of yeast or 2 1/4 Teaspoons
1/2 Cup of warm milk
1/4 Cup of sugar
1/3 Cup of butter, melted
1 Teaspoon of salt
1 Whole egg
3 1/2 Cups of flour +more for surface

2 Honey Crisp Apples, diced
1 Cup of pecans, crushed
1/2 Cup of brown sugar
1 Teaspoon of cinnamon
2 Tablespoons of butter

2/3 Cup of butter, cubed (told you there was a lot of butter!)
1/2 Cup of white sugar + 1 Teaspoon of cinnamon, combined

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing

4 Ounces of light or regular cream cheese
1/2 Cup of butter, room temp
46 Cups of powdered sugar
2 Teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 Teaspoon of salt
36 Tablespoons of half&half
2 Teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon of nutmeg


  1. rolls:
    Dissolve yeast into hot water. While yeast is dissolving combine sugar melted butter, salt, and egg into a large bowl. Mix in two cups of flour and then mix in yeast + water mixture. Stir in warm milk to dough mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. The dough should be elastic but not sticky. Sprinkle flour over a large surface and knead for 5-10 minutes. Place in a large well-greased bowl (I sprayed mine with Pam) and cover with two clean dish towels without touching the dough. Place in a dry area for an hour to double in size. 
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While dough is rising, heat a medium saute pan over medium-low heat and melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add in apples, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and crushed pecans. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until apples have softened. 
  3. Punch down the dough and roll out into a large 15×9 rectangle on a floured surface. Spread evenly with apple pecan mixture, cubed butter, cinnamon sugar mixture, and roll (on the 15 inch side)! Cut slices about 1 1/2 inches thick and arrange close together in a greased casserole dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly golden.
  4. icing:
    In a large bowl fitted with a hand or standing mixer add in room temp butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat for 2-3 minutes. Add in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time and 1 tablespoon of half & half after every sugar addition. Add in cinnamon and nutmeg last to your taste. Smother onto warm cinnamon rolls!

Keywords: cinnamon rolls, fall recipes, apple, pecan, apple pecan, cinnamon, icing