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Apple & honey Cinnabuns

You guys!

Rosh Hashanah never tasted this good- no joke.

Let me just say this, I am not really into yeast doughs... 🙈

I know babkas are so trendy rn and bread pudding is a classic, but it’s just not my thing.

And another thing (can you tell how picky I am??)... cooked fruit is not my favorite 🙊.

But these cinnamon buns are GOOD. Even I braved the doughy cooked apples and was pleasantly surprised!

Ok fine, I use half the apple mixture and picked out the actual apple pieces 😂...

But my husband & my friends devoured that pan in minutes...

Trust them!

I made the actual cinnabuns pareve so you can def end the meal with them on Chag, BUT for a special breakfast treat I highly recommend spreading some Duncan Hines Cream cheese frosting on top.




¾ cup warm water

2 ½ tsp yeast

½ cup sugar

¼ cup milk (or non-dairy alternative)

¼ tsp white vinegar

1 egg

⅓ cup oil

4- 4¼ cups flour

1 tsp salt


½ cup brown sugar

½ cup honey

¼ cup cornstarch

2 tsp cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

Dash of salt

2 cups water

5 cups apples (about 6 apples), peeled and cubed

Cream cheese frosting (optional)

Duncan Hines!



In the bowl of a standing mixer place warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Add milk, vinegar, egg and oil. Beat lightly to combine.

Add flour and mix for a few minutes.

When dough is combined, stop the mixer and let dough rest for 3-4 minutes.

If the dough is soft to the touch and doesn’t stick to your fingers, it’s ready. If it’s still a bit sticky add a Tbsp of flour at a time and continue to mix until the dough is ready.

In a large bowl place dough and cover all surfaces with about 1 tsp of oil. Cover with a towel and let rise for 1.5 hours.

(If you want to rise for longer, place in the fridge AFTER 1.5 hours of rising on the counter - for up to 4 hours.)


**NOTE: I used half the filling amount because I wanted less apples in my buns. If you want a nice, very full filling use the measurements above. If you prefer less (like me!) half the measurements and follow the same instructions.

While the dough is rising prepare the filling:

In a medium saucepan mix all “filling” ingredients except for the apples.

Bring to a boil while mixing continuously.

Add in apples and continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and let cool completely.


Pre-heat oven to 350 and spray a 9*13 baking dish with non-stick spray.

Roll out dough on a non-stick surface to form a rectangle.

Spread the apple & honey filling all over, completely covering the dough, if you used half the filling recipe you will have less apple pieces but the sauce should still cover the entire dough.

Starting from the wide end roll the dough to form a log.

Gently slice the buns approximately 1 inch thick and place in prepared dish.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Let cool.

Optional: smother top with store-bought Cream Cheese Frosting.

Happy Baking!

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Hi! I'm Rosa, a mom of 5, pastry chef and entrepreneur. I know how important and fleeting quality time is with the little ones. I like to come up with recipes that are QUICK & EASY, can be done with or without the kiddos and always comes out delish. Thanks for making my recipes!

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