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Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls

 Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls
Feeling creative, I put an apple spin on a traditional cinnamon roll recipe. The results were yummy! A panful is perfect for a weekend morning in autumn.—Kim Forni, Claremont, New Hampshire
12 ServingsPrep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • APPLE CIDER CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 2 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2-1/4 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In
  • a small saucepan, heat the milk, cider and 1/4 cup butter to
  • 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until
  • moistened. Add egg; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining
  • flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).

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Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll into a 15-in. x
  • 10-in. rectangle. Spread remaining butter to within 1/2 in. of
  • edges. Combine the apples, brown sugar, walnuts and cinnamon;
  • sprinkle over butter.
  • Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to
  • seal. Cut into 12 slices. Place cut side down in a greased 13-in. x
  • 9-in. baking dish. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30
  • minutes.
  • Bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. For
  • frosting, place cider and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan. Bring
  • to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 20
  • minutes. Discard cinnamon stick; cool cider.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add
  • confectioners’ sugar and reduced cider; beat until smooth. Spread
  • over warm rolls. Yield: 1 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 roll equals 540 calories, 25 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 73 mg cholesterol, 272 mg sodium, 74 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.