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Maple Glazed Apple Crisp Cinnamon Buns

Prep Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 22 mins
Servings 18 buns

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From scratch cinnamon buns stuffed with apples, topped with crunchy brown sugar streusel and topped with maple glaze — the ultimate cinnamon roll for fall!

apple crisp cinnamon bun being pulled out of pan on metal spatula

I know what you’re thinking and you’re right.

I plan on making Apple Crisp Everything.

whole pan of apple crisp cinnamon buns with streusel and glaze on top

Because Apple Crisp is pretty much the best fall dessert ever, and why not? It turns out apples and streusel are awesome on anything.

I love cinnamon buns (I mean, tell me you’re not surprised), but I actually rarely make them. First, there’s the whole issue with having a pan of cinnamon buns sitting in my house. Mostly because you know they’re not going to be sitting there for very long.

Second, they’re not anything new or exciting, and sometimes I feel like I can’t give you boring old recipes you probably already have. That you’d rather New and Exciting.

close up image of one apple crisp cinnamon bun topped with streusel and glaze

These Cinnamon Buns are the best of both worlds: they’re an old favorite made New and Exciting.

You can easily skip the apples and/or the streusel and you’d have some pretty fabulous plain Cinnamon Buns. But I kind of think you’d be crazy to do that.

one apple crisp cinnamon bun on white and blue plate with whole apples behnid

I use my regular bun dough recipe, which has bread machine and stand mixer instructions because I used to make it in a bread maker, and then it broke, so now I strictly use my stand mixer. I like to make a double batch and make some plain buns and some cinnamon buns. This way I can limit the amount of cinnamon rolls that I’m actually going to eat (which is all of them, BTW), and I feel a little more like a responsible adult. Plus, fresh homemade buns are perfect for dipping in soup, which is one of my favorite fall meals!

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Maple Glazed Apple Crisp Cinnamon Buns

From scratch cinnamon buns stuffed with apples, topped with crunchy brown sugar streusel and topped with maple glaze — the ultimate cinnamon roll for fall!
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 1 hr 22 mins
Cuisine American
Course Bread and Baked Goods
Servings 18 buns
Calories 327cal


Bun dough:

  • 1 cup warm milk I put mine in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/4-1/2 cup additional milk or water or flour


  • 1/4 cup butter cold
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat or all purpose flour
  • 1 cup large oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Apple Crisp Cinnamon Buns

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2-3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 apple peeled and finely diced


  • 1 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup powdered icing sugar


  • Bun dough: In a stand mixer, add milk, butter, sugar and eggs and beat on medium-low until combined (not necessarily smooth). Add salt, flour, and yeast and mix with a dough hook until a smooth dough forms. If dough is dry, add ¼-½ cup additional liquid. If dough is quite sticky, add ¼-½ cup additional flour.
  • Sprinkle flour on the dough, turn over and flour the other side. Cover in plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft-free spot to rise for 1 hour.
  • Prepare streusel: Combine butter, flour, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon until combined. It will hold together if you press it between your fingers, but I prefer my streusel this way! It will get nice and crunchy as it bakes.
  • Make Cinnamon Buns:Lightly grease a 9×13″ and an 8×8″ pan and set aside.
  • Roll out dough into a large rectangle roughly 12″ wide and 18-24″ long. Spread softened butter over dough to within 1″ of the edge.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over butter. Top with diced apples.
  • Roll up dough as tightly as possible, standing at the long end. Pinch dough together where it meets. Slice into rolls about 1.5″ thick and place in prepared pans. Sprinkle streusel over top of buns. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 22-25 minutes until light golden brown from the edge to the middle of the pan. (we don’t want a doughy interior!).
  • Glaze: Combine all glaze ingredients with a whisk and drizzle over buns. Will firm up as it cools.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 327cal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Ana | Espresso My Kitchen says

    This looks amazing! apples + cinnamon rolls are the perfect combo! Can’t wait to try this! Pinned! 🙂

  2. Heather says

    Can this recipe be done without a standard mixer and dough hook? I have a hand mixer and rolling pin! Lol.. I really want to try this for some friends tomorrow!

    • Shey says

      You could just irk the dough with your hands on the counter or large cutting board with a little flour not a lot of flour maybe a tablespoon just to keep it from sticking to the surface…It’s called kneading the dough..I’m probably late answering you thought I would try to help you out take care Shey

  3. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! This is a perfect marriage! I always put chopped pecans in my cinnamon rolls which would go perfectly with the apples. I think this is a wonerful Sunday brunch item! PS I do let my bread maker do the initial work and it never fails! 🙂

  4. Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls says

    Ahh, be still my beating heart! How amazing do these look?! I’m giving you a round of applause right now. You probably know that cinnamon buns are my weakness, and at this time of year – with the apples tasting as crazy good as they do – I can imagine these apple crisp rolls would be the best thing ever. DEFINITELY pinning to make later. (In like, twenty seconds.)

  5. marcie says

    I can almost smell these through the screen, Ashley — these must make the house smell so good! I love the streusel topping — these look delicious!

  6. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    I hardly ever make cinnamon rolls either because then I end up devouring the entire batch by myself! But I think I could definitely make an expcetion for these. I love that they’re filled with apples and a maple glaze. So perfect for fall!

  7. Nora | Savory Nothings says

    Hands down, that’s EXACTLY what I was thinking when I opened your blog just now. Haha, I don’t mind though, apple crisp is the best! I love cinnamon rolls too, but like you I hardly ever make them exactly because I know my pants won’t be fitting anymore within a couple days. I should totally try this recipe of yours though, they look so good! And they have fruit in them, so they’re kind of healthy, right? 😉

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