Breakfast is incredibly important in our house. As a mom of two (with one on the way!). I’m constantly reaching for homemade breakfast treats that will keep my littles excited to roll out of bed in the morning. Those early hours of the day can be hectic, but it’s easier to start the day off on a joyful foot when there’s a breakfast like frosted cinnamon rolls waiting on the table. Unsurprisingly, my kiddos adore anything slathered with a rich frosting, and those mornings that we feast on cinnamon buns usually make our time around the breakfast table pretty sweet (in more ways than one!)
Instead of falling into the breakfast rut of baking the same morning rolls over and over again, I love to experiment with new flavors, fillings, spices, and ingredients to make even the most special breakfasts that much more special. Sometimes there’s a berry filling with zested lemon and other times it’s rich melted chocolate with a sprinkle of toasted coconut or hazelnuts. My kids will eagerly gobble up anything that’s loaded with a gooey filling and a schmear of frosting, but this Mom likes to keep things interesting for herself too. In a festive St. Patrick’s Day twist, I used Stemilt’s crisp Piñata apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar to create apple cinnamon rolls with an Irish cream frosting. These sweet, warmly spiced, and barely boozy treats are fit for grown-ups everywhere, and they look so fab that the kids will be begging for a version they can call their own too.
To make these apple cinnamon rolls, we started with the yeasted dough. This dough is a favorite of mine because it can easily be made in advance and stored overnight for baking the next morning. There’s no more waking up before the sun to get homemade cinnamon rolls on the table in time. Instead, we let the fridge do the work here which saves us some early morning energy and a few extra minutes of sleep. The filling is little more than butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt, but the stars of the show are the piñata apples. These colorful beauties are crisp, sweet, and bake like a dream, making them the perfect choice for our flavorful filling. I like to peel the apples before chopping them finely so that the dough can roll around them tightly, creating perfect little round spirals. The apples soften while baking but hold up well enough to keep their shape and a bit of texture.
The second pot of gold at the end of this rainbow is the frosting. Cream cheese, powdered sugar, and Irish cream liquor whip up into a thick and smooth frosting that stays soft even after it’s slathered on the warm rolls. To keep the recipe kid-friendly, you can substitute in an Irish cream flavored coffee creamer, but if this is a grown-ups only situation, you’ll want to stick with the real deal. These apple cinnamon rolls reheat wonderful and taste delicious even a day or two after they’re baked, but I wouldn’t count on them lasting that long.
I hope you opt to make your mornings extra lucky with these St. Patrick’s Day themed apple cinnamon rolls. I’ll be fighting my kiddos for a forkful over the next week or so, and I just know you’ll love them too. Happy baking!