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Oatmeal Apple Sweet Rolls

Tender, sweet dough has a nutty flavor from the oats. It's rolled around a filling made of apple butter and spices then baked. After baking a creamy-rich, maple glaze is spooned on the warm rolls and they are topped with pecans. These rolls can rise overnight in the refrigerator or can be frozen after they are baked.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 apple butter cinnamon rolls
Author Marye


Oatmeal Dough

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup 110F water
  • 3 1/2 cups to 4 1/2 bread flour
  • 1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill vital wheat gluten
  • 1 cup raisins optional


  • 1/2 cup Apple Butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fine sea salt or to taste
  • 1 cup chopped pecans optional


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine boiling water, oats, 1/2 cup honey, butter and salt.
  • Let stand for 1 hour.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water with a teaspoon of the honey added.
  • Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  • Pour the yeast mixture into the oat mixture.
  • Add the combination to the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hooks attached..
  • Add 1 cup of flour and the gluten.
  • Mix well on low.
  • Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, continuing to beat on low.
  • Add in the raisins if using.
  • When the dough has pulled together turn the mixer to the manufacturers recommended speed for kneading and knead 8 to 10 minutes (20 minutes by hand).
  • The dough will be smooth and elastic but still slightly sticky.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.
  • Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled - about 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Divide the dough into two equal pieces.


  • Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and set aside.
  • Roll one piece of dough out to a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Spread with half the apple butter.
  • Sprinkle with half the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  • Roll up tightly and cut into 6 rolls, laying each roll on the baking sheet cut side down.
  • Repeat with the other half of dough and ingredients.
  • Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes or cover with plastic wrap and let rise in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F .
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • If you are going to freeze them don't put the glaze on until serving time.


  • Mix the powdered sugar, butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt in a bowl until smooth.
  • Spoon on warm rolls.
  • Sprinkle with pecans if desired.