These Apple Fritter Hawaiian Rolls Sticky Buns with buttery caramel sauce is a semi-homemade recipe you can make in 30 minutes. You get all the flavors of apple fritters without frying and apple cinnamon rolls without waiting for the yeast to rise. Apple fritter cinnamon roll bake is super easy and super quick!
If you like Apple Fritter donuts, you’ll love these Apple Fritter Hawaiian Rolls!
APPLE FRITTER HAWAIIAN ROLLS STICKY BUNS
It’s odd how I come up with recipes sometimes. I scrolled past an old post of Apple Fritter Cake recently which got me thinking, ‘How can I make an easier version of this?’ This thought paired with my self-imposed challenge regarding Hawaiin rolls brought me to this Apple Fritter Sticky Buns recipe.
I had challenged myself a couple of months back to develop a few easy recipes with King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls and slider buns. Below are some that I have already shared. I made these like my Hawaiian Rolls Sticky Buns. Click on the photo for the recipe.
I used a 12-count package of Hawaiian rolls for these apple fritter cinnamon roll bake but you can really use any kind of premade, precooked roll. However, I like the King’s Hawaiian rolls best because they have a subtly sweet and light texture.
You can easily double or triple this recipe.
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For your Apple Fritter Sticky Buns, you’ll need
- Hawaiian sweet rolls. Hawaiian rolls are slightly sweet, buttery, soft rolls. You’re probably most familiar with King’s brand Hawaiian rolls but they do come in other brands, like this, and any brand will work. Actually, you can also use Sister Schubert parker house rolls for this recipe.
- Butter. No substitutions.
- Heavy cream. I haven’t tested with a substitute. Therefore, I can’t give a good recommendation for one.
- Light or dark brown sugar.
- Light corn syrup. I use Karo brand. This contains no high fructose corn syrup. Corn syrup is used in foods to soften texture, add volume, prevent the crystallization of sugar, and enhance flavor.
- Apples. I used Gala apples. About 3 depending on the size of the apples. You don’t have to be exact.
- Pecans (optional). I didn’t add pecans to this particular recipe, but you can add 1 cup of chopped or whole pecans. Buying chopped pecans is cheaper.
- 9×13-inch baking dish. If you use a generic Hawaiian sweet roll, they may be smaller than King’s. You can possibly use a 7×12-inch dish.
- Heavy bottom saucepan. This is for the caramel sauce and apples.
- Silicone spatula. I recommend a high-heat silicone spatula.
- Parchment paper. Simply for ease of cleanup.
WHAT ARE STICKY BUNS?
Sticky buns are traditionally sweet yeast rolls that are baked in a pan with nuts, butter, and sugar. Once they’re done, the rolls are flipped over and the caramel nutty bottom becomes the top. As the caramel cools, it gets thicker and sticky.
Apple fritters are apple doughnuts flavored with cinnamon and covered with a simple glaze.
These apple sweet rolls have the same flavors but are much easier and quicker to make.
WANT MORE HAWAIIAN STICKY BUNS? YOU MUST TRY THESE!
- Quick Cinnamon Hawaiin Rolls
- Hawaiian Rolls Strawberry Cheesecake Sliders
- Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls
- 5 Ingredient Puff Pastry Pineapple Upside Down Cinnamon Rolls
- Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls
- Snickers Bars Cinnamon Rolls
- Cinnamon Roll Cherry Cobbler
- Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls
- Quick Biscuit Dough Cinnamon Rolls
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APPLE FRITTER HAWAIIAN ROLLS STICKY BUNS
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- ½ cup butter unsalted
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup brown sugar light or dar, packed
- 4 tablespoons light corn syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup apples chopped small
- 12 pack Hawaiian sweet rolls
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Cut an 'X' in the top of each roll, cutting almost to the bottom of the roll.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, cream, brown sugar, corn syrup, salt, and chopped apples. Stir until the butter has melted. Bring to a boil to ensure all of the sugar has dissolved. After the mixture reaches a boil. Turn it to low and cook until the apples get soft 4 to 5 minutes.
- Pour the mixture into the bottom of your prepared dish.
- Place the Hawaiian sweet rolls top side down in the caramel.
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until brown. Remove the rolls from the oven and allow them to rest for about 5 minutes. Time it because you do not want to wait much longer than 5 minutes.
- Place a large serving platter over the baking dish and invert the rolls out onto the platter. Be cautious, the caramel is still very hot.
- Spoon any remaining caramel and apples that are left in the pan over the rolls and into the places that you cut in the rolls. You want that caramel to seep down into the rolls.
- Serve right away.
- Wrap any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate. They'll stay fresh for 3 days in the fridge. They are best reheated in the oven.
Have you ever used apple pie filling?
I haven’t. You probably could.
DEBORAH MCCLAIN says
HOW MANY PECANS DO I USE
Pecans are optional in this recipe but you can add 1 cup if desired.