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Festive Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Wreath

This Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Wreath is the perfect brunch or breakfast meal for the holidays! The perfect brunch show stopper! You will wow everyone with this easy cinnamon roll centerpiece. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast recipes, brunch, cinnamon rolls, holiday breakfast, holiday brunch, recipes
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 16 slices
Calories 400 kcal
Author Larisha Campbell

Ingredients

For Cinnamon Roll Wreath

  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packages instant yeast
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs

For caramel apple filling

  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp apple pie spice + 1/4 tsp apple pie spice divided

For caramel apple icing

  • 2 cups apple cider reduced to 1/2 cup
  • 6 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp apple pie spice

Optional Toppings

  • Chopped pecan
  • chopped almonds
  • cranberries
  • dried blueberries
  • powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Grease a 14x16 pan with coconut oil and set aside,
  3. In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.
  4. Whisk to combine well.
  5. Set aside.
  6. In a small microwavable bowl, melt butter (about 30 seconds).
  7. Add in water and milk to butter bowl and heat for an additional 30 seconds.
  8. Carefully mix together so heated through.
  9. Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture.
  10. Add the eggs and knead with hand until the dough is no longer sticky (do not overknead)
  11. Place in a bowl and cover with a tea towel for 20 minutes to rise. Make filling while dough rises. 

Make the Filling

  1. Add all the filling ingredients, reserving the additional 1/4 tsp apple pie spice for later, to a medium saucepan.

  2. Heat over medium for 10 minutes, only stirring 2-3 times max. This will bubble up a bit but that's fine.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Finish the Cinnamon Roll Wreath

  1. After dough has risen for 20 minutes, roll it out into the shape of a rectangle. This should be roughly 30x20 in size. Ensure that you don't have more dough in the middle than you do at the ends or your wreath will not be even.
  2. Spread the cooled caramel apple filling evenly across the rolled out dough. Work quickly so the filling doesn't harden.
  3. Evenly spread the remaining 1/4 tsp apple pie spice on top of the filling.
  4. Working from the longest side, tightly roll dough up. It's important that you get it as tight as possible.
  5. With the seam side down, cut the cinnamon roll in half length wise.
  6. Carefully place the two pieces side by side and place the right side over the left side.
  7. Continue to braid the two strands until you reach the end.
  8. Then carefully move the roll onto your greased baking sheet and form a circle, shaped like a wreath. 

  9. Cover lightly with aluminum foil.
  10. Turn the oven OFF and place the covered wreath into the oven for 35 minutes to let rise. 

  11. After the 35 minutes is up, turn the oven back ON to 375 degrees and remove the foil.
  12. Bake the caramel apple cinnamon roll wreath for 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center is cooked all the way through. Note: if your oven brown faster and you notice golden brown around 25 minutes, place the foil back on top.

Caramel Apple Icing

  1. Add 2 cups of apple cider to a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Reduce down to 1/2 cup liquid. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  3. Add in apple pie spice and reduced cider and blend until combined well.
  4. Place in fridge until ready for cinnamon roll wreath.
  5. Remove cinnamon roll wreath. If some of the filling has pooled into the middle, use a spoon and drizzle across the top of the wreath. Let cool.
  6. Top with caramel apple icing and optional toppings.
  7. Serves & Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

**Nutritional facts are just estimates. Please utilize your own brand nutritional values to double check against our estimates.  Nutritional labels to not include optional toppings, but does include icing.

Nutrition Facts
Festive Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Wreath
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 400 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 313mg 13%
Potassium 150mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 29g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 9.8%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 12.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.