Spiced Apple Butter Shortcut Sweet Rolls

Spiced Apple Butter Shortcut Sweet Rolls

I made more Apple Butter a couple weeks ago than two people can eat in months, and I didn’t really want to preserve it, so I just decided to find other ways to use. That shouldn’t be too hard, because like I mentioned in my Apple Butter post, there are tons of ways to use it. This week, I decided to make sweet rolls with it. And as y’all know, I like to make sweet rolls with store bought pizza dough. I’ve decided my favorite to use is from the bakery at Publix. They have balls of fresh pizza dough available for $3. So while this is a shortcut for me, it’s still homemade dough! Win win 😉 I decided to play up the spice in the apple butter through the glaze, too.

Ingredients

1 ball of Publix Bakery pizza dough

1/2 C Apple Butter

1 tbsp cinnamon

Glaze

2 C powdered sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla

1-2 tbsps milk/cream

Directions

Roll dough into a rectangle roughly 15 in long. Spread your Apple Butter so it covers the surface of the dough. Sprinkle cinnamon over the Apple Butter. Starting from the back, roll dough tightly onwards along the long side of the rectangle. Once you have rolled the dough all the way, pinch the seam closed. Turn the roll so the seam is facing downwards, and cut the roll into 8 pieces. Place them in a greased pan and let rise for at least an hour. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes. Make sure the inner parts of your rolls are done when you take them out of the oven!

Meanwhile, make the frosting. Mix all ingredients until smooth. Frost the rolls as soon as they come out of the oven.


As you can see, this recipe is super simple and has lots of fall flavor. Also, it’s easily customizable if you are in the mood for different flavors. Hope you enjoy!

xoxo,

Katie

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

My grandma has always made apple butter, and honestly, I’ve never really been interested in eating it or learning how to make it. It wasn’t sweet enough and I guess I put it in a “healthy” category (lol). Jelly was a different story – likely because it is chock full of sugar. But now, with jelly, I find myself trying to bring the flavors of the fruits to the forefront, and am delighted when I find a slightly tart flavor instead of being blasted with sweetness.

That said, as I get older, I think I appreciate the flavors of apple butter better. When I decided to make apple butter, I looked forward to tasting the cloves and nutmeg and cinnamon that complement the apples. I didn’t shy away from grabbing Granny Smith apples as I have in the past due to their tartness. And I’m super happy with the flavorful, equally tart and sweet, apple butter that turned out.

Ingredients

6 lbs of apples (Note: everyone has their own opinion of which apples are best for butters. Some are juicy and break down easier. Others are sweeter and require less added sugar. I just went for a combination of apples to try and get the deepest flavor. I used 2 lbs Red Delicious (break down easy, sweet), 2 lbs Granny Smith (combat overly sweet RDs), and 2 lbs Gala (a happy medium).

1 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cloves (I just crushed up whole cloves)

or

1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin spice in place of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves

1 pinch of salt

Directions

Peel, core, and cut apples into chunks/slices. Add apples to slow cooker and mix with the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours and low for 7-8 hours. Remove the lid and cook on high for 1 hour, stirring frequently. If your apple butter has chunks remaining, pour the butter in a blender to make it smooth, or use an immersion blender. Pour butter into jars.

Notes: Cook time is subjective. The cook time determines the thickness of your butter and the richness of your flavor.

This apple butter should last in the fridge for about one month. You will need to take additional steps for canning.


This apple butter took probably thirty minutes of active time from me. On top of that, my apartment smelled amazing for the whole 12+ hours it was cooking (and if we’re honest, a little afterwards because of the spills on my counter). And if you need another reason to make this apple butter, there are so many different ways to use it! I’m going to put in sweet rolls later this week, but you can use it to cook, bake, and just eat. I may try an apple butter pork chop recipe and an apple butter donut recipe. Stay tuned!

xoxo,

Katie