A great substitute for those heavy, buttery cinnamon roll recipes. This one will blow you away. Just remember that the dough before the first rising may be a bit sticky, but not adding any more flour at this point guarantees a fluffy masterpiece.

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 rolls
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir 1 tablespoon of the sugar and the yeast into the warm water in a small bowl. The water should be no more than 100 degrees F (40 degrees C). Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam. Whisk together the cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl; set aside.

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  • Beat together the eggs, applesauce, salt, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar in a large bowl. Stir in the yeast mixture. Beat in half of the flour mixture until no dry spots remain. Stir in the remaining flour, a 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition to form a sticky dough. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until fairly smooth but still sticky, about 8 minutes.

  • Lightly oil a large bowl, then place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a light cloth and let rise in a warm place (80 to 95 degrees F (27 to 35 degrees C)) for 30 minutes. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

  • Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a 16x20 inch rectangle. Spread the honey over the dough; sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon sugar and raisins. Beginning with the long side, roll the dough tightly into a log shape, and pinch to seal the seam. Cut into 12 equal size pieces. Place the rolls into the prepared pan cut side up. Cover the pan with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.

  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

240 calories; protein 6.5g 13% DV; carbohydrates 50.6g 16% DV; fat 1.4g 2% DV; cholesterol 31mg 10% DV; sodium 111.6mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2009
GENIUS!!! Absolutely the scummiest Cinnamon Rolls!!! Followed the recipe to the letter and they turned out light & fluffy as promised. The WHOLE family (3yrs - 30yrs) loved them and as they have no butter I enjoyed an extra one:) So glad I made a double batch!!! Swapped Raisins for Choc Chips in half batch the result was absolutely wicked!!! Teya in Aus Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2009
I tried this recipe and they turned out okay. They're definitely not cinnamon buns though; without the butter and sugar they are really yeast rolls with raisins. Very light not very sweet. Good with butter. Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2009
GENIUS!!! Absolutely the scummiest Cinnamon Rolls!!! Followed the recipe to the letter and they turned out light & fluffy as promised. The WHOLE family (3yrs - 30yrs) loved them and as they have no butter I enjoyed an extra one:) So glad I made a double batch!!! Swapped Raisins for Choc Chips in half batch the result was absolutely wicked!!! Teya in Aus Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2009
These are very light and fluffy when you eat them! I followed the recipe except I didnt add raisins. They are scrumptious! I added a powdered sugar glaze once they cooled down a bit. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2010
These look and smell great and I love how low in fat they are! The texture is wonderfully soft as well. However they need to be a bit sweeter. I will definitely make them again with some more sugar and maybe some cinnamon in the dough. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2009
I tried this recipe and they turned out okay. They're definitely not cinnamon buns though; without the butter and sugar they are really yeast rolls with raisins. Very light not very sweet. Good with butter. Read More
(9)
Rating: 2 stars
11/13/2009
Sorry these were a no go for me. I wouldn't rate it so low if it hadn't taken over 2 hours to make (probably a 3 if it had taken less than an hour). I followed the recipe and they were so bland the dough was gross and we had to add butter and lots more sugar and cinnamon mixture just to eat them. I do lots of healthy baking and converting recipes into healthier versions of themselves but a no to these. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2009
These were great. I made them for the first time this weekend. I added some variations to this recipe. I added apple cinnamon cider mix about a table spoon to the batter and omitted the raisins. I was having issues with my oven so I had to refrigerate overnight and they were huge in the morning. Tip: if you let them rise longer then instructed keep them spaced out some were 4-5 inches across. AWESOME!!! A new favorite! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/14/2009
They were not my favorite cinnamon roll. I found this recipe last night and made them. They were a little bland on taste and the bread from them would be good in something else. It didn't realy work for cinnamon rolls. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2011
I made my icing with powdered sugar lemon juice & vanilla. It really complimented the gooey rolls! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/29/2010
Different everybody like them Next time I use more applesauce. yummy rolls Read More
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