Apple Pecan & Honey Sticky Rolls

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What’s Up, Hungry People?

Some nights, the craving for something sweet hits me like a sugar-coated freight train. That’s when I go on a scavenger hunt in my fridge. And tonight, folks, the fridge gods smiled upon me! Lo and behold, I found a can of rolled sheet dough and some good ol’ apples. You guessed it; that’s when the light bulb went on!

Here’s What You Need

  • Apples: Provide the fruity, tart foundation for the rolls. Choose a variety that holds up well when baked.
  • Honey: Acts as a natural sweetener and binds the filling together. Adds a touch of floral sweetness.
  • Crushed Pecans: Give a nutty crunch for texture contrast and a hint of earthiness. Used in the filling and as a topping.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a zesty tang and helps to preserve the color of the apple slices.
  • Water: Thins out the filling mixture, making it easier to spread over the dough.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds caramel-like sweetness and helps to thicken the filling.
  • Sheet Dough: The vehicle for the filling, providing a flaky and tender base for the rolls.
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Let’s Cook!

First things first, I took those apples and gave them a good slicing—skins on, thank you very much! Aim for thin slices, about half an inch. Then I tossed them into a small bowl, adding honey, a pinch of brown sugar, and a squirt of lemon for good measure. Usually, I’d let these apples hang out and soak up all that sugary goodness for at least ten minutes. But let’s be real, the craving was real, and patience was running low. I gave ’em a whopping three minutes to get their act together. Still turned out to be a hit, if I do say so myself.

Rolling and Slicing

Alright, here’s the fun part. Unroll that sheet dough and lay it flat on your workspace. I slathered my apple-honey-pecan concoction evenly across the dough. No skimping, people! Then, I rolled that bad boy back up and took a knife to it. Aim for uniform slices, each about 1 1/2 inches thick. Trust me; uniformity is your friend here.

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Into the Oven, They Go!

To make sure these sticky rolls didn’t turn into a sticky mess, I took an extra precaution. I nestled each roll into its own little home in a greased cupcake tin. It helps them keep their shape and makes for easy removal later.

Here’s What You Need for Optional Glaze

For those of you with a sweet tooth that’s off the charts, I got you covered. Whip up a quick glaze with some milk and powdered sugar. Drizzle that heavenly liquid over the top of the rolls for an extra sugar kick. But hey, they’re your rolls; you do you!

Tips for Perfecting Your Apple Pecan & Honey Sticky Rolls

  • Choosing the Right Apple: Opt for apples that are both sweet and tart, like Fuji or Honeycrisp. These varieties maintain their structure when baked, providing a nice texture contrast.
  • Consistent Slicing: Uniform apple slices will cook evenly and make it easier to roll the dough. If you’re up for it, a mandoline slicer could be your best friend here.
  • Leftover Filling: If you end up with extra filling, don’t toss it. Save it and serve it over yogurt or oatmeal for a tasty breakfast the next morning.
  • Don’t Rush the Resting: The filling needs time to meld flavors and dissolve the sugar. Don’t skip the 10-15 minute rest; patience pays off here.
  • Testing Doneness: Use a toothpick to check if the rolls are cooked through. Insert it into the center of a roll; if it comes out clean or with just a few crumbs, they’re ready.
  • Storing Leftovers: These rolls are best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container. Reheat for a few seconds in the microwave before serving.
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Alright, Hungry People, get ready to dazzle your taste buds and impress even the pickiest of eaters with these apple pecan & honey sticky rolls. They’re not just a dessert; they’re a full-on experience. Perfect for late-night munchies, surprise guests, or even a little self-indulgence.

And let’s be honest, the only thing better than eating these rolls is the heavenly aroma that fills your kitchen while they’re baking. Whether you go all out with the extra glaze or enjoy them as they are, satisfaction is pretty much guaranteed. Enjoy!

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Apple Pecan & Honey Sticky Rolls

The Starving Chef
Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with these flaky, nutty, and fruity sticky rolls.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Bread, Fall
Cuisine Bread, Fall Foods
Servings 12 rolls


  • 1 cup apple thinly sliced and chopped
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons crushed pecans + more for topping
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 can sheet dough


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, stir together the chopped apples, honey, pecans, lemon juice, and water. Let the filling rest for 10-15 minutes, or until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  • Unroll the dough onto a floured surface. Spread the filling evenly across the dough. (You may have some leftover filling.)
  • Roll the dough back onto itself, tucking in the edges. Cut the roll into evenly sized pinwheels.
  • Grease a cupcake tin and place one pinwheel in each hole. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Sprinkle additional crushed pecans on top of the rolls. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!
Keyword apples, honey, rolls, walnuts
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