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Apricot Sweet Rolls

July 27, 2016 (Last Updated: March 30, 2020)

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Fresh Apricots make a delicious filling in these Apricot Sweet Rolls. These are your favorite cinnamon roll filled with a fruit filing. 

Apricot Sweet Rolls in a baking dish.

I’m down to my final few apricots left from the Peach Man. I bought a huge box of ripe apricots from our local fruit stand that needed to be used right away. I made homemade apricot jam and I have made these apricot sweet rolls three times! The kids are in sweet roll heaven!

Sweet rolls filled with apricots on a plate.

For the first batch, I made an apricot filling with sugar, cornstarch and fresh cut apricots. When I went to roll up the dough I had nothing  but a giant mess.

The filling oozed out the sides and all over the counter. Then I cut the rolls….more mess. The end result was a delicious sweet roll, but I lost half the filling in the process.

A glaze being drizzled over a pan of sweet rolls.

I started batch two the next morning. This time I took the fresh apricots and cut them up into teeny tiny pieces. That was it.

Once the dough was rolled out, I brushed it with butter, sprinkled it with sugar and then sprinkled on the fresh cut apricots. Rolling the dough was just like rolling up cinnamon rolls; perfectly easy and absolutely beautiful.

The kids thought the rolls were delicious!

Apricots rolled into a cinnamon roll.

The third batch was simply because I still had a handful of apricots left and this time I just couldn’t resist!

I used my cinnamon roll recipe for the dough and then just added a very light sweet drizzle of icing at the end. It’s a good thing I’m out of apricots….I might be tempted to make another batch!

How to make Apricot Sweet Rolls

  1. In a large mixing bowl add milk, yeast and sugar. Let sit 5-10 minutes until yeast is bubbly.
  2. Add eggs, butter, salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix
  3. With mixer running, continue adding flour 1 cup at a time. 
  4. Knead dough
  5. Place in a well greased bowl and cover.
  6. Let stand until doubled, 60-90 minutes.
  7. Punch down and place on a flat surface.
  8. Roll out into a 12 x 18″ rectangle.
  9. Brush with melted butter (reserve some of the butter for the top of rolls)
  10. Sprinkle sugar over butter and then sprinkle cut apricots.
  11. Roll dough and seal seam.
  12. Cut into 1″ slices and place in a buttered baking dish.
  13. Let rise approx 30 minutes
  14. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

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Apricot Sweet Rolls topped with a sweet glaze

Apricot Sweet Rolls

Kathy
Perfect for breakfast or for a mid-morning snack. 
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 192 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup milk (warmed)
  • teaspoons yeast (or one package)
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 whole eggs
  • ½ cup butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 - 5½ cups all purpose flour

Filling

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh apricots

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl add milk, yeast and sugar. Let sit 5-10 minutes until yeast is bubbly.
  • Add eggs, butter, salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix
  • With mixer running, continue adding flour 1 cup at a time. You might not need all the flour.
  • Knead for 5 minutes in a stand mixer or 10 minutes by hand.
  • Place in a well greased bowl and cover.
  • Let stand until doubled, 60-90 minutes.
  • Punch down and place on a flat surface.
  • Roll out into a 12 x 18" rectangle.
  • Brush with melted butter (reserve some of the butter for the top of rolls)
  • Sprinkle sugar over butter and then sprinkle cut apricots.
  • Roll dough and seal seam.
  • Cut into 1" slices and place in a buttered baking dish.
  • Let rise approx 30 minutes
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Let cool in dish.
  • Mix glaze ingredients together and pour over baked and cooled cinnamon rolls.

Nutrition

Calories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 306mgPotassium: 81mgSugar: 18gVitamin A: 635IUVitamin C: 1.3mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword apricot, cinnamon rolls with fruit, sweet rolll recipe, sweet rolls
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46 Comments

  • Reply
    Pamela
    May 23, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Have you made them with gluten free flour, and an alternative sugar? Just wondering

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 23, 2020 at 10:16 am

      Hi Pamela,
      I have only made these sweet rolls as written in the recipe.
      Kathy

  • Reply
    Diane Marie Lockard
    April 16, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Hi, my grandma made these ur she put the dough in ice water. I don’t know why . Do you know why she did that? They we’re e so good!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 17, 2020 at 6:07 am

      I don’t know why she’d put it into ice water! I find old techniques so interesting and I love reading old cookbooks, but this is one I haven’t heard before. I’m glad you enjoyed these sweet rolls.

  • Reply
    Christie
    August 11, 2016 at 3:23 am

    5 stars
    I love sweet rolls, but I never thought to use apricot. Looks so good!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 11, 2016 at 6:11 am

      They are pretty addicting!

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