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Apricot Sweet Rolls

July 27, 2016 (Last Updated: November 14, 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!

A sweet roll filled with apricots on a white plate.

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. These sweet rolls are delicious!

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A glass baking dish filled with sweet rolls with apricots.

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Apricot Sweet Rolls topped with a sweet glaze

Apricot Sweet Rolls

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


  • 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


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


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


  • 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 10 minutes.
  • 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.


Calories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 306mgPotassium: 81mgSugar: 18gVitamin A: 635IUVitamin C: 1.3mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword apricot sweet rolls, cinnamon rolls with fruit, sweet rolll recipe, sweet rolls
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  • Reply
    Kathy Chapman
    June 25, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    I tried this today. Easy to follow recipe, but I wasn’t sure how long to knead the dough. I added slivered almonds and made the drizzle from apricot liquor and powdered sugar.

    • Reply
      June 28, 2020 at 6:14 am

      Hi – I love the addition of almonds and the apricot liquor in the icing! Yum!!! For kneading, I usually knead for 5 – 10 minutes.

  • Reply
    May 23, 2020 at 10:13 am

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

    • Reply
      May 23, 2020 at 10:16 am

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

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    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
      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
    August 11, 2016 at 3:23 am

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

    • Reply
      August 11, 2016 at 6:11 am

      They are pretty addicting!

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