Caramel Apple Rolls and a trip to Puerto Nuevo

Caramel Apple Rolls and a trip to Puerto Nuevo

Carmel Apple Rolls

For the last few years I have been without a valid passport. It was always on my list of things to do, but I somehow never got around to doing it. Well, when we booked our Europe tickets last year, it was something that had to be done! Now that I have it, I want to go everywhere!

Carmel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

About two weeks after returning home from Europe, I took a day trip down south the Mexico. I had been wanting to do it forever! A friend and I left early and made our way to Puerto Nuevo for some fresh lobster and shopping. If you are a lobster fan, this is where you need to go!

Lobster in Puerto Vallarta

Tortilla Factory

For about $20 per person, we got huge fresh delicious lobster with melted butter, rice, beans, chips, salsa, and soup. So much delicious food!!! We of course could not resist a couple margaritas. Let me tell you that margaritas in Mexico are not the same as in the States! After two, I was walking on the clouds!

Candy Vallarta

Candy Stand

After lunch we did some shopping. The candies and dried fruit displays were spectacular, and they drive a hard bargain.

Churro Cart

After shopping we decided to head back home. Although stuffed to the brim, I could not resist the fresh Churros that were being made right next to our car. Since we sat for about 2 hours, I got out and had them make a few fresh batches to eat and take home. All in all it was an amazing afternoon, and one that I will be doing again next weekend!


While shopping, my friend recommended that I buy this caramel sauce, Cajeta. I couldn’t actually see it as it was wrapped up in thin wood and plastic but I took her word for it. HOLY CARAMEL-this stuff is to die for!!

I wanted to cook with it so that I could get it out of my house. For some reason the thing is a magnet to a spoon and my mouth. Since it is fall, Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls were a must.

Caramel Apple Rolls

Now if you can’t get your hands on this liquid gold, regular caramel sauce will do the trick. I also drizzled the caramel over the tops along with a simple vanilla bean glaze. We enjoyed the rolls for breakfast and dessert. My thighs were exceptionally happy when the rolls (and caramel) were gone. Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 1 hour

Yield: 9 large rolls or 12 medium rolls


  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package instant yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups peeled and diced apples
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Caramel Sauce for drizzle (optional)
  • Vanilla Glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine warm milk, melted butter.
  3. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour milk mixture and egg into the center.
  4. With your mixer attached with the dough hook, or your hands, knead dough until it forms a ball and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl.
  5. Place dough in a well greased bowl and lightly cover with plastic wrap.
  6. Let dough rest in a dark cool corner until it doubles in size, about 30 minutes.
  7. While dough is rising, make apples.
  8. In a medium sized saucepan set on medium heat, melt butter.
  9. Add apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon and cook until the apples are soft, stirring often, for about 5-7 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  11. When dough has doubled in size, punch down.
  12. On a lightly floured surface, roll into a 16x9 inch rectangle.
  13. Spread Caramel Sauce over dough.
  14. Sprinkle with cooked apples and cinnamon.
  15. Tightly roll the dough beginning with the long side.
  16. Pinch together the edges.
  17. Slice rolls evenly into 9 large or 12 medium sized rolls.
  18. Place rolls into a lightly greased 9x13 inch pan.
  19. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise again while you are preheating your oven.
  20. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  21. Bake rolls for 15-18 minutes or until the centers are lightly golden brown in color.
  22. Allow to cool while making the vanilla drizzle.
  23. To make the vanilla glaze, combine powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk. Whisk until smooth.
  24. Drizzle caramel sauce and vanilla glaze over rolls if desired.

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6 Responses to Caramel Apple Rolls and a trip to Puerto Nuevo

  1. chris September 28, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    Hello! I enjoyed reading about your travels and the food associated with it. I am always intimidated by making homemade rolls but this one looks so easy, I am going to give it a shot! I love this blog! Thanks for sharing. 🙂


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