Cranberry Apple Sticky Buns

by Kate on November 7, 2013

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Thank you to Red Star Yeast for sponsoring today’s post! You can find helpful hints, tips and more wonderful recipes over on Red Star Yeast

When the weather cools down and autumn’s crisp air settles upon us, I begin getting excited. Autumn means warm cups of hot chocolate and lattes, cozy nights in front of the fireplace, family gatherings and holidays. With the holidays approaching comes the more often emergence of my favorite meal, the family brunch. I love hosting holiday brunches. I love lazy mornings spent cooking a big meal with so many choices and getting a late start the leisurely eating and connecting with family and friends.

I like to prepare something with eggs like a strata or  little bite-size quiche. Freshly squeezed juices and a bright fruit salad are always a special touch. I also like to make freshly baked sweet breads. My Cinnamon Pear Twist Bread is always requested but this year I’ll be changing it up a bit. After discovering a recipe for sweet, tender sticky buns over on the Red Star Yeast website, I knew I wanted to make them.

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At first, I made them just the way Red Star Yeast intended. Sticky, spiced yeasted breakfast bun perfection. Breakfast was definitely a hit that day with the girls. So much so that I had to make another batch just two days later at the request of Maddy. As the dough was rising and we began to make the filling, she asked if we could have fruit in our sticky buns. Talk about a fantastic idea!

We added fresh apples and dried cranberries inside those cinnamon filled rolls which added a nice autumn feel to classic comfort food. During the cool autumn and winter days, sticky buns are food that warm the body and soul from the inside out. Tender rolls fresh from the oven wafting scents of cinnamon through your home. The taste of sweet apples and tart cranberries. These are the flavors of the holiday season and the ones that will bring your family together, gathered around a table for a meal that will make memories cherished for years to come.

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Cranberry Apple Sticky Buns

3 hours

Yield: 12 servings

Cranberry Apple Sticky Buns

Tender sticky buns filled with warm cinnamon, sweet apples and tart cranberries that will make any breakfast or brunch something truly special.


  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Quick Rise Yeast
  • 1/4 cup water, warm (120 degrees)
  • 1/2 cup milk, warm (120 degrees)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • Filling:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vietnamese cinnamon
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped apple pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, whisk together 1 cup flour, the salt, sugar and yeast. Add the warm water, warm milk and butter. Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes. Add the egg and continue to beat 1 minute longer. With the mixer on medium, gradually add the remaining flour then continue to knead the dough an additional 7-8 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
  2. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise at warm room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Add the apple pieces and cranberries. Toss to coat. Set aside.
  4. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish and set aside.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Deflate and pat out the dough to a 15x12-inch rectangle. Spread the dough with softened butter. Sprinkle the apple cranberry mixture over the dough.
  6. Starting with a small side, roll the dough up and pinch the seam closed. Cut into 12 slices and place in prepared baking dish. Cover and let rise at warm room temperature until plump and dough holds the indentation of a finger when gently poked.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake rolls in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove rolls from pan and move to a wire rack. Cool or serve warm.


Adapted from Red Star Yeast

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos November 7, 2013 at 8:12 am

I love this combo!! Wishing I had one with my morning coffee 🙂


Jersey Girl Cooks November 7, 2013 at 9:04 am

Now this is a great breakfast. They look wonderful and the added fruit is a great idea, Maddy!


Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig November 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

These look amazing, what a perfect holiday breakfast they would be!!!


ChristineM November 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

oh that looks really delicious! Maddy asking for fruit to be added is so great. I would have said, can we add chocolate?? LOL


Red Star Yeast November 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Love the holiday spin you put on these sticky buns. Glad your family enjoyed eating them. Thanks for baking with us!


suzanne November 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I love cinnamon buns almost obsessively so. Love the apples and cranberries in these. I use red star yeast gonna make these this week.


Anna (Hidden Ponies) November 8, 2013 at 12:39 am

I love everything about these, Kate! Pinned – I need to make these this fall!


Aya @ The Healthy Appetite Blog November 8, 2013 at 4:42 am

These look so good! It would also be nice to make an apple and fresh cranberry compote and put that in the filling, in case people don’t want to use dried cranberry. Thanks for the recipe! 😀



Dina November 8, 2013 at 11:56 am

I like the seasonal ingredients. they look yummy!


Jennifer | Bake or Break November 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm

These look great! I need to bake more things like this!


Nora (Buttercream Fanatic) November 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Tall fluffy cinnamon rolls are my favorite! I really love the unexpected filling!


Betsi Campbell November 10, 2013 at 12:05 pm

This blog was recommended to me by Taking on Magazines Christine. Thanks, Christine


Kate November 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Welcome Betsi! Hope you’ll come back again 🙂 Happy to have you here!


Amanda January 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Made these today! They were excellent, but I did add a little cream cheese icing since my husband likes them better that way.


Kate January 8, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Ooo! I bet a little cream cheese icing made these even better! I think I’ll give it a try your way next time. So glad you enjoyed them!


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