How to make Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls:
- Prepare your favorite recipe for cinnamon buns.
- After you have rolled out the dough, and you have spread the butter or margarine over the surface but not yet sprinkled on cinnamon sugar — take a can of apple pie filling and finely chop the (gooey, gooey) apples. Spread these over the margarine, then pour on that furry cinnamon-brown-sugar goodness. Roll up, slice, let rise, and bake as usual.
- While buns are rising, whip up some delicious cream cheese frosting — but add a healthy glug of bourbon to the mixture. (And vanilla, lots of vanilla.)
If you have a vanilla bean on hand, scrape out one half of it into your frosting instead of using vanilla extract. I dreamed of making an extra-thick icing accented with vanilla bean bits, then topping the buns with cute little melting, speckled scoops — faux à la mode!
Alas, for my batch this was not meant to be, but the rolls still tasted like some scrumptious apple danish / cinnamon bun hybrid with a naughty dash of booze.