Heirloom Apple Rolls are a 200 year old family recipe, with warm spices, baked and then drizzled with warm cream.

Heirloom Apple Rolls - A Very special recipe that's over 200 years old!

There is nothing quite as wonderful as an heirloom recipe that has stood the test of time. This one is over 200 years old and as delicious as the day it was dreamed up! Share this recipe from Sweet Basil’s new cookbook “Our Sweet Basil Kitchen” with your friends today! It’s swimming in cream, so it’s bound to be special!

It’s  about time I finally got around to sharing this recipe! It’s been baked, devoured, and ready and waiting to share for WEEKS. These heirloom apple rolls were one of the last things I baked in our old apartment, as a way to “Procrasti-bake” my time, instead of packing. And it was the perfect distraction from the chaos of life at the time.

It also happens to be a family recipe from my dear blogging friend Carrian and her husband Cade in their new cookbook Our Sweet Basil Kitchen. I’ve known Carrian for years now, having spent time together in Idaho. I was drawn to her immediately for her absolutely radiant smile and kind heart. We bonded about family, married life, traveling, and well, duh, food. Heirloom Apple Rolls - A Very special recipe that's over 200 years old!

It was four more years until Ben and I would be starting our family, but our heart to heart talk over dinner about family was definitely a defining talk for me and it was so special to connect with someone who knew exactly what I felt about having kids. Having her two beautiful girls, she understood my desire for kids, and how excited I was about the milestones in life that Ben and I would share, especially this one. I cried.

Yeah, I’m really good at first impressions. Between a good talk, a good steak, and a good glass of red wine I was basically a puddle.  Heirloom Apple Rolls - A Very special recipe that's over 200 years old!

So as I flipped through her cookbook, filled with love, and absolutely incredible food – like the sausage breakfast cake with maple butter sauce, or the heirloom tomato tart – my tummy is grumbling constantly no matter how many times I flip through these pages.

And there is a quite substantial dessert section with too many beautiful recipes to name here.

I was so pleased to get to make this special recipe from Carrian and Cade. They are kind people who really put their heart into their work. And I know from eating this entire pan of heirloom apple rolls, it is one of a kind. 

Ingredients for Heirloom Apple Rolls

  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  •  Unsalted Butter
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Apples
  • Sugar
  • Water

Heirloom Apple Rolls - A Very special recipe that's over 200 years old!

For more apple recipes, try these!

Easy Apple Pie Danishes

Skillet Apple Tarte Tatin

Apple Pie Spiced Applesauce


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Heirloom Apple Rolls - A Very special recipe that's over 200 years old!

Heirloom Apple Rolls

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  • Author: Megan Keno
  • Prep Time: 35 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Rolls 1x
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


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  • 2 cups Flour
  • 4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter, chilled and cubed
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Butter, melted
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 cups grated Apples
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups Water


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add in the 1/4 cup of the chilled butter, and cut it into the flour until it becomes a sand-like texture. Add in the milk and stir until a dough forms.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough into an oblong sheet, about 1/4″ thick, and brush it with the melted butter.

In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Cover the dough with the grated apples and sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top. Roll the dough out jelly rolls/cinnamon rolls style, and cut it into 1 1/2″ thick slices and place them cut side down into a 9×13 inch baking dish.

In a small sauce pan, create a simple syrup with the remaining 1 cup sugar and 2 cups of water. when the sugar has completely dissolved, gently pour the syrup around the rolls.

Bake the rolls about 40 minutes, or until they have enlarged to fill the whole pan. remove from the oven and serve warm with cream poured over the top or a scoop of ice cream.