Desserts

Bitchin’ Bacon Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Yes, you read that correctly. Bacon. Apple. Cinnamon. All wrapped together into one giant, fluffy, sweet roll of goodness. The idea occurred to me after seeing a post on Pinterest about rolling apples into a cinnamon roll. Great idea, right? But what if you add bacon too? When you mix bacon with something sweet like cinnamon or chocolate, the flavor becomes a luxurious, smoky, saltiness. I used thick-cut maple bacon and honey-crisp apples in these mega rolls. I wanted a bacon that would really accent the cinnamon well, and I chose to use a honey-crisp apple because I wanted a real, apple-y apple flavor without the tartness.  

I would have loved to make these from scratch, but for the first time around, I chose to experiment with a cheap, easy starting point – Hello, Pillsbury Doughboy. I popped open the can (the loud crack scared the crap out of the cats, but it kept them out of the kitchen for once) and unrolled the cinnamon buns. I cut the honey-crisp apple into thin slices and halved them, then placed them on the unrolled rolls, about an inch apart from each other. Next, I cut the bacon, already cooked, into sizeable chunks, and placed them in between the apples. 
Then came the challenge of re-rolling the unrolled cinnamon rolls. Yep. It wasn’t difficult, just slippery. Some of the cinnamon filling came off, but I just brushed it back over top of the cinnamon rolls when they were on the baking sheet. 

I followed the basic directions and baked them for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. When they were lightly browned, I pulled them out of the oven and immediately laid the glaze over top of them. 

These rolls were amazing! Like I said earlier, the savory saltiness of the bacon added great depth and contrast to the sweet icing and warm cinnamon. My friend, Mary, was over while I was making these, and she asked if I would make these for her birthday instead of a birthday cake. Before I had popped these suckers in the oven, she was telling me about how she wouldn’t want one, because she doesn’t like baked apples! Mary and I each ate one, and then split a second. Bronson ate the other three. It was a Friday night, we were willing to spend the night on the couch, nursing food comas. 

I hope that you all enjoy these incredibly bitchin’ bacon apple cinnamon rolls as much as we did. What do you think, bacon in desserts – yay or nay?

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