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Apple Rolls

These small rolls taste wonderful and if you taste one still hot from the oven dripping with glaze I dare say you won't eat only one! I first tried this recipe many years ago and it was a always a hit whenever I served them. Tonight I am serving them as a dessert for our supper guests!
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Apples, approximately 2 1/2 ( I used McIntosh but I am sure any baking apple would do)
  1. Cut shortening into dry ingredients. 
  2. Add cream and mix with fork till you can handle the dough and forms into a ball.
  3. Cover dough and refrigerate for 1 or 2 hours.
  4. Roll out, not too thin and cut in squares.
  5. Peel and core the apples and cut into quarters, I make these rolls small so I cut the apples into eighths. (approximate) 
  6. Place an eighth of an apple on a square of dough and roll them up placing them on the pan. To make them look a little 'fancier' I place the apple piece diagonally on the square of dough and bring up 2 corners and pinch them on top.
  7. Bake at 400ยบ for 17 minutes or until golden in color.
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 teaspoons warm water
  1. Mix and brush on the apple rolls while they are still hot.
  2. Yield: 30 'delectable' apple rolls


  1. oh betty...i remember these, when i worked a the nursing home one lady's daughter would bring these in for the staff and they were sooo good and now i have the recipe, i am so excited.....{well i would rather have them given to me, but i guess i can bake them my self if i must....grin}

  2. Wow! I just came across your site. The recipes look wonderful!

  3. Yum! Anything apple always gets my attention...and these look great.

  4. Mmmmmm! Those apple rolls look scrumptious!!

    I know what we're having for dessert tonight!

  5. Wow...I wish I was there to eat those with my morning coffee I am sipping right now. In fact....I wish I could take a few for my afternoon coffee as well. Amazingly beautiful and I know it will taste fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Lucky guests.

  6. Those look awesome. I love cooking and drinking buttermilk.

  7. Delectable looking. . I will defiantely try these. . .that Mennonite Cookbook is wonderful now that we have pictures. . .smile.

  8. Oh they look like they'd melt in your mouth!

  9. Your guests are sure to enjoy the fellowship....and the dessert. I have never made this recipe, but I will now. Kathy

  10. These are so soft and fluffy... melt in your mouth :) ~ Ali

  11. OOOH those look like HEAVEN. I am going to pick up some items just for these with my grocery list this week, TY so much for sharing, I just love your recipes :)

  12. Mmmmmmm ... I can just taste them!

  13. Wow, that old cookbook is coming to life! These look really good!

  14. Uhmmmm! What a warm and delicious dessert to serve your guests! I like the glaze idea and must try your recipe! The apple dumplings I make have an orange glaze which is good but too sticky to handle.

    Thanks for stopping by Esther's Insights. Always good to hear from you!

  15. no I meant to say, I've used an orange sauce. Not a glaze but will definitely try the glaze idea.

  16. How wonderful. I just found your site and I am excited to see all the great recipes. Thank you!

  17. Definitely cut the apples into eighths! I have a pampered chef corer/slicer that cuts 10 slices at a time. Although the rolls turned out wonderful, they would have been just that much more wonderful with a bit more apple in the middle. The pastry is "melt in your mouth" rich. I took the challenge of trying to eat just one fresh out of the oven...I failed and had two...quite happily. Very good recipe.

  18. hmmm
    and where was I when you made these hmm???

  19. These are amazing! My husband and I ate almost a whole batch before they were completely cooled....

  20. I made a batch of these today - they were wonderful! I sprinkled cinnamon on half of them, and we enjoyed them that way as well. Thanks so much for a wonderful recipe that I'm sure I'll make again!


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