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Mini Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Here’s how to make mini apple and cinnamon rolls, a recipe inspired by a classic Romanian dessert.

This recipe for mini apple and cinnamon rolls is a real delight for the taste buds and was inspired by the classic Romanian crescent cookies with jam recipe. I made them in the vegan version – with no dairy products or eggs.

Easy Mini Apple Rolls Dessert

This recipe is a familiar presence in my kitchen, being indispensable for any celebration or special event. Although their preparation may seem laborious, the final result will reward you with a crunchy and aromatic delicacy. Instead of folding them in the classic shape of cones, you can opt for tiny rectangular pockets, giving them a simpler appearance. Try this version yourself and you will be rewarded with pure flavor and an inviting crunchy texture!

Are you looking for other recipes with cinnamon or apples? Try these delicious desserts: Homemade Apple Strudel, Dutch Apple Cake, Upside Down Apple Cake or Cinnamon Biscuits.

Mini Apple Cinnamon Rolls

About the classic recipe for crescent cookies with jam

Crescent cookies with jam are traditional cookies loved in many culinary cultures of Eastern and Central Europe, such as Romania, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic. The origin of these delicacies can be traced back to the medieval period, when they were prepared especially in households as festive desserts or to celebrate important moments in life.

In various regions, crescent cookies recipes may vary depending on the available ingredients and local preferences. For example, in Romania, they are often filled with plum jam, apricot jam or cherry jam, while in other countries other popular fillings are used, such as raspberry jam or chopped walnuts mixed with honey and cinnamon.

These cookies have become a beloved culinary tradition, being associated with moments of celebration and joy. They are often prepared in the family or in the community and served at festive events such as weddings, baptisms or religious holidays. Today, crescent cookies with jam continue to be appreciated for their delicious taste and for the nostalgia they bring, being a symbol of tradition and hospitality.

Mini Apple Rolls

Different filling options

Apart from the traditional filling with plum jam, there are many other delicious options for filling these cookies. Among them are apricot jam, cherry jam or even a combination of fruits such as apples or raspberries with chopped walnuts and cinnamon. These alternatives bring a variety of flavors and textures, offering the opportunity to experiment and create unique and personalized recipes.

If you want to give them an elegant and special look, I recommend you try them with rose jam. The result will be extraordinary, I assure you!

Mini Apple Cinnamon Rolls Easy Dessert
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Mini Apple Cinnamon Rolls
Here's how to make mini apple and cinnamon rolls, a recipe inspired by a classic Romanian dessert.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine European
Servings 10
Calories 377 kcal



  • 500 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 100 ml water
  • 100 ml oil


  • 1 kg apples grated
  • 150 g sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon


  • In a large skillet, add grated apples, cinnamon, and sugar. Cook over low heat until the apples are soft and moist while stirring continuously. When they’re ready leave them to cool down while making the dough.
  • In a large bowl, add flour. Make a hole in the flour and add the teaspoon of baking soda in that hole. Over the baking soda pour 1tsp of fresh lemon juice. Pour the glass filled with oil and water, little by little, while mixing using your hand. Knead the dough until it has a paste-like consistency and it’s smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle.
  • Cut 5 cm strips out of the dough (1.). On each strip, on one-half of the strip, add the apple filling and spread it evenly (2.). Roll the strip and press it a little (3.) . Do the same with the other strips. See instructions below.
    How to make mini apple and cinnamon rolls step by step instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 200C/392F. Place the large rolls on the baking tray (with parchment paper). Bake the rolls in the oven for 25-35 minutes. Remove the rolls from the oven and set aside to cool on a cooling rack.
  • Cut the rolls in 2cm mini rolls (4.) . Sprinkle with powdered sugar (optional).


Calories: 377kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.04gSodium: 116mgPotassium: 164mgFiber: 4gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 56IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 2mg
Keyword apple, cinnamon, cookies, rolls
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Wednesday 27th of March 2024

Loved the flavor!


Tuesday 22nd of January 2013

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