Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

2 packages (4 1/2 tsp) dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
4 eggs
8 1/2 – 9 cups flour

5 cups diced, peeled and cored apples
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 tsp cinnamon

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Butter Pecan “Caramel” Rolls

Over 28 years ago, I became “Best of Friends” with a cookbook. It was a wedding shower gift from my mother-in-law and is the single cookbook I gravitate toward first, especially when planning a holiday or family gathering. I have discovered so many favorites between the two covers, recently they had to be laminated and re-bound. Countless pages are stained from nuggets of goodness being dribbled or splattered upon them. The good news is there are two additional editions from Darlene Glantz Skees; Best of Friends, Too! and Best of Friends, Festive Occasions. Unfortunately, all editions went out of print following Darlene’s death in 1998. A few copies can be found online using the second hand market. I know this because several times I have considered buying spare copies, concerned my books will become un-usable and then, what? I said they were my favorites!

I want to share Darlene’s absolute best recipe for “caramel” or butter pecan cinnamon rolls! It is a recipe I have perfected over the years, often keeping a dozen rolls in the freezer, specifically for guests or to share as a hostess treat when we travel to the homes of friends & family.

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