Apple Walnut Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

by Andie Mitchell on October 21, 2010

In all my years on the internet, I’ve received three unforgettable emails. Each were typed by my mother. I picture her sitting at the keyboard, perfectly positioned to type as though she were being tested for proficiency. Either full caps or none at all. Her nose turned slightly up at the computer because she can’t quite see the 24” monitor. And truth be told, neither can I at 25 years old.

These electronic notes are the joy of my existence. They say something. About me, about her, about my level of discretion when it comes to my inbox. The fact that we must email back and forth despite speaking on the phone twice a day, ten minutes per conversation. Let’s just say the umbilical cord is very stretched.

The first email appeared in my inbox the day my mother discovered the internet. Throughout her note to me, she continually referred to her own ‘website,’ insisting that “I checked my website and it said…Well, if you look on my website…” I later came to understand her website to be Google. How I wish that Google were hers, and hers alone. Any innocent search would immediately yield results involving a stick of butter and a scalding hot bath- the things my mother believes in.  But that’s beside the point. She ended the email with a neatly packaged, “Alright Skippies, see you later. Bye. Call me. Okay I love you. Oh and have a good time if you go to that party. Enjoy it. Okay, I’ll be thinking about you. I love you to pieces. Love, Ma.”

Truly perfect.

The second best email was one that I’d like to have chiseled into stone. It was beautiful. Intense and loving and honest and pure.

Love, articulated.

And then there was the third email. It began and ended with, “Andrea, Nana’s mad at you. Or me. She’s mad. At one of us. Let’s send her cinnamon rolls.” I should note that it also ended with a, “P.S. Should I cut bangs?”

Just so you know, she looks fabulous with bangs.

The genius of email is the terseness. The quick sentences, the directness. It speaks volumes about the two of us. It made me realize what that thing is that my mother’s emails have that others don’t. She writes as she speaks. Her emails are truer to her nature than say, someone who makes a distinction between the written and spoken word. She’d happily be shouting them through a phone line (and I do mean shouting) if it were just a tad later in the morning, and we weren’t three hours apart. Mind you, I’ve been living on the west coast for about five months now and she has still not acknowledged a time difference. I can’t quite count the number of times I’ve had to remind her that I can’t go to bed just yet, as it’s barely 5pm.

But back to the email itself. It’s brilliant. The notion is that if indeed my grandmother was mad at one of us (highly likely), cinnamon rolls would have been the surefire way to appease her. And it wasn’t even as if Nana liked cinnamon rolls in particular. In fact she didn’t care much for desserts, unless Caramello was in question (luckily we forgave her for her faults). It’s just that mom believes in the unfailing ability of sugar and butter to mend just about anything. Relationships included. And while I speak quite honestly about my own beliefs that food isn’t always love, sometimes it is. Sometimes it really is.

And I don’t question her. I just do.

I baked the cinnamon rolls.  Nothing says “I love you and I’m sorry that you’re mad at me. Please allow me to butter and sugar you into sweet oblivion” better than tart apples and toasted walnuts tucked inside buttery soft cinnamon rolls. The gooey, sticky, cinnamon-spiced coils of fluffy sweet dough. A heavy-handed drizzling of apple cider glaze. Cinnamon buns in a cupcake cloak. They puffed in my oven and scented my house in the same warm way an apple spice candle does. And when I bit into one, I was certain that my mother was right. Cinnamon rolls make everything better.

These are not light, they are not classically healthy, they can’t even be considered simple. But they are divine, and seasonal and perfect in their own right. Not everything should be virtuously healthy, and some things are best in all their decadence. Cinnamon buns are those things.

Make them for a fall gathering, make them for your family, make them on Thanksgiving morning.

Apple Walnut Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Let’s get started, shall we?

Heat the milk in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave for about one minute.

Add the yeast followed by the sugar, and stir to dissolve.

Now add two cups of flour and the salt and beat for a full two minutes.

Add the softened butter and eggs and beat until the mixture is well combined.

Add the rest of the flour, half a cup at a time, and beat thoroughly after each addition.


Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a floured surface. Knead the dough for five minutes, until it has become soft and elastic.


Put the dough in a large bowl, cover it with a kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm area for 40 minutes. It will double in size.

Now make the filling: Combine the sugars, cinnamon, pecans, and apples in a large bowl.

Now turn the dough out onto the counter and roll it out 1/4” thick into a rectangular shape. Use a pastry brush to spread half of the butter over the surface.

Use a pastry brush to spread half of the butter over the surface.

Now spread the filling evenly over the dough, leaving a 1 to 1 1/2″ border around all sides.

Start at one end (of the long side) and roll, tucking the dough gently over the filling.

Cut the log into 24 pieces and place each inside one of the cups of a muffin tin lined with paper liners.

Cover the cupcakes with a towel and let them rise in a warm place for an additional 40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350º. Brush the remaining butter evenly on the tops of the cupcakes and bake for 20 minutes. The tops will be a light golden brown.

Make the glaze: In a small bowl, stir to dissolve the powdered sugar in the apple cider. Drizzle this glaze over the cupcakes.

Apple Walnut Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

(recipe by Stephanie Polack, as seen on PaulaDeen.com)

makes 24 cupcakes

Cinnamon Roll Ingredients
2 cups 2% milk
1 tablespoon (.5 oz) active dry yeast
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
6 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 eggs
¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature

Filling Ingredients
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup loosely chopped walnuts, toasted
2 cups finely chopped tart apples

Apple Cider Glaze Ingredients
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon apple cider

Heat the milk in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave for about one minute.

Add the yeast followed by the sugar, and stir to dissolve.

Now add two cups of flour and the salt and beat for a full two minutes.

Add the softened butter and eggs and beat until the mixture is well combined.

Add the rest of the flour, half a cup at a time, and beat thoroughly after each addition.

Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a floured surface. Knead the dough for five minutes, until it has become soft and elastic.

Put the dough in a large bowl, cover it with a kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm area for 40 minutes. It will double in size.

Now turn the dough onto the counter and roll it out 1/4” thick into a rectangular shape. Use a pastry brush to spread half of the butter over the surface.

Now make the filling: Combine the sugars, cinnamon, pecans, and apples in a large bowl.

Spread this mixture over the dough, leaving a 1” border all around.

Carefully tuck the dough over the filling and roll into a long log, starting on one of the long ends.

Cut the log into 24 pieces and place each inside one of the cups of a muffin tin lined with paper liners.

Cover the cupcakes with a towel and let them rise in a warm place for an additional 40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350º. Brush the remaining butter evenly on the tops of the cupcakes and bake for 20 minutes. The tops will be a light golden brown.

Make the glaze: In a small bowl, stir to dissolve the powdered sugar in the apple cider. Drizzle this glaze over the cupcakes.

{ 214 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica @ How Sweet October 21, 2010 at 8:25 am

Not only do these sound delicious, but they are SO cute! I really am intrigued by the apple cider glaze. I love all things apple, especially apple cider.

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Erica October 21, 2010 at 8:25 am

oh my gosh- this is just brilliant! I love the apples all tucked in. Its like the strudel I made this weekend in mini form. Beautiful. My mom is the same way with technology. She once emailed me to ask how to forward something… ;)

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Heather October 21, 2010 at 8:32 am

Gorgeous. These made me so hungry.

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 8:33 am

Thanks Heather!!

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Julie Grice October 21, 2010 at 8:35 am

These look simply divine. Yum!

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 21, 2010 at 8:37 am

They look so much neater as cupcakes than if they were made in a baking dish, I think.

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munira's bubble October 21, 2010 at 9:17 am

i was thinking the EXACT same thing!

lovely post :) the part about your mom as well as the delicious looking cupcakes and of course, the way you entwined the two.

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planejaner October 21, 2010 at 8:54 am

oh my goodness…my computer might go on the fritz from all the drool on my keyboard! those look like THE BOMB! yumness….
blessings!
jane

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spabettie October 21, 2010 at 9:00 am

what a fun post to read… I have an awesome relationship with my mom… this made me want to call her Right Now. :D

these look delicious… I am making them!!

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Michelle October 21, 2010 at 9:00 am

OMGosh! These sounds sooooo DELISH!!! I am new to your blog, and I was just wondering if you ever give the Nutritional Facts on your recipes??

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

Hi Michelle! Thank you so much! I don’t usually give nutritional info for recipes, but I’m considering adding that!

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mylifeandwhatworks October 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

oh boy! Those look dangerous! dangerously delicious! I will just HAVE to make them! Thanks!

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runtobefit October 21, 2010 at 9:03 am

Ok great…now cinnamon rolls sound good for lunch…not good…oh but they are…they are!!!

http://www.runtobefit.wordpress.com

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The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife October 21, 2010 at 9:03 am

Looks superb.

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Christy aka Mamarazzi October 21, 2010 at 9:05 am

I think I died & went to Heaven as soon as I saw these! I will be trying these soon…..as soon as I have time, but soon. YUM!

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Curt Stimpson October 21, 2010 at 9:06 am

They remind me of one of my favorites…Morning Buns…which are made croissant dough. Yum!!!

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stewartry October 21, 2010 at 9:09 am

I can’t even tell you how many different ways I love this post. I hereby forgive Wordpress for overlooking my blog, since they’ve Freshly Pressed yours – your mother sounds like a darling, I love that you love each other so much, and I doubt I’m waiting till Thanksgiving to make these cupcakes. Thank you!

‘Scuse me, I’m going to go call Mom.

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:14 am

Wow, thank you for such a sweet comment!!

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Slamdunk October 21, 2010 at 9:10 am

That looks wonderful. I definitely need to go to lunch now.

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Healthy Coconut October 21, 2010 at 9:22 am

Hi Andrea, I hope you are doing well :)

I love the story about your mom, my dad is the same way…he recently just learned how to text and is now sending me funny texts :)

I really love this recipe. “Some things are best in all their decadence”, I do agree , sometimes you just have to use real sugar and real butter for things. I’m more satisfied eating after one bite if it’s the real thing. My weakness are for desserts.

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

Haha, my mom sends texts only when she can find some poor sucker to type them for her! It’s sort of unnerving to find out that she asked another person to text me something along the lines of “How was the gynecologist?” And as always, thank you for your kind words!!

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OCD & Insomniac me / Judith October 21, 2010 at 9:24 am

O dear, just when I decided to start working out again and quit eating everything I can get my hands on I read your blog….I am definitely going to make me some of those real soon :)

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NikNik October 21, 2010 at 10:03 am

These look so good! And I love the interweaving of the story of your Mom’s emails.

Like you Judith, I’ve been working out and have committed to eating in a healthier way. I have a invitation to a potluck on Sunday, so I’m going to take these there, so I CAN’T eat them all myself. I will let myself have one, though – I’m not stupid…

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stuckoutsidethebox October 21, 2010 at 9:26 am

That looks like the absolute most delicious thing I have EVER seen. I love anythin apple. And combined with cinnamon rolls!? Hell yeah.
I need to find somebody who will make them for me… I am an awful cook and will definitely ruin it somehow. :(

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:11 am

Thank you! Definitely find some kind soul to make them for you- you won’t regret it!

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capnstephel October 21, 2010 at 9:32 am

Those look amazing! Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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Becky October 21, 2010 at 9:35 am

WOW! Thanks for sharing an incredible recipe!

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Michelle @ A Whole Lot of Life October 21, 2010 at 9:37 am

I love your writing so much. To me, the food is tertiary to the story about your mom. I treasure my emails from my own mother. They’re so raw and honest, giving me a picture inside of her soul that I love so much. I went through and read her old emails to me after reading this. What a powerful post!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:09 am

Thanks for such a kind kind comment Michelle!!

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Mikalee Byerman October 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

Posts like this should be illegal before lunch hour.
;)

Thanks for the tips…and for your insights about life. I love it all!

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katethegrate October 21, 2010 at 9:40 am

this is a really beautiful story and a lovely looking recipe!
i so cherish the emails that i share with my mom, and we live in the same city – moms just know how the world works in ways that we’ll never quite be able to touch, i think. thanks for this!

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Jillian October 21, 2010 at 9:47 am

OMW. Do these look scrumptious! Also, the post about your mom moved me. Those emails are a treasure. I know. My mom passed away in May and I have gone through most of her stuff by now and the thing I was most happy to find was a very old song book with all of the songs she composed and all in her very own handwriting. Before, the stroke…before the shakiness. I truly miss her.

Back to these rolls/muffins…this has got to be true comfort food! Thanks for the post and the recipe. :)

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:07 am

Wow, Jillian! I’m so so sorry to hear about your mom. What a moving and thoughtful comment- I almost cried reading it! Thank you for your kind words and for sharing with me!

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Shanna, like Banana October 21, 2010 at 9:49 am

You’re absolutely right..nothing says I love you and I’m sorry like cinn roles. They are a fave of mine and I’m always entranced by the delicious scents that permeate whatever room they are being baked in…yummness

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notthatmartha October 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

great writing style! i can’t wait to try the cinnamon rolls. thanks!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:06 am

Thank you! Being complimented on my writing really means a lot to me! I appreciate it!

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kirinjirafa October 21, 2010 at 9:59 am

Yummmmm, num num. Thanks for sharing!

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Sunflowerdiva October 21, 2010 at 10:02 am

Oooooooh…what an amazing recipe! I love the pictures–but they make my mouth water and my eyes go wide and it’s just soooo hard not to drool!!! Haha! Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

So kind of you, thank you!

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Stef October 21, 2010 at 10:04 am

Love this post. You are such a great writer and I’m so happy that you liked the recipe. I just linked to this from my FB page.

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:04 am

No, Stef thank YOU! They are DYNAMITE and you are a cupcake goddess!

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incomepowerboost October 21, 2010 at 10:08 am

I love Cinnamon rolls these look so awesome and your story leading up to it was very sweet.

Wishing you success and the best days

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:04 am

Thank you!!

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bluemixer October 21, 2010 at 10:12 am

I love that you make these cinnamon rolls in muffin tins with cupcake liners. What a cute way to serve them. I’m definitely going to have to try this. Have you ever tried them with cream cheese frosting?

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:03 am

Oh my goodness, I bet a cream cheese frosting would take them to a whole new level- and a delicious one at that! Awesome idea!

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MelissaNibbles October 21, 2010 at 10:15 am

Ooooh…Cinnabon has nothing on you!

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eternalencouragement October 21, 2010 at 10:18 am

yummy! Thanks for sharing! I can hardly wait till my day off Saturday to try them!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:03 am

Thanks! Let me know if end up making them; hope you like ‘em!

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Iris October 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

This looks so yummy, I have to try it out. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:01 am

Thank you Iris!!

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milieus October 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

MMmm! These look delicious. I think I’m a bit too lazy to try them, though. Better plan, how about I hire you to make me some and courier them to me. ;)

<3 Milieu

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:00 am

Done, I’ll make them for you anytime! Thanks!

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scrapbookeasy October 21, 2010 at 10:43 am

Great story! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m looking forward to making these for my family!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:00 am

i hope you end up making them and love them as much as I do!! Thank you for your comment!

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biz319 October 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

That one is defintely insulin worthy – yum! Congrats on making it on the front page of wordpress! :D

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 10:59 am

Thanks Biz!

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Cindy October 21, 2010 at 10:48 am

You made “freshly Pressed”!!!

Brilliant.
first a cover of a magazine and now freshly pressed.

I have given up on my family and technolgy. Considering 2 of my brothers are computer wizards it’s pretty frustrating. My heart skips a beat if my Dad sends me an email. and than he lectures me if I don’t send him JJ updates constantly..but I never know if he got them, if he liked them if he cares??

as for your apple walnut cinnamon roll cupcakes? HITS THE SPOT.
you’re on a roll chickie! good for you!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 10:59 am

Thank you, my friend!! Family emails are hilarious and surprising

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text me, love mom October 21, 2010 at 10:49 am

I wish I could meet your mom. She is a mother after my mother-love-with-sweetfood-heart.

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 10:58 am

I bet you’d get along great. She is a firm believer that feeding is loving and nurturing. Can’t say I disagree!

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coloradobee October 21, 2010 at 10:53 am

Holy cow… one day, when I have a million hours to cook something delicious, this will be my first choice. They look fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 10:57 am

Hope you make them and enjoy them! Thank you very much!

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lifeintheboomerlane October 21, 2010 at 10:54 am

They look beyond yummy! I will try these!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 10:56 am

Thank you!

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joanierobi October 21, 2010 at 10:56 am

Gorgeous and yummy post! Congrats on being freshly pressed!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

Thanks!!

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msyoungmd October 21, 2010 at 10:58 am

OMG!! These looks WONDERFUL!! I am totally baking these this very weekend. :) Your Blog is truly wonderful… I want to hug your Mom… she reminds me of mine… who yes… send me email making me feel as though I am in heap of trouble but thoroughly loved at the same time. :)

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:19 am

Thank you for your sweet comment! I’m glad you can relate on the mother front!!

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Sammi October 21, 2010 at 11:00 am

Oh my gosh, these look amazing! I haven’t had much experience baking with yeast (haven’t had much experience baking period…I prefer cooking). But I definitely want to try this! Thanks for posting!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:28 am

Thanks Sammi! I, too, was nervous about working with yeast- even though I’m a huge baker. But honestly, it’s not as finicky as you’d think! Give it a try!

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Miguel October 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

*.*

I want!

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perpetuallypeeved October 21, 2010 at 11:14 am

I’m recruiting someone that can do more than burn water in the kitchen to make these for me. They look scrumptious!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:27 am

Haha, thank you!!

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Illustrate Kate October 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

Oh my goodness, these sound delicious! Great post!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:28 am

Thank you Kate!!

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Emily October 21, 2010 at 11:28 am

Wow…these look great…must try them soon (minus the walnuts, that is)! Love your blog, too! :)

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

Thank you so much, Emily!

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mc6pack October 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

Wow. I’m sure that these cupcakes are delicious (the pictures have me salivating, which is always awkward while sitting at work), but the writing is what really blew me away. Fluency, amazing voice, weaving the story of your mother and a glimpse of your relationship with her into what turns out to be a recipe -phenomenal. And the bit about your mom referring to Google as her website is priceless.

Terrific post, and congrats on Pressed.

Chase McFadden

http://SomeSpeciesEatTheirYoung.com

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:55 am

Chase, I’m also blown away by your kindness. To compliment me on my writing in such a thoughtful way really does mean the world to me. Because as a blogger, you never quite know how the stories resonate with people, you know? Anyway, thank you so very much!

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at2tude October 21, 2010 at 11:51 am

Wow! I can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks delicious.

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weddingdressblue October 21, 2010 at 11:55 am

Yep, I’ll be making these. YUM!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 11:56 am

Yay! THank you!!

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Leah @ Why Deprive? October 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm

YUM!!

I love the story about your moms emails. Too cute! :)

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Vera October 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm

They look absolutely wonderful!

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thesnackingstudent October 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm

These look so amazing! :) I may have to try baking these with my mom! Thanks for sharing!

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Anna-Marie Julyan October 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I had a go at these the other day and they were really good. Great recipe, thanks!

http://annamariej.wordpress.com

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Mmm, glad someone else can attest to their decadence! Thanks Anna-Marie!

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forthewolves October 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I cannot wait to make these this fall! They look amazing! Thanks for the great recipe! Feel free to read my blog anytime!

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stuckoutsidethebox October 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I already commented. But I have to say, I cant wait to (attempt to) make these! Thankyou for the recipe and also the pictures! :-D

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Thanks Amie! I appreciate it!!

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Emeritus October 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I think I enjoyed your writing even more than the actual recipe. Although those cupcakes look incredible! Brilliant post.

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm

You have officially made my day! Thank you for your kindness!

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katz October 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

This is really sweet. I love your mom already.

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Rachel Wilkerson October 21, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Those are MOUTHWATERING. omg.

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Thanks lady!

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A.G. Ferrari Foods October 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Ciao!

These look amazing!!! The perfect little sweet treat for the holidays!

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gnarlyoak October 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm

nice photography. some serious food porn.

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Mandy October 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm

These look amazing! Definitely something I have to try soon! :)

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mybakingempire October 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm

these look fab! Definitely logging away this recipe.

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recipesforsustenance October 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

These look wonderful! Beautiful pictures!

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NanaBread October 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Each spring, four generations of women in my family gather for a “girls only” weekend. Next spring, I’ll be taking these along for breakfast. This recipe is irresistible, as are your photos and the story of your mother and grandmother. I’m sure all will be forgiven with the first bite! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m glad I found your blog on the Wordpress Dashboard. Love it!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Aahh so glad to hear that you like them and that you’ll be making them for your girls weekend!! Thank you!

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saleblan October 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm

CONGRATS for making it on Freshly Pressed! :D

These look fantabulous! Cinnamon rolls and a cupcake, all in one little package. So perfect. :D

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valentinedee October 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm

You, my lovely and wonderfully talented new best friend, have got me copying this recipe so fast that I’m laughing. I love your humor, your heart-warming story of your mom and grandma, and most of all, your apple cupcake recipe. Good grief! If I had all the ingrediants, I’d bake some right now.

Thank you, from my now-hungry heart!
Valentine

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Thank you so so very much!!

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klavonne October 21, 2010 at 1:47 pm

These look ammmmazing!:)

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Jodiagogo October 21, 2010 at 1:50 pm

These sound amazing I am going to try them out ASAP..But more importantly I loooove the language you use. You use the perfect words to desbride the feelin behind these treats! LOVE IT!

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Admin October 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Oh so wonderful! A favorite…I shall reblog and then create! Thank you!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Thanks a lot!!

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明明如月 October 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm

wow, that is fresh and yummy

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Sophia Elizabeth October 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm

LOVE this idea. Subscribing to you. I swear Im cooking illiterate. This helps soooo much.

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Hi Sophia Elizabeth! Thank you for your comment! I’m so glad you find it helpful! I know that when I was starting out as a cook, I wished more people had detailed picture tutorials on how to make things, you know? So now I try to show as much as I can!

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rubiescorner October 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I love your post, your writing, and the pictures. I love this recipe. This sounds like a wonderful recipe to take up right away. Thank you.

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vampiregran October 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Holy Mary, Mother of God, do those ever look fabulous! i bow down to your culinary genious and skill. thank you for an awesome recipe and post. Cheers!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Haha, I love your enthusiasm! Thank you

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The World Wanderer October 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm

These look incredible!! I can’t wait to try out the recipe. Thanks also for the pictures!

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coolquilting October 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm

wow- incredible. Have to go and buy all the stuff to make them tomorrow

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Thank you so much!

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The Roaring Decade October 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Sounds delicious! Thanks for taking the time to upload the photos! I’ll have to try this.

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Brittany October 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I’m dying over these!! Delish!

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realestate4ubiz October 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm

YES, I’ll stay for dinner. They look sss0000 g00d!!!

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latenightcoffee October 21, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I saw this delicious picture of these about twenty times today before I clicked on it..I was trying so hard not to.

I guess I know what I’m making this weekend…mmmmmm.

Thanks for the great recipe and story!

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Patrick October 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I enjoyed reading your post very much :-D
Those cupcakes look amazing!. I hope she liked them ;-)

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Thanks Patrick!!

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Evie Garone October 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm

These look & sound amazing & the story is sooo sweet behind them! You sound so nice & so does your Mom. Can I adopt you, I’m in AZ are you too far, Ha, Ha, Ha!!

evgelyngarone.com

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 4:48 pm

That’s sweet Evie, thank you! Yes, you may adopt me.

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rsmacaalay October 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm

That is food porn! Now you made me really hungry. Simply by the looks on that cinnamon roll I can smell it from my monitor.

Raymund
http://angsarap.wordpress.com

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jterrill October 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I wish my mother would embrace the internet..i would love to be able to look back and read her thoughts about life,love and food…my mom is a great cook, she should have been a chef…I guess I should try to engage her more. This week I emailed her a picture of a beautiful triple amaryllis and asked her if this was one of the beauties that Dad had given me…instead of resoponding via email…she called…I loved hearing her voice and talking with her, but it would have been nice to have the story she shared with me in written word, for posterity…

Congratulations on being pressed…and the apple walnut cinnamon cupcakes look devine…I can hardly wait to make them ..I know just the occasion!!!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Thank you for such a thoughtful and engaged comment! I know, it’s nice to have the physical email or letter because you can save it forever, and look back on those funny and touching moments when you need to feel closer to that person. I hope your mom comes around and gives the internet a chance! Thanks again!

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Yuu October 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I love how your posts have a story behind them. Looks delicious! I will definitely try this someday!

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Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. October 21, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Oh… my… gosh!!!

Gotta make these!

Gorgeous pix, too.

Thanks!!!

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thenewmrscarbone October 21, 2010 at 5:52 pm

i am so happy i found your blog! your writing style is easy breezy and the recipes all sound wonderful. i’m subscribing so that i don’t miss any of your posts. thank you for sharing.

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dianatanchez October 21, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Hi! I´m from Guatemala, I really love to cook and I just love this recipe… Thanks

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lifenatureandtechnology October 21, 2010 at 6:05 pm

It’s such a nice post and it makes me hungry by merely looking at the photo. Thanks for posting such a wonderful recipe. I will try your recipe with the apples we picked when we went to NY.

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kitcat18 October 21, 2010 at 6:16 pm

thats so cool that you can pick your own apples…
i live in Canada, so we never get apples before it frosts…
U R soooooo lucky!!!!!!

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kitcat18 October 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm

“yummy, yummy cinnimon rolls…
soooooooooooo good….
you know you want them…
you can’t resist them…
NOW EAT!!!!!!”

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tashination October 21, 2010 at 7:19 pm

This nearly made me cry. In fact I’m all teary now. My mum and I have the three-hour time difference now too… it’s been nearly 6 months and I miss her loads.

Anyway, love the quote “please allow me to butter and sugar you into sweet oblivion” :)

Thanks for the lovely post.

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everythingneat October 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Congratulations on being featured on Freshly Pressed!
Those look delicious and your photos and description will make this recipe easy to follow.

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perfectperfectionist October 21, 2010 at 8:01 pm

What a lovely post! Those cinnamon rolls look absolutely divine, if I was your Nana I would definitely have forgiven you.

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kx3u October 21, 2010 at 8:20 pm

This looks SOOOOO delicious! I think I will try making this sometime. Thanks for the recipe!

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Thereza Ciuffo October 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm

O Dear! That was tough. It’s after 8 pm and I’m at work. I know I’ll not be able to have one of them so soon.

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dlsm46 October 21, 2010 at 8:51 pm

these sound yummy and I will be making them soon

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solshards October 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Mouth watering and I’m about to sleep… thanks a lot… :P

Check out my blog!
http://solshards.wordpress.com/

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birdiie October 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm

omg these look awesome! I haven’t had cinnamon rolls ever since I was.. 5 coz the only franchise that sold them in Singapore closed down. Now i can make them at home! *super inspired*

thanks for the great pictures accompanying the recipe!

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George Secko October 21, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Very nice post & recipe!

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thecompletecookbook October 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed – and no wonder why! Beautifully written post, magnificent recipe and brilliant pics! Perfection! :-) Mandy

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My Social Relevance October 21, 2010 at 9:54 pm

these look fantastic, my mouth is watering

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Fire Crystals October 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm

That looks so sumplicious and yummy….Can’t wait to try it out at home.

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Bear20 October 21, 2010 at 11:55 pm

These look amazing! As soon as I get home from work this afternoon, I plan on making them :-)

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Ana-Maria October 21, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Si simply to be made and so delicious….I just have a storm in my mouth….I have to try it…Thanks for the receipe! :)

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Ieva Januskeviciute October 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Wow!!! those little things looks just amazing! I will definately try to make them!!!

Thanks for recipe!
:)

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xrvolume October 22, 2010 at 12:15 am

Awesome Post & Thanks for sharing! It looks like a great receipe. You Rock!

your friends,

XR VOLUME

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iTono October 22, 2010 at 12:27 am

I think I’m in Love!!! :D

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medusa27 October 22, 2010 at 12:45 am

What i really really loved about ur blog, and specially this article, is your writing style.

You are amazing

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Thee Romantic October 22, 2010 at 12:49 am

OH MY LORD!! HAVE I SAID HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU LATELY!? :)) Seriously you’re a genius!! I’m making this weekend.

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Little Ecologist With A Pink Ribbon October 22, 2010 at 3:20 am

These look so delicious! The whole picture looks bright and frizzy to me :) The way you have made them is also very special! I have never encoutered this way of making the dough, I thought everyone only made cupcakes by making a fluid substance and pouring that into the moulds. That’s at least the way I make them. I’m surely gonna make these for the weekend.

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ahorizontallife October 22, 2010 at 3:29 am

Wow, I’m considering making these at the weekend! They look Delish!!!

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leadinglight October 22, 2010 at 3:42 am

Gosh, I’m hungry now, given I’m not a fan of cinnamon. Time for late night supermarket dash! I enjoyed the details of you and your mother’s email relationship. Very cute.

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rtcrita October 22, 2010 at 3:58 am

These are everything I love in a yummy treat! Apples, sugary glaze, and BREAD!!! Can’t wait to try. Would be good with a cold glass of milk for Thanksgiving morning while everyone is waiting for the Turkey.

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ningsyafitri October 22, 2010 at 4:14 am

Wow…
Wanna try it…
Yummy… ^^

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lightenup October 22, 2010 at 4:21 am

How I’d forgotten the amazing power of a gift to mend fences, I don’t care to think about. Thanks for the reminder and the deliciously loving recipe that can make it happen!

“I love you and I’m sorry that you’re mad at me. Please allow me to butter and sugar you into sweet oblivion”

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melissainjapan October 22, 2010 at 4:25 am

OK I rarely click on the blogs highlighted on wordpress.com’s front page but who could resist the photo!? OMG and I’ve already finished dinner and dessert. That says a lot. Another thing being your post… Love it!

The pictures were like foreplay…and I was thinking to myself (Is she going to give us the recipe or am I getting worked up for nothing?) but then you did and my world is complete now!

Thank you! Cant wait to try!

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bzahediasl October 22, 2010 at 4:27 am

seems its very delicious, i make it and taste it, thanks

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nannymcp22 October 22, 2010 at 4:34 am

the first vindi saw this post i didnt pay any attention cos i said i will just frustrate myself and i will end up scoffing 5 of those from the bakery and i might burn the kitchen down if i attempt to make it. I remember the first time i tried to able an apple tartatin! I was almost banned by my house mate in the kitchen! But i had a good look at the recipe and its quite easy ! Will definitely try it over the weekend. Its the last bank holiday weekend for the year in ireland. Roll on the weekend ! Woo hooo ! Thanks for sharing !

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barb7802 October 22, 2010 at 5:00 am

Looks absolutely delicious! Could you send a few my way? Thanks.
http://cafetodaymyblog.wordpress.com/

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Krista October 22, 2010 at 6:00 am

Andrea, you have outdone yourself with these babies!!! :) :)

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Niki October 22, 2010 at 6:09 am

omg, these are for sure going to be a Thanksgiving dessert!!!! I cannot wait to WOW the heck out of them! :)

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ricatari October 22, 2010 at 6:47 am

this looks amazing! about 2 make me my OLD & DUSTY chef’s apron lol!

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فـضـاء October 22, 2010 at 6:49 am

looks yummy ganna try it and send you a link of some pictures, Thanx!

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milesabove October 22, 2010 at 7:00 am

The pictures made me hungry and the post made me wish I had a better relationship with my mom.

Thanks for sharing!

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pltprincess October 22, 2010 at 7:11 am

OMG – these look incredibly tasty! Makes me wish I owned pots& pans and had at least one iota of talent in the kitchen. Saving this recipe in the event that I eventually marry someone who can cook! =]

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Jenna October 22, 2010 at 7:32 am

Yum, yum, yum . . . .and cute post, too! I think it’s great that you and your mom have such a good relationship. And yes, food can cover a multitude of sins . . .

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lauritalaturista October 22, 2010 at 7:36 am

It looks sooo yummy!

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Amber from Girl with the Red Hair October 22, 2010 at 9:03 am

I just LOVE your blogging style!

Those look absolutely divine!

My mother sends very short, direct emails too. Cracks me up :-)

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....the little thread of thoughts October 22, 2010 at 9:16 am

Awesome, simply scrumptious post !! Thanks for the recipe. Got something to surprise my folks at dinner tonight !!

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Shannon [Tropical Eats] October 22, 2010 at 9:51 am

yummy!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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Maggie October 22, 2010 at 11:29 am

I just read your story in WW and had to visit your blog. I just recently started back on South Beach. When I read your story and your suggested meals (which are all very SB friendly) I just had to see what your blog was all about. Boy, was I surprised to see those cinn rolls on the front page! They look delicious, not exactly diet friendly, but yummy for sure!

You are an inspiration and I think have a great frame of mind about weight, and life in general. I love the story of your mom as well. You are just a beautiful young woman and I am sure this blog will inspire many!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 22, 2010 at 11:36 am

Thank you so much Maggie! I know that the magazine made it seem like readers should come to my blog for a diet plan. The truth is, my blog is just an open space where I write honestly and openly about every experience I’ve had in losing weight, keeping it off, struggling with emotional eating, and then I also share my passion for cooking real, wholesome meals that are healthy. There is a beautiful balance here, and I want others to learn that there aren’t tricks, there aren’t rules, but just a testament to the fact that you can lose weight and still enjoy food, feel ‘normal,’ and eat cinnamon buns. I hope you’ll stick around! Thank you for your kindness and for saying hello!

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm

It’s a cupcake! It’s a cinnamon roll! It’s a fall treat!! It’s AMAZING!! Seriously- these look absolutely MOUTHWATERING!!

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edie miller October 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

I know this wasn’t about me right?? somewhere I think I saw that!! ha!! so are you making these for Thanksgiving for us??

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furniture October 22, 2010 at 11:02 pm

This is really nice. Thanks for sharing. I would love to make some for the coming Halloween party.

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Nicole October 23, 2010 at 4:12 am

Oh…my…goodness… Those look AMAZING!

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tameeks October 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

OMG”sss, looks awesome. Thanks for sharing your recipe..
Imma try these this weekend!!!

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thehippiehousewife October 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm

This was an amazing post! I felt connected and a part of the story. I also can’t wait to try these myself! I have never used yeast before! It will be an adventure. Thank you!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Thanks so much!!

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hyperactivechocolatefreak October 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I read this right before I went to bed, which wasn’t a good thing because I got hungry just by looking at the pictures. :D I tried making the cupcakes the next morning and they taste AMAZING!!!! I shared the cupcakes with my friends and they couldn’t wait to try baking it themselves! Thank you for sharing this!

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nannymcp22 October 24, 2010 at 11:56 pm

i tried to do make this last night but failed miserably :( i wont stop though. i will try it again this afternoon till i bake something that slightly look like that one in the picture!!

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Dana - Food for Thought October 25, 2010 at 11:34 am

What a great idea! Individual cinnnamon roll cupcakes… delicious!!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 25, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Thank you Dana!

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Sally October 28, 2010 at 5:01 am

I’ve just made Chelsea buns AND cinnamon type buns but I’ve never see a Chelsea bun cup cake! You are very lucky to have such a fab relationship with your mother. Treasure it.

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Sally October 28, 2010 at 5:02 am

I’ve just made Chelsea buns AND cinnamon buns (slathered in vanilla icing) but I’ve never see a Chelsea bun cup cake! Brilliant idea.
You are very lucky to have such a fab relationship with your mother. Treasure it.

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 28, 2010 at 6:35 am

Oh Sally those sound deeeelicious!!

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Artemide November 5, 2010 at 3:37 pm

OK, I’ve just tried to do these cupcakes and… I realized that something was going wrong since the begining, when I realized my dough didn’t exactly look like you picture. But… well, my BF says it taste really good!
My parents will taste them tomorrow and I know for sure they will love these cakes!
Thank you

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Chelsa November 8, 2010 at 8:38 am

Is there any way to make the dough and leave it overnight? Just wondering because it seems like a lot for the morning time.

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Nicki November 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I made these last night. They are very tasty; however I probably only used 6 cups flour total–not 8 1/2. The dough formed a firm ball and there was way too much dough and filling to fit into 24 cupcake papers. I baked them like normal cinnamon rolls. Next time I will half the dough recipe and try it in cupcake papers. They are very tasty and I like the different twist of chopped apples. Thanks for a yummy recipe even if mine don’t look a thing like yours.

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Naomi November 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I’m making them as we speak for thanksgiving and they are coming out A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I loove the glaze!!!

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Can You Stay for Dinner November 25, 2010 at 1:56 pm

So glad that they’re turning out well, Naomi!! Enjoy!!

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Niki November 29, 2010 at 6:00 am

I made these for thanksgiving and they were a hit!!! I did something different for the frosting, but the cupcake was FABULOUS!

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Emila January 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

After I saw this recipe I just knew I had to try it. Today I couldn’t resist anymore and I just got your cupcakes out of the oven. I was worried about the fact that my dough didn’t rise too much but as I opened the oven I knew it was IT. They are marvelous! Not dense at all, very fluffy, sweet but with a hint of the sourness from the walnuts and apples. Perfect. Definately the best cupcakes I’ve made so far. Absolutely made my day! Oh dear… I’ll have another one.

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elaine January 17, 2011 at 1:24 am

in ur recipe, u said the filing needed 3 tablespoons of cinnamon. isnt that too much? perhaps u mean 3 teaspoons.

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Can You Stay for Dinner January 17, 2011 at 7:53 am

Hi Elaine! Yes, I did mean 3 TABLESPOONS of cinnamon. It is the right amount for flavor and balance, but I understand that it seems like an obscene amount :)

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Vicky February 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Ooooohhhh! I know what I am making this weekend. I think I will ask my older daughter to visit, the younger still lives at home, so I don’t have to send an invite. These will go over big with the whole family. Can’t wait to make them. Love reading your recipes, everything looks and sounds delicious!

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shawnabcdefg March 21, 2011 at 4:03 am

I love it so much when recipes online include a buuunch of pictures, like of all the steps, and the final product. And you’ve done just that.
You’ll definitely get a thumbs up from me, and not just for the pictures! Also for the wonderful recipe. This looks amazing!

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Ashley Cross April 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I came across your site two days ago. I am inspired by your weight loss journey and like you, have realized that the real secret is moderation in the foods I love. That being said, these Cinnamon Rolls looked great, so I made them last night for my law school class. If warm wishes can be sent through cyberspace, you got them this morning!

Keep up the good work! What a fantastic blog!

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le rocher April 17, 2011 at 5:19 am

Look so delicious! Would love to have one right now!

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ky May 15, 2011 at 2:31 am

hey, this is probably a dumb question, but by apple cider do you mean apple cider vinegar or as in the drink, sparkling cider?

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Yvonne October 1, 2011 at 4:34 am

Can you prepare the receipe ahead of time and then freeze and bake as required? 24 is quite a lot for 2 people. I was thinking of making these for Christmas morning and taking them to family freshly baked on the day but I certainly won’t be getting up at the crack of dawn in order to do it.

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BLH March 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I just tonight started up with Pinterest…This is the very first site, board, Pin (I don’t know!!) that I came upon and I haven’t been able to get off…who would want to!!! Wonderfull recipes can’t wait to start baking.
THANK YOU THANK YOU For Sharing

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Courtney June 14, 2012 at 1:02 am

I just finished making this recipe for my husband to take to work tomorrow! The muffins are delicious, but I had a tough time mixing the dough. My hand mixer’s engine couldn’t handle it, and my standing mixer was having a really hard time. I had to leave about a half cup of flour out because I couldn’t mix it. I ended up baking for an additional 14 minutes. I don’t know if it was less flour, my oven was off, or what… But they came out phenomenal! Thanks for the recipe, and I am so happy I tried it!

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Kelsey September 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm

These were delicious and close to being considered sticky buns they were so gooey and soft. My only substitution was is using pecans.
I enjoy your writing style and have said so on Pinterest. Happy to come across your blog and can’t wait to try your cupcake lasagna tonight.

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Barbara Hopkins September 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

OK, first, love this recipe! Love it! Love the dough, the filling-the apples! This is my 3rd weekend making them so I can have them for breakfast every morning. Now, to the baking stuff: my cupcakes were more like “scrambles”–ya know, when they’re so big you do whatever you can to just get them in the papers? Today, I cut the dough in half before rolling, put half the filling on the dough, then cut and stuffed in the papers. NOW they look more like the ones in the pictures (did the other half as well–so much easier). Thank you for this recipe, my favorite now that autumn is here. Your blog is awesome-good food for the stomach and good read for the soul…

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krokothelos April 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Hi could u write the cal for your cakes @ food the so nice but am watching my weight.

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Aqiyl Aniys March 28, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Whoa! My mouth watered when I saw the pictures of the cupcakes. Awesome! They look like sticky buns.

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