Apple Rolls

I know it’s been awhile since I posted a recipe, but my internet connection has been down since New Year’s Eve! Wow, what a way to start the new year! lol  Anyway, it’s great to be back online and great to be able to post recipes again!  The Christmas Season had me baking cookies after cookies, but that’s all behind me now and I’m ready to bake something other than cookies…although I love them!  The recipe below is from an Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook called “The Basics and More Cookbook.”  I was told about the cookbook (at a local auction) by an elderly Mennonite lady; she told me this was her go-to-cookbook; that I could find it at a little Mennonite store called Weavers.  I’m happy to say, it’s now in Florida among my endless cookbooks that I love dearly!


I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do. 



2 Tablespoons butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 apple, slice thin

1 Tablespoon yeast

3/4 cup warm water

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 and 1/4 cups flour

1/4 cup shortening (Crisco)


Melt butter in a 9 x 9 pan; mix 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over butter; add apple and raisins.

Mix together yeast, water, 1/4 cup sugar, salt and 1 cup flour.

Beat 2 minutes; add egg, shortening and 1 and 1/4 cups flour.

Drop by spoonfuls over apples; cover pan.  Do not smooth batter out.  I made this mistake and in the photos it looks more like apple bread.  You want the dough in clumps so after it bakes, it looks more like rolls. 

Let rise until double.  Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes. 

Immediately remove from pan by turning upside down.

Recipe from a Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook called: 

The Basics and More Cookbook”


3 thoughts on “Apple Rolls


  2. Thanks Serena! I’m just curious how they look not smoothed out. Sometimes I get excited over a new recipe that I occasionally miss some of the instructions! lol I have to slow myself down sometimes and read it better! BUT, as you said, accidents sometimes turn out better!


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