These divine Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls are the epitome of fusion dessert heaven. They could be served for breakfast, brunch, or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream as a dessert. They're gooey and sweet the result when apple pie and cinnamon rolls collide.
The Beauty of Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
I'm a bit passionate about finding new ways to enjoy all-time favorite flavor combinations. This fall, I wanted to come up with a quick and easy seasonal sweet roll using ingredients you can easily find. These delicious fusion cinnamon rolls were the result. They have quickly become a fan favorite. Another popular fusion recipe, my skillet apple pie biscuits turns biscuits into an anytime-of-day treat smothered with apple pie filling. These cinnamon rolls using pizza dough were a natural progression.
- Refrigerated pizza dough can be very elastic so be patient when rolling it out into a rectangle.
- Once filled, keep in mind that as you roll the apple filled dough some of the apple pie filling may ooze out. Just tuck the bits and pieces into the spaces between the cinnamon rolls once you've cut them and arranged in the skillet. Much too tasty to be left behind.
- If you'd like to make your own apple filling, checkout the Cook's Note for the how-to.
- The glaze easily doubles, if you're crew loves extra.
When to Serve Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
These apple pie cinnamon rolls are perfect for holiday brunches, special breakfasts, tea time with your girlfriends or at any other event where sweet breads are being served. Guaranteed they'll be the first to go. See also Apple Pie Bread, Caramel Apple Pie Cookies and Apple Pie Muffins.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
- Cast Iron Skillet
- Apple Peeler and Corer
- Powdered Sugar/Cocoa Powder Dusting Wand
- Silicone Pastry Mat
Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
- 1 13.8 oz can refrigerated classic pizza crust (i.e. Pillsbury)
- 5 tablespoon softened butter divided
- ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 20 oz can premium apple pie filling (*See Cook's note)
- ½ teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3-4 tablespoon heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Use 1 tablespoon butter to coat the bottom and sides of a 12-inch cast iron skillet or similar. Set aside
- On a non stick surface stretch the pizza dough into a 15 x 10-inch rectangle. Spread the dough with 4 tablespoon softened butter.
- Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the butter.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the apple wedges in the pie filling into smaller pieces. Stir in the apple pie spice. Spread over the crust.
- Begin rolling from the widest edge ending seam side down. Use a sharp knife and cut into 12 equal pieces. Arrange in the buttered skillet.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and puffy.
- Mix together the powdered sugar and heavy cream. Add enough cream to make the glaze drizzling consistency.
- Drizzle the glaze over the rolls and serve.
I really have more of a question can you make these using homeade dough that you would use for regular cinnamon rolls but these look so yummy I gotta try them your awesome
Have you seen this recipe for Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls? It may be more what you're looking for.
Love this easy recipe!! Thank you!!! 😋
Thanks so much!
these turned out sloppy as all get out, but the taste still made them a 5 star. Now, gotta figure out how to make the filling (made from scratch with apples) less sloppy and so the dough more rigid.
As for the sugar topping, I made mine from 2 oz cream cheese + 1/2 tasp butter and 3 tbsp milk... then gradually add 2-3 tsp icing sugar and a touch of vanilla. Not too sweet, and the cream cheese gives it a nice tang.
If the filling is thickened properly prior to assembling, it shouldn't liquify while baking. Perhaps next time, cook the apple filling down a bit more.
They are perfect. I chopped up 3medium Granny Smith apples really fine and mixed with cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg..
The dough recipe is amazing for this recipe. Thank you
That sounds wonderful, thank you for your kind comment.
If you don't own a cast iron skillet, what could be used instead Melissa?
Hi Tina, you can use any similar size oven safe pan, no worries at all.
I'm wondering if you could make this using Pillsbury Crescent rolls instead of the pizza dough. If so, any changes?
I've made cinnamon rolls with crescents in the past with good results so, I think it could be adapted.
I tried a simpler way with a can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, can of apple or other fruit pie filling on top, pour melted butter over and bake 35 min at 350. When partly cooled put topping from can over all. Sometimes I add chopped pecans.
That's another recipe altogether.
Wow, they looked great, until, I read the ingredients, pre made pizza dough, really, it's not that hard to make REALLY GOOD dough, instead of using something substandard!!
Hi Joe, I would think if you have such a strong dislike of purchased pizza dough products, you likely have a recipe for homemade pizza dough that you could adapt to this recipe instead. If not, be sure and pick up one of my cookbooks next year I have an AMAZING homemade pizza dough recipe included.
I'm gonna make these for work next week.. looks fantastic..
Hope you love them, Gail!
Apple pie meets cinnamon rolls = perfect combo, especially for apple lovers like me! Love this!
Kay | Cooking with K
These are calling my name....mmm!
In the instructions it says to cut into twelve equal pieces than stir in the apple pie spice? What do you stir it into?
Mix the apple pie spice into the apples after you cut them up. It was in the wrong place, but it's fixed now.