Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie


This Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie is a unique take on a classic apple pie. Made with a cinnamon roll inspired crust it looks as delicious as it tastes!

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I’ve been so excited to make this Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie ever since I saw the idea for its unique crust on Pinterest. And don’t worry. For those of you who don’t (want to) make pie crust, this recipe calls for a store-bought one.

Let me introduce you to this Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie!

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What makes this crust extra special is that it looks like mini-cinnamon rolls lining the pie pan. To create this look (which also adds extra cinnamon-sugar flavor), you sprinkle an unrolled refrigerated pie crust with cinnamon and sugar. Then you roll it up and slice it into what looks like mini-cinnamon rolls.

How to Make a Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust:

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Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie | Inspired by Charm #ayearofpie

Next, you simply press the little rolls into a classic pie pan. (You can use any type of pie pan here, but the clear glass will show off the beautiful design of the crust.) Pretty neat, right?

For the filling, I used a mix of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples, two of my favorites.

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Finally, the whole pie gets covered in this fantastic crumb topping.

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie | Inspired by Charm #ayearofpie

It will seem like a lot when you’re putting it on, but just keep piling it high. As they bake, apple pies tend to flatten, so the higher the better.

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie | Inspired by Charm #ayearofpie

Slide the pie in the oven and bake it for an hour. For a final “cinnamon roll” touch, a swirl of cinnamon icing goes over the top. Perfection. Naturally, I served up mine with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you are up to making your own, here is a recipe for vanilla frozen custard.

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I forgot to take a picture while I was taste testing this pie, (I got distracted by the deliciousness.), but I can attest that seeing the cinnamon swirls in the crust as you’re digging in is pure bliss. It’s also one of those unexpected things that makes this dish really memorable.

While the crust does take a few extra minutes, it’s totally worth it. I think it also would be fun to try with a pumpkin or pecan pie!

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie | Inspired by Charm #ayearofpie

Enjoy this pie? Check out these recipes:

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie | Inspired by Charm #ayearofpie

And that, my friends is another pie for our Year of Pie collection.

What do you think? Will you give this unique Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie a try?

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie Recipe:

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake, cake, dessert, streusel, apple pie, apple pie cinnamon roll, cinnamon roll, cinnamon roll crust, pie recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
This Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie is a unique take on a classic apple pie. Made with a cinnamon roll inspired crust it looks as delicious as it tastes!


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust - (or homemade crust)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter - melted
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 7 - 8 cups apples - peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (I used Granny Smith and Honeycrisp.)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Crumb topping:


  • Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Unroll your crust on a lightly floured surface. Then, brush the crust with melted butter and evenly sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Roll the crust up tightly and slice into 1/2-inch rounds.
  • Press these rounds, cut side down, into a clear glass 9-inch pie plate. Press until flat, covering the entire pan. Make sure there are no spaces between the rolls.
  • In a large bowl, toss the apple slices with the flour, sugar, and cinnamon until evenly coated. Then, pour the apples into the crust. It will mound up and almost seem to be overflowing. This is good.
  • Then, in a medium bowl, combine the butter, flour, and brown sugar with your fingers or a pastry blender until crumbly. Sprinkle the crumble over the heaped apples. Finally, sprinkle the whole pie with the sugar.
  • Bake the pie until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly (about 50 - 60 minutes). (My oven tends to brown things easily, so I very lightly covered the top of my pie with tin foil for most of the baking process.) Once baked, remove form the oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.
  • When the pie is cool, you can prepare the icing. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk. If your mixture seems too thick, add a bit more milk. If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar. Transfer the icing to a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the corner cut off. Then, pipe the icing in a swirl (to resemble a cinnamon roll) on top of the crumble.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 567kcalCarbohydrates: 100gProtein: 4gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 100mgPotassium: 336mgFiber: 7gSugar: 67gVitamin A: 528IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 2mg
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  • Melissa Arizzi at

    Can you make this pie the day before …refrigerate it…bake the next day to eat out of oven?

  • Sophia at

    Could this be made gluten free?

  • Leslie Steffes at

    This pie is beautiful and so delicious!! A huge hit for a recent small gathering of friends! Thank you for the recipe.

  • Isabel M. at

    I made this pie for Fourth of July this year and it was a huge hit! Thanks so much for the great idea.

  • Ryan at

    Positively amazing pie! Those pictures look so good I could just eat them off the page. I doubt I could get something even remotely close to that 🙂

  • Holly Bestenlehner at

    My husband requests this pie every year for his birthday which, this year, is Thanksgiving .. I add a little lemon and brown sugar to the apples also…BEST PIE EVER!!!

  • Emily at

    I want to make this for Thanksgiving this year, it looks great. I have a question about the topping: it says to blend the other ingredients with room temp butter, then it will be crumbly; will it get crumbly with room temp butter?

  • Disha at

    Is using a metal pan okay?

  • Karen at

    I just made this apple pie and I really didn’t care for it. The crust, which was the cinnamon rolls, was not flakey like my pie crust. Flavor was good but I guess I will make my usual apple crumb pie.

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