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!

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie | Inspired by Charm #ayearofpie

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!

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie | Inspired by Charm #ayearofpie

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:

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie | Inspired by Charm #ayearofpie

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.

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie | Inspired by Charm #ayearofpie

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.

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie | Inspired by Charm #ayearofpie
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:

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 at

    This pie is in the oven as I type. I am making it for my family’s thanksgiving get together tomorrow. (My mom had to work on thanksgiving.) It was fun to make. I didn’t know if I was gonna have enough cinnamon rolls to make it but I just stretched it and it worked out. Can’t wait to eat this tomorrow.

  • Meg at

    Just made this for Thanksgiving tomorrow! Not only were your directions super clear, but the pie was pretty easy to assemble. I’m horrible at peeling apples, so that took the longest. The longer it took, the more red wine I drank, the more choppy the peels and cuts got. Hey, it looked pretty with the crumb topping afterwards! I took over apple pie making duty from my 80-year-old grandmother (she’s still making her classic pumpkin!), so I’m super excited to see how my family feels about this twist. Happy Thanksgiving, Michael! Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

  • Lauren at

    I made this and everyone loved it! We had a little pie competition and I won with your pie!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yay!! Congrats Lauren! Glad you liked the recipe!

      xo Michael

  • Uncle Beefy at

    You are positively diabolical!!! Looks absolutely dee-lishuss! 🙂

  • Nicole Kasprzyk at

    Wow! I love how beautiful the crust is. I am in charge of bringing dessert to Thanksgiving this year and now I know what I am bringing!

  • Brenda at

    Okay..I want to make this pie like right now!! Looks SO yummy. I love how you made the crust…genius! Thank you so so much for sharing your awesome creation! 🙂

  • deeann at

    This is probably a stupid question but why brush the crust with egg before filling the pie and what happens if you skip this step? Looks so yummy cant wait to try. Thinking the crust wouldbe a great upgrade to the thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

  • Elle at

    This pie is too cute! Bet it tastes as good as it looks.

  • Roxanne Smith at

    I want to SandraLee this pie and use Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls instead… I really want to do it the right way…but that’s just not the way I operate! Looks delish!20

  • Arthur in the Garden! at

    As always-yummy! Of course, 01January2015 we have to begin the Spring diets!!!

  • Debra White at

    Michael this pie looks so pretty and delicious. I’m sending it to my daughter who makes the apple pies for the holidays. She will love it. Thanks for sharing. You are great.

  • Tracy at

    Looks delicious! I’ll be making this tomorrow!

  • Tanya at

    Yum! This looks so delicious. What a great idea for the crust.

  • Pam @ House of Hawthornes at

    First of all, you are killing me! That pie looks insanely delicious and I’m thinking about running out to the store to buy some apples even before I take a shower this morning! Secondly, I think your voting links may be broken? Unless I’m just too late to vote for the cookies.

  • Silvana at

    WOW that looks A-mazing! Definetly going to give this recipe a try…YUM 🙂

  • Amanda at

    This is one beautiful and innovative recipe! I adore your #yearofpie and love it anytime you bake. 🙂

  • Stephanie C. at

    YUM! I am responsible for dessert this year, and this is at the top of the list, can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Peggy at

    Was assigned to bring a pie for Thanksgiving dinner. This one will be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  • Allie | Baking a Moment at

    I am in love with this pie Michael! The crust is so eye-catching, but the filling and topping look every bit as gorgeous! 😀

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