Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie


Yes, we went there. This pie’s unique cinnamon roll crust adds even more cinnamon-sugar flavor and offers just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the tartness of the Granny Smith apples.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie
Makes 1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie
  • 6 cups (750 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups (300 grams) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon (9 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (255 grams) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1¼ cups (300 grams) cold water
  • 1½ tablespoons (9 grams) ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons (56 grams) unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • Apple Filling (recipe follows)
  • 1 large egg (50 grams), lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) coarse sugar
  1. In the work bowl of a food processor, place flour, 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar, and salt; pulse until combined. Add cold butter, and pulse until mixture is crumbly.
  2. With processor running, add 1¼ cups (300 grams) cold water in a slow, steady stream until a dough forms. Divide dough in half, and shape each half into a disk. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of dough into a 17x10½-inch rectangle. In a small bowl, stir together cinnamon and remaining ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar. Spread 2 tablespoons (28 grams) softened butter onto dough, and sprinkle with half of sugar mixture.
  4. Starting with one long side, roll dough into a log, pinching seam to seal. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Repeat procedure with remaining dough, remaining 2 tablespoons (28 grams) softened butter, and remaining sugar mixture.
  5. Slice 1 log of dough into ½-inch pieces. On a lightly floured piece of parchment paper, arrange pieces in a tight circle, making sure all edges are touching. Gently roll into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate, pressing into bottom and up sides. Trim excess dough. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  6. Slice remaining log of dough into ½-inch pieces. On a lightly floured piece of parchment paper, arrange pieces in a tight circle, making sure all edges are touching. Gently roll into a 12-inch circle. Transfer dough on parchment to a sheet pan, and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  8. Spoon Apple Filling into prepared crust. Lightly brush edges with water. Place second piece of dough on top of filling, and peel off parchment. Fold edges under, and crimp as desired. Freeze for at least 15 minutes. Place pie on a rimmed half-sheet pan. Cut a vent in top of dough to release steam. Brush with egg, and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F (180°C), and bake until apples are tender and crust is golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes more, covering with foil to prevent excess browning, if necessary. Let cool for 1 hour before serving.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Apple Filling
Makes about 8 cups
  • 3½ pounds (1,590 grams) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • ¾ cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (110 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1¾ teaspoons (3.5 grams) ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ cup (32 grams) cornstarch
  1. In a large bowl, toss together apples, sugars, cinnamon, salt, and ginger. Let stand for 30 minutes. Transfer apples to a colander; drain and discard liquid. Toss drained apples with cornstarch.


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  1. I made this for Thanksgiving and it was a hit, HOWEVER, here are my personal tips. After macerating, being the juice to a boil and then gently simmer for a few minutes until the juices become a light syrup. Add this syrup back to the apples before filling the pie.

    Also, it’s a bit tricky when rolling the crust out. I held the cinnamon rolls together AND rolled them at the same time (took a little practice). You get to make two crusts so my first crust was used for the BOTTOM crust that nobody could see.

    It will seem like a lot of sugar/cinnamon when sprinkling it on for the cinnamon rolls but use it all! It not only adds more color to the final product but also adds more sweetness and flavor.

  2. I was startled to read the amount of flour for one pie: 6 cups! It seems like double the amount for a regular 2 crust recipe. Is that a typo ?

    • Hi Diane!

      Thanks for reaching out! Because you are creating a “cinnamon roll” pie crust, you will need the extra dough to work with. The beautiful swirls in the dough are the star of the show here! Happy baking!

  3. This is a delicious, show-stopping pie. The crust is a bit difficult to handle, but I rolled it in between plastic wrap which helped. Next time I will also butter the pie plate as the dough on the edge of the pie plate stuck to the plate. Also, as another person stated, I had to bake the pie longer then the recipe stated. I will make this again. My husband loved it.

    • Hi LP,

      Thank you for your question! Unfortunately, we haven’t tested this recipe with anything other than an apple filling. Cranberries will definitely add moisture, so you’ll just have to adjust your thickening agent accordingly (in this case, cornstarch). Cranberries will also add tartness, so you may want to adjust the amount of sugar in the filling as well.

      Hope this helps, and happy baking!


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