This cinnamon roll Dutch apple pie takes an already heavenly dessert to a whole new level!
In case you’re unfamiliar, Dutch apple pie is a bit unique. It has a crumbly streusel topping instead of the usual flaky crust.
But adding a cinnamon roll crust makes THIS Dutch apple pie even more phenomenal. It’s a totally drool-worthy dessert.
So, if you want an old-fashioned fall dessert your family will love, try this cinnamon roll Dutch apple pie.
Cinnamon Roll Dutch Apple Pie
Made with apple pie filling, brown sugar, and cinnamon, this tasty treat is the perfect dessert.
It features layers of soft, pillowy cinnamon rolls with a sweetly tart apple pie filling. And let’s not forget the delectable butter pecan streusel.
Cinnamon roll Dutch apple pie is a little slice of Heaven. And with primarily store-bought ingredients, it’s easy to make, too!
It’s like classic apple pie but much better (and easier to make)!
There are three components to this pie: the crust, the filling, and the streusel topping. Here’s what you’ll need for each.
For the crust:
- Cinnamon rolls with original icing. A can of these is the easiest way to elevate a classic Dutch apple pie!
For the filling:
- Canned apple pie filling. Be sure to get the one with more fruit for extra apple goodness. Check the label!
For the butter pecan streusel:
- Flour. Use all-purpose for the best results.
- Brown sugar. To sweeten the streusel. Its deep, caramel-like flavor also pairs beautifully with cinnamon and apples.
- Ground cinnamon. Just a pinch adds fragrance and aroma to the topping.
- Cold butter. Cutting in cold butter with the ingredients yields a crumbly mixture. When baked, it becomes nice and crunchy on the outside and bursts with buttery goodness inside.
- Chopped pecans. They add crunch and a rich nuttiness that’s impossible to not to love.
How to Make Cinnamon Roll Dutch Apple Pie
This is an easy pie to make. Follow these simple steps:
1. Prepare the oven and the cinnamon rolls.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Split the dough into 8 pieces. Set them on the counter and allow them to come to room temperature, for about 10 minutes.
Pour the icing into a microwave-safe bowl, cover, and refrigerate it. You won’t need it until you’re ready to serve the pie.
2. Make the butter pecan streusel.
Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl.
Cut in the cold butter using a fork or pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in the pecans.
3. Prepare the crust.
Flatten the cinnamon rolls with a rolling pin until they’re about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.
You want the rolls nice and flat as they’ll puff up when baking. You don’t want an overly thick crust!
Place one roll in the center of your pie plate. Arrange the remaining rolls around it.
Press the rolls firmly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Be sure the entire plate is covered and there are no gaps.
4. Add the filling and topping.
Spoon the canned apple pie filling into the crust. Remember, get the kind with more fruit!
Sprinkle the prepared butter pecan streusel evenly on top.
5. Bake the pie.
Bake it for 20 to 23 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
If you notice the crust browning too quickly, cover it with a pie shield or strips of foil.
6. Let the pie cool 🙁
The hardest part is waiting for the pie to cool. The aroma of cinnamon rolls and baked apples wafting in the air is almost torture!
But have the patience to wait an hour before slicing in.
The pie filling needs time to set. Otherwise, it’ll be a syrupy mess.
7. Prepare the icing.
Pop the icing in the microwave, for about 10-15 seconds on high.
8. Slice, serve, and enjoy.
Once the pie has cooled, drizzle the icing on top.
Slice it up and serve it with vanilla or butter pecan ice cream. Enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
Here are a few more tips and tricks to keep in mind:
- Prepare the cinnamon roll dough first. Fix it first – before you start anything else. That way, it’ll be perfectly warmed up and ready to go.
- Thinly flatten the cinnamon roll dough. It’ll rise while baking, so you don’t want it too thick.
- Use foil or a pie shield if needed. Sometimes, the crust’s edges start browning too quickly. If that happens, cover them with a pie shield. If you don’t have one, use strips of foil.
- Want to use real apples for your filling? Peel and cut 7-8 cups of apples and season with cinnamon. Use Granny Smith or Honeycrisp for the perfect balance of flavor. Be sure to bake for 50 to 60 minutes for real apples.
- Top with ice cream. Serve the pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. It’s always better a la mode!
Can I Freeze Cinnamon Roll Dutch Apple Pie?
Absolutely! This pie is freezer-friendly and keeps well for up to 6 months.
So go ahead and double or triple the recipe and have a steady supply of apple pie for half a year.
To freeze, simply wrap the pie with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Then, freeze it in an upright position.
To serve, let it thaw in the fridge or on the countertop and enjoy!
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