Apple Pie Filled Cinnamon Rolls

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There's nothing like waking up in the morning to these delicious Apple Pie Filled Cinnamon Rolls! They're easy to assemble in just 5 minutes, and can be made ahead for breakfast, dessert or holiday brunch. 

These warm and gooey cinnamon rolls are a family favorite that require only 3 ingredients. All you need are refrigerated cinnamon rolls, apple pie filling, and chopped pecans to make this mouthwatering breakfast casserole in a flash!

Cinnamon rolls with apple pie filling.
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Ingredients You'll Need

  • 2 cans apple pie filling - any type of pie filling works well as long as it's sweetened
  • 2 cans refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing - original size Pillsbury cinnamon rolls work great
  • ½ cup chopped pecans - chop finely, or use a rough chop if you like a chunky texture

See recipe card for detailed info.

Ingredients needed for Apple Pie Filled cinnamon rolls.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Quick and Easy - only takes a few minutes to prepare
  • Make Ahead - can be made ahead of time and baked when ready
  • Budget Friendly - uses only 3 ingredients from the grocery store
  • Crowd Favorite - everyone loves these rolls for breakfast or dessert!

When you're in a hurry and don't have time to make something from scratch, try this easy recipe. Your family will love waking up on Thanksgiving or Christmas morning with the scent of apples and cinnamon filling the air!

These simple ingredients are a cinch to find in your local grocery store, and this dish couldn't be easier to prepare. In fact, it's a great recipe to make with kids the night before, and pop in the oven the next morning.

Pie server holding up a scoop of cinnamon rolls.

Apple pie filled cinnamon rolls are similar to other recipes you may like such as Salted Caramel Sticky Buns, Monkey Bread Apple Cobbler and Caramel Apple Cheese Pastry.

Any time you're in the mood for southern comfort food, this is the perfect recipe to satisfy your cravings!

Icing spread on cinnamon rolls.

Instructions

  • Take the cinnamon roll dough out of the tube. Slice each roll into 4 pieces with a sharp knife and set aside the cups of icing for later.
Cinnamon rolls being sliced on a cutting board.
  • Spray the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and spread out pieces evenly.
Cinnamon roll pieces in a dish.
  • Pour both cans of apple filling on top of cinnamon roll pieces. Use a spoon to coat all of the pieces.
Apples spread on cinnamon rolls.
  • Sprinkle pecans on top and slightly stir into the apple mixture. (If pecans are left dry they may get too crunchy.)
Pecans spread on top of apples.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
Rolls coming out of oven.
  • Microwave the icing for 5 seconds so it will be easy to pour, or allow it to reach room temperature. Drizzle icing over rolls and serve warm.
Spoon drizzling icing on apple filled rolls.

Variations

  • Add spices like ground cinnamon, ginger, allspice or pumpkin pie spice for additional flavor.
  • Stir in raisins, dried cranberries or apricots for extra sweetness.
  • Substitute different nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pistachios. Or, omit the nuts altogether. 
  • Use caramel syrup instead of icing for intense caramel apple flavor. 
  • Make your own cream cheese frosting to spread on top.
  • Use fresh apples and cook them with brown sugar and melted butter if you don't have a can of apple pie filling. 
Rolls after icing has been added.

Serving Suggestions

Cinnamon rolls and apple pie filling make an amazing dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

You can also serve them with other easy breakfast items like Cathead Biscuits, Million Dollar Bacon and Biscuits and Gravy.

They go great with any type of eggs, Sausage Cheese Pastry and a Fresh Fruit Platter!

Ice cream on top of cinnamon rolls.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this recipe with another flavor of pie filling?

Absolutely! Try strawberry, blueberry or pineapple pie filling for a completely different taste.

Can I use a different type of pastry?

Yes, you can use Pillsbury Grands® brand of rolls for a larger casserole. Or, you can substitute crescent rolls or puff pastry and add your own spices.

Icing drizzled on top of cinnamon rolls.

Expert Tips

  • Slice the apples and rolls into smaller bite size pieces if desired.
  • Be sure to grease the bottom of the dish before adding ingredients. 
  • For best results, let the buns cool at least 10 minutes before adding icing.

Storage and Freezing

Make Ahead - for a real breakfast treat, you can make this recipe up to 2 days ahead and store in the refrigerator until time to bake.

Leftovers - store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave in 30 second intervals.

Freezing - you can freeze leftovers by wrapping them in plastic wrap or vacuum sealing. Store up to 3 months in the freezer. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat in the microwave in 30 second intervals.

Apple pie filled cinnamon rolls with apples in background.

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Recipe Card

Apple pie filled cinnamon rolls on white plates.

Apple Pie Filled Cinnamon Rolls

Wake up in the morning to these delicious Apple Pie Filled Cinnamon Rolls! They're easy to assemble in just 5 minutes, and can be made ahead for breakfast or holiday brunch.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings12
Calories: 131kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cans refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing (12.4 ounce Pillsbury brand)
  • 2 cans apple pie filling (21 ounces each)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Take the cinnamon rolls out of the tube. Slice each roll into 4 pieces. Set aside the icing until later.
  • Spray the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish or pan.
  • Spread out cinnamon roll pieces evenly in the pan.
  • Pour both cans of apple pie filling on top of cinnamon roll pieces. Use a spoon to coat all of the pieces.
  • Sprinkle pecans on top and slightly stir into the apple pie filling. (If they are left dry they may get too crunchy.)
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  • Microwave the icing for 5 seconds so it will be easy to pour.
  • Drizzle icing all over cinnamon rolls and serve warm.

Notes

  • Slice the apples and rolls into smaller bite size pieces if desired.
  • Be sure to grease the bottom of the dish before adding ingredients. 
  • For best results, let the buns cool at least 10 minutes before adding icing.

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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