Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

If you love cinnamon rolls… and I’m betting you do, I think you’re going to enjoy this recipe.

Cinnamon roll pie crust is actually pretty ingenious and it’s also oh-so easy to make.

Want to make the pie lovers in your life gasp?

Serve this and they will.

cinnamon roll dish

Yeah, it tastes just like it looks.

Cinnabons have nothing on this beauty.

This crust is actually made of cinnamon rolls that have been molded into the pan.

cinnamon bun swirls

Look at all that deliciousness.

And this hasn’t even been baked yet.

Scroll down below to see a video featuring my simple step by step.

cinnamon bun slices

pie crust

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie (Crust)
  • Favorite pie dough enough for two 9 inch crusts
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Apple pie filling
  • Whipped cream optional
  1. Prepare favorite pie crust dough. Cut in half to create two discs. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Lightly flour surface and roll first dough disc into a large rectangle.
  3. Mix butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla until well-combined.
  4. Spread mixture over rectangular dough.
  5. Gently roll the edge of the doll and keep rolling until a log is formed.
  6. Slice the log into 1/4-inch pieces.
  7. Repeat the same steps with the second disc of refrigerated dough.
  8. Lightly flour rolling pin and use the pin to flatten the cinnamon roll cuts.
  9. Firmly press the flattened cuts into a pie pan to create swirled crust.
  10. Add apple filling to the crust.
  11. Use remaining, flattened cinnamon rolls to cover the filling.
  12. Gently pierce the top crust layer with a fork to vent the steam.
  13. Bake at 350 for about 35-minutes or until browned.
  14. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

bun pie crust

Now that the lower crust has been formed,  all you have to do is add your favorite filling and top it with a second dough made of cinnamon rolls.

That topping crust can be a traditional plain doubh or you can step the entire pie up a notch and top it with a similar cinnamon roll dough.

To create cinnamon roll topper, just arrange the sliced dough rolls closely together on a pastry board and use a rolling pin to gently flatten the dough so that the rolls press into each other.

Carefully lift and drape over the filled pie and bake.

pie crust from cinnamon buns

When my mom (AKA Nana Banana) first saw these pictures she said “hey, it’s missing something.”

True, it is missing the filling.

Just so you know, I left my apple pie filling out of these shots because I wanted to show off the mouth-watering swirls.

By the way, you could also roll out a dough roll and fill a set of cupcake tins for mini cinnamon roll crusts.

That would also bowl over dessert lovers.

Happy Fall baking.

Thanks for stopping by.

See  you back here next time. 


  • Vicki

    Looks like cinnamon heaven…

  • Martha Bilski

    Oh My Goodness. I am so going to make this, this week. Thanks!! Love your creativitiy!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks, Penny.
      This is definitely something to keep on your to-try list once your kitchen is finished and fully stocked.
      Hope the home building is going well.

  • Deborah Brooks

    This looks amazing. I can taste a fruit filling like apple…….

  • Deb

    That looks AMAZING!!! I think I may have drooled on keyboard a little bit….. I can just smell it right now! I’m really going to have to try this—Thank you!!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Deb.
      I hope you do try to make this and I’d love to know how yours turns out.
      Watch that drool-lol.
      Happy baking.

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Oh. My. Heavens. That looks simply delicious. I can just smell the aroma — fantastic. You do such an amazing (yes, I know, KariAnne) job and so very artistic. You aren’t close — you are right there. I’ve already pinned. sending hugs.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Oh, Marisa you are such a sweet supporter.
      Thanks for that.
      You should try this. It’s actually a pretty cool technique.
      Also, my offer still stands on those Russian piping tips.
      Happy day to you.

  • Dana

    Lisa, why do you need the pie crusts in addition to the cinnamon rolls? Does it need that much structure? – hugs!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Dana, I rolled out pre-packaged frozen pie dough (crust) in order to make the cinnamon rolls.
      Then, I flattened the rolls to make the crust.
      Hope that makes sense.
      I’ll double check my language in the post to clarify.

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