Mini Cinnamon Roll Apple Pies

Our easy Mini Dutch style Cinnamon Roll Apple Pies are filled with sweet apples and a crumble topping, ready in UNDER 30 MINUTES! We simplified the process by using a muffin tin and pressing the cinnamon roll dough and apple pie filling into the cups. Use our recipe for cinnamon rolls with apple pie filling or use Puff Pastry see below for easy mini apple pies with puff pastry. Either way you choose, they are a fall must make. 

Please excuse the photography, this is an old post from when our camera was ancient and file sizes smaller. This is in the Reshoot Cue! Regardless, the recipe is killer. 

cinnamon roll apple pies in muffin tin.

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pies

Once upon a time, there was a muffin tin. The muffin tin noticed some pretty sweet looking apples on the counter and...... just kidding.  There is no story here, however we simply created a crazy good recipe in a quick and convenient way. See, there really was a muffin tin that called out to be stuffed with cinnamon rolls and apple pie filling.  I planned to use cinnamon rolls instead of crust, therefore it seemed obvious to make a Dutch crumble topped pie. Boom. Cinnamon roll mini Dutch style apple pie cups. Sure, the name is long, but they taste ridiculous. 

cinnamon rolls with apple pie filling in muffin tin.

What Are Mini Dutch Apple Pies

Mini Dutch apple pies are just a smaller version of the traditional 9" or larger pie. Apparently the single crust pie dates back to the early 1500's and was made with a crust on the bottom and scraps (like today's lattice) on the top. Most known to people now, the term Dutch apple pie refers to a pie crust bottom with a crumble top. Dutch crumble topping is usually made with brown sugar, flour and nuts, although you can use whatever you want. In this recipe I added raisins and fresh apples. 

Can I Make These Mini Apple Pies with Puff Pastry

Yes! You can absolutely make these mini apple pies with puff pastry, as a matter of fact, we recommend it. While you are cooking anyways, why not? Make extra apple filling, skip the cinnamon roll dough and simply line the puff pastry inside the muffin cups instead. Follow the baking directions on the box of pastry dough.

Can I Use Store Bought Apple Pie Filling

Absolutely again! You can use anything you want for filling. One thing I buy often is the Apple Pie Filling from Walmart. I'm not sure how they do it, but that apple pie filling is fantastic for store bought. It is actual real big slices and less "filling" mush. Aside from apple pie filling, there are a variety of other things you can put inside of these cinnamon roll cups like

  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • Apricot Preserves
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Fresh Berries Coated In Sugar
  • Peaches and Pecans

Making Our Mini Dutch Cinnamon Roll Apple Pies

At first it is going to SEEM like a lot of steps and much to do, however it isn't! The recipe is very easy I promise. I give you a few short cut ideas below. 

NOTE* We recommend making the pie filling FIRST so it can cool, while you prepare the cinnamon rolls and the crumble. 

Makes 8 cinnamon roll Apple Pie cups

(Full recipe card below)

Ingredients for your Mini Apple Pies

  • 1 Can of 8 Cinnamon Roll Dough

For the Pie Filling 

  • 2-3 medium sized apples, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)

The Topping

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ flour
  • 2 tablespoon butter, cubed
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛tsp salt

For the Glaze

  • Cinnamon roll icing
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1tbsp Milk
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla

Instructions Muffin Tin Cinnamon Roll Apple Pies 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2.  Grab a sauce pot big enough for your chopped apples (apple sizes vary), mix all pie filling ingredients into the pot over low-medium heat.
  3. Slowly bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer. Cook just until apples are fork tender. See NOTE in recipe card about excess liquid. Set aside.  

Make the Crumble: 

  1. Add all crumble ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Use a fork to break the butter up into the mixture, do not mash or mix to whip. The purpose to to get the butter as small as you can and "crumbled" into the oats, flour and sugar. This helps create the crunchy hard bits on top. Set aside. 

cinnamon rolls with apple pie filling mini dutch apple pies in muffin tin.

Assembling This Mini Apple Pie Recipe

  1. Grease 8 muffin tin cups. Press cinnamon roll dough into each muffin tin. Set aside. 
  2. Scoop even amounts of apple pie filling into each of the muffin cups. 
  3. Sprinkle crumble topping over each apple filled muffin cup. 
  4. Lightly press the crumble down with your fingers. 
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are bubbling and top is golden crunchy. 
  6. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes before removing from muffin tin. 
  7. Whip the glaze up by mixing all the ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle over pies. 

cinnamon roll apple pie cups on wire rack.

Short Cuts And Kitchen Tips

Sometimes recipes like this get looked over because it appears to have a lot of process, steps or ingredients. Who wants all those dishes or mess? Here are a few tips and tricks to make it more simple and limit the clean up.

Short Cuts

  • Use store bought apple pie filling. Skip the homemade version completely and save a few dishes!
  • Try Granola or Cereal. Instead of making a homemade crumble you could always use granola or a good cereal for the topping. For this recipe I topped mine with crumble AND the cereal granola which had raisins and I added fresh apples. 
  • Skip the muffin tin.  Use puff pastry, cut it into equal squares (you should get 4), fill with apple pie filling, pinch edges closed and seal, there you have it mini apple pies with puff pastry. Simple. 

Kitchen Tips

  • Be Prepared. As Chef Anne Burrill says "Mise En Place!", a French term for putting everything in place. Have it all out and ready to go. 
  • Reuse Dishes. So you need a small bowl for everythingggg. Well you are only making one thing at a time, so wash the bowl up real quick, dry it and reuse. Now, I'm not suggesting you take your marinated chicken out of the bowl and wash it up quick to make your salad. I'm saying, you just made a crumble (no raw ingredients that could cross contaminate), wash it out and use it for your glaze. That type of thing.  

Freeze and Eat These Cinnamon Roll Apple Pies for Breakfast

On the weekend make a double batch of these and freeze!  Simply allow each mini Dutch apple pie to cool completely.  Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in a zip top freezer bag.  To serve- remove from freezer, discard plastic wrap and microwave for 30 seconds at a time until warmed through. Eat all week!

cinnamon roll apple pies with apple filling on wire rack.

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Cinnamon Roll Apple Pies, Mini Dutch Style

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Our easy Mini Dutch style Cinnamon Roll Apple Pies are filled with sweet apples and a crumble topping, ready in UNDER 30 MINUTES!

Ingredients

  • For the Pie Filling
  • 2-3 medium sized apples, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
  • The Topping
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ flour
  • 2 tablespoon butter, cubed
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛tsp salt
  • For the Glaze
  • Cinnamon roll icing
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1tbsp Milk
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2.  Grab a sauce pot big enough for your chopped apples (apple sizes vary), mix all pie filling ingredients into the pot over low-medium heat.
  3. Slowly bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer. Cook just until apples are fork tender. See NOTE in recipe card about excess liquid. Set aside.  

Make the Crumble: 

  1. Add all crumble ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Use a fork to break the butter up into the mixture, do not mash or mix to whip. The purpose to to get the butter as small as you can and "crumbled" into the oats, flour and sugar. This helps create the crunchy hard bits on top. Set aside. 

ASSEMBLING THIS MINI APPLE PIE RECIPE

  1. Grease 8 muffin tin cups. Press cinnamon roll dough into each muffin tin. Set aside. 
  2. Scoop even amounts of apple pie filling into each of the muffin cups. 
  3. Sprinkle crumble topping over each apple filled muffin cup. 
  4. Lightly press the crumble down with your fingers. 
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are bubbling and top is golden crunchy. 
  6. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes before removing from muffin tin. 
  7. Whip the glaze up by mixing all the ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle over pies. 

Notes

Excess Liquid- If the apples produced excess water remove it by straining with a slotted spoon against the side of the pan.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 7gCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 3gSugar: 46gProtein: 2g

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17 thoughts on “Mini Cinnamon Roll Apple Pies”

  1. Love this recipe but I need help with amounts. I can cinnamon rolls , size ? the picture shows 6 only but my cinnamon can holds more cinnamon rolls. And only 1 apple? seems like very little. Help please.

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    • HI Gloria,

      There was 8 cinnamon rolls in our can, not all were photographed. I am not sure what you mean by size? These were just regular cinnamon rolls not the Pillsbury Grands if that is what you mean.
      Yes, one apple. Once it is diced and mixed with the raisins, dates and pecans from the cereal it is plenty of filling. Feel free to dice more apple if you wish.
      Hope that helps!
      Thank you!

      Reply
  2. Yum, these look delicious! I love how you showed the whole process of buying and making them too.

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  3. We are big cereal eaters too. My oldest would eat it for every meal of the day. This recipe looks like a yummy way to mix it up & make breakfast something new.

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  4. This recipe seems fun and interesting. I would like to try it with my girls, they always want to try something new.

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  5. These dutch apple pies are adorable! My husband loves fruit pies (any fruit!) and the fact that these are so creative and look so delicious... he'll gobble them up in a second.

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  6. Soon it'll be time to start thinking about snacks and lunches for school. These pies look yummy. I like the idea of freezing some and having them for the week.

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  7. What a great snack idea. It's hard to believe the kids will be back in school in a month's time. We sure do love our cereal here too.

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  8. I love this recipe! Quick and easy food like this has really been a lifesaver in the past!

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  9. These look delicious! No one will argue with something like this for breakfast! I like the double-batch and freeze plan--a big help on those extra busy days!

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  10. Oh my goodness, these look amazing. These would be perfect for the first day of school. I love that you used things I already purchase and have in the pantry

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  11. I see a great breakfast treat for the family this weekend! I love that you incorporated Great Grains into the recipe. That makes it so much healthier!

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  12. Those look so great! They're perfect for a little dessert or for breakfast. Yum!

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  13. These Mini Dutch Apple Pies look amazing! What a simple and delicious recipe. I'll have to add it to my recipe list. Thanks for sharing! #client

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