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Upside Down Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls are a deliciously sweet breakfast option that combines two favorites: cinnamon rolls and apple pie! Soft cinnamon buns are topped off with a gooey homemade apple pie filling.
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Table of Contents
  1. Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
  2. Why We Love This Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
  3. Ingredients / Shopping List
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
  6. How to Make Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
  7. Storage Tips
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Other Easy Apple Recipes
  10. Upside Down Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls are a deliciously sweet breakfast recipe that combines two favorites: canned cinnamon rolls and apple pie! Soft cinnamon buns are topped off with a gooey homemade apple pie filling.

apple pie cinnamon roll

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

There’s only one word to perfectly describe these apple pie cinnamon rolls: scrumptious. Okay, I suppose you could also use gooey, delicious, and sinful as well. The combination of a classic cinnamon roll and apple pie filling will have your mouth watering before you even take your first bite.

Apple pie cinnamon rolls have become a popular breakfast request in our house. These unique cinnamon rolls are perfect for a group breakfast. They are super easy to make and totally worth the calories!

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Why We Love This Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

  • Quick and easy cinnamon roll recipe.
  • Only uses 5 ingredients.
  • Loved by both kids and adults!
  • Uses canned cinnamon rolls.
  • Easy breakfast for a group of people.
  • Delicious combo of two favorites: apple pie and cinnamon rolls.
Upside Down Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls on a plate

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Granny Smith apples -sliced and peeled
  • Brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Canned cinnamon buns
  • Caramel Sauce

Substitutions and Additions

  • APPLES: Using Granny Smith apples adds a bit of tartness that calms down the sweetness. You can use another type of apple if you prefer. Some like it sweeter, in which case you could use Gala or Honeycrisp apples instead.
  • NUTS: A super common and easy addition to this recipe is nuts. Feel free to add your favorite type of nuts to this. I like to add pecans or walnuts. You can add them in the mix, or simply sprinkle them on the final product.
  • RAISINS: Another common addition to this recipe is raisins. If you’re a raisin fan, they are delicious in these cinnamon rolls.
apple pie cinnamon roll on a plate

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Apple cutter
  • Apple peeler
  • Circular cake pan
  • Serving plate

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How to Make Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Preparing your apple cinnamon rolls will only take a few minutes. Pop the pan into the oven to bake, and get ready for your delicious, warm, and gooey breakfast.

  1. Combine apples, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon and heat in a saucepan until butter and sugar have melted.
    making the apple sauce
  2. Pour the mixture into a cake pan.
    Pour the mixture into a cake pan
  3. Place the cinnamon buns over the top.
    cinnamon roll in a pan
  4. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
    baked cinnamon roll in a pan
  5. Allow the pan to cool for 5 minutes then flip it over.
    flip the pan
  6. Drizzle with the glaze that came with the cinnamon buns and caramel sauce.
    Drizzle with the glaze that came with the cinnamon buns and caramel sauce

Storage Tips

  • To Store: The cinnamon buns are best in fresh, but you can store them in an airtight container on the counter for two days. 
  • To Freeze: I don’t recommend freezing this recipe after it’s been baked. It doesn’t thaw quite right. This is best served fresh or reheated from the fridge.
  • To Reheat: When you want to eat them, you can reheat them in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Upside Down Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the apples stick to the bottom of the pan? 

As long as you’re spraying the pan with nonstick spray, it should not stick. 

Do I have to buy a certain kind of cinnamon bun? 

No, you can make these with your favorite brand and style of cinnamon rolls.

Can I make this with a can of apple pie filling?

Yes, you can use the premade pie filling, but it will end up with a slightly different texture. If you choose to go this route, you could use any flavor of pie filling in place of the apple pie filling as well.

Can I make apple pie cinnamon rolls ahead of time?

You could definitely prepare this recipe the night before you plan to bake. Then you’ll just need to pop it in the oven when you wake up in the morning!

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Other Easy Apple Recipes

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Upside Down Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Serves — 5
Upside Down Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls are a deliciously sweet breakfast option that combines two favorites: cinnamon rolls and apple pie! Soft cinnamon buns are topped off with a gooey homemade apple pie filling.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
cool time 5 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Granny Smith apples peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 can cinnamon buns
  • 1 tbsp caramel sauce

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the apples, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Heat the mixture over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until the butter and sugar have melted. Pour the mixture into a 9-inch cake Pan and spread evenly. Place the cinnamon bun on top of the apple mixture, with one in the center and the other four evenly spaced around the center.
  • Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes.
  • Allow the pan to cool for about 5 minutes, then place a plate over the top of the pan and flip it over.
  • Warm the glaze that came with the cinnamon buns and the caramel sauce together in a small bowl for about 10 seconds in the microwave. Stir them together and drizzle the caramel sauce over the top of the cinnamon buns.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: The cinnamon buns are best in fresh, but you can store them in an airtight container on the counter for two days. 
  • To Freeze: I don’t recommend freezing this recipe after it’s been baked. It doesn’t thaw quite right. This is best served fresh or reheated from the fridge.
  • To Reheat: When you want to eat them, you can reheat them in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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    1. “Place the cinnamon bun on top of the apple mixture, with one in the center and the other four evenly spaced around the center.”