Cinnamon Roll Apple Bake — A layer of cinnamon rolls topped with apples and a crunchy oatmeal crumble makes this the ULTIMATE apple crisp!! EASY, ready in 40 minutes, and tastes AMAZING!!
Cinnamon Roll Apple Bake
I love crisps and crumbles of all kinds, but apple crisp in particular is always a nostalgic favorite. This apple crisp dessert combines the tried and true flavors of apple crisp — including juicy apples spiced with cinnamon and sugar and topped with a crumble topping — with a special twist.
Crumble toppings are where it’s at for me. Truthfully, after I got done photographing this, I may have used a spoon to scoop off the crumble topping in a portion of this pan. It was a little bald in places, no biggie.
I cannot resist the crunchy-crispy factor that happens when you bake the butter, brown sugar, and oats. The contrast of the soft and juicy apples with the crumble is primo.
What’s in Cinnamon Roll Apple Bake?
To make this quick apple crisp dessert, you’ll need:
- Refrigerated cinnamon roll dough with icing
- Granulated sugar
- Spices (cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and cloves)
- Unsalted butter
- Light brown sugar
- Old-fashioned oats
- All-purpose flour
What Are the Best Apples for Apple Crisp?
I used two Gala and two Granny Smith apples that I peeled and cut into thin slices. You could probably use whatever apples you have on hand or are your favorites.
Can I Use Quick Oats Instead of Old-Fashioned?
Make sure you use old-fashioned whole rolled oats and NOT quick cook or instant because they will not produce the correct texture for your crumble. People always write to me and ask me when it comes to oats, well can I substitute… No, you can’t. Old-fashioned only for this recipe.
How to Make Cinnamon Roll Apple Bake
I used cinnamon roll dough to make the crust or base layer of this apple crisp. It doesn’t get much better than cinnamon rolls + apple crisp all in one. Simply open a tube of refrigerated cinnamon roll dough and place the 8 rolls in the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan.
I put two rolls in each of four rows. Smoosh the rolls with your hand and this is going to become the base of your apple crisp. The rolls will not completely cover the pan but they expand when they bake.
Arrange the apple slices over the cinnamon rolls like you’re making a pie before sprinkling with cinnamon and sugar.
After baking, I simple drizzled the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls over the crumble and added a scoop of frozen coconut milk whipped topping. The contrast of the cold topping and warm apples was heavenly.
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Does Apple Crisp Need to Be Refrigerated?
No, this cinnamon apple crisp dessert can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Tips for Making Cinnamon Roll Apple Bake
Note that the cinnamon rolls will not completely cover the entire 9×13-inch pan when you first smush them in. That’s okay, they expand as they bake!
You’re welcome to adjust the spices in the crumble topping to suit your own tastes.
You could add regular whipped topping (frozen or thawed), vanilla ice cream, or go with homemade salted caramel sauce or your fave caramel sauce. Whatever you put on this ultimate apple crisp is just literally the icing on the cake before diving in.
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Cinnamon Roll Apple Crisp
Cinnamon Rolls and Apples
- one 12.4-ounce package refrigerated cinnamon roll dough with icing
- 4 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin (I used 2 Gala and 2 Granny Smith)
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- icing from cinnamon rolls
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup old-fashioned whole rolled oats, not quick cook or instant
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- ¼ teaspoon cloves
Cinnamon Rolls and Apples:
- Preheat oven to 350F, line a 9x13-inch pan with aluminum foil for easier cleanup, and spray with cooking spray.
- Add the 8 cinnamon rolls to the pan, evenly distributed. I put two rolls in each of four rows. Smoosh or flatten each of the rolls with your hand. They will not completely cover the pan but they expand when they bake.
- Evenly scatter the apples over the entire surface of the pan, slightly layering them as needed, as if you were making a pie.
- Evenly sprinkle with granulated sugar, cinnamon; set aside and set icing aside.
- To a large bowl add all the ingredients and cut with two forks to combine mixture into pea-sized clumps.
- Evenly sprinkle the crumble topping over the apples and bake for about 40 minutes, or until top is lightly golden brown and set.
- Evenly drizzle the icing and serve immediately; optionally serve with whipped topping or ice cream.
- Crumble is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight at room temp for up to 4 days.
- Adapted from Allrecipes.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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