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Easy Cinnamon Roll Apple Cobbler

I always like to have dessert on hand when I have guests over this past week when I was cooking our turkey dinner to celebrate Christmas holidays we actually had our turkey dinner on boxing day I wanted to make a delicious but very easy dessert recipe and typically when it’s frightfully cold outside I turn to comfort food.

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Cobbler text on light grey background over a close up image of apple crisp topped with cinnamon pastry

I love baking with apples, and often try out vintage recipes, like our Apple Pandowdy! We also use this same basic pie crust recipe to make our delicious cinnamon roll pie crust on our famous Dutch Apple Pie! 

apple crisp recipe with a cinnamon pie crust topping

One of my favorite recipes to make is apple crispI don’t even look at a recipe anymore as I’m able to just make it up as I go along! Typically I use a traditional apple crisp topping and that’s brown sugar flour and lots and lots of melted butter but I had some leftover pie crust in the freezer that I wanted to use.

closeup image of apple crisp topped with cinnamon pie crust and powdered sugar glaze

I’ve been seeing on Facebook and social media lots of posts about the cinnamon pastry pie crust that folks are using with their apple pies .

Related recipes:  Apple CrispHarvest Apple GaletteMom’s Apple PieDutch Apple Pie with Cinnamon Pie Crust!

So what I’ve come up with is Cinnamon Swirl Apple Cobbler – like an apple crisp that has a cinnamon swirl pastry topping and oh my gosh it is so yummy.

Full of apples and cinnamon and butter and brown sugar it’s just too good and the smell of it baking is to die for.

a serving of apple crisp with vanilla ice cream on a white plate

To get started grease your pan really well.   I use glass baking pans as I like the way they cook my desserts.   Prepare your apples the same way you would for a traditional apple crisp.  So in this case I had McIntosh apples on hand and they were little on the small side so I used ten because I love to pile the apples up high in the pan.  They always shrink down when they cook. (you can see a little tip about hMom’s Apple Pie | The Ultimate Comfort Foodow to keep your apple pie filling from shrinking away from your pie crust if you go to this link I’ve instructed my students on this for many years and it’s a great tip.)

Once you have your apples peeled and cored, and I must buy an apple peeler they are so much fun and so easy to peel apples with!  That’s the biggest job about making any baked apple dessert right? But in this case I used my Apple slicer and just peeled the apples.

So I add a cup of white sugar, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a quarter cup of cornstarch or flour (which ever you have on hand is fine) and the purpose of this is just add a bit of thickening so that your apples and don’t run all over the place!  We want a nice thick serving of cinnamon swirl apple cobbler.  I renamed it to a cobbler because now that we don’t have the crispy crunchy topping, I don’t really feel that we can call it an apple crisp.

So now we have the fun part. My pastry has thawed and I’m going to roll it out into a large rectangle almost the size of a pie crust or a pie shell that you would need, so I would say around 12 in  You can see I’ve use my pastry mat and if you don’t have a pastry mat please do yourself a favor and get one they’re so helpful when rolling out pie crust.

I’ve squared off with the pastry dough with my pastry cutter. Brush the pastry with a quarter cup of melted butter.  You really want to brush the pastry well because the melted butter will hold the brown sugar and cinnamon to it and that’s what you need for rolling.    Mix a half a cup of brown sugar and another teaspoon of cinnamon and spread all that lovely brown sugar and cinnamon on top of your pastry.  You are now ready to roll it up and to a nice tight roll.

closeup image of apple cobbler on a white plate with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream

Using a pastry slicer or a pizza cutter slice the roll into individual slices that are about  a quarter inch thick and lay the slices on your pastry mat.    I just flatten them with my fingers, I think that makes it easier for us to handle them, just make sure your pastry mat is well flowered so that these lovely little cinnamon swirls don’t stick to the mat.  Cover your apples with these cinnamon swirl pieces, and make sure it’s all tight and fully covered.  Don’t worry about the apples not having a chance to breathe cause there’s lots of little nooks and crannies in the top.  You can see that so the steam will be able to get out .

I brush the top with an egg yolk mixture because that helps the pastry to achieve that beautiful Golden Glow that we want. And then I put it in a preheated 350-degree Fahrenheit oven and bake for 35 to 45 minutes.  Now I have a fast oven and so I typically put it in for the  lesser time and that way I know I’ll be safe.  If I need to add 5 or 10 minutes at the end, I’m ok to do so.

square glass baking dish with freshly baked apple crisp shows a serving removed on a red napkin

While your Cinnamon Swirl Apple Cobbler is baking, you can mix up some glaze using icing sugar and water.  For this recipe,  let’s use a cup of icing sugar or powdered sugar and put it that in a small bowl.  Add one to two tablespoons of water, and mix well.  It takes very little water to make a nice thick icing sugar glaze.   Once you make that up put it aside until your Cinnamon Swirl Apple Cobbler is baked and let it cooled on a cooling rack or a large cutting board for about 15 to 20 minutes.   Then you can drizzle that lovely icing sugar glaze all over it and it has the look of a cinnamon buns!

So that’s it.  Pretty easy and it was so delicious!  We had our boys for dinner that night and they just ate it all up with big scoops of vanilla ice cream!  Of course we got to have leftovers 🙂 that’s the best part of cooking a big dinner!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and look forward to seeing you on the blog.

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Cobbler takes a classic apple crisp recipe and gets all dressed up with a delicious cinnamon swirl pie crust topping! So easy to make and a perfect way to use leftover pie crust. Like Cinnamon Pastry met Apple Crisp and fell in love.

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Cobbler

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This classic apple crisp recipe gets all dressed up with a delicious cinnamon swirl pie crust topping! So easy to make and a perfect way to use leftover pie crust. Like Cinnamon Pastry met Apple Crisp and fell in love.


Apple Cobbler

  • 10 apples, medium, mcintosh
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

Icing Sugar Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp water

Cinnamon Swirl Pie crust

  • 1 pie crust , 12" diameter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/8 cup butter, melted


Apple Cobbler Layer

  1. Preheat oven to 350F, and grease 9 X 9 square baking dish with butter
  2. Peel and core the apples, slicing evenly.  Make sure you trim out the pieces of core.
  3. Mix the apples with the sugar, cinnamon and corn starch
  4. Place the apple mixture into the baking dish and add a few pats of butter

Cinnamon Swirl Pastry Topping

  1. Roll out pie crust and using pastry cutter or a sharp knife, shape into a rectangle
  2. Brush the pie crust with melted butter
  3. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and spread over the pie crust
  4. Starting at the one wide end, roll the pie crust into a tight roll.  Slice evenly.
  5. Press slices flat with your fingers, and place the slices on top of the apple mixture
  6. Brush the top with egg wash
  7. Bake at 350F for 35 to 45 minutes
  8. Let cool and apply icing sugar glaze

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced baker and writer. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.

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