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Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake Pie

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Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake Pie

This Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake Pie recipe is a traditional coffee cake in a cinnamon roll crust!

So, it’s conference week at Jordan’s school. They have half days all week. Actually, they had a half day a week ago Monday (for report card preparation) then another half day last Friday for the start of conference week, then this Monday just past was a holiday (Veteran’s Day) and now they have half days all week. Oh, and next week they have off, the whole week, for Thanksgiving.

I’d like to know the point of even going to school on a half day.

{And, before I get hate mail – I’m not saying this against the teachers. They have no control over it. I felt this exact same way when I was a teacher.}

I mean, really. School starts at 7:50. Lunch is at 11 and I pick her up at 12:20. They also have approximately 5 recesses and 4 bathroom breaks in there as well. {Yes, I’m exaggerating. But you get the idea.}

Really, all a half day does is put me a half day behind.

I’d almost rather have her at home where she can watch 5 hours of Hannah Montana read books and study Latin by herself while I work, so that I don’t have to lose the perfect 12:00 light in my kitchen waiting in the ohmigod why do people get here a half hour early parking lot.

#firstworldproblems #foodbloggerproblems #whinymomproblems

I know she’d rather stay home with me. Because I make stuff like this while she’s at school. And by the time she gets home, it’s frozen, eaten, or given away.

Who wants to plant their face in that topping? Anyone?

This pie starts with cinnamon rolls. You flatten them with your hands and press them into a pie plate.

Then you mix up a simple coffeecake recipe and fill the crust with it. I used my mom’s coffee cake recipe. It’s the one I’ve used to make my pumpkin coffee cake and my carrot cake coffee cake. It’s my favorite recipe, and this is the basic, simple version (except I subbed oil for butter – you can use either).

And, well, icing. I used the packet that came with the cinnamon rolls. Is anyone else addicted to that packet of icing? I could eat it, straight from the plastic, with a spoon.

Pie shouldn’t be left for just dessert. I mean, you gotta eat breakfast on Thanksgiving, right?

I’m just looking forward to when Jordan goes back to regular, full days. Then I can eat my breakfast without setting my timer so I won’t forget to pick her up.

#bestmomintheworld, right?

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake Pie

Make a traditional coffee cake inside a cinnamon roll pie crust!


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour + 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 can (8 count) cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a pie plate with cooking spray. (I used a 10” pie plate.)
  2. Stir together sugar, oil, egg and milk in a large bowl. Add baking powder, salt, and 1 1/2 cups flour, and stir until no lumps remain. Set aside.
  3. Open can of cinnamon rolls and separate. One at a time, press the cinnamon roll between the palms of your hands to flatten. Press each into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate to form the crust, pinching to seal any gaps between the rolls.
  4. Pour the coffee cake mixture over the cinnamon roll crust.
  5. In a small bowl, add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and 2 tablspoons of flour to the melted butter. Stir and sprinkle over the top of the coffee cake.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out just shy of clean. While warm, top with icing that came with the cinnamon rolls.

Thanks for reading!

Love cinnamon rolls and coffee cake? You may also enjoy:

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake

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84 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake Pie”

  1. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on November 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm (#)

    Hoo boy. Oh man. Oh jeez. Cinnamon-y goodness.


  2. Mindy posted on November 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm (#)

    Okay, instead of a whoa, this one gets a, Shut the hell up! Holy mother of all things cinnamoney and gooey. This will be mine.


  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on November 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm (#)

    Oh my, I think I’m in looooooove. Cinnamon roll pie? Best invention ever. Also, I hate half days. I mean, as a kid, I loved them. But as a working adult, I hate them. Kids EVERYWHEREEE OMG. And don’t even get me started on how much I loathe holiday breaks haha.


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 14th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Oh I know. Breaks. That means my kid is home with me! 😉


  4. Nicole @ Lapetitebaker posted on November 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm (#)

    Supreme sugar rush! I feel bad for you’re daughter that she didn’t have any of this when she got home. Holly molly, it looks good!


  5. Susan posted on November 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm (#)

    What a nice way to start a morning–lucky family:-D


  6. Kaylee @ Couponing & Cooking posted on November 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm (#)

    Why do you do this to me every night ?!? This looks amazing!!!! Thanksgiving breakfast here I come!


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 14th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      LOL, you’re welcome. 😉


  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on November 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm (#)

    This looks great! I happen to have made a cinn roll coffee cake but had such a backlog of cake posts, I won’t get it up for a long time. I am digging yours!

    Meant to ask you, who does your blog/site work? It looks so spiffy lately!


  8. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on November 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm (#)

    I don’t have a kid in daycare but I did always wonder about the half day thing as well, it is more like a 2 hour day… funny.

    Love today’s pie! Very Cool idea.


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  10. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake posted on November 14, 2012 at 7:55 pm (#)

    This sounds absolutely heavenly!!


  11. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on November 14, 2012 at 8:04 pm (#)

    I hear you on the half days…nothing gets done on those days! Might as well just make a cinnamon roll pie and sit and eat it with the short amount of time we have. I love that you used cinnamon rolls for the crust and filled it with coffee cake! Best breakfast evah!!!


  12. Heather @French Press posted on November 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm (#)

    well there goes any chance of me going low carb any time soon
    this is too good
    like crazy good
    I better go get my fat pants
    this is breakfast this weekend:)


  13. Aubrey @ Real Housemoms posted on November 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm (#)

    OH my goodness!!!! I can’t wait to try this. I may or may not tell anyone else so that I have the opportunity to eat it all myself. Yummy! I would love it if you’d share it with us at Real Housemoms on Fabulous Fridays!


  14. Kristin posted on November 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm (#)

    I’m pinning this to make a version for Christmas at home. You know, where there will be others to help me eat it.


  15. Erin @ Wholly Delicious Dishes posted on November 15, 2012 at 12:25 am (#)

    This looks yummy! Okay, you talked me into it, Thanksgiving breakfast it is. I’m sure I won’t get any complaints :)


  16. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on November 15, 2012 at 2:58 am (#)

    i love the cinnamon roll “crust” !!!!! I want to make a similar coffee cake someday/ i want some for breakfast! I love using my mom’s simple recipes, they are my stand bys :) I may have to borrow YOUR mom’s recipe when i make this!


  17. Lara posted on November 15, 2012 at 3:32 am (#)

    Oh My! Seriously, Just OH MY!! Amazing!


  18. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection posted on November 15, 2012 at 5:26 am (#)

    Using cinnamon rolls to make a crust is a brilliant idea! I love cinnamon rolls-not just for breakfast but anyyy time of the day-and always love finding new ways to use them. I’ve never thought to smoosh them down and make a crust. I’m going to use this idea and run with it! Apple pie with cinnamon roll crust might be in my very near future. :)


  19. Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on November 15, 2012 at 5:42 am (#)

    oh that looks good, and I could never be a teacher, when I go volunteer I get heart palpitations, I bet they need those hours off to just relax;p just kidding, lots goes into teaching, but here we never have half days, it’s rare we have pd days also.


  20. Mom posted on November 15, 2012 at 7:09 am (#)

    Oh, yum! I haven’t made that coffee cake in a few years; now I’m drooling for it. I got some great recipes out of that high school foods class!
    Love, Mom


  21. Liz posted on November 15, 2012 at 7:12 am (#)

    Wow Dorothy! This looks amazing and delicious. Looks like I’ll have to be tryin’ this real soon! :)


  22. Melissa posted on November 15, 2012 at 8:05 am (#)

    My goodness gracious! I’ve seen cinnamon rolls used as a pie shell before, but never like this. Dorothy, this is out of this world! I think I’ll make this for Thanksgiving morning…you can never have too much indulgence in one day, right?


  23. createengwp posted on November 15, 2012 at 8:30 am (#)

    Awesome, I did a coffee recipe as well. :)


  24. Runnergirl posted on November 15, 2012 at 9:54 am (#)

    I’m with you on the 1/2 day thing – my son had 1/2 day floats Friday, no school this Monday, and 1/2 days the remainder of this week! His school day is from 8:30 to 11:40. Really?!! What is getting done in 3 hours & 10 minutes? Not much!!


    • Runnergirl replied on November 15th, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Um – that would be ‘last’ not ‘floats’!


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 15th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Not a lot, that’s for sure! Then they’re home a whole week. Yay! 😉


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  26. Ellen @Bake It With Booze posted on November 15, 2012 at 11:27 am (#)

    Imagine this with bourbon or and great Irish whiskey…Oh, yeah! Love this recipe!!


  27. Lisa posted on November 15, 2012 at 11:36 am (#)

    This looks so yummy! And I want to talk in hashtags all the time now because of reading your blog #pieisthebreakfastofchampions


  28. Jackie posted on November 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm (#)



  29. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on November 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm (#)

    Wow, that’s a lot of time off school! My kiddo has just Wednesday-Friday off, so I took those days off work. We’re planning on baking up a storm together. :-) And I totally need to make this–we loooooove cinnamon rolls, and this looks like a to-die for combination!


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 15th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Yeah, and now I think she’ll be home sick tomorrow. It’s gonna be a looooooooong week. :)


  30. Joan@Chocolate and More posted on November 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm (#)

    OMG! I don’t know how I missed this yesterday but I just saw it on Tribber, had to flip over to FB to share, then here to pin it and now finally to comment. All the while drool is dripping down my chin onto the front of my sweater. Good thing no one can see me. Since you started it I can confess. those slap the can open on the corner of the counter are a weakness of mine. I can’t even slow down in that section of the grocery store or they just magically jump into my cart. At least now I have a reason to buy them and not just because I want to eat them, and I mean I (not we as in the family, just me) Eat them (and I mean all of them in one sitting!)


  31. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on November 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm (#)

    This looks like a seriously delish Coffee Cake! I think this will have to made one Sunday morning! Thanks for sharing!


  32. Raquel posted on November 16, 2012 at 8:58 am (#)

    Oh my! This looks so delicious! I love the idea of using the cinnamon rolls as a crust! Great idea for holiday season! Have a great weekend!


  33. Theresa @DearCreatives posted on November 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm (#)

    I love cinnamon! & have to try your recipe. I found you via a blog hop, drop by anytime.


  34. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on November 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm (#)

    Cinnamon roll – good. Coffee cake – good. Pie – good. All in one? There isn’t a word!

    I felt the same way about half days when I was a kid!


  35. Back For Seconds posted on November 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm (#)

    I have been waiting for this since seeing that photo on instagram. I love cinnamon roll anything and this pie is nothing short of brilliant! Such a creative use of cinnamon rolls!


  36. Pops De Milk posted on November 18, 2012 at 11:29 am (#)

    About 2 minutes ago I finished eating a big slice of this roll/cake/pie and as soon as I finish posting this comment I’m going to get another big slice because it is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe :)
    Here’s a pic of it :)


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  38. Trish @ Mom On Timeout posted on November 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm (#)

    Hey girl! Featured on Facebook today and I just featured your delicious recipe in my Thanksgiving round up post! Thank you so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!


  39. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on November 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm (#)

    Ok this is the coolest idea. But I have to tell you, when I read “your mom” as your source I think I snorted laughing. I mean, I know what you meant, but in my head it came out in the year 2000, middle school boy, “your mom” joke way.

    Thanks for the laugh.

    Your mom’s a genius. I’m beginning to see where you got it from.


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  41. Marissa posted on November 24, 2012 at 9:12 am (#)

    Oh man. This looks SO good.


  42. Katy posted on December 25, 2012 at 6:58 am (#)

    I just made this for Christmas morning…..holy yum!!! Great recipe, thank you!


    • crazyforcrust replied on December 26th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! Merry Christmas!


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  44. Cindy Harris posted on March 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm (#)

    I agree about half day school. When my little ones were in Kindergarten I often thought it was useless. But they loved it so I did too.
    Now about this yummy dish. I live in Utah and I would love one delivered to my door ASAP–okay??


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 11th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Will do! LOL :) Thanks Cindy!


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  48. Irene posted on April 11, 2013 at 9:50 am (#)

    I made this it was delicious! Beats eating Pillsbury cinnamon rolls with icing alone! I added chopped pecans on the top & next time may make my own icing because there wasn’t enough from the package! Thanks for sharing!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 11th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Pecans, YUM! I’m glad you liked it Irene!! Thanks for letting me know!


  49. Frances H. posted on April 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm (#)

    Dorothy – I know you posted this over a year ago but I am LOLing about the 1/2 day school thing! And about driving to pick up your kid and all the people who get there 1/2 hour early. And the coffee cake looks AMAZING! Thanks for the chuckles and I look forward to following you. :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 23rd, 2013 at 7:03 am

      Thanks Frances! And welcome! :) I still loathe half days… :)


  50. sara posted on May 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm (#)

    OMG, these look amazing! So if I wanted to use butter, I’d use the same 1/4 cup amount you use for oil?


  51. Cyndi posted on May 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm (#)

    Hi Dorothy, just found your blog and I am soo excited to try all these yummy baking goods! Gonna make this cinnamon roll coffee cake pie today! Can’t wait till the kids are in bed and I can sit down with this and a cup of coffee. Thanks for sharing. I’m off to go exploring more of your blog. Thanks so much! Cyndi :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 10th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Welcome, and thank you! I hope you enjoy it, and your quiet time. :)


      • Cyndi replied on May 24th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

        Oh My Dorothy! I made this last night and I think I have gained 5 pounds already! My husband even said that this pie was better than Starbucks coffee cake! Wanted to say thank you and you were a hit in our house last night. Can’t wait to try some more recipes. Thanks again and hope you have a great memorial weekend!! :)

        • Dorothy Kern replied on May 26th, 2013 at 8:34 am

          Yay! I’m so glad you liked it. I think I gained 5lbs with it too. :)

  52. Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life posted on May 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm (#)

    Found this via Pinterest and once again am all over it. First I saw your mocha coffee cake, then the peanut butter coffee cake and now this one! I think my coffee cup is feeling very neglected. You are the queen if coffee cakes in my book. Cinnamon roll coffee cake – duh!


  53. Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil posted on May 11, 2013 at 6:12 am (#)

    Oh my gosh! I love this idea, you really can’t beat those little cinnamon rolls and the frosting that comes with them:0)


  54. Jett Whitfield posted on August 14, 2013 at 8:50 am (#)

    Wow!!! This looks amazing xoxo


  55. Pam posted on September 24, 2013 at 6:02 pm (#)

    OMG!! Looks great. What about trying a CREAM FROSTING!!!!! Just drizzle a little maybe a lot! Can’t wait to try this.


  56. Adrienne Conley posted on November 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm (#)

    Dude. I made this, seriously amazing. Absolutely fantastic recipe.


  57. Denise posted on November 11, 2013 at 6:28 am (#)

    This looked so delicious, I tried making it twice. The second time (last night), the center didn’t set up, even after baking for an extra 15 minutes. I was afraid to go any longer than that because the outside was starting to brown. The first time I made it, kinda the same thing happened. Any clue what I might be doing wrong? Thanks! =)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 11th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Hi Denise! I’m so sorry! The only thing I can think of is that possibly your oven temperature is off? Or are you at a high altitude? I know that I’ve read if oven temp is off, it can cause the edges to cook and the center not too. Have you had other issues with cakes/coffee cakes/breads? I think that the pan can also affect it, I used a glass pan. If a different kind of pan was used, that too, could make a difference. Other than that, if something like this were to happen again, you can try (1) rotating the pan during baking to even it out and/or (2) covering the outside with foil to slow down the browning, then remove it towards the end so it can brown with the rest of the cake. Works with pie too!


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  60. Shirley posted on February 27, 2014 at 3:07 am (#)

    I made this and you said to sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the top but mine was not crumbly. I had to drizzle it on. Do you know what I might have done wrong? Thank You, Shirley


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