Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake Pie

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

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake Pie

Source: My mom.


  • 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.
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Thanks for reading!

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

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Cake Batter Coffee Creamer

Cinnabon Monkey Bread by Something Swanky

Sour Cream Coffee Cake by Inside BruCrew Life


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  1. Hoo boy. Oh man. Oh jeez. Cinnamon-y goodness.
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  2. 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.
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  3. 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.
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  4. 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!
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  5. What a nice way to start a morning–lucky family:-D
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  6. Why do you do this to me every night ?!? This looks amazing!!!! Thanksgiving breakfast here I come!
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  7. 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!
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  8. 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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  9. This sounds absolutely heavenly!!
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  10. 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!!!
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  11. 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:)
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  12. 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!
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  13. I’m pinning this to make a version for Christmas at home. You know, where there will be others to help me eat it.
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  14. This looks yummy! Okay, you talked me into it, Thanksgiving breakfast it is. I’m sure I won’t get any complaints :)
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  15. 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!
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  16. Oh My! Seriously, Just OH MY!! Amazing!
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  17. 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. :)
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  18. 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.
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  19. 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

  20. Wow Dorothy! This looks amazing and delicious. Looks like I’ll have to be tryin’ this real soon! :)
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  21. 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?
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  22. Awesome, I did a coffee recipe as well. :)
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  23. Runnergirl says:

    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!!

  24. Imagine this with bourbon or and great Irish whiskey…Oh, yeah! Love this recipe!!
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  25. This looks so yummy! And I want to talk in hashtags all the time now because of reading your blog #pieisthebreakfastofchampions
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  26. TO DIE FOR!

  27. 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!
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  28. 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!)
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  29. This looks like a seriously delish Coffee Cake! I think this will have to made one Sunday morning! Thanks for sharing!
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  30. 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!
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  31. I love cinnamon! & have to try your recipe. I found you via a blog hop, drop by anytime.
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  32. 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!
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  33. 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!
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  34. 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 :)

  35. 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!
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  36. 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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  37. Oh man. This looks SO good.

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

  39. 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??
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  40. 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!

  41. Frances H. says:

    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. :)

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

  43. 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 :)

  44. 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!
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  45. Oh my gosh! I love this idea, you really can’t beat those little cinnamon rolls and the frosting that comes with them:0)
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  46. Wow!!! This looks amazing xoxo

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

  48. Adrienne Conley says:

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

  49. Hi,
    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! =)

    • 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!

  50. 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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