Crazy for Crust

Nov 14

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake Pie

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:

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

84 comments on “Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake Pie

  1. 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 :)

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

      • 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!! :)

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

  2. 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!

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

  4. Wow!!! This looks amazing xoxo

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

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

  7. 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!

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  10. 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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