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Apple Fritter Cinnamon Roll Bake is an easy apple brunch recipe that’s like a monkey bread and a bubble-up bake all in one! Cinnamon Roll Apple Bake is the perfect recipe!

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Easy Apple Fritter Cinnamon Roll Bake - canned cinnamon rolls mixed with cinnamon apples baked like monkey bread! It's like an apple fritter cinnamon roll!

Why You’ll Love Cinnamon Roll Apple Bake

Have you ever made a recipe knowing that you immediately needed to get rid of it? I’m famous for those recipes and most of them get sent off or frozen ASAP. But not this one.

This one I ate straight from the pan. With a fork. Over two days. BY MYSELF.

(So much for low-carb. *eyeroll*)

This is a keeper recipe. If you make one sweet brunch or breakfast recipe this year, let it be this one. It’s easy, has just a handful of ingredients, and tastes like an apple fritter.

Basically, this recipe is ready in no time at all. It’s like a combination of monkey bread and an apple fritter and a cinnamon roll and a bubble-up bake all in one.

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Easy Apple Fritter Cinnamon Roll Bake - canned cinnamon rolls mixed with cinnamon apples baked like monkey bread! It's like an apple fritter cinnamon roll!

Ingredients in Apple Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Cinnamon Rolls: It starts with the aforementioned $150 Pillsbury Grands! cinnamon rolls.

Apples:  I used 2 apples – use your favorite kind.

Brown Sugar: For both the apples and the monkey bread like topping.

Cinnamon: To flavor the apples.

Butter: To make that gooey sweet topping.

How to make Cinnamon Roll Apple Bake

  1. Cook Apples: Dice them small and cook in the microwave with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  2. I cut each roll into 6 pieces (and they promptly fell apart, so that’s okay).
  3. Place them in a baking dish and top them with easy cinnamon apples.
  4. I drizzled a monkey bread glaze (brown sugar + butter) all over the top and baked them.
  5. THEN I thinned out the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls and drizzled it allllll over the top.
Apple Fritter Cinnamon Roll Bake


Do I have to use Pillsbury Grands?

Those are the best but you can also use the regular ones (that come with 5 in a package. You may want 1 1/2 cans.

How do I cook apples without a microwave?

Saute them in a skillet with 1 tablespoon butter until they are just a bit softened, about 3-5 minutes.

How to store apple monkey bread?

Store loosely covered in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze cinnamon roll apple bake?

I don’t recommend freezing this.

Can I make this ahead of time?

You can make the apples the night before, and cut the cinnamon rolls the night before but assemble it just before baking.

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Apple Fritter Cinnamon Roll Bake is an easy apple brunch recipe that’s like a monkey bread and a bubble-up bake all in one! Cinnamon rolls and apples for breakfast!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 2 medium apples peeled, cored, and diced small (about 1 1/2 cups apples)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon (5ml) water
  • 1 can Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls 5 rolls
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • cup (67g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (5 ml) heavy whipping cream or milk optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9″ pie plate or pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place small diced apples, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl. Stir. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and cook on high power for 2-3 minutes, or until apples are just slightly translucent. Drain well.
  • While the apples are cooking, cut each cinnamon roll into 6 pieces. They’ll fall apart a little, that’s okay. Sprinkle the pieces evenly in the prepared pan. Once the apples are done, drain them well and sprinkle them over the cinnamon roll pieces.
  • Stir the melted butter and brown sugar together, then pour over the top of the apples and cinnamon rolls. Bake for 28-33 minutes or until cooked through in the center.
  • Just before serving, place the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls in a small bowl. Heat for about 10 seconds so it’s pourable. Stir in heavy whipping cream (or milk) to make it more of a glaze, then pour over the top of the casserole. Serve warm or room temperature.
  • Store tightly covered for up to 2 days.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 271IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
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Last Updated on August 10, 2022

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  1. These were really good!!! Used grands biscuits dipped in cinnamon sugar, made a powdered sugar glaze, next time I’ll use three apple’s…5* recipe!!

    1. I haven’t tried that but I don’t see why not – I’ve made homemade monkey bread with yeast dough before so I’m going to say yes. Just don’t over fill the pan – depending on how big your recipe is you may need to use a bundt pan or 2 pans and double the topping.

  2. Is there any way that I could use apple pie filling in this recipe? I have no apples and this sounds so good

    1. Yes of course – just add the apple pie filling where it says to add apples after cooking. Try to limit the amount of liquid added though (if your pie filling is very wet) to avoid a wet final product.

  3. I made this for a Ladies Meeting at our church last night and it was a favorite. There was a small bit left over so my Beloved Husband got enough to confirm it’s going on our Favorite list. I didn’t change one thing, and used a pie pan. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I made this today for breakfast, with a few modifications… it was amazing. Everyone loved it. I plan to make it again for something like Thanksgiving brunch.

  5. Hi…is it possible (w/o screwing up the recipe) to use CANNED apple pie filling instead of fresh ? I don’t have anything against “fresh”, BUT I happen to have several cans of the pie filling on hand and no particular other use for it. I would normally always prefer FRESH everything. Thank you !!

  6. Can I use a glass 8inch dish to make this for my dad. He loves anything apple. Please let me know. Thank you