Apple Fritter Cinnamon Roll Bake

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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 for all!

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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!

Ways that you know that you have a Target problem:

  • You know the speed and bagging abilities of each cashier on the floor at any given time and are able to navigate the line to your advantage.
  • You plan your weekly meals according to which vegetables you know they sell there so you can avoid going to the real grocery store.
  • You go for one item and spend $150.
  • You have the coupon texting number in your contacts list.
  • You realize as you’re texting “SAVE” to that number so you can save $10 off a $40 clothing purchase that you also used the same coupon the last time you were at Target, which means you’ve spent over $40 on clothing twice in less than a week.

All of these may or may not have happened to me last week. I’m not confirming or denying it, and neither is Mel because I used my own credit card so he wouldn’t see two Target trips on our joint card and be all WTH are you buying at Target?

In my defense, the second time I went I had to get more Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls. The first can I bought ended up in a failed recipe and I still wanted to remake it…

…But I also really like looking at clothes. So really, going a second time was an easy choice.

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!

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 on crack.

Except the crack is Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and icing.

Apple Fritter Cinnamon Roll Bake

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.

It starts with the aforementioned $150 Pillsbury Grands! cinnamon rolls. I cut each roll into 6 pieces (and they promptly fell apart, so that’s okay). Place them in a baking dish and top them with easy cinnamon apples. I used 2 apples that I diced small and cooked in the microwave with some brown sugar and cinnamon.

(I KNOW, RIGHT? The microwave. No more pans to wash!)

Then I drizzled a monkey bread glaze (brown sugar + butter) all over the top and baked them. THEN I thinned out the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls and drizzled it allllll over the top.

And then I attacked the pan with a fork.

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!

I should have dumped it with coffee grounds immediately, but instead I ate this at 8:30pm while binge watching Nurse Jackie and drinking wine. It’s a good combo, I suggest y’all try it. 🙂

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Apple Fritter Cinnamon Roll Bake

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!


  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced small (about 1 1/2 cups apples)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 can Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls (5 rolls)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream or milk, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9″ pie plate or pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Store tightly covered for up to 2 days.
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  1. YES to all the Target things, except I walk away having spent $200. Like clockwork. Every time. No idea how that happens. Their clothes are cute, their seasonal candy section is amazing…it’s true love.
    As it is with this ,too. Wow. I think it’s worth two days of this being the primary meal. I’d do it, too!

  2. I don’t know anybody that does NOT have a Target problem. Seriously! That place is dangerous. You totally had me at monkey bread with this recipe. Love that it is made in the microwave!

  3. I made something like this about 6 weeks ago when I was trying to embrace apples before moving on to pumpkin and it seriously (and the pumpkin version that I then made) are some of personal top 5 recipes of the year. Warm fluffy cinnamon rolls with fruit or pumpkin and a top of frosting…YES. I mean that is worth working out for 🙂 This looks like my total dream dessert!

  4. It’s impossible for me to buy only one thing at Target. I gave up trying long ago. 😉  Plus there isn’t one very close to me, so when I get there it’s an EVENT. 
    I could eat this all myself too. Holy cow this is what I want to be eating right now!

  5. Hello

    I am from Australia and obviously our Target is different to yours! Can u discribe these cinamon rolls u buy r they a powder mixture or made up already rolls? I have never heard of them before!
    Thx Fiona

  6. Wow, this looks great. I’d eat the whole thing too. 🙂

  7. Oh wow Dorothy! No doubt this was worth EVERY SINGLE CALORIE. It’s a small sacrifice IMO for a recipe this amazing! Sigh Target… I’m from Canada and we HAD Target here. As soon as Target arrived though, for reasons beyond my comprehension, they quickly left. It was heart-breaking. It’s nowhere near enough but we’ll make a trip across the border a few times a year to load up on all the happiness that is Target. Fortunately, I can pick-up Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls here but I swear if I couldn’t it’d totally be worth the $150 to head to Target to get some 😉 CANNOT wait to make these! The pics alone are to die for!

  8. Hello! Love your yummy recipes. 🙂 I would like to bring this to a church event but don’t think I’ll have time to do anything besides the frosting in the morning. Any recommendations for making it, or at least most of it, the night before?

  9. I love your transparency Dorothy! You always make me giggle …. And Thanks for another way to celebrate my love for fritters! 😘

  10. Apples make it breakfast appropriate.

  11. This is everything I want in a fall breakfast. Warmth and apples and sweetness and cinnamon– it’s perfection in a single casserole dish! Love!

  12. You are too funny & know you are NOT alone in consuming this (and items like this) by yourself….!!!  I am so guilty of doing it too many times. I can relate to you on so many levels, including my love of Target 🙂

  13. Can I just face plant into this dish!?!? I am the same with the Wal-Mart cashiers and yes I have had to go back for a whole weeks worth of blogging groceries because all the recipes failed! Love this Dorothy!!

  14. This is the ultimate fall treat!!

  15. Not sure it would last 2 days at my house!! 😀 This sounds so much easier than regular apple fritters and I am totally down with that!!

  16. Just made this and i HIGHLY reccomend!! It makes such moist cinnamon rolls and a super simple dessert. If you need to make a fall dessert for a party or just have a lot of apples in your house (like me) then you need to make this dessert.

  17. Can you make this (without baking first) and freeze it to bake later? I have so many apples to use since we just left an apple orchard!

  18. Can you substitute canned apple pie filling in place of preparing fresh apples?

  19. If I double it, think it would fit in a 9×13? Thanks!

  20. Do you think this will freeze??? I would love to make several of these and have them frozen in my freezer

  21. Could I bake this then freeze it for a later time? 

  22. Dorothy, I just wanted to let you know that I tried this recipe over the weekend and it was a HUGE hit! It was so easy to make and my kids just loved it. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Signs you might have a Target problem: the Target Starbucks team member makes your drink even though you are still 5th in line…all of the team members wave or stop to ask you about your family…the price change team tells you what they just marked down…

  24. I have 3 boys in my house and the first time I made this it lasted 5 mins😊 If I wanted to double this recipe, can I cook it in a 9×13 glass pan? If so, do I need to cook it longer? Thanks!

  25. Hi! I’m hoping to make this tonight but wanted to confirm I got the right cinnamon rolls. The grands are $3.76 but the normal cinnamon rolls are $1.77. Both contain 5 rolls. Maybe it’s just more in Texas…I bought the grands but wanted to check as they were twice as much! Thanks in advance.

  26. im going to get some apples and make some thank for the recipe

  27. How do you cook the apples? Do you put them in the microwave or on the stove top?

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