Learn To Make The Perfect Apple Pie — With A Cinnamon Roll Crust!

Like most people, I’d be hard-pressed to pick a favorite dessert.
After all, when you’re choosing between contenders like flourless chocolate cake, tasty fruit crumble, and, of course, our own famous caramel pretzel brownies, it’s going to be a littlechallenging to play favorites.
That said, amazing new recipes are showing up all the time, and the latest one to cross my dashboard might just be a new challenger for the title.
At first glance, I thought it was an ordinary apple pie, and then I realized what was really happening under all those perfect apple slices!
It definitely makes for a pretty picture of an apple pie, but it’s even more delicious than I could have imagined, because the crust is hiding a scrumptious secret. It’s entirely made up of another of my favorite treats: cinnamon rolls!
Print out the recipe below to make your own version of this sweet, spiced dessert fantasy!
  • 2 9-inch pie crusts
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsps. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsps. butter, melted
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 Tbsps. water
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • Additional butter, to taste
  • Instructions
    • Roll 2 pie crusts together, roll out to 1/2-inch thickness
    • In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and melted butter into a smooth paste.
    • Spread cinnamon mixture evenly on pie crust, then roll tightly.
    • Slice rolled pie crust evenly into 1/2-inch rounds, then lay on wax paper with swirl facing up.
    • Add another layer of wax paper, then press and roll cinnamon rolls until flattened to 1/4-inch thickness.
    • Line the bottom of a pie plate with flattened rolls, crimp edges with a fork. Set aside to chill.
    • Core and chop Granny Smith apples. Cook with sugar and 2 Tbsps. of water until soft and chunky. Set aside.
    • Core Golden Delicious apples and slice finely.
    • Fill pie crust with cooked apple mixture, and top with thin layer of sliced apples.
    • Brush with small amount of melted butter.
    • Bake 45 to 50 minutes at 350 °F.
    • Meanwhile, heat apricot preserves and remaining water in a small saucepan, stirring until smooth.
    • When pie is done baking, immediately brush with apricot preserves and serve hot. Enjoy!
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