Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls

Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls

Pie crust cinnamon rolls are not just your regular bakery-style rolls. They have a crisp, flaky crust with a sweet and spiced cinnamon filling. They are not just a regular treat, you can also serve them at your hi-tea buffets, or for the brunch menu. You only require a few simple ingredients to pull off this impressive and an easy dessert. Also you can try these Cinnamon rolls recipes.

Why would you like this recipe?

  • Rich, buttery pie crust adds a unique and delicious flavor to classic cinnamon rolls.
  • Simple and quick assembly with pre-made pie crust, making it accessible for novice bakers.
  •  The distinct format helps with portion control and sharing among friends and family.
  • Engaging cooking experience, especially for kids, encouraging hands-on creativity in the kitchen
  • Best to serve on high-tea buffets, brunch menus, or breakfast
  • Easy make-ahead dessert
Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls recipe


  • 2 pre-made pie crusts (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans), optional
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredient Notes and Variations

  • Pie Crust: Using a store brought pie crust will not only save your time and energy but will also give the best flaky crust. You can also use homemade pie crust.
  • Brown sugar: For this recipe, also use brown sugar for a more intense flavor, and its rich flavor blend with cinnamon.
  • Cinnamon: it is the basic ingredient that gives the typical warm and spicy flavor to the rolls. Do use it in moderation though!
  • Butter: White and unsalted butter makes the crust crisp and flaky while retaining a buttery and smooth texture.
  • Powdered Sugar: This is needed to make the icing for the cinnamon rolls. You can use sugar alternatives such as stevia to lower the caloric count.
  • Heavy cream: Use cream and beat in powdered sugar to form a dense icing.
  • Additional Fillings: If you want to add more flavor to the cinnamon rolls, you can add chocolate chips, almonds, walnuts, or any other chopped nuts to the dough before rolling it.
  • Flavor Extract: Although Vanilla Extract works best, you can also use a few drops of almond extract

How to make Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls?

Step one: Prepare the Filling:

preparing ingredients for Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls
  • In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg (if using).
  • Add a few chopped nuts and chocolate chips if desired. Set aside.

Step two: Prepare the Rolls:

  • Roll out one of the pie crusts on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 12×10 inches.
  • Spread half of the softened butter evenly over the rolled-out pie crust.
  • Sprinkle half of the granulated sugar over the butter.
  • Evenly sprinkle half of the prepared cinnamon filling mixture over the butter and sugar layer.

Step three: Roll the Dough:

cutting Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls
  • Starting from the longer side, tightly roll the dough into a log, similar to rolling a jelly roll.
  • Using a sharp knife, gently cut the rolled log into about 1-inch thick slices. You should have approximately 6-8 slices.
  • Repeat the process with the second pie crust, using the remaining butter, sugar, and cinnamon filling.

Step four: Baking:

  • Preheat your oven to the temperature specified on the pie crust packaging or to 350°F (175°C).
  • Grease a baking dish or a round cake pan with butter or cooking spray.
  • Place the sliced cinnamon rolls in the greased baking dish, leaving a little space between each roll.
  • Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown and cooked through.

Step five: Prepare the Glaze:

glaze for Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls
  • While the cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the glaze.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk or heavy cream, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Once the cinnamon rolls are out of the oven and slightly cooled, drizzle the glaze over the top of the rolls.
  • Serve and Enjoy
Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls with icing

Note: Serve the pie crust cinnamon rolls warm. They are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in an airtight container for a day or two.

Storage and Freezing:

  • Storage: You can store leftover pie crust cinnamon rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1-2 days.
  • Refrigeration: If you want to keep them longer, store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days. Warm them up slightly in a microwave oven before serving to restore their texture.
  • Freezing Unbaked Rolls: To freeze unbaked cinnamon rolls, assemble them and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze until solid, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 1-2 months.
  • Freezing Baked Rolls: If you’ve already baked the cinnamon rolls, allow them to cool completely. Wrap each roll tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. Freeze for up to 2-3 months.
  • Thawing and Reheating: To thaw and reheat frozen unbaked rolls, place them in a greased baking dish, cover them with plastic wrap, and let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, bake as directed in the recipe, possibly adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.
  • Thawing and Reheating Baked Rolls: Thaw frozen baked cinnamon rolls in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat individual rolls in the microwave for a few seconds or warm them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes.

What to serve with Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls?

To make the Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls even tastier, try serving them with:

  • A scoop of Vanilla Ice cream
  • Fresh Blue Berries or Strawberries
  • Whipped cream
  • Cappuccino or Chai Latte
  • A small bowl of Fruit Compote
  • Yogurt Parfait
  • Citrus Salad
  • Cooked Beef strips (savory option)
Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls

Best Homemade Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls

Adalynn Ward
Pie crust cinnamon rolls are not just your regular bakery-style rolls. They have a crisp, flaky crust with a sweet and spiced cinnamon filling.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 4 persons


  • 2 pre-made pie crusts store-bought or homemade
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg optional
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts walnuts or pecans, optional

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk or cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

How to Make?

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a baking dish.
  • Roll out one pie crust on a floured surface.
  • Spread half of the butter over the crust and sprinkle with half of the granulated sugar.
  • Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and nuts. Sprinkle half of this mixture over the rust.
  • Roll the crust tightly into a log and cut into 1-inch slices.
  • Repeat steps 2-5 with the second pie crust.
  • Arrange rolls in the baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.
  • While baking, whisk powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla for the glaze.
  • Drizzle glaze over slightly cooled rolls.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!


Serving: 1RollCalories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gFat: 8gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 112mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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