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
- 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:
- 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:
- 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:
- 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
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)
Best Homemade Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls
- 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!