Apple Pie Cruffins are a delightful treat that features homemade apple pie filling spread over crescent roll sheets, rolled, cut, and baked in a muffin tin. Then, they are covered in a cinnamon sugar topping. It’s like enjoying an apple pie in an easy and fun-to-eat cruffin! Be sure to check out my from-scratch Cruffins if you want the completely homemade version!
What Is A Cruffin?
A cruffin is a cross between a croissant (in this case, crescent roll), and a muffin that tastes like a cinnamon roll. And, in this recipe, I added the apple pie factor. So, it’s like getting the best of all four desserts in one muffin, or should I say, cruffin. I have even branched out to make Blueberry Cruffins, Chocolate Peppermint Cruffins, and Carrot Cake Cruffins, too!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Dough: This recipe uses crescent roll dough, making it an easy recipe to make with no homemade dough required! Look for crescent roll dough that comes in sheets (no perforations). But, you could still use the original dough that does have perforations, just pinch the seams together. If you want to make the dough from scratch, I will give you a couple of recipes you could use.
Apple Pie Filling: For the best flavor, make homemade apple pie filling for the cruffins. Or, you can certainly use canned pie filling, too.
Topping: The cinnamon and sugar topping is a key component that elevates the cruffins by enhancing the flavor. It also gives the cruffins a slightly crispy layer.
Can I Make the Dough From Scratch?
Sure! If you want to make your own dough for these blueberry cruffins, there are a couple of options. You could check out my from-scratch Cruffin Recipe. Or, use the dough that I make for my Pumpkin Puff Pastry.
Can I Make Cruffins with Puff Pastry Sheets?
Sure! You could use 3 sheets of puff pastry (1 1/2 boxes), thawed according to package instructions, to make 12 cruffins. However, the baking instructions are a little different. If using a puff pastry sheet, follow the instructions for filling, rolling, and cutting. Place in the prepared muffin tin and bake for 24 minutes at 400°F. (Notice the baking time and temperature are different when compared to making the cruffins with crescent roll sheets.)
How To Store Apple Pie Cruffins
After they have baked and been rolled in the cinnamon and sugar mixture, store apple pie cruffins in an airtight container. They will last up to 3 days. (Pro tip: The are delicious when heated up in the microwave for a few seconds!) For longer storage, freeze the cruffins for up to 2 months.
Apple Pie Cruffins
Apple Pie Cruffins
- ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a standard 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Set it aside.
- Working on a lightly floured surface, roll out each tube of dough into a 12×16-inch rectangle. If using perforated crescent roll dough, be sure to pinch the seams to seal them.
- Spread 2 tablespoons of softened butter evenly over each sheet of dough.
- Spread approximately ¼ cup of apple pie filling evenly over the top of each buttered dough sheet.
- Starting on the long end of the dough sheet, tightly roll it up into a log.
- Cut the log in half, creating two shorter logs.
- Cut each of those shorter logs in half lengthwise, giving you four sections of dough.
- Repeat these steps with the remaining two sheets of dough, resulting in 12 sections of dough.
- Working with one section of dough at a time, with the layered side facing up, roll it tightly into a cinnamon roll shape, tucking in the end piece of dough.
- Place each roll into the prepared muffin tin.
- Bake for 22-24 minutes or until the cruffins are golden brown.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon.
- Remove rolls from the oven and immediately roll each cruffin in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Enjoy!
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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:
Only make this recipe if you want to really wow your guests! The addition of a light layer of apple pie filling really takes these cruffins to the next level. You could make our homemade apple pie filling too!
I am obsessed with all of the cruffins we have made, and this one is no exception! I love the apple pie filing you get in each bite. And, the cinnamon sugar topping adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the cruffins.
Fantastic cruffin! Apple pie filling in this crescent dough gives very apple turnover vibes but is even better because the apple is swirled throughout! I love rolling it in the cinnamon and sugar too, it really puts it over the top!
So delicious! Butter crescent dough paired with apple pie filling is just delightful! Super easy to put together for something special as well!
The apple pie flavor shines through very well. The flavors are balanced within the beautifully rolled cruffins!