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Apple Pie Cobbler with Crescent Rolls

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Every now and again you stumble across a recipe that changes everything. This apple pie cobbler is one of those. It’s luscious, gooey, chewy, and perfect for fall! But it’s so easy to make you won’t want to wait until then to make it!

Can I Make Cobbler Out of Canned Crescent Rolls?

Yes, you can. . .and you should! Crescent rolls are great for all sorts of sweet treats!

If you’ve seen my Monkey Bread recipe (which started with canned biscuits) you know that I’ve been on a quest to make gooey cinnamony desserts that are both affordable and easy.

Monkey Bread from Out of the Box Baking.com

And I love to start with canned biscuits and crescent rolls. (See my Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls for another example.)

You can Make Cobbler from Crescent Rolls

My journey to make this delectable cobbler started innocently enough. I wanted to make a crescent roll monkey bread with the addition of apple pie filling. So, I chose a bundt pan, thinking it would hold everything in one piece.

I threw all of my ingredients together, starting with canned crescent rolls. But the addition of the pie filling caused the structure to break down. In retrospect, I should have realized all of that goo from the pie filling would cause structural issues.

Oh, it “almost” worked. Almost. Discouraged, I thought about tossing it. When I saw that it didn’t hold its shape, I almost didn’t post the recipe.

And then I tasted it.

A Miracle. . .by Accident!

I could hardly believe it. This Apple Pie concoction was sheer perfection. How could I not share the recipe with you? Sure, it was more cobbler-like, but so what? Cobbler is one of my favorites.

And y’all. . .I plan to make this again and again! I simply changed the name from Apple Pie Monkey Bread to Apple Pie Cobbler, because that’s truly what this is. I can’t wait to hear what you think after you make it!

It’s perfect for the fall, for sure!

Apple Pie Cobbler Ingredients

You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick peek at what you’re going to need. These are such simple and easy ingredients. No doubt you have most on hand right now!

Apple Pie Cobbler Ingredients from Out of the Box Baking.com
  • canned crescent rolls
  • butter
  • cinnamon
  • brown sugar
  • apple pie filling
  • chopped pecans

How to Make Luscious Apple Pie Cobbler with Crescent Rolls

This is such an easy, quick recipe! I can’t believe it took an accident for me to discover it!

Note: You can use a bundt pan, as I did. It will help with the layers of flavor. But if you prefer you can make this in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish instead. Coat with nonstick baking spray.

Combine half of the brown sugar and teaspoon of cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir well and set aside. (Hint: This is the only mixing bowl you’ll need for this recipe, y’all!)

Cinnamon and brown sugar in bowl  from Out of the Box Baking.com

Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add the rest of the brown sugar and cook over low heat until both are melted and smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare a work space by putting down a piece of waxed paper and dusting with flour.

Spread out your first can of crescent roll dough in one piece.

Crescent rolls rolled out from Out of the Box Baking.com

Cover with brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.

crescent rolls covered in brown sugar and cinnamon from Out of the Box Baking.com

Using the waxed paper as a guide, roll up the crescent rolls into a tube.

crescent rolls formed into a tube from Out of the Box Baking.com

Slice into pieces.

cinnamon rolls

Place rolls into the prepared bundt (or other) pan.

cinnamon rolls in pan

Pour half of the cooled melted butter and brown sugar mixture over the top.

brown sugar sauce on cinnamon roll layer  from Out of the Box Baking.com

Add chopped pecans.

Add all of the apple pie filling, leveling it out. (This apple mixture is already seasoned but you can always add more apple pie spice if you like.)

apple pie filling layer  from Out of the Box Baking.com

Repeat the process with the second can of crescent rolls. Check out that cinnamon sugar goodness!

Crescent rolls with cinnamon and brown sugar  from Out of the Box Baking.com

Add them on top of the apple pie filling.

Apple Pie Cobbler from Out of the Box Baking.com

Pour on the rest of the brown sugar/butter mixture. (Hint: It’s like a rich caramel sauce, straight from the pan!)

Apple Pie Cobbler nearly ready to go in the oven  from Out of the Box Baking.com

You can add a few more pecans if you like, but I found that this row of pecans didn’t stick.

Apple Pie Cobbler (unbaked) from Out of the Box Baking.com

Place in preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown. (Baking times will vary, based on your oven and on the size pan you choose.)

Apple Pie Cobbler (baked)  from Out of the Box Baking.com

Remove and place bundt pan on wire rack to cool.

Do not attempt to flip! Serve directly from the pan while still warm (but not hot). It’s best with a scoop of ice cream or heavy whipped cream. (Yum!)

Store in a bowl with plastic wrap or in an airtight container. I haven’t tried to freeze this cobble. I doubt it will last that long, honestly.

Scoop of Apple Pie Cobbler with Whipped Cream  from Out of the Box Baking.com

What to Expect from This Luscious Apple Pie Cobbler

This is one of those great recipes you’re going to make again and again. It’s an easy breakfast or a luscious dessert. If you enjoy dump cakes you’re going to love this recipe.

Scoop of Apple Pie Cobbler  from Out of the Box Baking.com

I’m rarely speechless but this was one happy accident that left me without words. I scooped out a big helping and practically swooned as I ate it. Here are a few words that came to mind as I ate:

  • Crisp.
  • Gooey.
  • Luscious.
  • Warm.
  • Sticky.
  • Cinnamony.
  • Perfect.

Truly. Perfect. This was one of the happiest accidents of my baking career. And I’m so glad I didn’t give up when the going got rough. It has the flavors of apple pie without the need for a homemade crust.

Because I knew the temptation to keep eating would be overwhelming I did what I often do–I called on my grandchildren. When my 12-year-old granddaughter arrived an hour later, she ate cobbler straight from the bowl I’d put it in. With a spoon. Because that’s how we roll around here.

Bowl of Apple Pie Cobbler

I only wish I’d gotten a photo of her face as she took that first bite. Precious!

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Variations on this Recipe

This is such an easy apple cobbler recipe. I love it just like it is, but you know how I am! I’m always looking to tweak recipes to make them even more exciting. Here are some things I might try?

Apple Pie Spice. I didn’t have any on hand but you can bet I’m going to buy some and add it next time for even more flavor!

Cream Cheese Drizzle. I mean, you can’t go wrong drizzling cream cheese, powdered sugar and heavy cream on anything, right?

Blackberry: I can’t wait to try this recipe using blackberry pie filling (minus the pecans). Yum!

Peach Cobbler: I already have a great peach cobbler recipe but the idea of making it with crescent rolls and cinnamon? Yes, please!

Pumpkin Puree. I can’t try this one personally since I’m allergic to pumpkin but it might be fun to use a can of pumpkin puree in place of the apple pie filling. (Sounds yummy, right? Might be something fun to try during the holidays. Talk about the perfect secret ingredient! )

Vanilla Ice Cream on the Side: Serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Better yet, add apple pie spice to your vanilla ice cream for added flavor.

Mini Apple Pies: Stuff crescent dough with apple pie filling and pecans. Yum. This sounds like a simple recipe and a quick way to make apple pie crescent rolls. Talk about an easy dessert!

Speaking of the holidays, you could always add pumpkin pie spice to this apple pie cobbler recipe and serve at Thanksgiving or Christmas. It would make the perfect dessert after your Thanksgiving meal. Talk about a yummy fall treat!

Other Cobblers and Sweet Treats from Out of the Box Baking

If you loved this luscious apple dessert, wait till you see some of my other cobblers! They’re so yummy!


That’s it for this recipe, y’all! I’m a good southern girl and I love my cobbler, so I’m thrilled to offer you this original recipe. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Apple Pie Cobbler with Crescent Rolls

Apple Pie Cobbler with Crescent Rolls

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Every now and again you stumble across a recipe that changes everything. This apple pie cobbler is one of those. It's luscious, gooey, chewy, and perfect for fall! But it's so easy to make you won't want to wait until then to make it!

Ingredients

  • 2 cans crescent rolls, any brand
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar (divided)
  • 1 can apple pie filling (21 oz)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

    How to Make Luscious Apple Pie Cobbler with Crescent Rolls
    Note: You can use a bundt pan, as I did. It will help with the layers of flavor. But if you prefer you can make this in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish instead. Coat with nonstick baking spray.
    Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir well and set aside.
    Combine butter and the other half cup of brown sugar in a sauce pan and cook over low heat until both are melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Prepare a work space by putting down a piece of waxed paper and dusting with flour.
    Spread out your first can of crescent rolls in one piece.
    Cover with brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
    Using the waxed paper as a guide, roll up the crescent rolls into a tube.
    Slice into pieces.
    Place rolls into the prepared bundt (or other) pan.
    Pour half of the cooled brown sugar/butter mixture over the top.
    Add chopped pecans.
    Add all of the apple pie filling, leveling it out.
    Repeat the process with the second can of crescent rolls.
    Add them on top of the apple pie filling.
    Pour on the rest of the brown sugar/butter mixture. You can add a few more pecans if you like, but I found that this row of pecans didn't stick. Next time I'll eliminate them.
    Place in preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes or until crescent rolls are golden brown.
    Remove and set aside.
    Instead of flipping the bundt pan, serve directly from the pan, scooping out the cobbler.
    Look how luscious this is!
    Serve with a scoop of ice cream or (as I did) with whipped cream. Talk about delicious!

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