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Apple Pie Crescents

Apple Pie Crescents


  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, cut into 8 (1/2-inch) slices
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsburyrefrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice


Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. Set aside.

In small bowl, toss apple slices in melted butter; set aside. Separate dough into 8 triangles.

In small bowl, mix brown sugar and apple pie spice. Divide mixture evenly among triangles. Top each triangle with apple slice. Starting at long side of each triangle, wrap dough around apple. Place on cookie sheet. Brush with remaining butter.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until crescents are deep golden brown and apples are softened. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving172

Folate equivalent (total)43µg11%

Easy Mini Apple Pie With Crescent Rolls and Canned Apple Pie Filling

Earlier this week, I was really craving something sweet but I didn't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. My standby quick and easy dessert is either a peach or apple dump cake since I have so much canned pie filling.

One can only eat so many dump cakes, so I came up with this easy crescent apple pie. It took about 10 minutes to assemble, so it was quick, easy, and yummy!

This isn't completely original--I've seen crescent pie desserts before. But I did add my own spin to the classic recipe with a few tricks my grandma taught me.

This would be amazing with vanilla ice cream on top! Unfortunately, we didn't have any. I will make sure that I do for next time!

Apple Crescent Ring

Holiday food is what we all dream of right? But, Holiday food makes us all crazy with the constant in the kitchen for days. You guys – holiday food doesn’t have to be hard! You don’t have to spend years in the kitchen, you can make a tasty treat like an Apple Crescent Ring in minutes – I have the recipe below but first, let’s talk about our Holiday Traditions!

One of my first stops for holiday baking/cooking is my Betty Crocker Cookbook! And guess what? I just got a new one (some updates – you guys go get it I LOVE IT!). There are some awesome homemade ideas in there and you know it has the recipes your mom and grandmom made you. Family Baking/Cooking at it’s best! YUM!

My next stop when planning my attack on food? General Mills. You guys we don’t have to do everything from scratch. Let the professionals at General Mills help you out! I LOVE the products that General Mills gives me to keep the holiday traditions SIMPLE, DELISH, and FUN! If the baking becomes no fun? My kids won’t want to do it with me anymore!

^The Great COOKIE Tradition!

I hear you saying Heather…come on really? Well you guys – I use General Mills and I make “Semi-Homemade” and no one knows. It’s our secret! Apple Crescent Ring could take FOREVER or it could take minutes. Crescent Rolls are so incredibly awesome that everyone LOVES this breakfast. I trust General Mills (I mean they’ve been doing this for 150 years). I trust Pillsbury to always be awesome. My Holiday Traditions are NOT complete without Pillsbury, Betty Crocker and Chex (um hello we have to have Chex Mix!!). YUM.

OOOHH We’re going to get baking here – but you guys make sure to go to General Mills on Twitter and Instagram , use the hashtag #HolidayTraditions with a picture of YOUR holiday tradition! I can’t wait to see them all! Tag Who Needs a Cape? too! Need some inspiration for Holiday Traditions? Follow this link !

To make Apple Crescent Ring you’re going to need:

2 Packages of Crescent Rolls
1 Can of Apple Pie Filling
1/2 C Powdered Sugar
1 – 2 Tbsp Milk

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

Using crescents, make a ring on a circle cooking plate (pizza plate worked great)
Press ends together to ensure a full ring (unbroken in the middle) leaving the ends of the crescent rolls alone
Along the center ring, place apple pie filling. Careful not too much or it will leak out.
Fold ends of rolls up and press together

Bake for 15-20 minutes until the crescent ring is lightly brown
While the ring is cooling mix together sugar and milk to make a simple frosting
Drizzle frosting over the crescent ring and serve

Other great brunch recipes:

  1. Unroll and separate crescent rolls.
  2. Top each with apple pie filling and roll into a crescent shape.
  3. Place rolled crescents on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  4. Prepare streusel topping and divide it evenly among rolls.
  5. Bake at 350° 10-12 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

3. Apple Dumplings

These are more of my favorite treats. I make them whenever I see a couple of spare cans of crescent rolls in my fridge.

You&rsquoll need Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and crescent rolls.

You&rsquoll also need a teaspoon of vanilla and a bottle of Mountain Dew. Yes, Mountain Dew.

That&rsquos the secret ingredient that makes these dumplings nice and crispy instead of soggy.

The vanilla adds an extra hint of sweetness, and the whole thing tastes like homemade apple pie but is much quicker and easier to make.

Top it off with some vanilla ice cream for an extra sweet treat.

Caramel Apple Pie Crescents

  • Flaky golden crescent rolls filled with sweet and sticky caramel apple slices -- the easiest way to apple pie ever!

These Caramel Apple Pie Crescents are like mini apple pies. But while apple pie is usually a big-time big deal to make, these little hand-held pockets of apple-y goodness are sooooo easy. Really!

They scream fall and they're the perfect appetizers or simple desserts for a fun get together with friends. Not to mention the best way to beat your apple pie craving fast.

No pie crust to form, no cutting up lots and lots of apples. For these -- just one apple and some easy-to-unroll Pillsbury™ Original Crescent Rolls! Come on along and make them, too, like this:

Get out those awesomely easy ingredients. Slice the apple.

Dip the apple slices into sticky, gooey oh-my-graciously good caramel.

Roll those sticky babies in cinnamon-sugar.

Now roll 'em up in the crescent roll.

Brush with butter (I know!), bake and cool a bit.

And you've got the easiest way to apple pie taste you've ever known. Mmm!

Apple and Cream Cheese Crescent Squares

I just happened to have a package of crescent rolls and cream cheese in the fridge when I ran across this recipe in the Best of the Best from Mississippi Cookbook and it sounded so good that it haunted me until I made it!

By the way, if you haven't ever seen them before, the Best of the Best series of cookbooks is another great cookbook source to add to your collection . Whether it's the 'Best of' cookbook from your state, a neighboring state or someplace you've never been, I think you will be pleased with these cookbooks! I have several of them and love them - they all have really great recipes in them. I hope to have all 50 someday!!

They are basically compilations of recipes selected from dozens of that state's favorite cookbooks, so you sort of get a well-rounded taste of a lot of different cookbooks for not a lot of money. And they tell you where each of the recipes come from, so if you find several recipes you like from a single source, you know exactly what cookbook to buy. Heck they even give you that information detail in the back of the cookbook. Now, they're plain Jane cookbooks, no pictures, just recipes, but I think that they really are a bargain. Be sure to check them out sometime!

Anyway. back to this recipe. I am obsessed with finding different things to do with crescent rolls anyway, and cream cheese and apples go together so well that this sounded delicious. Well, it didn't disappoint I have to tell ya! This dessert is just a fantastic combination of flavors - the creaminess of the melted cream cheese all nestled into the apples that are sandwiched in between two layers of tender dough, and then the cinnamon sugar sort of caramelizes and creates this kind of crunchy top. Gosh this was good, and so easy too. Give this one a try for sure! Goes great with a hot cup of coffee.

Using fresh apples? Just core, peel and slice and stew them down with a bit of butter for about 15-20 minutes until softened.

What you'll need. One package of crescent rolls, 1/2 of an 8-ounce package of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, one can of apple pie filling, 1/2 stick of butter, melted, and a mixture of cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling on top.

Open the crescent roll package, unroll and divide in half, pinching the seams lightly together. Place into a 8 x 8 inch baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray. Please note that I am using a glass Pyrex baking dish, that I believe gives a better result. Do not reduce the oven temperature!

Mix the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract together and place on top of the crescent rolls.

Spread the cream cheese evenly all across the top.

Layer the apples on top of the cream cheese layer. Be sure to check your pie filling to see if it is regular, sugar free, or low sugar to see if you may want to add additional sweetener.

Add the other half of the crescent rolls on top of the apples.

Pour the melted butter all over the top of that.

And sprinkle generously with the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes until golden brown.

Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert - made with cherry pie filling and a nice sprinkle of granulated sugar on top instead of the cinnamon sugar.

Recipe: Apple and Cream Cheese Crescent Squares

  • 4 ounces of cream cheese , softened
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 package of crescent rolls
  • 1 can of apple pie filling
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of unsalted butter , melted
  • Mixture of cinnamon and sugar *

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8" x 8" glass baking pan with non-stick spray and set aside. Hand whip the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract together until well blended.

Unroll the package of crescent rolls and cut into even halves. Pinch together the seams and place one of the halves into the bottom of the baking pan. Spread the cream cheese evenly on top of the dough and top that with the apple pie filling. If you are using a low sugar or sugar free apple pie filling, you'll probably want to add some sugar or brown sugar to the apples. Top with the other half of the dough and pour the melted butter all over. Sprinkle generously with the cinnamon sugar.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool long enough to set the filling before cutting. Double for a 9 x 13 inch pan.

Cook's Notes: Please note that I am using a glass Pyrex baking dish at 350 degrees F. Using fresh apples? Just core, peel and slice and stew them down with a bit of butter for about 15-20 minutes until softened. Let cool slightly before assembling the dessert.

Tip: Several of our readers have made this in the 8 x 8 inch baking pan, but doubling the cream cheese and pie filling with great success. Thanks Ann!

How to make Cinnamon Sugar: Combine 1/2 cup of sugar with 1 heaping tablespoon of cinnamon. Place into an old cleaned spice jar with a shaker top and shake well.

Variations: Experiment with other pie fillings - lemon, peach, cherry, raspberry and blueberry are all good substitutes. Use regular granulated sugar instead of the cinnamon sugar if desired. This also makes a perfectly delicious easy cream cheese danish when made without the fruit.

Honey Nut Crescent Dessert: Mix cream cheese with 2 tablespoons of honey and 1/3 cup of sliced almonds spread on bottom crescent. Top with crescent layer, butter and cinnamon sugar. Garnish with additional nuts and a drizzle of honey.

Peach Crescent Dessert: Try this with fresh peaches too! Mary from our Facebook page uses a cooked filling of 2 cups peaches, 1/2 cup sugar, a tablespoon cornstarch, rather than a can of pie filling. Thanks Mary! Double recipe for an oblong pan.

Sweet Potato/Pumpkin Crescent Dessert: Substitute one small can of pumpkin pie mix filling (not plain pumpkin) or candied yams, drained and layered as above bottom crust, cream cheese, then filling and top crust. May also add a layer of mini marshmallows on top of filling before adding second layer of crescents. Top with the cinnamon sugar/butter mixture or may substitute a powdered sugar glaze.

Nutella Crescent Dessert: Layer bottom crust, cream cheese, then dollop Nutella over top and lightly swirl in. Top with finely minced nuts if desired. Finish with cinnamon sugar/butter mixture or powdered sugar glaze.

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  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 8 rolls 1 x
  • Diet: Vegan


The Apple Pie Bites are super fun to make and perfect for quick and easy baking!


  • Crescent rolls (8 count tube)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter (vegan if ya want)- melted
  • 1 small apple cut into 8 thin slices- I like Granny Smith*
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar (you can also use coconut sugar)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp of nutmeg
  • pinch of all spice


  1. Lay out each crescent roll on a clean flat surface.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the butter and apple slices.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the sugar + spices. Evenly divide the sugar mixture on top of the crescent rolls and press it down into the roll with your hand so that it really sticks.
  4. Lay a buttered apple on the wide end of each roll and roll up the crescent roll as usual.
  5. Place on a lined baking sheet. Brush the remaining butter that was in the apple bowl on top of each roll and sprinkle them with cane sugar + dash of cinnamon.
  6. Bake at 375 for 12-14 minutes. ENJOY!


*you want these to be about 1/3 of an inch thick. I tested them with thicker slices and while it&rsquos still really good, the apples won&rsquot be all that soft.



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Calories per serving: 294

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Easy Apple Crescent Rolls

Need a quick and easy dessert recipe? These Easy Apple Crescent Rolls only need three ingredients to make and they make a delicious breakfast idea or dessert!

Keyword Easy Apple Crescent Rolls


  • 1 can Pillsbury honey butter crescent rolls
  • 1 can Apple pie filling (may opt to use homemade filling)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon



Swap the apple for chocolate or pudding.Give your rolls a festive touch with red or green cream cheese!For a savory twist fill with apples and pepper jack cheese.


Unroll the crescent dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place a spoonful to two of apples into each crescent and roll the dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon.