Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

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Looking to hints on how to make your pie crust better? Try this Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust! Hints on how to make a flaky pie crust that is swirled with cinnamon. 

You know how much we love our cinnamon roll recipes. We feel *almost* the same way about our pies. There’s just nothing like a classic homemade pie. The only thing better could be marrying two recipes into one. Taking that classic cinnamon roll flavor and making it the base of a fruit pie.

unbaked cinnamon roll pie crust

The Best Pie Crust Recipe

When making cinnamon roll pie crust, it’s important to start with a good base recipe for pie dough. We use our grandma’s best pie crust recipe. It’s soft, flaky, easy to make and tastes amazing. It’s the perfect base to any homemade pie. Click here for the recipe.

**Pro Tip: If you’re really in a hurry, buy store bought pie dough that is already rolled out. Then just add the butter, sugar and cinnamon and roll as we describe below.**

How to Make Flaky Pie Crust

Our pie crust is the perfect combination of flaky and flavorful. Here’s our hints:

  • Use Pastry Flour. Pastry flour can be found at specialty stores and at some grocery stores. It is a low protein flour that leads to a tender crumb. You can use all-purpose flour if you like, but pastry flour gives the best texture.
  • Shortening and Butter. Shortening is the key to a flaky crust. But butter is the key to flavor. Our recipe uses half butter and half shortening for the best of both worlds.
  • Cold Ingredients. Keep the ingredients and bowl as cold as possible. If the butter and shortening are cold, they’ll melt as the pie bakes, creating flaky layers.
  • Vinegar. This may seem like a strange ingredient, but vinegar also helps to tenderize the crust. Don’t worry…you can’t taste it. Don’t skip this key ingredient!

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

  • Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Cut in the shortening and the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Mix the water and vinegar together in a cup. Add the mixture to the crumbs. Mix together just until the dough is combined and handles well.
  • Sprinkle flour on the counter before rolling out the dough. Split the dough into two chunks.
  • Roll out one piece of dough on a floured surface into a rectangle. The dough should be about the thickness of a regular pie dough.pie crust rolled in rectangle
  • Spread a light coating of butter all over the pie crust. Then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

    sprinkling cinnamon and sugar on pie crust

  • Starting with the long end, roll up the dough jelly roll style, as if you were making cinnamon rolls. Roll the dough tightly.

    rolling pie crust

  • Once the dough is rolled, use a sharp knife or pastry cutter to cut the dough into slices about 1/4-1/2″ thick.

    slicing pie crust into pieces

  • Press the cinnamon rolls flat side down into the bottom and up the sides of a 9″ pie plate. Overlap and press the edges together to seal the crust.

    pressing cinnamon rolls into a pie plate

  • If you are making just a bottom crust, turn the edge under and use thumbs “flute” the edges of the dough.

    unbaked pie crust

  • Fill the pie and bake according to your pie recipe.
  • If you are making a double crusted pie, roll out the other half of the dough, spread it with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, rollup jelly roll style and slice into 1/4″ thick slices just as with the other crust.
  • Fill the bottom pie crust, then place the cinnamon roll slices overtop the fruit filling. Don’t worry about sealing the crust, but simply place the slices overtop in a pretty arrangement. Bake the pie as your recipe suggests.

**Pro Tip: This recipe makes enough for a double crusted pie. If you only need a bottom crust, make half of the recipe. You can also freeze the dough to use another time.**

overhead view of unbaked pie crust

Apple Pie with Cinnamon Roll Crust

Our favorite pie to make with this recipe? Apple of course? Apples and cinnamon are a classic fall combination and this pie crust is perfect for apple pie. See our cinnamon roll apple pie here.

pie crust filled with cinnamon apples

Other Pie Recipes

Tools I Use To Make Flaky Pie Crust

  • Pastry Cutter: I use this tool all the time. It cuts butter into flour perfectly for streusels, crusts and other pastries.
  • Pastry Mat: This silicone mat keeps your cupboard clean and makes rolling out pastries so easy.
  • Cute Pie Plate: Because if you’re taking the time to make pie, serve it up in style!
  • Pastry Guide: Makes perfectly round crust, every time.
Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust in pie plate
Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust in pie plate

Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

5 from 2 votes
Looking to hints on how to make your pie crust better? Try this Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust! Hints on how to make a flaky pie crust that is swirled with cinnamon. 
Servings 8
Prep Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
 

For the dough:

  • 3 cups pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

For the cinnamon filling:

  • butter
  • cinnamon
  • sugar

Instructions
 

  • Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Cut in the shortening and the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Mix the water and vinegar together in a cup. Add the mixture to the crumbs. Mix together just until the dough is combined and handles well.
  • Sprinkle flour on the counter before rolling out the dough. Split the dough into two chunks.
  • Roll out one piece of dough on a floured surface into a rectangle. The dough should be about the thickness of a regular pie dough.
  • Spread a light coating of butter all over the pie crust. Then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Starting with the long end, roll up the dough jelly roll style, as if you were making cinnamon rolls. Roll the dough tightly.
  • Once the dough is rolled, use a sharp knife or pastry cutter to cut the dough into slices about 1/4-1/2" thick.
  • Press the cinnamon rolls flat side down into the bottom and up the sides of a 9" pie plate. Overlap and press the edges together to seal the crust.
  • If you are making just a bottom crust, turn the edge under and use thumbs "flute" the edges of the dough.
  • Fill the pie and bake according to your pie recipe.
  • If you are making a double crusted pie, roll out the other half of the dough, spread it with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, rollup jelly roll style and slice into 1/4" thick slices just as with the other crust.
  • Fill the bottom pie crust, then place the cinnamon roll slices overtop the fruit filling. Don't worry about sealing the crust, but simply place the slices overtop in a pretty arrangement. Bake the pie as your recipe suggests.
  • This recipes makes enough for a double crusted pie.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the the dough being divided 8 ways, with 1 serving being ⅛ of the crust. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 368
Keyword crust for apple pie, double pie crust, how to make pie crust

A close up of unbaked pie crust

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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MADELINE l NEWTON
2 years ago

wow what an idea …will have to try …thank you very much …

Christine
1 year ago

Do we need to blind bake the pie dough before adding the apples?

Blimey
2 months ago

5 stars
Wow! This crust sounds amazing. Never thought about making it a swirl Cinnamon. Or other flavors.
Thanks for the idea.
Question I know the recipe calls for Vinegar… but if someone is allergic to it… can (lets say.. Lemon Juice be used instead? )
Thanking you in advance,