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Hi Bold Bakers!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE: Comforting Apple Pie Crescent Rolls from Scratch have upgraded buttery, pillowy, delectably tender crescents for this autumn with a juicy, perfectly-spiced apple filling that makes each bite as heartwarming as a slice of your favorite pie. You’ll crave these apple crescents for a sweet morning treat, a quintessential fall dessert, or with a cup of tea for an anytime snack!
Apple desserts always bring back cozy childhood memories for me, and The Perfect Classic Apple Pie Recipe and My Mum’s Irish Apple Cake are some of the most popular Bigger Bolder Baking Recipes. I knew I wanted to create a treat that delivers all of that oven-baked sweet apple deliciousness in a scrumptious individually-sized package, and these apple crescents have flawlessly executed that goal!
Table of Contents
- What are Comforting Apple Pie Crescent Rolls from Scratch?
- Tools You Need for Apple Pie Crescent Rolls
- Key Ingredients for Apple Pie Crescent Rolls and Why
- How to Make Comforting Apple Pie Crescent Rolls
- Can I Make Comforting Apple Pie Crescent Rolls in Advance?
- How to Store Comforting Apple Pie Crescent Rolls
- What is the difference between crescent rolls and croissants?
- Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips
- More Apple Pie-Inspired Recipes
What are Comforting Apple Pie Crescent Rolls from Scratch?
- Comforting Apple Pie Crescent Rolls are buttery crescents wrapped around cinnamon-spiked apples and topped with a sweet vanilla glaze.
- The base of the recipe is our Buttery Crescent Rolls Made from Scratch, an easy, wholesome homemade version of the famous store-bought crescents that “pop” out of a can.
Tools You Need for Apple Pie Crescent Rolls
- Baking sheet and parchment paper
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and measuring spoons
- Rolling pin
- Pastry brush
Key Ingredients for Apple Pie Crescent Rolls and Why
One recipe of Buttery Crescent Rolls from Scratch
Granny Smith apples
- Granny Smiths are definitely my preference, as they are tangy, tart yet mildly sweet, and are crisp and won’t go mushy.
- Bramley apples are the go-to cooking apples in Ireland or the UK—they’re very sour to eat, but they work beautifully in baking recipes, such as My Mum’s Authentic Apple Crumble.
- If you don’t have Granny Smiths, use any good baking apple like Braeburn, Cortland, or Pink Lady.
- Brown sugar adds sweetness and a lovely hint of caramel to the apple filling. It cooks with the apple juices to make a syrupy filling.
- Make your own using my recipe How to Make Brown Sugar.
Sweet and warmly spicy cinnamon gives these apple crescent rolls a cozy, comforting flavor.
Lemon is a flavor enhancer that brings out the essence of the apple.
- Apricot jam adds sweetness and its slight tartness gives another note to the flavor profile.
- The jam helps to hold the filling together and also keeps the filling moist.
- Make your own jam using my Homemade Jam Recipe.
- Powdered sugar, also known as confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar, creates a sweet, smooth, thick, brilliant white glaze that drizzles and sets well.
- Use my How to Make Powdered Sugar recipe to make your own.
- Melted butter adds richness and thickness to the glaze and it also enhances its flavor.
- Butter also adds to the glaze’s glossiness and helps the glaze adhere to the crescent rolls.
- For the dough, butter enriches the flavor and more importantly, water in chilled butter evaporates during baking, creating air pockets to make the bread rise light and fluffy.
- Questions about what butter to use? See my information on Using Salted or Unsalted Butter for Baking!
Milk thins the glaze to the perfect consistency and enriches the flavor.
How to Make Comforting Apple Pie Crescent Rolls
- Prep: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Make the filling: Combine the diced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice.
- Roll out the dough: Roll the prepared crescent dough out into a big rectangular and cut it into 16 triangles, as shown in Buttery Crescent Rolls from Scratch. Brush each dough triangle with apricot jam.
- Assemble: Place one tablespoon of apple filling on each dough triangle. Fold corners over, and roll up to seal. Place on a baking sheet and brush with egg wash.
- Bake: Cook the rolls for 30-35 minutes, until deep golden brown.
- Make the glaze: Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and milk. Drizzle over crescent rolls and let the glaze set for about 30 minutes.
Can I Make Comforting Apple Pie Crescent Rolls in Advance?
You can prepare these Apple Pie Crescent Rolls ahead of time raw or fully baked.
- Prepare the dough and jam separately:
- You can prepare the dough up to 2 days in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge.
- When ready to bake, assemble and bake the rolls with jam per this recipe.
- Assemble and Freeze:
- You can assemble the apple pie crescent rolls up to the point just before baking. , then place the rolls on a baking sheet and freeze them until they are firm. Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bags.
- When you’re ready to bake, you can place them directly in the oven from the freezer, but you may need to extend the baking time slightly to ensure they’re baked through.
- Bake and Reheat: Alternatively, you can fully bake the apple pie crescent rolls, let them cool, and then store them in an airtight container. Before serving, reheat them in the oven for a few minutes to regain their crispiness.
How to Store Comforting Apple Pie Crescent Rolls
Store any uneaten rolls at room temperature in a covered container for one day.
What is the difference between crescent rolls and croissants?
- As to the dough, both crescent rolls and croissants are laminated by layering butter between layers of the dough which is then folded and rolled multiple times to create thin flaky layers or air pockets to rise.
- Crescent rolls are typically leavened with baking powder, and do not require proofing.
- Croissants are leavened with yeast which needs proofing to develop the structure.
- As to flavor and texture, crescent rolls resemble soft bread with fine and evenly distributed crumb. In comparison, croissants are a pastry with characteristic flakiness, soft and elastic gluten strands, and a richer buttery flavor.
- As to the origins and usages, crescent rolls are a popular American creation commonly used for making wrapping around mini hot dogs (pigs in a blanket), stuffed with various fillings, or enjoyed as rolls with a meal. While croissants originated in France and are enjoyed as a standalone breakfast star, or in sweet or savory sandwiches. Check out my amazing Homemade Chocolate Croissants recipe for a foolproof way to make them at home.
Can I substitute another fruit for apple?
Yes, you can use another fruit in the filling. Use diced pear in place of the apple, or substitute with the filling from Pumpkin Pie Egg Rolls. Use a tablespoon of pumpkin filling for each crescent. You can also add chopped pecans or walnuts to add a little crunch.
Can I make Apple Pie Crescent Rolls without egg?
Yes, you can make these crescent roll apple pies egg-free. Use milk or melted butter in place of the egg wash.
Can I use store-bought crescent dough in these Apple Pie Crescent Rolls?
You can’t beat the homemade taste of our homemade crescent rolls. Luckily, they come together easily and are made from just six wholesome ingredients you probably have on hand. But if you absolutely want to use store-bought, simply assemble and bake as directed in the recipe.
Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips
- Make sure to cut the apples very small to make assembly easier.
- Once the dough is made, this recipe takes about 30 minutes to put together but keep in mind that the crescent dough takes about 2 hours to make. To save time, you can make the dough up to 2 days in advance. Keep it well-wrapped in the refrigerator.
- Instead of apricot jam, you can use my Sweet and Boozy Peach Whiskey Jam, Easy Orange Marmalade, or Salted Caramel Sauce.
- These are little treats but you can make them bigger: when rolling the dough, after cutting the rectangle in half, cut each square diagonally in half in both directions to make a total of 8 triangles. Add double the filling and roll up the same way.
- Glaze while they are still slightly warm as they will also soak up the glaze and create a crisp shell.
More Apple Pie-Inspired Dessert Recipes
Comforting Apple Pie Crescent Rolls from Scratch
For the Filling
- 2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely diced
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
For the Rolls:
- 1 recipe Buttery Crescent Rolls from Scratch
- 3 tablespoons apricot jam
- Egg wash
For the glaze:
- 1 cup (4 oz/115 g) powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 tablespoon (½ oz/14 g) butter, melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Make the filling: combine the apples, brown sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
- On a floured surface, roll and cut the crescent rolls according to the directions in the recipe. (See recipe here)
- Working with one piece of dough at a time, stretch out the dough into a triangle shape.
- Brush some apricot jam all over the surface and place about a tablespoon of apple filling at the bottom (flat edge) of the triangle.
- Fold the corners over the filling, then roll the dough up to enclose the filling. Place on the prepared baking sheet with the tip tucked underneath the roll. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
- Brush the rolls with egg wash, then bake for 30-35 minutes, until deep golden brown. Allow to cool on the baking sheet.
- To Make the Glaze: Combine the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of the milk until smooth. If needed, add a touch more milk, one teaspoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
- Drizzle the glaze over the rolls and let sit until the glaze is set.
- These are best the day they are made but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 day.