Apple Cinnamon Roll Casserole is an easy fall breakfast recipe that combines cinnamon spiced apples that are sauteed in butter, and canned cinnamon rolls. It’s a fall favorite that you will make over and over!
I absolutely love an easy and seasonal breakfast, and this Apple Cinnamon Roll Casserole checks both of those boxes! Canned cinnamon rolls are used in this sweet breakfast casserole recipe and make this recipe so, so easy. I make a cinnamon roll casserole almost every time we go to the cabin or have a weekend with family, and I wanted to put a fall spin on it. Enter: apples! Specifically, apples that have been sauteed in butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and brown sugar resulting in a caramelized situation that is oh-so delicious.
This cinnamon roll casserole with apples really was everything I was hoping it would be and everyone who tried it loved it.
This recipe is really easy to whip up. The first step is to saute the apples in butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Cook them until they’re softened, about 4-5 minutes. Then add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until the brown sugar melts and the apples are somewhat caramelized. Remove from the heat.
Next, cut the cinnamon rolls into six pieces each. To do this, I take one cinnamon roll and cut it in half and then cut each half into thirds. Sprinkle all of the cinnamon roll pieces in a greased 9-10″ baking dish and then top with the apples. Lastly, combine some melted butter with brown sugar and drizzle it over the cinnamon rolls and apples. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. You want them slightly golden and baked through (no longer gooey inside). For the frosting, warm up the frosting that comes with the cinnamon rolls in the microwave for 30 seconds and then add a little bit more cinnamon. Drizzle it over the warm casserole and dig in!
Unfortunately, this isn’t a casserole that would do well made ahead because of the nature of the canned cinnamon rolls. You can, however, saute the apples in advance, if needed.
I have made this using Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and also Annie’s cinnamon rolls, both with great results. Annie’s cinnamon rolls are a little bigger so I cut them into 8 pieces, and they also come in a larger can so I use about 1.5 cans of the Annie’s cinnamon rolls.
I like to serve sweet breakfast items with scrambled eggs and bacon to balance it out a little bit. You could also do sausage links or patties and fried eggs.