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Cinnamon Bun Apple Pie


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  • 1 - 14.5 oz. box refrigerated pie dough
  • All purpose flour, for dusting
  • 2 Tbl. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 5 assorted apples, such as McIntosh, Granny Smith and Pink Lady (about 2 lbs.)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 Tbl. milk, plus more if needed



Step 1

Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Line a 9-inch pie plate with 1 piece of dough; refrigerate until ready to assemble.

Make the cinnamon-roll crust: Lay the remaining piece of dough on a lightly floured surface and spread the butter evenly on top. Combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle evenly over the butter, then gently press with your fingers to help the mixture adhere. Roll the pie dough into a tight log. Trim and discard about 1 1/2 inches from both ends; cut the remaining log crosswise into 1/2-inch thick pieces. Arrange the pieces cut-side down in a snug circle on floured parchment paper. Lightly dust with more flour, then gently roll out into a 10-inch round. Slide the parchment onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to assemble the pie.

Peel and thinly slice the apples. Toss with the lemon juice, vanilla and the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/8 tsp. cinnamon in a large bowl. Transfer to the dough-lined pie plate; invert the cinnamon-roll crust on top and peel off the parchment (it's okay if the individual rounds separate a bit in the process). Pinch the crusts together; fold the overhanging dough under itself and crimp as desired. Brush with the beaten egg.

Set the pie on the hot baking sheet in the oven; bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling, about 50 minutes. (Tent loosely with foil if the top browns too quickly). Transfer to a rack to cool slightly.

Whisk the confectioners' sugar and 2 Tbl. milk in a bowl until smooth. (Add more milk if the glaze is too thick). Drizzle over the pie.

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