Crock Pot Cinnamon Rolls with Apple

The perfect breakfast or dessert for a crowd, these Crock Pot Cinnamon Rolls with Apples are made easily in your slow cooker. It’s a recipe you can set and forget.     Crock pot cinnamon rolls

Gooey, buttery cinnamon rolls are paired with crisp apples glazed in a brown sugar coating. They are nestled together in a crock pot and slow cooked for a few hours. But we aren’t finished there, before serving, they are topped with a dreamy cream cheese drizzly frosting.

These crock pot cinnamon rolls will be you and your family’s new favorite go-to treat. It’s perfect warm and toasty treat for a Sunday or a toasty warm treat for the fall and holiday season. 

Crock pot cinnamon rolls

If you’ve been around Bad Batch Baking’s blog, you know I already have Peach Cobbler Cinnamon Rolls and Apple Pie Stuffed Cinnamon Roll recipe, so why do we need a casserole version? Well, not only do I not think we can ever have enough variations, but these crock pot cinnamon rolls serve a different purpose.

These are a bit less involved and great for a low-maintenance dump-and-go style of dining. You can add these to the Sunday buffet line for the family and people can just scoop themselves a portion. 

Crock pot cinnamon rolls

Key Ingredients

Be sure to read through the full recipe card below for the detailed recipe with measurements.

2 cans of cinnamon rolls – prepared cinnamon roll dough is the way to go for this simple dump-and-go recipe.
Heavy cream – the base of the liquid mixture we pour over the cinnamon rolls in the crock pot.
Egg – just one egg is used for binding.
Brown Sugar – used in the apple mixture and the cream mixture. 
Cinnamon – extra cinnamon is added kick up the coziness. 
Apples – fresh apples, both sweet and tart are used.
Butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar – an easy homemade cream cheese drizzly frosting is made, but you are welcome to use the one provided in the cinnamon roll cans. 

Crock pot cinnamon rolls

How to Make Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

These crock pot apple cinnamon rolls are very easy to make. In this recipe, I list instructions for making cream cheese frosting from scratch. You can opt to skip this step and use the frosting that comes in the can to save even more time. 

Be sure to read through the full recipe card below for the detailed recipe with measurements.

Step 1: Prepare the Mixtures

Before getting started, prepare the diced apple mixture, the cream cheese frosting (unless you decide to use the can of prepared frosting provided), and the heavy cream mixture.

Step 2: Assemble 

Cut all of the cinnamon rolls into 4 equal sized pieces. Adding half of them into the crock pot along with half of the apples. Pour over the heavy cream mixture, following by another layer of remaining cinnamon roll pieces and remaining apples.

Step 3: Slow Cook

Drizzle with some of the frosting, cover and slow cook for 2-2.5 hours. 

Crock pot cinnamon rolls

Varying Slow Cooking Times

This is important. The cook times for these crock pot cinnamon rolls vary drastically depending on the type of slow cooker you have. Crock Pot sizes can vary from 2-10 quarts (and beyond). 

If you have a smaller slow cooker, the cinnamon roll layers will be thicker which can cause the cinnamon rolls on the bottom and sides cook faster (or even burn) before the middle and top cook through.

To fix this, you’ll need to cook these longer than two hours, and you’ll need to gently stir this mixture every ~30-45 minutes of so, folding the mixture so the top and middle can reach the bottom of the pan. 

Continue to cook, checking on the mixture every 30-45 minutes until it’s cooked through without any raw dough. This may take 4-5 hours on low. Don’t be tempted to spike the temp to high in order to get a faster cook time. This will cause the cinnamon rolls to burn.

Crock pot cinnamon rolls

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Crock Pot Cinnamon Rolls with Apple

Pillowy soft slow cooker apple cinnamon rolls are cooked up in a crock pot for the perfect set-it-and-forget-it breakfast or dessert for a crowd. This is perfect for the fall and holiday season!
**The cook time will largely depend on the size of your crock pot. Larger crock pots will cook faster since the cinnamon rolls will be cooking in an evenly layer. The smaller the crock pot, the thicker this mixture will be. If this is the case, you'll need to begin stirring the mixture every 45 minutes after the first 2 hours of the cook time lapses. In my small crock pot it took around 4-5 hours on low.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 45 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Mallory Austin

Ingredients

  • 2 cans cans of cinnamon rolls like Pillsbury
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Apple Mixture

  • 4 large apples 2 Honeycrisp and 2 Granny Smith
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Spray the slow cooker with non stick spray.

Apple Mixture

  • Add the apple mixture ingredients to a bowl - butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Heat in the microwave stirring occasionally until the brown sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute.
  • Peel apples, slice and dice into 1" pieces. Add apples in with the brown sugar mixture, tossing to coat the apples evenly.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Whisk the icing ingredients until smooth.

Cinnamon Roll Assembly

  • Combine the heavy cream, egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth and egg is incorporated.
  • Cut each cinnamon roll into four pieces. Place half of the cinnamon roll pieces evenly into the bottom of the slow cooker. Add half of the apple mixture on top.
  • Pour the heavy cream mixture over the top of the cinnamon rolls. Top with remaining pieces of cinnamon rolls and the remaining apple mixture (and their juices).
  • Drizzle 1/3-1/2 cup over the top of the cinnamon rolls in the crock pot.

Slow Cook Cinnamon Rolls

  • Cover and cook on low for 2-2.5 hours or until cinnamon rolls are cooked through (see notes below for varying cook times based on the crock pot size).
  • Drizzle the cinnamon rolls with the remaining cream cheese frosting. Serve by scooping out portions into bowls.

Notes

NOTE: 
The cook times for these crock pot cinnamon rolls vary drastically depending on the type of slow cooker you have. Crock Pot sizes can vary from 2-10 quarts (and beyond). 
If you have a smaller slow cooker, the cinnamon roll layers will be thicker which can cause the cinnamon rolls on the bottom and sides cook faster (or even burn) before the middle and top cook through. To fix this, you'll need to cook these longer than two hours, and you'll need to gently stir this mixture every ~30-45 minutes or so, folding the mixture so the top and middle can reach the bottom of the pan. 
Continue to cook, checking on the mixture every 30-45 minutes until it's cooked through without any raw dough. This may take 4-5 hours on low. Don't be tempted to spike the temp to high in order to get a faster cook time. This will cause the cinnamon rolls to burn.
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