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~Grands Apple-Pie-Filling Filled Cinnamon-Roll Cups~

IMG_4191When it comes to breakfast or bunch, I am always looking for the easiest way to serve good food. Mornings in the average family tend to have a lot of things happening at once.  I love my family and I enjoy my guests, but, back in the days when I was trying to get three kids off to meet the school bus and my husband out the door to the office, or, fast forward to when I happen to be organizing breakfast for a few overnight guests, no one appreciates having a few time-saving recipes that taste as good as they look as much as I do.  This recipe is worth its weight in gold.

440px-Pillsbury_logo.svgPillsbury and their adorable dough boy have been a part of my life over fifty years (and they've been around a lot longer than that).  Breakfast, lunch or dinner, when mom made their crescent rolls, we paced around in front of the oven until they came out.  During the years when they televised the Pillsbury Bake-Off, I always watched, and, learned something creative. When Pillsbury came out with cinnamon rolls, my kids knew I would be an easy sell on this product, and, truth told, they earned a place in my refrigerator. Then, when they came along with Grand's cinnamon rolls, complete with cream cheese icing, I didn't hesitate to pick up a few canisters.

There came a time when I did what I often do with a product I like (a lot). I went to their website (Quick & Easy Recipes by Pillsbury) and searched by ingredient (cinnamon rolls). Amongst several creative ways to to use them, I came across Two-Ingredient Peach Pie Cups, which used smaller-sized canisters of cinnamon rolls + peach pie filling, baked in standard-sized muffin tins. For my own "bigger has got to be better" take, I used Grand's cinnamon rolls + apple pie filling, baked them in jumbo-sized muffin tins.  They're like a cinnamon doughnut stuffed with apples.   

The combo of cinnamon rolls & apple pie filling is grand.

IMG_4209Topped w/cream cheese icing too?  You betcha.

IMG_41232  17.5-ounce canisters Pillsbury Grands cinnamon rolls w/cream cheese icing (for a total of 10 cinnamon rolls)

1  21-ounce can apple pie filling, your favorite brand

no-stick cooking spray

~ Step 1.  Spray the inside cups of two jumbo-sized muffin tins (12 cups) with no-stick cooking spray.

IMG_4124 IMG_4124 IMG_4124 IMG_4124 IMG_4124 IMG_4124 IMG_4124~Step 2.  Remove both canisters of Grands cinnamon rolls from the refrigerator.  Peel back the wrapping and give them a whack on the side of the countertop to open the package.  Remove and set aside the cream cheese icing.  One-at-a-time, remove the cinnamon rolls, placing them in each of ten of the muffin cups.  Using a tart tamper placed in the center of each cinnamon roll, press down on the center to fit each cinnamon roll flatly into the bottom of its cup.  Using your fingertips, press the sides of each roll into the sides of each cup, to form a cup about 3/4 up the sides of each cup.

IMG_4151 IMG_4151 IMG_4169 IMG_4169 IMG_4169 IMG_4181~Step 3.  Open the can of pie filling.  Using an ordinary tablespoon, distribute pie filling to the top of each cinnamon-roll cup (there's enough filling to fill each one to the top), doing your best not to drip any filling on the edges of the cinnamon-roll cups or sides of pan.  Bake both pans, at once, on center rack of preheated 325° oven for 18-20 minutes, or until cinnamon rolls are golden around sides.  Remove from oven and cool in pan 1-2 minutes. Use a sharp paring and your fingertips to gently lift each apple-pie-filling filled cinnamon-roll cup onto a wire rack to cool to slightly-warm or room temperature, 30-45 minutes.   

IMG_4163 IMG_4185 IMG_4185~ Step 4.  While the cinnamon roll cups are baking, stir about 1/2 teaspoon of water into both containers of the reserved cream cheese icing, to thin it down to a drizzly, rather than a spreadable consistency.  For a prettier presentation, transfer the icing to a small squirt-type condiment container.  When cinnamon roll cups are cooled, slowly drizzle icing over top of each one.  Plate and serve.

Store-bought seriously "CAN" be simply delicious!

IMG_4197Two canisters cinnamon rolls + one can of apple pie filling?

IMG_4219One taste & you'll be completely convinced.  

IMG_4221Grands Apple-Pie-Filling Filled Cinnamon-Roll Cups:  Recipe yields 10 individual (jumbo-sized muffin-sized) apple-pie-filling filled cinnamon-roll cups.

Special Equipment List:  1, 12-cup jumbo-size muffing tin; tart tamper; spoon; paring knife; wire cooling rack; small squirt-type condiment bottle (optional)

6a0120a8551282970b0240a4dd44f5200d-800wiCook's Note:  Back in the 1960"s, my brother and I loved when my mom made her "little hot dogs wrapped in pastry dough".  She'd let me help to roll them up, and, she'd make lots of them too, usually around 100, because she knew they would be the first thing devoured at one of her cocktail parties. People would grab them so fast you'd think she had money rolled up in them. To this day I love these fun to make ~ Cocktail Pigs in a Blanket: Pillsbury Crescent Dogs ~.

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2020


You always bring a smile to face Theresa!

Elaine -- You're right, they're as yummy as they are easy!

Looks yummy and so easy!


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