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~Grand's Pie-Filled Cinnamon- or Pumpkin-Roll Cups~

IMG_6163When 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 lots 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, and these recipes, thanks to Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls and Pumpkin-Spice Rolls, are worth their weight in easy-to-make gold.

Apples, peaches, pumpkin pie, who's afraid to holler I?

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. 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 + a can of cherry, peach or apple pie filling, and, baked them in jumbo-sized muffin tins.  They're like a giant, fruit-pie-filled cinnamon-doughnuts or cinnamon-Danish stuffed with your favorite fruit pie filling.  Then, when Grands introduced pumpkin-spice rolls, I started filling them with Libby's pumpkin pie mix, which are perfect for the Fall.  My family simply adores them all and yours will too.

IMG_4126 IMG_4126 IMG_4126 IMG_4126 IMG_4126Forming the muffin cups is the same for all recipes. Simply spray the inside cups of two jumbo-sized muffin tins (12 total cups) with no-stick cooking spray. Remove 2, 17.5-ounce canisters of Grands cinnamon rolls or pumpkin-spice 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 icing.  One-at-a-time, remove the cinnamon or pumpkin-spice rolls, placing them in each of ten muffin cups.  Using a tart tamper placed in the center of each 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.  Proceed with recipes as directed below:

Peachy-Keen Pie-Filling-Filled Cinnamon-Roll Cups:

IMG_6020Oh My Cherry-Pie-Filling Filled Cinnamon-Roll Cups:

6a0120a8551282970b0263e96b70eb200bGrands Apple-Pie-Filling Filled Cinnamon-Roll Cups:

6a0120a8551282970b0264e2eb19f4200dGrand's Pumpkin-Pie-Filled Pumpkin-Spice Roll Cups:


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

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


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