Gooey Apple Pull-Apart Bread


Gooey Apple Pull-Apart Bread

This 5-ingredient apple bread recipe is the perfect dessert for entertaining!

Gooey Apple Pull-Apart Bread
Gooey Apple Pull-Apart Bread

This cinnamon pull-apart bread recipe is all about shortcuts. It only takes five basic ingredients to make Gooey Apple Pull-Apart Bread, which is delicious on its own, but I prefer drizzling a simple glaze over top. Nothing's better than an apple bread recipe that uses frozen dinner rolls to cut down on time and effort. Plus, this bread is great for entertaining since it can easily be shared. If you love apple desserts as much as I do, you have to try this super simple pull-apart bread.



  • 6 frozen dinner rolls
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted + 1 stick melted
  • Ingredients for the Glaze
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Place frozen dinner rolls on a plate covered with plastic wrap about 30 minutes or until soft enough to cut.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, dump chopped apples, cinnamon and sugar (spice mix), and melted butter. Mix well.

  3. Using kitchen shears cut each roll into fourths and roll them into balls with your hands. Place 10 small rolls on the bottom of the pan.

  4. Dump apple mixture over the rolls in the pan, and drizzle half of the remaining melted butter over the rolls. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

  5. In a small mixing bowl, add milk to powdered sugar, along with the remaining melted butter and brown sugar. Mix well.

  6. Once out of the oven, pour the glaze over the apple bread and mix until everything is coated with a layer of glaze. Serve immediately. 

For the Glaze

  1. Mix together butter, brown sugar, milk, and powdered sugar. You may need to add more powdered sugar or milk to get desired consistency. 

  2. Pour all over the top of the bread.

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Your instruction are incomplete. We have 24 balls, you tell us what to do with 10. Then half of remaining butter. . . Remaining from what?

I have a hard enough time keeping frozen dinner rolls in the freezer as it is. With this new recipe, I know I will never have any on hand. This is a quick and easy recipe that I am sure the whole family will love. Yummy!

I enjoy using recipes that are sort of semi-homemade. The use of the frozen dinner rolls makes this a little less labor-intensive and hopefully a delicious addition to a recipe collection.

This looks so yummy but I'm not really sure I'd consider it pull apart bread which I happen to love...maybe more like a bread pudding? I agree about the raisins and walnuts Edmund and would probably do the same. I'm thinking using crescent roll dough would be a great idea km cartoonity...I would assume it would be ok to use and I'm thinking the only difference is it'll be lighter and flakier, which is ok with me and I just might try it myself.

This looks super good! I'm not quite ready for fall yet, but this recipe is making me want to start my fall cooking list.

I love recipes that use dinner rolls or other refrigerated dough to make a great snack or dessert. This is a really great and very easy to make recipe. I like pull-apart breads and this is a wonderful version. I think I'd add some walnuts and raisins to the apple and cinnamon mix. I can't wait to make this up for breakfast in the near future.

Pull apart bread is fun to eat. I also love the apples added to the cinnamon. I have a caramel apple roll recipe made with applesauce that I love and I just knew this would be good. I do make my own roll dough because I love to do it all from scratch and I never buy frozen dough. I think Jonagold is a great baking apple and tastes great here.

I don't really buy those frozen dinner roll dough balls, but I always seem to have crescent rolls or even refrigerated pizza dough in my fridge. Could I substitute that, and roll it into ball shapes to achieve the same effect? I could definitely see adding other fruits as well, like maybe some dried cranberries or raisins. It looks like a great recipe for a Sunday brunch.

This recipe looks amazing! I love anything with apples and often find myself with alot of apples given to me by friends - this recipe would be a perfect thank you gift for them! I usually make homemade dough, but I love that you can substitute prepared dough as a shortcut. I would add freshly ground nutmeg too, and maybe even some currants. Yummy!

Yet another recipe to go into the recipe collection I'm slowly putting together! This one not only looks delicious and easy just by the photo, while reading the ingredients and preparation steps I could not believe how simple and quick this will be when I make it! Very awesome. I cannot wait to make this bread recipe all the time!

Essentially my family's apple pull-apart recipe. However, we use 4 tablespoons melted butter - two to the filling two to drizzle on the dough. My mother I also up the cinnamon to 2 teaspoons - my Grandmother used 1 teaspoon. Try adding a pinch of nutmeg, cloves mace to the brown sugar cinnamon apple mixture. Then once the bread is baked, be patient. Once the bread is fully cooled, wrap in a plastic bag or plastic wrap let it sit overnight (at least 9 hours). Wrap loosely in foil warm in the oven at 250 for about fifteen minutes. The flavors will explode in your mouth. (I don't like what warming bread products in the microwave does to their texture, but that would also work, I guess.)

Something is definitely missing between step 3 and step 4. Layering doesn't match up with amount of butter mixture. Do you roll little balls in mixture?

Everything is accounted for. To be more explicit that the instructions above Place about 10 balls of dough in bottom of prepared pan. Drizzle with 1/2 tablespoon melted butter. Spread half of the apple mixture on these balls. Add another layer of dough balls. Repeat the three layers you have just created. Let rise. You can also 5 layers dough drizzled with butter, 1/2 of the apple mixture, dough with butter, the rest of the apples, dough with butter. instead of drizzling, you may also dip each ball of dough in the melted butter. Drizzling is just faster.

I guess "frozen dinner roll" is a dough? What kind of dough is it? I am from Argentina and can't get such rolls in my country. Margarita Anderson

You can use the dough for a one pound/half kilo loaf of bread. Frozen dinner roll dough is a fairly common convenience food here is the Sates. To substitute for it, simply shape the dough into 48 balls about the size of a golf ball after the first rise or rest of the dough you have made. I prefer to use my homemade egg dough (a bread recipe that replace some of the milk with 1 large egg - 1 to 1 replacement ratio). Hope this helps.

I don't think it's really "gooey" but it's good! I think when I make it again I'm going to add some crushed pecans to the top for a little more flavor. I didn't put the brown sugar in the glaze and it was still ok. I'll certainly make it again!


Does one thaw the frozen roll first then cut into forths?

From step one "Place frozen dinner rolls on a plate covered with plastic wrap, thaw about 30 minutes or until soft enough to cut."


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