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Apple Pinwheels

In Scottsdale, Arizona, Christine Campos swirls convenient crescent roll dough with a spiced apple filling for homemade appeal. "The apple flavor is simply wonderful," she reports. "For an extra-special touch, drizzle the rolls with a confectioners' sugar glaze."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 3 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice


  • In a saucepan, combine water, butter and 1 cup sugar; cook over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
  • Unroll each tube of crescent roll dough into a rectangle; seal seams and perforations.
  • Combine the apples, pie spice and remaining sugar; sprinkle over dough to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Cut into 1-in. rolls; place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 1-in. baking dish. Pour syrup over rolls.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 110 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • tillmandee
    Dec 31, 2014

    Maybe refrigerate the roll ups before slicing?

  • homemaker27
    Jul 18, 2012

    these are AWESOME!! mine turned out like the pic too and i agree with SDawsonH they need a scoop of icecream. MMMMM they are delicious!!! what a hit!! and i baked them a full 25 min. u dont want to over bake them but definitely not UNDER BAKE either!!!!

  • SDawsonH
    Jan 16, 2012

    This was extremely easy to make...the time listed is correct; no more than 20 minutes to assemble, so it is great for a quick treat. This turned out great for me and a nice desert for a dinner party if plated (might I suggest a scoop of vanilla ice cream?!?). Or, think about this as an option for a brunch? This would be a hit!

  • tntma
    Apr 18, 2011

    They do make a seamless crescent roll dough now, this may help with some of the "leaking" problems.

  • angelasandoval
    Jan 16, 2010

    Didn't have any of the problems others complained about. They came out just like the photo...wonderfully light and crispy on top, nicely apple pie flavored. I did think they were sweet enough that they might make a better dessert than breakfast, which is what I served them for. Oh, and I added 1/2 c. pecans to apple filling.

  • craftycas
    Jan 22, 2009

    I made these for Christmas morning. They were ok, but not a favorite. Too much syrup and they fell apart when you tried to take them off the pan. Maybe I had a bum batch of crescent rolls, but the rolls did not puff up like in the picture; they stayed quite flat. I don't think I'll be making these again.

  • mule.rider
    Dec 3, 2008

    The grandkids loved them - of course they're full of sugar. Next time, I'll try my own sweet bread recipe as the dinner roll dough wasn't thick enough, at least mine didn't turn out like the picture used with the recipe. Great filling, though!

  • Mrs Hall
    Dec 2, 2008

    I made these during morning Thanksgiving time and it was wonderful! We ate them warm and they were just great! The think I had trouble with was keeping them in a nice roll/ Mine didn't look quite so pretty - they were just kind of shaped onto the pan - still tasted good, I just didn't try putting them on my stand I had intended to use ;-)- may hae let my apples sit too long? They were quite juicy when I poured them over the dough?

  • drichardson4351
    Dec 1, 2008

    My family enjoyed this treat. I cut up the apples and mixed the sugar and pie spices first. This let the sugar and spices dissolve into a thin syrup with the apples. As I prepared the crescent rolls, which were another matter, I may use an egg wash to help seal the seams. All in all, They were a hit at our house!! M.L. Richardson

  • BGJ66
    Dec 1, 2008

    I would not make this again. Do not let the dough come to room sticks to everything and hard to roll up. The sugar syrup crystalizes too quickly into a HARD candy in the oven- made it difficult to take out of pan. Pillsbury dough just doesn't taste as good as a sweet bread dough recipe.