If you are looking for a quick and easy dessert recipe, this one is perfect! Crescent apple rolls with cinnamon sugar will take just a few minutes to put together. Featuring store-bought crescent dough, freshly fried apples, and a buttery cinnamon and sugar coating, these treats can be air fried or baked in the oven for the perfect treat!
A popular Thanksgiving dessert, or breakfast food is the crescent dough roll. They’re so versatile and simple to make- just stuff them with homemade fried apples, (or your favorite pie filling), roll them up, coat them in butter and cinnamon sugar before air frying/baking for a scrumptious holiday treat!
Before starting this recipe, you’ll want to verify that you have the following ingredients:
- Pillsbury™ Grands! Original Crescent Rolls 8 Count – I suggest using these because they are larger and can hold more filling.
- Apples – You can use either Macintosh, or Jona, or Granny Smith for best taste.
- Butter – You will need 2 tablespoons of butter for frying the apples and coating the crescents after they have baked.
- Cinnamon – This adds that lovely warm flavor and will be needed for the apples and the outside mixture.
- Sugar – Used for both frying the apples, and coating the outside of the crescent roll.
- Olive oil – if air frying, you will need this to coat the grates so they do not stick.
Equipment and Supplies Needed
We used the following equipment and supplies to make this recipe. Items that are optional or can be substituted will be noted.
- Air Fryer/ oven – To cook/bake the apple crescents.
- Bowl – To mix the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Cutting board – For chopping the apples.
- Apple peeler & corer – To remove the apple skin and core.
- Small skillet – To pan-fry the apples.
- Wooden spoon – I prefer this so it doesn’t scratch my cookware.
- Spoon – For scooping the mixture into the crescents.
- Stove – To cook the apples.
Air Frying Apple Crescent Rolls
Once apples have been cooked, and are added to the raw crescent roll dough it is time to air fry them. The most important tip is to coat the air fryer basket with nonstick spray or olive oil so the crescents do not stick. You also will need to set the air fryer position (if applicable) to the bottom rack position. Never use parchment paper or foil in an air fryer because it will prevent the air from circulating around your pastries.
Add the crescents in batches (unless you have a larger air fryer) and cook them for 8-10 minutes at 350°F. The crescents will be golden browned, and feel firm to the touch on both sides. If baking, bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 10-13 minutes.
This recipe is easy to make if you know the right tips and tricks! Here are my tips for ensuring your KEYWORD comes out perfectly.
- Use larger sized crescent rolls because these will hold more apple filling.
- These can be iced with a simple sugar icing if you’d like to skip the cinnamon and sugar coating. Simply mix 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1/2 -1 tablespoon of milk or water. Dip or swirl crescents to coat.
- Tart apples work best when making fried apples because they are not mushy and cook well.
- These are best eaten the same day.
- When air frying, make sure to use an oil coating on the fryer basket so these do not stick.
- Never use parchment paper or foil when air frying because it prevents the air from circulating around the food.
If you want to store your Crescent Apple Rolls, just follow these easy steps.
- These can be stored at room temperature for up to 8 hours, but are best eaten right away while warm.
- To freeze, do not add the cinnamon and sugar outer coating. Store crescent apple rolls in an airtight container to keep these freeze for up to 30 days.
Follow the recipe below to make Crescent Apple Rolls! This recipe makes 8 rolls, but you can adjust the recipe card for other serving sizes.
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Air Fried Crescent Apple Rolls with Cinnamon Sugar
- Air Fryer
- Oil (to coat basket)
- Apple peeler and corer
- cutting board
- small bowl
- Pastry brush
- 2 large tart apples cored, peeled, diced
- 12 ounces Pillsbury™ Grands! Original Crescent Rolls 8 Count
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Cinnamon & Sugar Coating
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- Wash, peel, core, and diced apples into small chunks. Toss with cinnamon and sugar. Over low-medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet and add in apples. Pan fry for about 5 minutes or until apples are tender; remove from heat and set aside.
- Unwrap crescent dough and stretch them into large triangles. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling to each. Starting from the flat side of the triangle roll under the crescents to make the shape in image. Tuck in side to close them.
- Coat the air fryer basket with nonstick spray or olive oil. Set the air fryer position (if applicable) to the bottom rack position.
- Add the crescents in batches ( unless you have a larger air fryer) and cook them for 8-10 minutes at 350°F. The crescents will be golden browned, and feel firm to the touch on both sides. If baking, bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 10-13 minutes.
- Once all crescent apple rolls are done, brush them with melted butter, and dip them in cinnamon and sugar mixture. Serve warm and enjoy!