What do you get when you combine flaky buttery crescent roll dough with a creamy cinnamon-spiced apple pie filling? My deliciously easy apple cobbler with crescent rolls recipe.
Today I am bringing you one of my favorite recipes: apple cobbler. But this apple cobbler recipe is a little different, as the dough is made with crescent rolls, not from scratch. But I tell you what, I could eat this every day of the week and never be disappointed. It includes flaky buttery crescent rolls and tender apple bites with a cream cheese filling that will rock your world.
Intrigued? To make my easy apple cobbler recipe, you’re going to need crescent rolls for the dough, apple pie filling, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, cream cheese, and butter. First, we have to beat together the cream cheese mixture. Then we start adding layers to the apple cobbler: the dough, the cream cheese mixture, the apple pie filling, the other roll of dough, cinnamon sugar, and melted butter. Then we pop our cobbler in the oven until the top is flaky and golden brown. See? So easy!
Serve your apple cobbler with ice cream, whipped cream, yogurt, or whatever have you. It is absolutely divine and the perfect comfort food dessert to indulge in this fall. Okay, who’s ready to give my apple cobbler with crescent rolls a go?
- Pillsbury crescent rolls
- Apple pie filling
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Cream cheese (click here for our homemade cream cheese recipe)
- Unsalted butter
How to Make Apple Cobbler With Crescent Rolls
Soften the cream cheese
The first thing you do is take the cream cheese out of the box and let it get to room temperature before you try to mix it up.
If you have ever tried mixing cream cheese while it was still cold… you know why it needs to warm up.
Beat the cream cheese and mix in a teaspoon of vanilla.
Next, measure out a cup and a half of sugar into a separate small bowl and mix in a teaspoon of cinnamon.
After the cinnamon and sugar are mixed, measure out half a cup and set it aside for later.
Pour the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture into the cream cheese mixture and mix it well.
Adding the layers
Lay out one can of the crescent rolls in the bottom of a 9×11 baking dish.
The dough will be a little longer than the pan. Just leave it there and press it down or cut it off.
Pour in the cream cheese and spread it evenly.
Then pour the apple pie filling on top, also spreading it evenly.
Place the second can of crescent rolls on top.
Now here’s another tip. If you want the dough on top to look pretty, roll it out on some waxed paper before putting it on top of the apples and push those seams together. If you try to press it together when it’s on top of the apples, it ain’t gonna happen.
Remember that ½ a cup of cinnamon sugar you set aside earlier?
Spread it evenly over the top of the dough.
Melt one stick of unsalted butter in the microwave (try 30 seconds at a time or else it can bubble over) and pour over the top.
Place the pan in a preheated oven at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes until it is golden brown.
I normally sprinkle a bit more cinnamon over the top after I pour the butter over it but it’s just my preference.
Isn’t that gorgeous? Can’t wait to dig into the gooey goodness inside!
This can be eaten hot or cold. The best way I’ve found is hot with a scoop or two of ice cream.
- Store leftover cobbler in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can serve it hot or cold and you can quickly reheat it in the microwave, oven, or air fryer.
- You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating as above.
- Swap the apple pie filling for your favorite to make a different flavor of cobbler, like a cherry cobbler or a blueberry cobbler.
- For extra flavor, substitute the sugar for brown sugar.
- Another option for extra flavor is to add more dried spices to the cream cheese filling, like a teaspoon of apple pie spice or 1/2 teaspoon each of ground nutmeg and ground ginger.
- For extra texture, add a layer of chopped walnuts or pecans or unsweetened coconut flakes on top of the apple pie filling.
What’s the difference between an apple cobbler, crisp, and crumble?
The difference between these apple desserts is all in the topping. An apple cobbler has a dough topping, an apple crumble typically has a crumbly topping, and apple crisp has a streusel topping made with oats or nuts.
How do you serve apple cobbler?
I love to serve my apple cobbler warm with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Bonus points if you add a drizzle of caramel or salted caramel sauce. It truly elevates this dessert!
You may also like these cozy cobbler recipes:
- 2 8-oz cans crescent rolls
- 2 21-oz cans apple pie filling
- 1.5 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla flavoring
- 3 blocks cream cheese
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Let the cream cheese come to room temperature (about 30-45 minutes).3 blocks cream cheese
- Cream the cream cheese and pour vanilla flavoring in.3 blocks cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla flavoring
- Combine cinnamon and sugar in a separate small bowl and set aside 1/2 cup.1.5 cups granulated sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Pour the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture into the cream cheese and mix well. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl, and mix some more.
- Place one can of crescent rolls in the bottom of a baking dish.2 8-oz cans crescent rolls
- Spread cream cheese mixture on top.
- Spread both cans of apple pie filling over the cream cheese.2 21-oz cans apple pie filling
- Place the second can of crescent rolls on top.
- Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly over the top.
- Pour the stick of melted unsalted butter on top of the dough. Optional: sprinkle more cinnamon on top.1 stick unsalted butter
- Bake in a 350-degree oven for 30-45 minutes until the top is golden brown and bubbly.
Your day goes the way the corners of your mouth point.
Submitted by Lori B
I had to enlarge the picture of the finished product….I thought you had garnished with tomato slices and spinach leaves!! ….but it was the flowery trim on your dishes LOL
This sounds super and I will try it soon as it apple season….r soon as I get home!
Thanks for sharing your recipe and your amazing claim to fame.
YUM, YUM, YUM, YUM, YUM, must try this with the apple pie filling!
My claim to fame is that I can say I knew you way back when Mr. Bill! You’re the same sweet and funny guy! Can’t wait to try this, the hubster loves any apple dish!
Cream cheese can quickly be softened by removing the outer package only and placing cream cheese (still in foil) in a bowl of warm tap water. Takes only a few minutes.
Good googley this sounds wonderful. Next church eating I will blow the folks away with this one! Thanks!
Bill, thanks for this delicious recipe and for giving poor over worked Christy a break. That is sweet of you. By the way when are you going to update your blog and tell us about your experience in the hospital? I just know that you had to have had some really funny comments to make on some of the indignities you always have to endure while an in-patient.
Oh yUM! A man who can cook is definitely worth marryin’! No wonder you get proposals over this! I want to try it with blackberry pie filling. Or blueberry. And if you want it pretty without having to do the work, you can buy crescent sheets now…without all those danged little holes in it. They finally caught on that people don’t actually make rolls with crescent rolls.
Oh my goodness, I love those new crescent sheets! I was so tickled when I saw those hit the store shelves it was like it was Christmas.