Cinnamon Swirl Apple Pie


Instead of topping your apple pie with a full crust, cover the dough in cinnamon sugar, roll it up and slice it like cinnamon rolls to make beautiful cinnamon swirls to top the pie. The fragrant cinnamon bun-like topping makes homemade apple pie even more special!

Prep Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
1 pie


Pie Crust

  • 1 ¼ cups white whole-wheat flour

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks

  • 4 to 7 tablespoons ice water

Cinnamon Topping

  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • teaspoon salt

Apple Filling

  • 10 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples (6 to 7 apples), a mix of sweet and tart, such as Cortland, McIntosh and/or Granny Smith

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. To prepare crust: Combine whole-wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl or a food processor. Work in 12 tablespoons cold butter using a pastry blender or 2 knives or by pulsing in the food processor until it is pebble-sized. Add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring with a fork or pulsing, until the dough is evenly moistened (but not wet) and is just starting to clump together. Be careful not to overmix. Divide the dough into 2 pieces. Pat each one into a 5-inch disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or for up to 2 days.

  2. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let stand until softened slightly, about 15 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, to prepare the cinnamon topping: Combine brown sugar, 2 tablespoons softened butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.

  4. Roll one piece of the dough between 2 sheets of parchment or wax paper into a 13-inch circle. Peel off the top sheet and invert the dough onto a 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie pan. Place in the refrigerator while working on the dough for the top crust.

  5. Roll the second piece of dough between 2 sheets of parchment into a 12-by-16-inch rectangle. Evenly spread the cinnamon topping over the dough. Starting at the long side, tightly roll the dough into a log. Using a serrated knife, cut the dough log into 1/4-inch-thick slices, rotating with each slice to keep slices round. Transfer the slices to a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for about 15 minutes or refrigerate for about 30 minutes, or until firm.

  6. Position a rack in the lower third of oven; preheat to 425 degrees F.

  7. To make the filling and assemble the pie: Stir together apples, flour, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, vanilla and salt in a large bowl until the apples are evenly coated. Remove the pie pan with the bottom crust from the refrigerator. Peel off the parchment. Pour the apple filling into the crust. Arrange the cinnamon swirl slices over the apple mixture to cover evenly (the top will not be entirely covered). Fold the edges of the bottom crust under and crimp.

  8. Bake the pie for 25 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F and continue baking until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbling, 30 to 40 minutes more. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving.


To make ahead: Prepare crust (Step 1) and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

289 Calories
14g Fat
40g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1 slice
Calories 289
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 18g
Added Sugars 9g 18%
Protein 3g 7%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Vitamin A 451IU 9%
Vitamin C 5mg 5%
Folate 25mcg 6%
Sodium 222mg 10%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 8mg 2%
Potassium 129mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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