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Caramel Apple Crisp Bubble-Up Bake

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  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 8
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Finally, apple crisp gets a place at the morning table! This Caramel Apple Crisp Bubble Up Bake has all the amazing flavors of a traditional apple crisp, with a fun, brunch-ready twist. Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Cinnamon Rolls make a flavorful foundation for delicious apples and cream cheese. Top with icing and caramel sauce for a sweet finishing touch and brunch will never be the same!
Updated Nov 17, 2023
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What is a bubble-up bake?

A bubble-up bake is a simple, satisfying dish that incorporates a variety of ingredients with slices of pre-made biscuits, like Pillsbury™ Grands!™! Bubble-up recipes are available for every meal of the day, even dessert. Golden, buttery biscuits (or cinnamon rolls, as in this Caramel Apple Crisp Bubble-Up Bake), that combine with other fillings to bake and bubble in the oven. Whatever bubble-up creation you try, rest assured your whole family will be coming back for seconds!

How should I serve Caramel Apple Crisp Bubble-Up Bake?

For the very best results, avoid serving your Caramel Apple Crisp Bubble-Up Bake when it’s just out of the oven. Let your creation sit for 10 minutes, then drizzle with gooey caramel and sweet frosting. This dish is delightful on its own, but we’re certain no one will say no to a dollop of whipped topping or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.



  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with shortening or cooking spray. In 12-inch skillet, melt 1/4 cup of the butter over medium-high heat. Add apples; cook 10 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened and beginning to brown. Remove from heat.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, cut remaining 1/4 cup butter into small pieces. In medium bowl, mix butter, oats, brown sugar and pecans with fork until crumbly; set aside.
  • 3
    In large microwavable bowl, microwave cream cheese and powdered sugar uncovered on High 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds, until softened. Stir until smooth, then slowly stir in milk. Stir in apple mixture.
  • 4
    Separate dough into 5 rolls; return icing to refrigerator. Cut each roll into 6 pieces; stir into apple mixture. Spoon into baking dish; top with oat mixture.
  • 5
    Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until bubbling around edges and dough is golden brown and baked through. Let stand 10 minutes. Transfer icing to small microwavable bowl; microwave uncovered on High 10 seconds. Drizzle icing and caramel sauce over bubble-up bake; serve warm.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Whipped cream is a nice addition for serving. Vanilla ice cream also takes this already delicious dish absolutely over the top.
  • tip 2
    Apple peels not so a-peeling? Go ahead and peel your apples, if desired, before adding them to your dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store leftover Caramel Apple Crisp Bubble-Up Bake?

It’s hard to believe there might be leftovers of this scrumptious dish, but just in case: cover the dish, or another container, tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

What does Caramel Apple Crisp Bubble-Up Bake taste like?

With all the best notes of cinnamon rolls and apple crisp combined, Caramel Apple Crisp Bubble-Up Bake is sweet (but not too sweet), warmly spiced and bursting with apple flavor.

What if I want my Caramel Apple Crisp Bubble-Up Bake without nuts?

While we think the nuttiness of the pecans take this Caramel Apple Crisp Bubble-Up Bake over the top, feel free to omit them. The oats and brown sugar will add delightful texture to the top of your crisp, especially when drizzled with caramel sauce and icing.

Nutrition Information

590 Calories, 35g Total Fat, 6g Protein, 63g Total Carbohydrate, 38g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 7 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Warm, welcoming, and wonderful! This indulgent Caramel Apple Crisp Bubble-Up Bake is slightly reminiscent of Mom’s apple crisp. Made with Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Cinnamon Rolls and topped with a nutty, brown sugar streusel, it’s a fantastic fall dish to serve for weekend brunch.
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