If there’s any way to make pie crust better, it’s to make deliciously flaky gluten free cinnamon rolls out of it, just like Grandma used to do!
These gluten free pie crust cinnamon rolls are so good, you’ll be making pie crust dough just to make the rolls, so I suggest doubling the recipe so you have enough dough to make a pie AND these yummy cinnamon rolls. Or, just make a full recipe of these gluten free pie crust cinnamon rolls like I’ve given you here, and pass them around to all your friends … or not!
The recipe I’m sharing is based on a recipe my own grandmother used to make with leftover pie crust dough; here, I use the entire recipe of pie crust dough to make the rolls instead of just using the scraps. But anytime I bake a pie, I use leftover pie dough scraps to bake off a few of these little treasures.
You get to enjoy the yummy crust before the pie is even done baking — bonus goes to the baker!!!
See how light and flaky that gluten free pie crust is? That’s my award-winning gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour talking — it allows you to roll this pastry so thin and still be able to work with it easily, even in tiny little rolls like these!
Check out more about how to make this amazing gluten free pie crust pastry dough that’s so versatile and can be used in so many things! I even have a tutorial for you full of pictures and how-to videos so you’ll understand every tip and technique and be baking pie like a pro!
To make ’em like Grandma, just spread butter (or vegan butter) on the rolled dough, then sprinkle (generously) with brown sugar and cinnamon. So easy, so yum!
When they’re this good, they deserve to be the main event!
If you’d like to check out any of my other gluten free cinnamon roll recipes — I have lots! — just use the search bar at the top of every page and type “Cinnamon Rolls” — or “Cinnamon Buns.” There are so many great choices like this traditional gluten free cinnamon roll recipe favorite from my reader, Mindy,
… and this vegan and yeast-free gluten free cinnamon bun recipe!
So many delicious gluten free cinnamon roll choices!!! How will you ever choose?
Don’t forget to make these next time you bake a homemade gluten free pie crust! You’ll soon be looking for excuses to make a pie, just so you can also make yourself some of these!
Pumpkin Filling Ingredients:
4 Tbs. +/- butter or vegan alternative, melted (e.g. Earth Balance® Buttery Spread)
½ cup brown sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin puree
Cinnamon Filling Ingredients
¼ cup cream cheese, dairy or non-dairy (slightly softened)
4 Tbs. butter or vegan alternative (e.g. Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups confectioner’s sugar
¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Preheat oven to 375º F.
Lightly oil the bottom and sides of one pie plate or cake pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients for the crust. Cut in the shortening and butter using a pastry cutter (or the flat paddle attachment on a stand mixer or a food processor).
Add the vodka/water gradually to make the consistency you need to form a ball – err on the side of it being wetter rather than crumbly. Form a disc with the dough, wrap in plastic and set aside on the counter for 30 minutes while you make your filling. If it is particularly warm in your kitchen, refrigerate the wrapped dough for a few minutes instead.
In another bowl, whisk together either pumpkin filling OR cinnamon filling ingredients (do not whisk together melted butter).
After allowing the dough to rest, roll the pastry out onto a surface dusted well with gfJules All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour. Pat the dough out into a flatter disc and lightly dust with more flour. Begin rolling in one direction gently, then in another, until the pastry is uniform and approximately 1/8 inch thick. Brush with melted butter.
Spread filling of choice across the buttered dough. At this point, decide how large you want your cinnamon rolls to be (i.e. how many swirls of filling and pastry you want inside). Then, either roll the dough from one side to the other, as pictured above, and then slice into rolls, or, using a butter knife or pastry wheel, cut long strips of dough, approximately 1 – 1 ½ inches wide and then roll each up into a cinnamon roll individually -- a bench scraper or spatula helps -- then gently begin rolling the dough strips up from one end all the way to the other, forming a spiral. It is ok if the dough cracks at any point, just keep rolling and pinch the dough together in any broken spots.
Lift each roll with a spatula and lay into the prepared pan, spiral-side down. The rolls should be touching one another, but not packed in tightly.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the rolls are lightly browning, but are not crispy. Remove to cool slightly.
To prepare the icing, whip together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a small bowl. Add confectioner’s sugar, one-half cup at a time, whisking to incorporate and adding pumpkin pie spice with the last addition of sugar. The icing should be thick, but if it is too thick to drizzle on top of the rolls, add your preferred milk, one tablespoon at a time, until drizzling consistency is reached.
Once the rolls have slightly cooled, serve and top with a drizzle of icing.
Makes approximately 16 rolls.
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