Quickie Skillet Apple Pie Cinnamon Buns

These apple pie cinnamon buns are so easy that you will be making them all the time! 

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Aaah. Do you feel that? The slightly cooler weather in the mornings that has the air nipping at your cheek? How about the evenings that are growing shorter and shorter each night, with my children going to bed earlier and earlier to my infinite delight? While some of you may be stuck in a heat wave, here in Edmonton this was my daughter and I for a family reunion barbecue on the 15th of August.

Edmonton, you are crazy.

smiling mother and daughter with long hair wearing beanie hat

It’s ok, however, because I love fall and everything that comes with it. I may be a beach loving gal all summer long, but fall is my jam, literally and figuratively.

I love baking and cooking in the fall, and one of my favorite ingredients to use is apples. I have my apple tree that I eagerly anticipate the bounty of all year-long and this fall is no exception. I am watching my apple tree like a hawk, waiting for the moment that I can whip up my first apple pie with my very own apples.

The inspiration for this apple dish came from the fact that apples and fall go together like back to school and stressed out mom’s. I wanted a very fast, easy and gorgeous dish that you all can make up in a very short time, even on a weekday.

Thus my Quickie Skillet Apple Pie Cinnamon Buns were born. These are completely yeast-less and bake up incredibly fast. I also cheat by chopping up my apples and microwaving them to soften them up.

Oh, cheater cheater apple eater!

These are the easiest cinnamon buns ever, I kid you not. You take your dry ingredients, place them into your mixer, then use the paddle attachment to cut the butter in. Once that’s done, you add the milk, mix again and voila! You have a soft cinnamon bun dough.

Yes, this is my gorgeous Sea Glass KitchenAid Stand Mixer in action. My candy apple red one is sitting on the counter a little jealous that her sister gets all the attention, but hey, I think the youngest deserves some attention as well.

turquoise colored Sea Glass KitchenAid Stand Mixer

The dough will take you literal seconds, the filling a few minutes more.

The dough is rolled into a 12×10 rectangle, then a brown sugar spice filling placed on top. Then you add raisins and steamed chopped apples on top.

Apple Cinnamon Buns dough rolled into rectangular shape added with filling, red apple and measuring spoons on side

Roll the dough into a log, slice into twelve “buns” and then place into a well oiled cast iron skillet.

apple pie cinnamon buns in 2 well oiled cast iron skillets

Bake at 400 °F for 15-18 minutes until the buns are beautifully browned like shown below.

top down shot of 6 pieces Glazed Apple Pie Cinnamon Buns in Skillet with 3 fresh apples on white background

If you love apple spice, try my cinnamon spice apple bread or crabapple pie, or even my sweet apple pie!



Quickie Skillet Apple Pie Cinnamon Buns

These apple pie cinnamon buns are so easy that you will be making them all the time! 
5 from 2 votes
6 pieces Apple Pie Cinnamon Buns in Skillet on white background
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
North American
12 buns
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup milk

Cinnamon topping and filling

  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped raisins
  • 1 cup chopped apples steamed in microwave until soft


  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 teaspoons melted butter


  • Preheat your oven to 400 °F.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients. Cut in the butter until it’s the size of small peas.
  • Mix in the milk until the dough forms a ball.Turn out the dough onto light floured surface and roll into 12 x 8 inch rectangle.
  • Combine the first three topping ingredients and spread them onto the dough.
  • Sprinkle the raisins and apples over the top and then roll up the dough jelly-roll style.
  • Cut into 12 even pieces.
  • Place into greased muffin cups and bake at 400 until the rolls are browned and the cinnamon mixture is bubbling, approximately 15-20 minutes.Cool slightly, then remove from the tins.Whisk together glaze ingredients until smooth, then drizzle over the top of the buns. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 346kcal, Carbohydrates: 57g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 331mg, Potassium: 277mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 36g, Vitamin A: 410IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 125mg, Iron: 1.4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Wong Mun Yee says

    I’m perplexed about your skillet apple pie cinnamon buns recipe. In step 7, you put your buns in muffin cups. Where is the skillet?

  2. Lorrie Baugh says

    oops I didn’t realize this would be public and you delete my email address?

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Nope! Very few recipes are from my website, only a handful of the favourites’

    • Danielle Boyd says

      Ok… least I have the link! 🙂 I can’t wait to get your book!

  3. The Kitchen Magpie says

    The recipe code got wiped somehow, thanks for finding that! It’s all up!

  4. Terri Lamanque Hamelin says

    I don’t see the link for the recipe on the website.

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