Cinnamon Bun Pie Pockets

May 18, 2010 by Ali

Move over cinnamon rolls! There’s a fabulous, new breakfast treat in my kitchen!!!

Meet…….these adorable cinnamon bun pie pockets. :) The name pretty much describes them. All of the cinnamon-sugar-and-cream-cheese goodness of cinnamon rolls, tucked in between some delicious (pre-made!) pie crusts, and then drizzled with a little extra glaze…DE-LISH!

Even better, they’re 100% easy and fun to make, and would be a perfect project for kids to help out with on a Saturday morning! Check out my tip below for some yummy (fruity!) twists on the recipe as well.

Really, run out and buy the ingredients today. I know you’ll love them! :)

Cinnamon Bun Pie Pockets

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 10-12 pie pockets


  • 2 refrigerated 9-inch pie crusts
  • 1 brick (8 oz.) softened cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (1/2 for filling, 1/2 for topping)
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp. milk or heavy cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Unroll both pie crusts and place onto a lightly floured surface. Using a 3" round cookie cutter, cut rounds out of crust until all crust is used. You should get approximately 12 rounds per pie crust, re-rolling scraps one time if needed.

In a mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese, brown sugar and (1/2 tsp.) cinnamon until well combined. Place half (12) of the rounds onto a parchment or silpat-lined baking sheet. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop a heaping tablespoon of cream cheese mixture onto the centers of the 12 crusts. Lightly brush water around outer edges of the filled dough then place remaining rounds on top of filled rounds. Gently press edges to seal.

Place sugar and (1/2 tsp.) cinnamon into a small bowl and mix to combine. Brush tops of pies with melted butter then sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tops of pies are golden brown. Once pies are cooled, whisk powdered sugar and cream until mixed well and a desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over tops of pies. Serve warm.

Recipe adapted from Picky Palate

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Ali’s Tip:

A fun variation on this would be to mix some diced/mashed fruit into the cream cheese mixture, such as:

  • bananas
  • apples
  • apricots
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • peaches

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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45 thoughts on “Cinnamon Bun Pie Pockets

  1. Made these this morning and they were awesome! Can’t wait to try adding fruit next time! Thanks so much for the great idea.

    - Clare

  2. Hi I was wondering….. At what heat do I bake them at? The last time I made them I randomly picked a number and they turned out AWFUL!!!!!!! But I’m just not a great baker…. Well thanks!
    -Carrie- age 11

    - Carrie

  3. These were easy to make and delicious. I sprinkled some Rodelle’s Vanilla Sugar on top for extra flavor and great presentation. Everyone commented they were the upscale version of the poptarts they loved when they were young!

    - Suza

  4. I put apples on mine and my kids loved it. They even chose this instead of their usual pop tarts snack, thanks for this share.

    - fajas colombianas

  5. Im going to use bananas.

    - Jason

  6. I am glad you mentioned apples at the end of your recipe because all I could think of was how yummy this would be if it had apple in it.

    - jane

  7. Oh my goodness do these look AMAZING! I love cinnamon and these have my name all over it. The idea of a cinnamon sugar cream cheese filling is so creative, I love it! :)

    - Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels

  8. So simple, yet so rich! These must be wonderful!

    - Brian @ A Thought For Food

  9. Oh YUM! I’d have a problem sharing these morsels with anyone if they came out of my oven. Great idea!

    - kelly

  10. Hey Ali! I love your site and this recipes!! I am a pre teenager (not saying my age) and i LOVE cooking!!!!! I am planning to make this this saturday in the morning and hahaha feeding my family so THANK YOUUUUU

    - Miri

  11. I am wondering, can leftovers be refrigerated and served at a later date? Crazy to think they won’t all be gone in one sitting but just in case.

    - jess

    • Hey Jess!

      I’m sure these could be refrigerated for a day or two. The crust would probably loose a little of its flakiness and grow soft, but if you warmed them back up in an oven or toaster oven, I imagine they would bounce back nicely. Would love to hear how ti turns out! :)


      - ali

  12. im a HUGEEE fan of sweet food, esp with cinnamon! mmm…these look so lovely, I really want to make these but i cant buy ready made pie crust from my supermarket. They only sell shortcrust pasty or puff pastry..any chance i can opt for these and still get yummy results? :)

    - Jessica.C

  13. These are perfect for Sunday mornings with my coffee!

    - Lisa M

  14. Oh my goodness! These look so good!

    - Julie

  15. I made these last month and they were delicious! I’m making them again this morning. Thanks for the recipe!
    PS- The icing was the best. I’ve tried to make icing with powdered sugar before but it never tastes quite right. It’s the cream that makes it! Yum…

    - Victoria

  16. I just wanted to let you know I cam across your recipe and I decided to make them! They came out great and delicious!! Here’s a link to the picture! Thank you!!


    - Ginny

  17. I added this post as one of my fav blog posts this week.

    - Lindsey

  18. I just made these and they are adorable and delicious!

    - Savanna

  19. I will definitely be making these this weekend! I love your blog, so many good recipes!

    - Colene

  20. This sounds delicious. As a substitute for cinnamon rolls, however, I want to point out one point. I savor cinnamon rolls, not for the sugar, not for he cinnamon, not even for the butter, but for the dough. The other stuff makes it better, but the dough is the point. Thanks for the great pastry recipe.

    - Keith Fullerton

  21. Tried these and they are wonderful!

    - Richard

  22. i found you via and i’m soooo glad! i am baking these cinnamon bun pies TONIGHT and i can’t wait! thanks for sharing this and all the wonderful stuffs on your blog! -a new fan in wisconsin

    - gina

  23. Sounds delicious! You know, they now sell crescent roll dough in sheets, I wonder if this recipe could be modified to use that.

    - Paul F

    • Hey Paul,

      Wow — I hadn’t seen that yet! (Why in the world didn’t they start marketing crescent roll dough that way years ago???)

      I bet that would be a delicious (albeit, much more puffy!) twist on this recipe! Let me know if you give it at try. :)


      - ali

  24. Stumbled across you and these look fantastic! (gorgeous photo as well!) I would love to give this recipe a try for sure!

    - Katie

  25. splendid, ali. just splendid.

    - grace

  26. I tried them this morning and they were certainly yummy! I omitted the glaze and shouldn’t have but my kids were too impatient. lol Thanks for sharing! Katie

    - Katie Piotrowski

  27. Wow these look delicious! I am a sucker for anything with cinnamon!

    - Krystle

  28. Oh yum! This looks fantastic! Wonder how they’d turn out using puff pastry?

    - Glenda

    • Ooooh, Glenda. That sounds good! The only suggestion I’d probably make is to be sure that the pockets really get “sealed” well. Otherwise, some of the cream cheese mixture might seep out a bit. If you try it, would love to hear how they turn out! :)


      - ali

  29. oooo. i have bake envy. … and am going to make these at the soonest possible moment! thank you for the recipe. :)

    - natalie

  30. Whoa. This looks amazing. I’m bookmarking this recipe.

    - Memoria

  31. WHOA! Look at these beauti-licious treats! And the twists with the fruit? WOW!
    I love making cinnamon rolls but I would be MORE than happy to sit down to a cup of coffee and one of these for sure.
    I’m gonna share this one with my daughter too-she has 2 little guys that would love them-along with the big guy she’s married to.

    THANK YOU! :)

    - Carol

  32. Screw pop tarts. This is where it is at.

    - Rick

  33. OMG! These look simply delightful! I just added the ingredients to my shopping list for tomorrow! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing! Katie

    - Katie Piotrowski

  34. I am a huge cinnamon fan. Love this recipe. Great photos too!

    - Maria

  35. wow these look amazing – I may have to try them out!


    - Amie

  36. Those look fantastic and I bet my boys (little and grown) would gobble them up!

    - Helen

  37. These look fantastic! I tried my hand at homemade cinnamon rolls once and they were a big FLOP! These seem so much easier and much more yummy! THANKS!

    - McKenzie

  38. These look fantastic. I am going to be babysitting my friends 5 children and have my husband and 2 children this weekend so, I am planning on making these for one of the breakfasts. Thanks for the recipe.

    - Amy S

  39. These cinnamon pockets look delicious.
    Thank you for the documenting pictues and the interesting recipe.

    So long!