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Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread Recipe

If you crave soft and tender bread, each infused with layers of cinnamon-sugar goodness and bursts of luscious apple pieces, you’re going to love this Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread Recipe. Topped with a crunchy streusel topping and a drizzle of sweet glaze take this Pull Apart Apple bread over the top.

Can you imagine the warm, comforting scent of cinnamon mingling with the sweet aroma of juicy apples as they bake to perfection? It’s one of my favorite combinations. If you love it like I do then you’ve got to try these Apple Kolaches for true breakfast bliss, Or, how about this Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting? It’s a simple cake that’s perfect for any celebration.

Angled view of a loaf of pull-apart bread topped with streusel and a sugar glaze dripping down the sides - Hostess At Heart
Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread

So, get ready to dive into the ultimate sweet bread experience, as we explore the perfect apple cinnamon cinnamon pull apart bread. In this article, we will walk you through the ingredients you’ll need and provide you with step-by-step instructions for baking success.

What is Pull Apart Bread?

Also known as monkey bread or bubble bread, Pull apart bread is a type of bread that’s made to be easily torn apart into individual pieces. It’s a fun and interactive way of enjoying bread, as you can simply grab a piece and pull it away from the loaf. Imagine a loaf of bread that’s divided into small sections or chunks, held together by the delicious flavors and fillings inside.

Our Apple Pull Apart recipe is on the sweeter side and makes a delicious breakfast or even dessert. You can create both sweet and savory versions, depending on your preferences and the occasion. For a savory twist, think of a loaf infused with melted butter, garlic, herbs, and cheese. The options are endless.

Sideview of a loaf of Apple Pull-Apart Bread covered in streusel and glaze dripping down the side - Hostess At Heart

Pull Apart Apple Bread Ingredients

Please note, that the printable recipe card has ingredient quantities, complete instructions, and nutritional information. The following is a quick overview of the recipe.

The ingredients for this recipe and the majority of them you may already have at home. Here is what we used. Many Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread Recipes start with store-bought refrigerated canned biscuits. This Pull Apart Apple Bread starts with dough from scratch which results in a soft, tender, and pillowy bread.

I promise you that you won’t regret taking a little extra time. Especially once to tear off and savor that first buttery bite.

  • Flour. All-purpose flour either bleached or unbleached. Note, the flour is divided meaning the total isn’t all added at once.
  • Instant Yeast. Instant meaning that it doesn’t need to be activated like active dry yeast and can be added to other ingredients beforehand. It doesn’t hurt anything to activate it.
  • Sugar. White granulated sugar.
  • Cinnamon. ground cinnamon. Use what you prefer.
  • Fresh Apple. I bake with Granny Smith apples. They’re firm and bake up well. They also start out tart and mix well with our sweet ingredients. Apples such as Red Delicious are to soft and will not retain their shape.
  • Butter. Unsalted butter. If you only have salted butter, reduce the salt called for by half.
  • Milk. Whole milk is what I prefer. The extra fat makes the 
  • Eggs. Grade A, large eggs is what I use for consistency in my baking.
  • Vanilla. Pure vanilla extract.
  • Salt – Fine sea salt is what I use in my baking. It distributes and dissolves better eliminating pockets of salt in the batter.
  • Brown Sugar. Dark or light brown sugar. If you like more of a molasses flavor, dark brown sugar is the way to go.
  • Rolled Oats. Old-Fashioned oats provide a nutty texture to our Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread recipe. Not quick-cook oats. 
  • Pecans. Cinnamon and brown sugar with ground pecans is a match made in culinary heaven. Of course, you could substitute with walnuts or macadamia nuts or leave them out altogether especially if you’re gifting or sharing and aren’t sure if nut allergies are an issue.

Variations: Add raisins to the apple mixture. You can skip the apples and add chocolate chips.

Tip: We originally used sliced apples in this recipe but found that they were a bit difficult to insert between the pieces of dough so now we use fresh apple diced into small pieces and mix it right into the dough.

Front view of the front of a loaf of bread with the crust removed showing diced apple, ribbons of cinnamon and chopped pecans - Hostess At Heart

Step-by-Step Instructions for Baking Success

To ensure baking success and create a sinfully delicious cinnamon apple pull apart bread, it’s crucial to follow the step-by-step instructions carefully. Let’s dive right in and get started!

1. Prepare Your Ingredients:

Before you begin, gather all the necessary ingredients for the bread dough, the cinnamon apple filling, the streusel topping, and the glaze. Having everything ready and measured out will make the process smoother and more efficient.

2. Make the Dough:

In a medium saucepan heat the butter and milk together just until the butter is melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Set aside to cool to 115°F to 125°F. Use an instant-read thermometer. If it’s too hot it will kill your yeast and prevent your dough from rising.

In a large bowl whisk the sugar, yeast, salt, and 4 cups of flour until combined. Add the milk-butter mixture and eggs. Stir with a wooden spoon until a sticky dough forms. 

3. Knead the Dough & First Rise:

Add another 1 1/2 cups of flour and continue to stir until smooth. Add the diced apple and mix until evenly distributed. Dough will still be sticky and that’s o.k. Shape the dough into a loose ball and place it in a lightly greased bowl. Cover bowl with a towel or plastic wrap. Place the bowl in a warm place and let the dough rise, 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until it has doubled in size. This initial rise will help develop the flavors and texture of the bread.

5. Prepare the Cinnamon Apple Filling:

While the dough is rising, take this opportunity to make the filling. Whisk sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecan together in a small bowl. Set the mixture aside. We always bump up the amount of cinnamon in our recipes. 2 teaspoons cinnamon add a warm delicious flavor to this bread!

6. Shape the Bread:

Once the dough has doubled in size, gently punch it down to release any air bubbles. Add remaining 1/4 cup of flour and knead it into the dough. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes, covered with a clean kitchen towel.

7. Create the Pull-Apart Effect: 

Transfer the dough back onto a floured surface. Divide dough into two equal-sized 20 by 12-inch rectangles using a floured rolling pin, ensuring it’s evenly thick.

Brush the dough with melted butter and then sprinkle each half with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Use a pizza cutter or pastry cutter or sharp knife and cut the dough into 6 strips down the 12-inch length. Stack strips on top of each other and then cut stack into 6 even stacks of squares.

Using non-stick baking spray or lightly grease two 9×5 sized loaf pans and then line them with parchment paper. I use two strips and criss-cross them. Spray the parchment paper. Prop up the pans on its long end and carefully stack the squares evenly into the pans.

8. Second Rise:

Lay the filled pans flat and cover them loosely with a clean kitchen towel for the second rise, 30 to 45 minutes or until doubled. During this time, the rolls will expand and rise slightly, filling in any gaps between them.

Mixing bowl containing streusel ingredients being combined with a pastry cutter.

9. Streusel Top:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium-sized bowl combine the streusel ingredients except for the butter. Cut the cold butter in using a pastry cutter, pizza cutter or two forks until large crumbs develop. Refrigerate until you’re ready to bake.

9. Bake to Perfection:

Bake the cinnamon apple pull apart bread for the recommended time. Keep a close eye on it to ensure it doesn’t overcook or burn. The heavenly aroma of warm cinnamon and baked apples will fill your kitchen as the bread turns deep golden brown.

10. Glaze:

For those who crave a little extra richness, you can also drizzle a decadent glaze over the finished bread. Mix powdered sugar with a splash of milk or cream and a touch of vanilla extract or paste until you achieve a smooth, pourable consistency. Then, simply drizzle the glaze over the top of the warm bread, allowing it to seep into the crevices and enhance every bite with its sweet, creamy goodness.

Tableview of a loaf of bread covered with streusel with glaze dripping down the sides - Hostess At Heart

Hostess Tips to make your Apple Pull Apart Bread perfect!

  1. Choose the Right Apples: For the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness, opt for firm apples like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp. They hold their shape during baking and add a delightful flavor that complements the cinnamon.
  2. Prepare Your Dough with Love: Remember to knead it with care and patience. A well-kneaded dough ensures a soft and fluffy bread that’s just perfect for pulling apart.
  3. Layers of Cinnamon-Sugar Goodness: When it comes to the filling, don’t hold back on that cinnamon-sugar mix. To be honest, I free sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar freehand until I have good coverage. Generously sprinkle it over each layer of dough and apples to create an explosion of flavor in every bite.
  4. The Heavenly Streusel: Ah, the crowning glory of your creation! Mix up a heavenly streusel topping with a blend of flour, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Crumble it generously over the bread, adding an extra layer of deliciousness and a delightful crunch.
  5. The Glaze Magic: A velvety glaze can take your pull apart bread to the next level. Combine powdered sugar, a dash of vanilla extract, and a splash of milk until you achieve the perfect drizzling consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the freshly baked bread, allowing it to seep into all those nooks and crannies.
  6. Serve with Love: When your Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread emerges from the oven, let it cool slightly before pulling apart those delectable pieces. Serve it with love and watch your family and friends light up with joy!
  7. Storage and Reheating: If you happen to have any leftovers (which is rare because it’s that good!), store them in an airtight container. To reheat, pop a few pieces in the microwave for a few seconds or warm them up in the oven for that fresh-out-of-the-oven taste. Apple Pull Apart Bread can be frozen whole or in slices.
Front view of a piece of apple cinnamon pull apart bread dripping with glaze - Hostess At Heart

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A loaf of Apple pull apart bread covered in streusel and dripping with glaze. Hostess At Heart

Apple Pecan Streusel Pull Apart Bread Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread is a soft and tender yeast bread that's filled with fresh apple and warm cinnamon under a layer of streusel and sweet glaze.
4.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword: Apple Pecan Streusel Bread
Servings: 32



  • 8 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 8 tbsp sugar divided
  • 1/2 cup water warmed to 110°-115°F
  • 2 pkgs instant yeast 4-1/2 tsp
  • 5 3/4 cups all purpose flour divided
  • 1 tsp salt kosher
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 tbsp butter unsalted, melted
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 apple Diced. I used a granny smith.

Streusel Topping

  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp pecans chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats old fashioned
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp butter cold, unsalted, diced




  • In a medium saucepan heat butter and 2/3 cup of milk together just until the butter is melted.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Set aside to cool to 115 °F   to 125 °F.
  • In a small bowl whisk 2 tablespoons sugar with the warm water until dissolved. Whisk in the yeast and set aside until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl whisk the remaining 6 tablespoons of sugar with 4 cups of flour and salt until combined.  Add the milk mixture, yeast mixture, and eggs.  Stir with a wooden spoon until a sticky dough forms.  
  • Add another 1 1/2 cups of flour and continue to stir until smooth.  Dough will still be sticky and that’s o.k.  Shape dough into a loose ball and cover with plastic wrap.  Place in a warm place and let dough rise until doubled, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
  • In a small bowl whisk sugar and cinnamon for the filling together.
  • Punch down risen dough.  Add remaining 1/4 cup of flour and knead it into the dough.  Let the dough rest for 5 minutes, covered with a clean kitchen towel.
  • For the filling, combine the cinnamon and sugar together in a medium-sized bowl, and then add the apple and pecans.
  • Divide dough into 2 equal-sized pieces.  Lightly dust your working surface with all-purpose flour.  Roll each piece of dough into a 20 by 12-inch rectangle with a floured rolling pin.
  • Brush the dough with melted butter and then sprinkle each half the apple filling mixture.  Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife and cut dough into 6 pieces down the 12-inch length.   Stack the strips on top of each other and then cut stack into 6 even stacks of squares.
  • Spray two 9×5 loaf pans with baking spray and then line with parchment paper.  I use two strips and criss-cross them.  Spray the parchment paper.  Prop up the pans on its long end and carefully stack the squares evenly into the pans. Unprop the pan and cover the filled pans loosely with a clean kitchen towel. Cover the pans with a clean towel and let them rise 30 to 45 minutes or until doubled.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F.  In a medium-sized bowl combine the streusel ingredients except for the butter.  Cut the butter in using a pastry cutter, pizza cutter or two forks until large crumbs develop.  Refrigerate until you're ready to bake.          
  • Uncover risen loaves.  Sprinkle with the streusel topping.  Bake the loaves for 40 minutes or until the top of the loaves are a deep golden brown.
  • Removed baked loaves and let them cool on a baking rack in the pans for 30 minutes.  Carefully lift the loaves from the pans, using the parchment paper.  Drizzle with glaze.
  • Store baked loaves in an air-tight container or wrapped in plastic wrap and then foil at room temperature up to 3 days.


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Serving: 1gCalories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 141mgPotassium: 59mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 241IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

This post was originally published on 11/14/17 and has been updated to include tips and variations. No changes were make to the recipe.

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We originally made this Pull Apart Apple bread for a challenge bread group we participated in.

The theme we were assigned was to make a “Pull Apart” bread. Pull Apart bread are can also be called monkey bread or bubble bread, and can be savory or sweet are all game.

We love cinnamon rolls, but face it, they’re definitely a commitment to make.

Now it’s time to check out these other bakers who are sharing their pull apart recipes with us!

Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread topped with Streusel and dripping sugar glaze. Hostess At Heart

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We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

Recipe Rating


Sunday 19th of November 2023

Hi, I was wondering if I could do the 2nd rise in the refrigerator overnight? I would love to make this for Thanksgiving but won't have time to make it that morning. It looks and sounds delicious!

Julie Menghini

Monday 20th of November 2023

Yes, Bailey you can do the 2nd rise in the refrigerator overnight. Cover it loosely so that it doesn't dry out or get too wet. I often just slide it in a plastic grocery bag. The next day remove it from the refrigerator and remove the cover. Let it sit out for the time that it will take to preheat your oven. Hope this helps and I hope you'll stop back and let me know how it goes. Happy Thanksgiving! Julie


Thursday 10th of August 2023

These came out soft and moist and I love the crunchy pecan topping. I give it 10 stars!!!!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 10th of August 2023

Thank you! Such a sweet comment, and I'm so glad that you stopped back to share.


Tuesday 8th of August 2023

This bread is an absolutely wonderful treat! The combination of apples and pecans is so tasty, and the streusel topping is the BEST!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 10th of August 2023

Thank you, Eliza! I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. It's one of our favorites too.


Tuesday 8th of August 2023

We make this every fall, I just found your recipe as I am making plans for a fall tea - and realized I needed to comment. We love this pull-apart bread!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 10th of August 2023

What a great way to share this delicious bread. It's not one that you see that often making it truly special. Thank you!


Monday 7th of August 2023

My apple tree is full so I'm looking for fun ways to use the. Tis is a great idea. So full of apple flavor.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 10th of August 2023

Thank you, Debi! I love how this one comes out. Such a show-stopper and delicious.

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