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Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

April 22, 2019 (Last Updated: January 2, 2021)

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Apple Pull Apart Bread is filled with bits of apple, a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar all wrapped around a sweet yeast dough. In other words, delicious!

Taking a slice of apple pull apart bread

I’ve made a few different types of apple bread in the past. I’ve made Apple Babka, Apple Fritters, Cranberry Apple Bread, Apple Quick Bread and Baked Apple Cider Donuts! I love apples and cinnamon together. It’s just such a great combination.

What is pull apart bread? 

Pull apart bread is bread that is made in layers and is easy to pull apart. No knife needed to cut apart a slice. Monkey bread is a type of pull apart bread. Monkey bread is traditionally made with balls of dough. This pull apart bread is made with flat layers of dough.

Layers of bread in a bread pan.

I’ve tried a couple of different ways to layer this bread. I come up with  two different methods. My first method is to place the  layers all in one even row. This creates a nice uniform looking bread. My second method is stacking four layers together and then randomly placing the stacks in the pan for the second method. It creates a fun rustic looking bread. Both are equally delicious – choice is all yours!

What type of apples are best to use?

You want to use a firm apple that won’t fall apart when baking. I’ve used Fuji and Braeburn. Other good apples to use include Granny Smith and Gala. Usually if it’s a crisp apple, it’s great for baking.

Do I grate or chop the apples?

I’ve chopped the apples because I like biting into bits of apple. Grating the apple would also work in this recipe.

Red apples next to a stick of butter, a bowl of sugar and three cinnamon sticks.

How do you make the layers?

  • Roll out your dough into a rectangle. 
  • Brush on butter and sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar.
  • Sprinkle chopped apples on top
  • Cut dough into small pieces using a pizza cutter
  • Stack dough 
  • Place dough in a bread pan with the ends facing up
  • Layers can be placed in a straight row or in a random pattern
Dough sprinkled with cinnamon, sugar and apples

To place the layers in a bread pan, first stack four pieces together, turn layers on their side and then place in pan. Some of the filling will fall off, but just scoop up any apple bits and add to the top after you’ve placed the dough in the pan. You can place the layers all in a straight row, or add each stack of four in a random placement. 

Layers of dough with chunks of apples in a bread pan.

Do I need to add a glaze?

You can add a glaze if you’d like. I’ve made it both ways. The glaze gives it a nice finished look and adds a bit of extra sweetness, but this bread is just as delicious without a glaze. 

Apple bread cooling in a bread pan.

If you are looking for other great bread recipes to try, you might want to check out apricot cinnamon rolls and raspberry sweet rolls.

Don’t forget to PIN for later

Layers of bread with apples and cinnamon between each layer.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

Check out all my bread recipes.

Another great pull apart bread you might want to try is my Garlic Pull Apart Bread.

A loaf of pull apart bread with a white glaze drizzled across the top.

Apple Pull Apart Bread

Layers of bread with chunks of apples and a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar between each layer.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Rise time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 140 kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk (warmed)
  • 1 package yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 1/2 – 6 cups flour


  • 1 large apple (about 1 cup chopped)
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk



  • Use a stand mixer with a dough attachment.
  • Add milk to bowl. Sprinkle on yeast and sugar and stir lightly. Let sit for 5 minutes until mixture is bubbly.
  • Stir in melted butter, salt, eggs and 2 cups of flour. 
  • Continue adding flour with the mixer running on low speed until dough begins to come together and forms a ball. You might not need to add the last 1/2 cups of flour. 
  • Knead dough in stand mixer at low speed for 10 minutes.
  • Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit until dough has doubled in size, approximately 60 minutes. 
  • When dough has doubled, punch down dough lightly to deflate dough. 
  • Place dough on counter and roll out into a rectangle – approximately 18″ x 12″ You can make larger if desired. The larger the rectangle, the thinner the layers.


  • Brush dough with butter. Sprinkle with sugar and ground cinnamon. Sprinkling apples evenly over dough. 
  • Use a pizza cutter or a knife to cut dough into smaller 3″ x 4″ pieces.
  • Gently pick up squares and place in stacks of four. Place each stack with the end sides up in a greased bread pan. Stacks can be placed in a straight line or each stack of four can be place in a random order. 
  • Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes.
  • Allow bread to cool for 20 minutes before removing from pan.
  • Continue cooling on a baking rack.
  • Cover with glaze if desired.


  • Mix powdered sugar and milk together in a bowl until smooth. 
  • Pour glaze over top of bread allowing glaze to flow down the sides.



  • You want to use a firm apple that won’t fall apart when baking. I’ve used Fuji and Braeburn. Other good apples to use include Granny Smith and Gala. Usually if it’s a crisp apple, it’s great for baking.
  • The glaze gives it a nice finished look and adds a bit of extra sweetness, but this bread is just as delicious without a glaze. 


Serving: 2slicesCalories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 243mgPotassium: 60mgSugar: 9gVitamin A: 355IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword Apple Bread, Apple Monkey Bread, Apple Pull Apart Bread, Pull Apart Bread
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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  • Reply
    Renee Searles
    January 3, 2021 at 7:34 am

    Is there a lazy way to make something similar? ☺️ Maybe with pillsbury biscuits or something?

    • Reply
      January 3, 2021 at 7:37 am

      Hi Renee,
      I know the feeling – sometimes we just want something a bit quicker! 🙂 I have only made this bread with the yeasted dough. However, I know there are recipes out there that use a quick version with ready made biscuit dough. I have not tried them though!
      Happy baking – Kathy 🙂

  • Reply
    October 12, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Can I substitute oat milk for whole milk or would I be ruining it? Looks so pretty!

    • Reply
      October 12, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Kinnari,
      I have not ever used oat milk before. However I did a quick search and it sounds like you can substitute it 1:1 for whole milk. Let me know how it turns out!

  • Reply
    May 4, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Yummy! Looks great! Have you tried freezing it? I tend to bake goods on the weekend, eat them for a day or two and then freeze the rest to enjoy later.

    • Reply
      May 5, 2019 at 4:52 am

      Hi Cheryl,
      I have not tried freezing this bread. It disappears too quickly in my house with three teenagers. If you do freeze, don’t add the glaze until the bread if fully thawed.

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    April 27, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    5 stars
    OMG Kathy! This bread looks delicious! Perfect for weekend brunch!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    April 26, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    5 stars
    Oh Kathy, this looks incredible! Delicious – what a great way to start a weekend with a nice cup of coffee and this bread!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    April 24, 2019 at 6:11 am

    5 stars
    Looks great. Can almost smell it cooking.

  • Reply
    April 24, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Absolutely perfect looking bread! I would love some of it right now.

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    April 22, 2019 at 6:23 am

    5 stars
    Ok, this looks absolutely DIVINE, Kathy! Apple and cinnamon in a delicious pull apart bread form? I could eat the entire loaf, I’m sure of it! Pinned! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

    • Reply
      April 23, 2019 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks, Dawn!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    April 22, 2019 at 5:06 am

    5 stars
    You are totally calling my name with this recipe, Kathy! I love a good pull-apart bread, and the flavors in this one are right up my alley. I love cinnamon anything, and I could totally go with a couple slices (or maybe just the whole darned loaf) along with my coffee right now! 🙂

    • Reply
      April 23, 2019 at 5:10 pm

      It is hard to stop at just a couple of slices!

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