Make a Quick Cream Cheese Apple Braid

The first month or so after Christmas usually ends up being pretty lean times around here. This year is no exception, even though we didn’t go overboard with the gifts. That means I haven’t been grocery shopping as much as I would like and the fridge is getting a little bit boring.

To cheer us up, I tossed together a few odds and ends that were still hanging around from Christmas baking. This Cream Cheese Apple Braid isn’t anything special but it sure is a tasty way to use up a wrinkled apple and a box of leftover pie crusts!

apple cream cheese pie braid

This “recipe” is so simple! Next time I’m going to try it with some puff pastry but since I had a 2 pack of pre-made pie crusts in the fridge, that’s what I used. Lay one flat and gently coax the corners out to form a square-ish shape. No need for perfection here folks!

Dollop a delicious cream cheese mixture down the center of the pie crust and top with chopped apple that’s been tossed with a bit of sugar and cinnamon. Simple!

cream cheese apple braid

Use a pastry brush to spread a beaten egg lightly over the crust, on either side of the filling. Slice the sides into thick strips then alternate them over top of the filling, forming a braid. 

Just tuck the ends gently together, to keep the filling from oozing out.

cream cheese apple pie braid

Brush the tops with a bit more egg wash and sprinkle with a spiced sugar mixture before sliding the sheet pan into your preheated oven.

Using parchment paper will eliminate the need to grease your cookie sheet, while keeping your clean up quick and easy.

apple pie cream cheese braid

When the braids are golden brown, remove them to a wire rack to slightly cool before serving.

Serve slices as is or dust with powdered sugar. A warm slice would also be yummy served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.  It’s also a delicious treat with a cup of hot coffee or tea!

apple braid

They are best served warm!

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Cream Cheese Apple Braid
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A quick apple dessert using pre-made pie crust and cream cheese filling.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4-8
  • 2 pre-made pie crusts
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large or 2 small apples, peeled cored and chopped
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbs sugar + 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, mixed together
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In small bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  3. In small bowl, toss together the apple pieces, cinnamon, sugar, flour and pinch of salt.
  4. Unroll one crust and gently stretch corner to form an almost square shape. Fold in thirds to make creases and unfold.
  5. Down center of crust, spread half of the cream cheese mixture, almost to edges. Top with half the apple mixture.
  6. Brush beaten egg lightly over the crust, on either side of the filling.
  7. Slice the sides into thick strips then alternate them over top of the filling, forming a braid.
  8. Fold ends up to keep filling inside.
  9. Repeat with the second crust and remaining filling/apples.
  10. Place braids on parchment lined sheet and brush tops with a bit more egg wash.
  11. Sprinkle with the spiced sugar mixture before sliding into your preheated oven
  12. Bake 25 - 30 minutes, until tops are golden brown.
  13. Remove them to a wire rack to slightly cool before serving.
  14. Serve slices as is or dust with powdered sugar.

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  1. 1

    Oh these recipes are killing me since I’m healthy eating. But wowsers this looks delicious!!!

  2. 2

    Wow! Looks so delicious, I’ll gonna try to make that here in London. Thank you for the ingredients.

  3. 3

    I’m drooling over here. That looks and sounds delicious.

  4. 4

    It came out purdy too. :) These little treats (off the cuff) were my favorite when I was a kid, especially if it was slim pickings in the ‘fridge.

  5. 5

    That looks sooooo yummy! I just had to pin it and I need to make it!

  6. 6

    So delicious I will have to try this soon!

  7. 7

    Very good recipe. Good with Cortlands. Thanks for sharing.

  8. 8

    Mmmmm… looks super yummy and great directions.

  9. 9

    Oh man! This looks amazing!!

  10. 10

    I made this with crescent rolls. Working with the dough was not as easy as I am sure the pie crust would be, but it did taste pretty good. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  11. 12
    Patricia Klean says

    Tried this and we really liked it….any ideas how many calories??? Thanks, Patti :)

  12. 14
    Derek Moderie says

    I Saw this recipe and made it immediately this morning ( I had leftover homemade apple pie filling, a box of pie crusts and six one ounce cream cheese packets that all needed to be used).

    It turned out so delicious! Thank you for the recipe, much easier than making crepes ;)

  13. 15

    Oooh! This looks incredible and I love that you used pre-made pie crusts because I can’t make a nice crust to save my life. The braided look also makes it look fancy which would be nice for company:)

  14. 16

    This is the first time I’ve ever commented on a recipe! The first time I made it, it was good, but kind of bland. The second time I made it, I paired it with vanilla ice-cream. It was SO good with the ice-cream – a nice combination of warm and cold! So, if you make this dessert, definitely serve it with ice-cream! :)

  15. 17

    This looks so good. I’m thinking it would be good for breakfast. I may even throw in a few pecans :).

  16. 18
    shelly peterson says

    YUM YUM YUM is all I can say! I hope this is as easy to make as you make it look, my family would really love this recipe. :)

  17. 19

    This looks really good, and simple enough. I’m not a baker – so the last part of that is important. I love braided things….it’s a feast for the eyes too.

  18. 20

    Sorry to say that the cream split. It needs an egg to bind it

  19. 21
    Valkyrie Jordan says

    Made this for dessert last night, I used puff pastry and it turned out amazing! Made one with chopped almonds and top. Thanks for the recipe!


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