Bette’s Apple Bundles

Breakfast, Desserts, Recipes | December 22, 2016 | By

Christmas is just three days away! I am glad I remembered to bring you this recipe before it was to late. I have served these Apple Bundles every Christmas morning that Alex and I have been married. It is a wonderful and delicious Sivert family tradition. Bette is my mother in law, and she used to make these for breakfast on the weekends when her husband was home from work. Alex and his siblings remember enjoying these together as kids and I like to think when I serve these it takes them back to those mornings with their parents. For me, it’s a way to feel more connected to my mother in law. You see, I have never met my mother in law. Sadly, both of Alex’s parents passed away a few years before we met. Pulling out Bette’s old recipe card with her handwriting on it and making these Apple Bundles makes me feel closer to her.

Bette’s Apple Bundles start with, what else, apples. Granny Smith apples are best in this recipe because they hold up while baking and their tart flavor offsets all of the sweetness. Once the apples are cored, peeled, and sliced, you will need to zest and juice one Navel orange. The zest gets mixed up with some cinnamon and sugar and the juice gets set aside. (These will be our toppings for later.) Now comes that wonderful crescent roll dough we all know and love. That stuff is so versatile! Place three apple slices at the wide end of the dough and roll it up. Place the bundles in a 9X13 inch pan.  

The orange juice gets poured into the pan but not over the bundles. Next, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar and orange zest mixture all over the top. I like to press it into the dough a bit with my fingers. Then three tablespoons of melted butter gets drizzled over them and you are ready to bake. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the bundles are golden brown.

I don’t know if there is anything better than Bette’s Apple Bundles hot out of the oven. These will have your love at the very first bite. The crescent dough is crisp with that cinnamon sugar coating. The apples are tender and perfectly baked with lots of flavor from the orange. And that sauce in the bottom of the pan……oh man. It’s gotten thick and sticky and you won’t want to leave one drop behind. These Apple Bundles are really something special.

Even though I never met Bette, I know that we would have had a lot of fun together in the kitchen. She was passionate about food just like me. I am not able to be in the kitchen with her, but having her recipe box, and making dishes like this one, gives me a little look into the person she was. I know I would have loved her.

Bette’s Apple Bundles


  • 2-3 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 (8oz) can Crescent Rolls
  • 1 Navel orange
  • 3 tbls. butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Peel, core, and slice the apples. Unroll the crescent dough and separate the triangles.
  3. Place 3 apple slices at the wide end of the dough and roll up. Arrange the bundles in a 9X13inch pan.
  4. Zest the orange and mix the zest with the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  5. Juice the orange and pour the juice into the pan but not over the bundles. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar and zest mixture over the bundles. Drizzle the bundles with the melted butter.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm.


I serve these for breakfast but you can also serve them for dessert with vanilla ice cream. Yum!

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