This Panini has all the flavors of Apple Pie between two crispy pressed slices of cinnamon bread. It’s crispy, sweet deliciousness!

Apple Pie Dessert Panini Cut in Half on Cutting Board

If you’re looking for an apple pie experience without all the work of making an apple pie, this is a recipe you must try.

This Apple Pie Panini is the brainchild of my friend Kathy Strahs, who blogs over at Panini Happy. As you might guess from the name, it’s all about creations made with the panini press. Kathy recently published her first cookbook, The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, and it indeed has every recipe imaginable for amazing sandwiches, grilled dishes, and even homemade ice cream cones.

I bookmarked quite a few recipes, but I knew I had to try this Apple Pie Panini first. We love all things apple in this house, from Crockpot Applesauce to Cinnamon Sugar Baked Apple Chips, so it was a no brainer! 

Interior View of Apple Pie Dessert Panini Sandwiches

First you’re going to take two slices of cinnamon raisin bread (I used a homemade recipe that I’ll be sharing on Thursday), and spread the outside of each slice with room temperature butter:

Spreading Cinnamon Raisin Bread with Mascarpone

Flip the bread over and spread the other side with a honey mascarpone mixture:

Mascarpone Cheese Slathered on Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Thinly slice your favorite firm apple (I used Granny Smith here), and remove the seeds:

Granny Smith Apple Slices on Board

And layer the apple slices on top of the mascarpone. Sprinkle the apple slices with a little bit of brown sugar (this wasn’t instructed in Kathy’s recipe but I couldn’t help myself):

Sprinkling Brown Sugar on Granny Smith Apple Slices

Add the other slice of bread on top, butter side up:

Apple Panini Fully Assembled and Spread with Butter

Sprinkle a little extra brown sugar on the outsides of the bread, and place the sandwich in the panini press:

Pressing the Sweet Dessert Panini in Panini Press

Press the sandwich for 3-5 minutes until the bread has a crispy, golden brown, caramelized crust:

Full Apple Pie Panini on Cutting Board with Apple Slices

Slice it in half and enjoy! Happy panini making!

Apple Pie Panini on Cutting Board

Apple Pie Panini

 This Panini has all the flavors of Apple Pie between two crispy pressed slices of cinnamon bread. It's crispy, sweet deliciousness!

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  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 8 slices cinnamon raisin bread sliced from a dense bakery loaf
  • 1 Granny Smith or other firm apple cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar


  • Either in a small bowl with a whisk or in a mini food processor, whip the mascarpone and honey together until well combined and fluffy.
  • Heat the panini press to medium-high heat.
  • For each sandwich: Spread butter on two slices of bread to flavor the outside of the sandwich. Flip over both slices of bread and spread 1 tablespoon sweetened mascarpone on each. Top one slice of bread with a layer of apples and close the sandwich with the other slice, buttered side up. Sprinkle some brown sugar on top.
  • Grill two panini at a time, with the lid closed, until the fillings are warmed and the bread is toasted, with a sweet crust, 3 to 5 minutes.


Calories: 394kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 310mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 13g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook Cover
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