I found this recipe on Pinterest (I'm officially obsessed with that website) and couldn't wait to try it out! I went ahead and made the complete recipe for Sweet Potato Pie; don't worry - I'll post that in a day or two. Consider this your sneak peek.
Cinnamon Roll Crust
1/2 recipe of All-Shortening Crust
Melted butter (2 tablespoons is fine)
Make pie dough as explained in this recipe. Or, go ahead and buy pre-made pie dough - everyone will still think it's homemade, I promise!
Roll out dough on well-floured surface. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Tightly, roll up dough as if you're rolling a cinnamon roll. Cut into 1/2 slices.
Press sliced dough into 9-inch pie plate, make sure there are no cracks or holes in the crust - you don't want any spaces between the rolls.
This is not a crust that you need to prebake. However, since it is multiple sections pressed together, make sure you brush the crust with 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon water (beaten together) before pouring the filling into the crust.
I can imagine that this crust would be great for all sorts of pies: Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, and of course, Sweet Potato Pie.