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Apple Pie Cupcakes Recipe with Video

by on January 5, 2012 · 86 comments

A fun and easy apple pie cupcake recipe using cinnamon roll dough, fresh apples and cinnamon. How can it go wrong??

The base of the cupcakes are actually made from store-bought cinnamon rolls that have been flattened out into thin discs. Then, we fill the middle with apples that are cooked in butter, lemon and cinnamon. Everything gets topped with buttery and sweet streusel and baked. We would eat them for breakfast, we would eat them for lunch and we would definitely eat them for dessert! (These are right at the top of our favorite Indulgent Dessert Recipes!)

Apple Pie Cupcake Recipe

These taste so crazy good, not to mention the aroma of cinnamon rolls + apple pie baking in the oven will make anyone buckle at the knees. We first shared this with Betty Crocker and got a huge response, so we jumped at the chance to share it with you!


How to make Apple Pie Cupcakes

Start by making a simple streusel topping for the cupcakes. Mix together butter, flour, brown sugar and nuts.

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Now, peel and dice some apples. We used Granny Smith apples, but you could also use another good baking apple. When you choose apples for baking, go for those that are crisp. Try Jonathan, Jonagold or Braeburn apples.

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Next, saute the apples. You will need a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Just melt a tablespoon or two of butter.

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Add the apples, some brown sugar and cinnamon.

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Once the apples have softened a bit, squeeze in some lemon juice.

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Open the cinnamon roll package then press each roll into a disk.

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Now, place and press each round into lightly greased cupcake cups.

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Add a spoonful of apples to each cupcake then sprinkle with the streusal on top.

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Bake in the oven for 12 minutes or so then allow to cool for 10 minutes or so, release from the pan and top with whipped cream and if you really want to be bad, some caramel sauce!

Apple Pie Cupcake Recipe

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Apple Pie Cupcakes
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These cupcakes are made with store-bought cinnamon rolls that have been flattened into discs and placed into cupcake cups. Then, we fill them with sautéed apples and top with a streusel topping. When chopping your apples, it can be helpful to spritz them with a little lemon juice (teaspoon or so). This way, they will not brown or discolor.
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You Will Need
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced in to 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of half lemon (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 can (12.4 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls
  • whipped cream
  • caramel-flavored syrup
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly spray 8 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. In 10-inch skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add apples; cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons brown sugar, the cinnamon and salt. Cook 5 minutes longer or until tender. Stir in lemon juice.
  3. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix butter, flour, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and walnuts with fork or hands until crumbly. Set aside.
  4. Separate dough into 8 rolls. Flatten each into 4-inch round; place in muffin cup. Divide apple filling evenly onto rolls in muffin cups. Divide flour mixture evenly over apples.
  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until bubbly and tops are lightly browned. Cool slightly before removing from muffin cups. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.Serve cupcakes topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of syrup.

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1 Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche January 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

These look amazing! I wish you could buy cinnamon rolls over here in the UK!


2 Joanne January 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Oh no, we never knew they were hard to find over there! You could replace the cinnamon rolls with pie dough sprinkled with a touch of cinnamon.


3 Jenny @ Savour the Senses January 5, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Drooling. Enough said :)


4 wendy January 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

My oh my :)


5 Alexandra January 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

OMG! These look absolutely amazing!! Your blog is awesome by the way :)


6 Elizabeth Scheller January 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

adding this recipe to my list…..thanks!


7 Joy January 7, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I just made these. They are Amazing! Thank you for the Wonderful recipe! I tried the Orange Cinnamon rolls and they were equally as good!


8 Joanne January 8, 2012 at 10:57 am

so glad you liked them!


9 karen klingenberg January 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Making these today for a late Christmas party i cant wait to try them i rolled out my cinnamon rolls tho kneaded them into a ball then rolled. The first one i rolled had lots of holes,and kneading them into a ball first worked great. Gonna take spray whipped cream to the party and finish them there, I also cooked the sweetened condensed milk into caramel and put it in a squirt bottle. Cant wait to eat these up!


10 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee January 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm

wow! This has been pinned. I have to come back to this for the fall when we pick apples! wow!!


11 Amy Grace January 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

These look heavenly, and definitely NOT resolution=friendly!


12 Heather January 20, 2012 at 11:42 am

These are so good and so easy to make! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. They really are AMAZING:)


13 Shumaila January 25, 2012 at 12:22 am

Made them and loved them! Thanks for the recipe!


14 Lindsey February 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Also made these and they were delicious! Funny thing was our can of cinnamon rolls were defective and came with only 6 instead of 8. How does that happen? :) We put the frosting that it came with right on top of the apple filling!


15 Odara February 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Just made these tonight, they didn’t come out as pretty as yours but they are sooooo good! Thanks for sharing! ^_^


16 Ashley February 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Making these for Valentine’s Day tomorrow.. they look SOOO delicious and apple pie is my boyfriend’s favorite! Can’t wait to try them, thanks for sharing! :-)


17 Lauren May 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

you are seriously going to make me fat. I’ll just have to convince myself they’re healthy because they contain apples


18 Anthony Kincaid May 19, 2012 at 12:20 am

Honestly, this recipe might just hands down be the best thing I have ever made/eaten! They are absolutely delicious, and I will continue to make these for many years to come!!


19 Joanne May 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

We’re all smiles over here! Thanks for letting us know how they turned out for you!


20 Nancy Long July 3, 2012 at 8:34 am

we liked these, but didn’t love them – will try again using a sweetened pie crust


21 Joanne July 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

great idea, Nancy!


22 Beth Engelke July 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm

OMG is all I can say here!!!!! I made some of these today and they were sooooooo yummy! Thank you for sharing this with us, I will most definitely be making them again soon!

P.S. I replaced the nuts with rolled oats cuz I forgot the nuts at the store, still very yummy!


23 Joanne July 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

YAY! So happy you liked them!


24 tdevito July 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

You can have all the chocolate in the world and it won’t tempt me. But – put something like this in front of me and I will not resist.


25 Josie August 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Made these and the family went NUTS. I didn’t use caramel or whipped cream; I got vanilla ice cream with caramel swirls instead. It was unholy. O_O


26 Angel August 25, 2012 at 2:54 am

Could I bake these in cute cupcake papers or would that mess it all up?


27 Joanne August 25, 2012 at 11:25 am

You could. Our only thought is it may be a little more difficult to line the paper liner compared to the unlined cupcake cup. We sort of pressed the dough into the unlined cup, so the paper may make that difficult.

An alternative – You could bake in the unlined cups then once the cupcakes have baked and cooled, slip them into a cute liner for presentation.


28 Hope August 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

These sound divine! Is it possible to cut the 8 rounds to make 16 small cupcakes in small muffin pan?


29 Adam August 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

Hi Hope– great question! While we haven’t tried it, we don’t see why you couldn’t turn these into mini cupcakes. If you do, keep an eye on them while baking, the bake time will be less. Let us know how they turn out.


30 Melissa October 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Tried them mini, and they were the perfect little bites. Baked for 10 min. and turned out perfect! Soooo good I couldn’t stop eating them!


31 Rick September 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

We made this recipe today and it was outstanding! You can always cheat a little and use apple pie filling but the smell and taste of fresh apples was great.


32 Joanne September 5, 2012 at 9:59 am

Hi Rick, So glad you enjoyed our cupcakes! You’re right, you could take a bit of a shortcut with apple pie filling – great idea!


33 Nancy September 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

..making these for our charity event Friday! ..they are amazing!


34 Cynthia September 26, 2012 at 5:43 am

Just came across your recipe. Have to make this one. It combines the two things my son loves, cupcakes an apple pie. I can’t wait.


35 Kelly Senyei September 27, 2012 at 9:46 am

What a fantastic spin on my all-time favorite fall dessert! Love it!


36 Neisha October 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Im glad i came across this recipe, im making this “cupcake” in my ProStart cooking class for nour apple recipe competition ! hope i win


37 TasteofBeirut October 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

What a fantastic idea! Love the shortcut too! Don’t think I will find the frozen rolls here but i’ll come up with a substitute!


38 Joanne October 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Thank you! You will have to come and tell us your substitute, would love to learn about it :)


39 Nicole Shea @benandnicoleshea.com October 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

Wow!! I will definitely be trying these–I’m pretty sure they’ll make it on my Thanksgiving table!!! YUM!


40 BB November 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I haven’t made these yet but wondering if I can make these days ahead? Also, if any left, how long will they keep and should they be refrigerated? Looking forward to making them for thanksgiving.


41 Adam November 17, 2012 at 11:45 am

HI BB, We would be fine making these 1 day ahead of time. They should be fine 2-3 more days in advance, but we worry they won’t be as fresh and since you plan to make for Thanksgiving, we thought the fresher the better. Also, if making ahead, definitely store (tightly covered) in the refrigerator. Then, when you’re ready to serve, heat your oven to 350 degrees F and allow them to warm up a bit (3 to 4 minutes).


42 KayleneP May 20, 2013 at 4:23 am

These look very nice. I don’t think that I can get the cinnamon rolls here but I will definitely be coming up with an alternative base and giving them a go!


43 Dee July 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Made these cupcakes and everyone LOVED them. So delicious! I used cupcake liners and it worked great! Question: I know you said if making ahead to store tightly covered in the fridge. But do they require refrigeration, say if you have a couple left over?


44 Joanne July 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

It’s best to refrigerate then reheat as you need them. (Room temperature is fine for a day, after that we suggest refrigerating).


45 Nettie friesen August 2, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Want to make them.


46 Joanne August 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Hope you do :)


47 Kim August 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

OMG, I’m so going to make these! I can almost smell them through my iPad, lol!


48 Joanne August 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Haha, if only! Hope you love them.


49 Katheryn August 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I love he picture it looks so yummy. I dont always love nuts so is there something else i could use?


50 Joanne August 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

You can omit the nuts completely.


51 Anissa C August 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Can this recipe work without the nuts?? Just wondering…Looks yummy


52 Joanne August 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Yep, just remove them from the recipe completely.


53 Christine August 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm

wanted to make this dessert so bad but ran out of butter. Will it still work with margarine.
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54 Joanne August 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Margarine should be fine — you could even cook the apples in coconut (or olive) oil.


55 Deborah September 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm

These were really good. Did reduce the lemon juice by half. Will be making again. Thanks for a great idea.


56 Kristine September 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Just made these for the family and everyone loved them. They were delicious!


57 Susan Fox September 30, 2013 at 2:03 pm

These little “tarts” were a big hit with all ages. I wouldn’t have missed the whipped cream and caramel sauce, but what’s not to like about whipped cream and caramel? My three year old granddaughter’s eyes got big when she tasted one and she cried for more when she had eaten it all. There is no greater compliment.


58 Joanne September 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Aww, that’s so great!


59 Jenna Harding November 16, 2013 at 7:28 pm

These look absolutely delicious! If I make these the day before thanksgiving will they stay fresh? Should I store them in the fridge overnight and the next day heat them up in the microwave? Thanks- Jenna


60 Joanne November 18, 2013 at 11:10 am

You should be fine.


61 Aunty Liz December 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Oh my I am going to run right out and buy the stuff to give these a go. So easy but yet they look so tasty as well. Bye let you know how mine come out later.


62 Tclevleand January 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Prep easy I only needed one ganny smith apple! came out just as promised ! Some runover from apples a little soaking of cupcake pan fixed in less than 5 minutes! Geat recipe! 4 stars


63 Lynn February 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

5 star Was very good, had leftovers the next day without topping warmed as a muffin :)


64 Marta July 21, 2014 at 8:10 am

How can I substitute cinnamon rolls ? I surely won’t find that ingridient in Poland. Should i use puff pastry or rather yeast pastry? Anyway it looks delicious. I M waiting to do tchem with salted caramel samce.


65 Joanne August 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Puff pastry could be nice or even a good pie crust.


66 candy kratzer wenzel August 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I made these in a triple batch and they are awesome and everyone loved them. I did drizzle the caramel sauce directly on the cupcake. Due to travel and being in room temp. in the 70′s for a period of time for a party. I made a stabilized whipped topping to put on top and piped it on. And for decoration, lightly sprinkled cinnamon on the topping. Very easy instruction and turned out perfect baking exactly 10 min. Thank you!


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