Easy Apple Pie Cupcakes Recipe

A fun and easy apple pie cupcake recipe made with cinnamon roll dough, spiced apples and a crumble topping. How can it go wrong? Jump to the Apple Pie Cupcakes Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how we make them.

The bottom of the cupcakes are made from cinnamon roll dough (store-bought or homemade) that have been flattened out into thin discs. Then we fill the middle with apples that are cooked in butter, lemon and cinnamon. Everything is topped with buttery streusel and baked.

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How to Make Apple Pie Cupcakes with a Cinnamon Roll Crust

We absolutely love these cupcakes, not to mention the aroma of cinnamon rolls and apple pie baking in the oven will make anyone buckle at the knees.

How to Make Apple Pie Cupcakes with a Cinnamon Roll Crust

These are simple to make. When you choose apples for baking, go for apples that will hold its shape after cooking. We really like Granny Smith, Fuji and Braeburn apples. Cook the apples with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then when they are tender, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice on top.

Easy Apple Pie Cupcakes

For the crust of the apple cupcakes, we use store-bought cinnamon roll dough. Any brand will work for this — or, if you have it, a homemade dough also works. Simply pat each cinnamon roll into a thin disk then press them into cupcake cups. Divide the apples between the cups and then top with a simple crumble topping made from flour, brown sugar, butter, and nuts.

Easy Apple Cupcakes

The cupcakes bake for about 12 minutes and can then be served how ever you like. Whipped cream, ice cream, or caramel sauce are all great ideas!

Easy Apple Pie Cupcakes Recipe

Back in the day we were contributors for Betty Crocker. We shared this recipe with them. We loved it so much we had to share an adapted version with you.

Recipe updated, originally posted January 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Apple Pie Cupcakes Recipe

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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 cooked 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.

Makes 8 cupcakes

You Will Need

Apple Cupcakes

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 large baking apples, peeled, cored and diced in to 1/4-inch cubes

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon salt

Juice from half a lemon

1 can (8 count) refrigerated cinnamon roll dough

Whipped cream, ice cream, or caramel sauce for topping

Crumble Topping

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup chopped nuts


  • Prepare Apples
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray 8 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray.

    Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a wide skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced apples and cook, tossing occasionally, until the start to soften; about 5 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, cinnamon, and the salt. Cook 5 more minutes, or until tender. Stir in lemon juice.

    • Make Topping
    • Add the flour, brown sugar, and walnuts to a medium bowl. Cut the butter into small cubes and then add them to the bowl. Using your fingers or a fork work the butter into the flour and sugar until crumbly.

      • To Finish
      • Separate cinnamon roll dough into 8 rolls. Flatten each into 4-inch round then place into each muffin cup. Divide the apple filling evenly onto rolls in muffin cups then top with the crumble topping.Apple-Pie-Cupcakes-Step-2

        Bake the cupcakes 10 to 15 minutes or until bubbly and tops are light brown. Cool in the pan 5 minutes then transfer to a cooking rack. Serve the cupcakes topped with whipped cream, with ice cream, or topped with a drizzle of caramel sauce.

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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78 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Heather January 20, 2012, 11:42 am

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

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

    These look heavenly, and definitely NOT resolution=friendly!

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

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

  • karen klingenberg January 8, 2012, 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!

  • Joy January 7, 2012, 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!

    • Joanne January 8, 2012, 10:57 am

      so glad you liked them!

  • Elizabeth Scheller January 7, 2012, 1:32 pm

    adding this recipe to my list…..thanks!

  • Alexandra January 6, 2012, 1:20 pm

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

  • wendy January 6, 2012, 11:50 am

    My oh my 🙂

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

    Drooling. Enough said 🙂

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

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

    • Joanne January 5, 2012, 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.


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