Easy Apple Pie Cupcakes

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

Easy Apple Pie Cupcakes Recipe

How to Make Apple Pie Cupcakes with a Cinnamon Roll Crust

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.

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. Just in case you were interested, we have a homemade apple pie recipe, too. Click here to see our favorite apple pie from scratch!

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!

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

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These apple pie 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

Watch Us Make the Recipe

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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82 comments… Leave a Comment
  • BB November 16, 2012, 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.

    • Adam November 17, 2012, 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).

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

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

  • TasteofBeirut October 28, 2012, 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!

    • Joanne October 28, 2012, 5:16 pm

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

  • Neisha October 10, 2012, 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

  • Kelly Senyei September 27, 2012, 9:46 am

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

  • Cynthia September 26, 2012, 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.

  • Nancy September 19, 2012, 1:51 pm

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

  • Rick September 3, 2012, 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.

    • Joanne September 5, 2012, 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!

  • Hope August 30, 2012, 10:54 am

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

    • Adam August 30, 2012, 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.

      • Melissa October 6, 2012, 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!

  • Angel August 25, 2012, 2:54 am

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

    • Joanne August 25, 2012, 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.

  • Josie August 24, 2012, 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

  • tdevito July 29, 2012, 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.

  • Beth Engelke July 14, 2012, 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!

    • Joanne July 18, 2012, 11:45 am

      YAY! So happy you liked them!

  • Nancy Long July 3, 2012, 8:34 am

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

    • Joanne July 5, 2012, 4:10 pm

      great idea, Nancy!

  • Anthony Kincaid May 19, 2012, 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!!

    • Joanne May 26, 2012, 1:29 pm

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


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