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

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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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83 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Ella-HomeCookingAdventure November 18, 2014, 12:47 am

    We love apple desserts, these apple cupcakes are such a wonderful idea.. love them.

  • candy kratzer wenzel August 15, 2014, 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!

  • Lynn February 2, 2014, 3:29 pm

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

    • Marta July 21, 2014, 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.

      • Joanne August 7, 2014, 12:52 pm

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

  • Aunty Liz December 27, 2013, 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.

  • Jenna Harding November 16, 2013, 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

    • Joanne November 18, 2013, 11:10 am

      You should be fine.

  • Susan Fox September 30, 2013, 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.

    • Joanne September 30, 2013, 2:52 pm

      Aww, that’s so great!

  • Kristine September 21, 2013, 8:26 pm

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

  • Deborah September 11, 2013, 8:00 pm

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

  • Christine August 30, 2013, 1:51 pm

    wanted to make this dessert so bad but ran out of butter. Will it still work with margarine.
    Apple Pie Cupcake recipe

    • Joanne August 30, 2013, 2:27 pm

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

  • Anissa C August 5, 2013, 7:22 pm

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

    • Joanne August 8, 2013, 12:44 pm

      Yep, just remove them from the recipe completely.

  • Katheryn August 4, 2013, 9:15 pm

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

    • Joanne August 8, 2013, 12:57 pm

      You can omit the nuts completely.

  • Kim August 4, 2013, 7:36 pm

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

    • Joanne August 8, 2013, 12:58 pm

      Haha, if only! Hope you love them.

  • Nettie friesen August 2, 2013, 6:29 pm

    Want to make them.

    • Joanne August 8, 2013, 1:03 pm

      Hope you do 🙂

  • Dee July 8, 2013, 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?

    • Joanne July 12, 2013, 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).

  • KayleneP May 20, 2013, 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!


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