Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

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Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 24 servings
Difficulty: Easy

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For the Cinnamon Roll:
2 cups 2% milk
1 tablespoon (.5 oz) active dry yeast
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
6 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 eggs
¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature

For the Filling:
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup loosely chopped pecans
2 cups finely chopped tart apples

For the Apple Cider Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon apple cider





In a small saucepan or a microwave oven, warm milk to about 110 F.

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in the milk.

Add salt and two cups of flour and beat for two minutes.

Beat in eggs and butter.

Stir in the remaining flour a half cup at a time, beating well after each addition.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about five minutes).

Place the dough in a large bowl and cover it with a towel.  Set in a warm place and allow to rise for 40 minutes or until approximately doubled in volume.

Roll out dough into a long rectangle about 1/4” thick.

Brush with about half of the melted butter.

To make the filling, in a medium-sized bowl, mix sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans, and apples.

Spread the pecan/apple mixture evenly over the dough, leaving about an inch empty on all sides.

Roll dough over itself from back to front along the long side of the rectangle to form a log. Slice the log into 24 even pieces.

Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners and place each piece of the log in a cupcake liner.  If they don’t fit, fold the ends together to make a “C” shape.  The pieces should come to about the top of the liners.

Cover the cupcake tins and set in a warm place to rise for another 40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Evenly distribute the remaining ¼ cup of melted butter over the tops of the cupcakes.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden.

For the Apple Cider Glaze:
In a medium-sized bowl, mix powdered sugar and apple cider until fully combined.
Drizzle over cupcakes.

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Reader Comments:


I just made these tonight! They are DELICIOUS!! The only thing I did differently was I used blanched and chopped almonds rather then pecans - simply because I'm not a fan of pecans and I LOVE almonds! haha. The only thing I didn't enjoy was trying to remove them from the pan... the liners really stuck on... like glue! I ended up having to pry as much of the cupcake out and then removed the bit of liner that came out on it. My pan is still soaking in the sink with what's left of the liners in it!! :( I think next time I'll just spray some Pam on the pan rather then use liners.... and hey, I can always put them in liners once they're cooked! smile Oh, and I would suggest not adding the apples to the filling mixture until you're ready to use it. I think that may have been part of the reason I had issues with the liners... I let my filling sit for about 10 minutes and the juice/moisture from the apples had made the sugar dissolve so when I rolled them up it was difficult and the filling kinda got everywhere... flowing down over the sides once they were in the liners and whatnot and I suppose it just caramelized once it hit the heat of the oven... But all in all I loved these! oh, and my Mama really appreciated them as well! :D

By Bonita R on April 24, 2012


Howdy Paula, just want you to know I am sending up prayers for your health

By Patricia Gunter on February 04, 2012


Has anyone tried making (and baking) and freezing these before glazing? Does it work? Would it be better to freeze before baking? These look fantastic, I must try them!

By Heather on November 11, 2011


Simply amazing!!! Turned out perfect.

By Jacqui on October 07, 2011


Dear Paula, I just saw a recipe on your web site for apple cinnnom roll cup cake.They look so darn good I would like to make them.Because I am on a weight loss program I have to look for recipes with the Nutrition info on the recipes. Is it possible to get this information from you.Or maybe some one could tell me how to get this infomation. Looking forward to making them. Thank you Dorothy Soares

By Dorothy Soares on June 30, 2011

Making these tonight for a bake sell my husbands work is having to benefit Children’s Miracle Network! Cant wait to try these. Paula your recipes are amazing, and this sounds like a perfect fall recipe.

By Paula Slagle on October 25, 2010

I just unwrapped( or tried to) an apple muffin
cinnamon roll and the cupcake paper riped the roll apart!!! Am i supposed to spray the cupcake papers?  I have been cooking ( and winning prizes at the fairs) for over 50 years and I expect recipes to give ALL the tips needed.  I guess I am not a cook by this recipe’s standard.  Am so dissapointed as I was going to make them for our hunters breakfasts,Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts——————————not now.

By mabel maynard on October 16, 2010

I have made these twice now and they are good but am i supposed to use regular or large muffin cups? also it makes more than 24 I get at least 30 and they runover my muffin cups whch are regular size.  I’ve just checked the recipi and it does not say to buy extra lg. pans or paper cups what am i doing wrong?

By mabel maynard on October 16, 2010

I made these today and they tasted great! However, once they cooled, I couldn’t get the cupcake wrapper off of the cupcake! Did anyone else have this problem? Any ideas what to do about it?

By megan @ whatmegansmaking on October 02, 2010

Hey guys, if you want to print just the recipe you can copy just the text, paste it in a blank word document and edit it as you like.  You can make it bigger or smaller fonts, add/subtract the text you want and just the pictures you want. 
1. Highlight the text you wish to copy.
2. Right click and choose “copy” (or press Cntrl C)
3. Right click in a blank word document
Then hold down Ctrl and press C.  This will copy.
4. Open a blank page in a word document and right click and choose Paste (or press Cntrl V).

By JoAnn Hardin on September 30, 2010

It ony takes about 3 minutes to copy, paste to a word doc, print this recipe and save it to a file.  Then you have it for later if you want to make them again and didn’t remember to keep the original recipe.  Be glad the recipe is posted without having to purchase the cookbook!!  Thanks, Paula.

By Judy Trimpe on September 30, 2010

Your receipes are not only absolutely delicious but are so easy to make. When i feel like cooking i dont want to be in the kitchen all day.  Thankyou paula.

By launa baugher on September 30, 2010

What would be the best type of apples to use for this recipe? I can’t wait to try them. I have a baby shower in a week. I’m hoping they will be a delicious treat

By Mary Jane on September 30, 2010

I was just going to look for a recipe for an apple pie, and when I got to facebook to check my messages I found this great recipe for apple cinnamon cupcakes, I will do them tonight.

By Betty on September 30, 2010

Paula, you never cease to amaze me. You make cooking soooo much fun!!!!! Love you girl!!!!!

By Diane Avans on September 30, 2010

1.  Highlight what you want, copy, paste to a word document or your notepad, print.  Hence, you can make changes if you choose, fonts and so on as well as add more then one recipe and go green.

2. Omitting nuts shouldn’t make much diffrence either way.

3. And if for your own “personal” reasons you “will never” make them again, don’t we really don’t care!

By Fairy God Mother on September 30, 2010

Apple Cupcake recipe

By Marsha on September 30, 2010

A very quick and tasty alternative to making the dough is to use puff pastry. When it’s thawed, open it up, then roll it to the desired size. Use Paula’s filling recipe, cut and bake. It is crispy and chewy and they are so popular at my house. It is a huge time saver too!

By Stacy Base on September 30, 2010

OMG, Complain, Complai, Complain, She is a cook not a magician

By Mary on September 29, 2010


By LINDA on September 28, 2010

I made these with some late summer apples and they turned out great.  I left out the nuts and I didn’t miss them at all.

I did get a few extra rolls, as they were too fat to fit in my cupcake tins without making a few extra.

Next time I will try mixing the apple into the dough as that was a suggestion I got from people trying them.

By Vikki on September 28, 2010

These cupcakes were totally a hit at my girlfriend’s Sunday brunch. I added some raisins in the filling and oatmeal for crunch on top and they were delicious!!!!!!!!!

By Sandra on September 28, 2010

I made this recipe tonight. Reading it, I thought it would be great. After baking it, well, I wouldn’t go through the trouble to make it again. My log was too thick to fit into the cupcake liners. The final product (taste wise) wasn’t too impressive either.

By A. Nichols on September 26, 2010

Paula, I can’t wait to make the Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes, they look wonderful and sound devine.. Being a southern girl from Kentucky I know they will be a big hit as a finish to a big Sunday brunch done southern style.

By Terry Appa on September 22, 2010



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