Here’s my recipe for the cutest little apple pies! I make them in a cupcake tin, so I couldn’t decide if I should call them mini apple pies, or apple pie cupcakes. Either way we name them, they are adorable, delicious, and really fun to make! My recipe made 6 mini apple pies, so if you’d like to make more, double the recipe to make about a dozen.

Diana’s Mini Apple Pies

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons (or a little more) ice water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 2 to 3 apples (3 made extra filling for me… which I ate later with yogurt – YUM!)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Make the dough
Cut your butter into small cubes. Using a mixing bowl and a fork, mix butter into the flour. I’m sure a food processor would make this easier, but I did it by hand, and it worked! Next, add salt and sugar. Then add your ice water and mix well until a dough forms. Start with the 2 tablespoons of ice water, and if it isn’t coming together like a dough, start adding a little bit more at a time. Wrap dough in saran wrap and leave in the fridge for 30 minutes.

2. Cut up your apples

Peel and dice or chop 2 or 3 apples. Again, 3 apples made extra for me, so you could probably get away with 2.

3. Make the cinnamon sugar mixture

Mix together the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, flour, and vanilla extract. Then, mix in your chopped apples.

4. Make apple pie cups and fill with apple mixutre

Remove dough from fridge. Using two pieces of parchment paper, place 3/4 of the dough inside the two pieces and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough (saving have to wash the rolling pin! I’ll do anything to skip washing an extra dish!). Roll it out fairly thin. Use a bowl that’s larger than the size of your cupcake tin circles to cut out circles from the dough. Squish these into an ungreased cupcake tin, removing any extra from the top. Use a fork to poke holes at the bottom of each cup, and then fill to the top with your apple mixture.

5. Make the apple pie lattice top

Using the remaining 1/4 of dough, roll out a rectangle. Then, cut out small stripes, the diameter of your cupcake cups. Use these to create the lattice work top over the mini apple pies.

6. Bake the apple pies

Place the cupcake tin on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 35-40 minutes, or until they start to look like and brown on the top, and your whole kitchen smells like apple pie heaven!


59 Responses to Mini Apple Pies / Apple Pie Cupcake Recipe [ ]

  1. I love this mini apple pie recipe!I’ll do this recipe as soon as. :)

  2. Kelly Senyei says:

    These are absolutely adorable, Diana! What an amazing idea!

  3. Lynn C says:

    I made these yesterday and we Loved them! Going to try these with fresh peaches, too. Thanks!!

  4. Emma says:

    How many apple pies does this recipe make??

  5. Marybeth says:

    I made these this morning and doubled the recipe (it didn’t say, but I assume the recipe was for 1 dozen pies). I rolled the crust thin like you said to, but I barely had enough crust to make 12 pies. I was kind of disappointed because I expected to make 24 pies. Any idea why there wasn’t enough crust?

  6. Andrea says:

    Ok, just wanted to come back & add that these mini pies were delicious! Once baked, the dough didn’t taste salty at all! My Husband thinks they tasted perfect as is.

  7. stephanie says:

    Made these today as I recieved a lot of apples as a gift- (its that time of year) really delicious and made my house smell wonderdul! Thank you!

  8. Those are Awesome in Taste and Looks! Thanks for posting! :)

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  11. Beth says:

    I love this recipe!! I just made them and they are so adorable AND delicious. small piece of advice – I used a plastic drinking cup to make the initial crust piece and it worked perfectly.

    thanks for sharing! :)

  12. Amber says:

    Amazing idea! My 1 year old, 4 year old and I just made them together. Lots of fun! They just came out of the oven, and smell amazing. They are a bit messy on the tin…any tricks to getting them out? I’m scared they will stick and fall apart. It will be awesome if they just pop out, but I doubt it will be that easy.

    • knitandbake says:

      So glad you guys make them! Every now and then, if I have a hard time getting them out, I just use two forks and slowly jiggle the pie back and forth until it comes out :)

  13. Niah says:

    Yummy! I love these! Just made them! Thanks for the great recipe! And what a cute idea!

  14. Kaelie says:

    Thanks! Have to make dessert for 40+ people and figured mini apple pies were the way to go. Wasn’t sure how I should do them and this helps me a lot! Thank you so much! :)

    • knitandbake says:

      Oh my gosh, did you make 40 of these pies?! That’s a LOT! Haha I’m usually exhausted after making a dozen :)

  15. Katie says:

    I love the idea of these, and I’m thinking of making them as a present for my dad. But I was wondering what sort of shelf life these have. Could I make them a couple of days in advance? xx

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  17. Lauren says:

    Must thank you for sharing this recipe! FINALLY got electricity back here in my area of NY and all i had was some better crocker pie crust and apples that didn’t go bad ~ not a bad pick me up for a rather dismal mood that hangs over the entire tri state… thank you!

  18. Suzanne says:

    So does this yield six or four? This is so great. I’m bringing these to Thanksgiving! Thank you!

  19. Martina says:

    Wow What a Great Idea. They’re adorable indeed!!!! Maybe it’ll work with mango but IDK. Thanks!!

  20. Emily says:

    I’m a junior in college and I made these today. It took a while but the recipe was very helpful and straightforward. Thank you for sharing it with the world! :)

  21. Jacinthe says:

    Tried this recipe with a friend last week and it was AWESOME! The dough was crispy but melted after biting into it and the spices and “caramel” were luscious but didn’t overpower the apples. All-in-all, this is the best apple pie I ever made… SERIOUSLY!

  22. Jenn says:

    Thank you! I needed an easy recipe to use my apples before they went bad and these were a huge hit (and the kitchen smells amazing) :)

  23. Bonnie Coyle says:

    Made these today for Thanksgiving!! So excited they turned out adorable!! Thank you!

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  26. deadeabug says:

    These were delicious! I used a pre-made crust though, but followed the rest of the directions for the filling and baking and they came out perfectly. Thanks for the recipe!

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  28. Terry says:

    I love all of your knitting patterns and recipes. They are all super, plus it easy to see why you are successful at photographing ad campaigns.

  29. Hana S says:

    I made these for thanksgiving and will be making them again! Everyone love them, I only problem I had was after baking the apples shrunk and it was half empty inside, next time I just might have them one so that I can stuff more apples!

  30. Suma says:

    Hi there,

    I just baked some of these mini apple pies and they turned out perfectly. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’m looking forward to trying out some more of your recipes :-)

  31. I made these today and they tasted absolutely amazing – great recipe ;)

  32. I made these today and they were absolutely amazing and tasted so yummy – thank you ;)

  33. Laquita says:

    Can’t wait to try these!

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