Apple pie is a classic dessert loved by many. There are so many different and unique variations. I have a cookout coming up this weekend for Father’s Day and I have been trying to decide what it is that I want to bring. I have been baking a bunch of different desserts and appetizers in an effort to decide. Why go through the trouble you ask? Well, the number one reason is I enjoy baking and secondly, cookouts are a great way for me to try new recipes and get a good opinion on that recipe from a large group of people.


One dessert I made last night was “Apple Pie Cups”. They are by far one of the easiest desserts I have ever made. They are something that can be thrown together in a pinch. It is makes for a quick and yummy dessert if you are in a rush. They came out perfect and are absolutely delicious!




  • 2 – Pillsbury Cinnamon Buns Tubes (I used the standard type NOT the Grands)
  • 1 Can of Apple Pie Filling (Chop this up a bit. Large apple slices will NOT fit in the cups)



  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Take a cupcake pan and spray it down with cooking spray. Dab the excess if you have any.
  3. Open the Pillsbury Cinnamon Bun tubes and place a single cinnamon bun in each of the cupcake slots. (You may have some left over depending on the size of your cupcake pan. You can either bake them separate or put them in the refrigerator for later use)
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  4. Next, press the cinnamon bun dough down in the center and push the sides up. You are basically trying to form a cup using the cinnamon bun.
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  5. After you have formed a nice cup with the cinnamon bun. Take about a tablespoon of apple pie filling and place it into the center of the cinnamon bun cup. Repeat for all cups.
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  6. Once you have finished, place the pan in the oven and bake for roughly 14 minutes until the cinnamon buns have fully cooked.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and set aside to cool.
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  8. Next, take the icing from the cinnamon bun tubes and empty it into a microwave safe bowl.
  9. Microwave until the icing is just melted enough that you can drizzle over the apple pie cups. (I did 20 seconds. My family prefers very liquidity icing that melts into the pie).
  10. How you proceed with this next step is up to your personal preferences. You can either drizzle the icing over the apple pie cups when they are still in the pan. The heat from the pan will turn the icing liquidity and melt into the apple pie cup (My family likes it this way). The other option is to remove the apple pies from the pan and let them cool fully and then when they are cool drizzle the icing over them. This will prevent the icing from melting more and give you a more solidified texture.

  11. After you ice the apple pie, grab your fork AND a napkin and dig in!
  12. Enjoy!



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