Half Scratch Cinnamon Apple Pie Muffins

Half Scratch Cinnamon Apple Pie Muffins

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes


12 people

We found this interesting Krusteaz® Cinnamon Fire Cupcake mix and decided to hack it a bit–ending up with this fabulous variation on an apple pie. There’s nothing easier than taking a mix and making it your own. 



You can make these as cupcakes or muffins without the apple pie filling and just enjoy them with a cup of coffee.


  • 1 1/4 cups unpeeled apple (we used Gala), finely diced
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon whiskey (season your own by taking whiskey and soaking a cinnamon stick in it overnight)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 21-ounce can of prepared apple pie filling
  • Krusteaz® Cinnamon Fire Cupcake mix:
  • 1 pouch pecans provided in mix
  • 1 pouch baking mix provided
  • 1 pouch cinnamon topping mix provided
  • Additional pecans if desired


  • 1 Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with baking cups or use small mason jars, lightly greased and placed on a flat baking sheet.
  • 2 Chop apples and soak in prepared cinnamon whiskey for 15 minutes.
  • 3 Drain and set apples aside, but reserve liquid separately; soak the pecans in the liquid.
  • 4 Stir together the water, egg, baking mix and half of the cinnamon topping and blend well.
  • 5 Fold in drained apples (do not add the whiskey to the batter).
  • 6 Meanwhile mash the pie filling so there are fewer large chunks.
  • 7 Spoon about 2 tablespoons of pie filling into the prepared cups or mason jars.
  • 8 Spoon prepared batter over the top of the pie filling.
  • 9 Sprinkle remaining cinnamon topping over batter, about 1-2 teaspoons per muffin.
  • 10 Gently press in topping with back of spoon.
  • 11 Bake 23-27 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • 12 Drain pecans while allowing muffins to cool.
  • 13 Sprinkle pecans over the hot muffins and press in with back of spoon.
  • 14 (Note: we supplemented with a few extra pecans that had not been soaked).


20 Sep 22

If you haven’t had pumpkin soup, you are missing a delightful dining experience. This savory soup is ideal for one of those first (…)

28 Aug 22

Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette of Little Donkey in Cambridge, Massachusetts, add miso to their addictive banana bread to give it a (…)

More TFC