Spice Up Your Life With Apple Pie Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes

Now that the cold seasons are in full swing, there's no shortage of recipes involving apples, cinnamon, caramel, pumpkin and spice. We've even gone through the effort of compiling all the best apple recipes into one handy list. There are many reasons why we love apple recipes, but the best part about them is that there are always new ones to try.

Just like apples themselves, there seems to be a new harvest of tasty recipes to try every fall. Adam and Joanne of Inspired Taste have an apple recipe that we've never seen before and can't wait to try. Combining two of the greatest desserts of all time, pie and cupcakes, the Apple Pie Cupcake is every apple lover's dream. Don't forget that drizzle of caramel, yum.

To make this yummy dish you'll need:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced in to 1/4-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
Juice of half lemon (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 can (12.4 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls
whipped cream
caramel-flavored syrup


Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly spray 8 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray.

In 10-inch skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add apples; cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons brown sugar, the cinnamon and salt. Cook 5 minutes longer or until tender. Stir in lemon juice.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix butter, flour, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and walnuts with fork or hands until crumbly. Set aside.

Separate dough into 8 rolls. Flatten each into 4-inch round; place in muffin cup. Divide apple filling evenly onto rolls in muffin cups. Divide flour mixture evenly over apples.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until bubbly and tops are lightly browned. Cool slightly before removing from muffin cups. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Serve cupcakes topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of syrup.

Happy baking!
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