Apple pie cups with cinnamon streusel topping

When it comes to fall desserts, apple pie is an all American dessert sample. Now you can enjoy this dessert made in less than one hour (baking included) in a cup form! Traditional apple pie got a make-over! Apple pie cups with cinnamon streusel topping from

One of my family’s favorite fall activity is apple picking. Although apples are widely available year round, there’s so much fun spending the day together picking a basket of apples.

With us being gone for almost 2 months to visit my family in Romania a lot of our fall activities have been pushed to the side. We’re still trying to catch up on everything, slowly getting there. Unfortunately, some activities have to be crossed of the list since there’s not much time left.

Apple picking is one of them. And since I do not preserve apples for winter it’s not much of a loss, except making apple pie with our fresh picked apples.

Traditional apple pie got a make-over! Apple pie cups with cinnamon streusel topping from

Apple pie is by far one of the fall desserts I don’t make enough. Plus I have never made a successfully pie crust. There I said it! And the lattice top – you really got me there! I’ve tried. Honestly, not a pretty sight.

So I stick with what I know like brownies and other chocolate desserts.  And sometimes take shortcuts. Like the other day when I craved apple pie and was out of refrigerated pie crust.

These apple pie cups are the total opposite way of my baking “thinking”. There’s nothing “homemade” about them, unless putting everything together can be called so.

The pie crust is actually made out of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits. For the filling I used a can of Duncan Hines caramel apple pie filling. The streusel topping is made using Pillsbury refrigerated brown sugar oatmeal cookie dough mixed with some rolled oats and cinnamon chips. Traditional apple pie got a make-over! Apple pie cups with cinnamon streusel topping from Roxanashomebaking.comBut these apple pie cups will blow you away! They take less than one hour from the moment you turn the oven on until you can bite into one, unlike the traditional one where only the baking time is around 45 minutes plus a couple of hours to let it rest before enjoying it.

With these cups, you can enjoy them as soon as you turn the oven off. Serve with a scoop of ice-cream of just a simple caramel drizzle.

Apple pie cups with cinnamon streusel topping recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

1 hour

Yield: 10 apple pie cups

Apple pie cups with cinnamon streusel topping recipe

An American fall dessert simplified. Now, in less than one your you can enjoy it without all the hassle of the traditional one


  • 5 frozen Pillsbury grands flaky layers biscuits
  • 1 (21 oz) can Duncan Hines caramel apple pie filling
  • 3 oz pillsbury simply oatmeal brown sugar cookie dough
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp hershey's cinnamon chips


  1. Heat the oven to 350F.
  2. Remove the biscuits from the freezer and let rest at room temperature for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile grease a 12 cup cupcake pan and cut 10 squares of aluminum foil. Set aside until needed.
  4. With a sharp knife cut the the biscuits in half.
  5. On a floured surface, take each half biscuit and roll it flat into a 4 inch discs.
  6. Place the discs into the prepared cupcake pan, covering the bottom and the sides.
  7. Cover the pie cups with aluminum foil and fill with a few baking beads.
  8. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven without turning it off.
  9. Remove the aluminum foil with the baking beads, gently pressing the pie crust in the cupcake pan.
  10. Fill the pie crust with the pie filling.
  11. In a small bowl crumble the cookie dough and mix it with the oats and cinnamon chips.
  12. Top the pie cups with the cinnamon oats topping
  13. Bake for 25 more minutes.
  14. Leave to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before removing.

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  1. Candy says

    These are adorable! I have not seen the Duncan Hines caramel apple pie filling anywhere. Could you please tell me where you found it and I am assuming the Pillsbury simply oatmeal brown sugar cookie dough is a refrigerated dough in a tube. I have not seen it either!!!! Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Candy,
      I’m pretty sure I bought the Duncan Hines apple pie filling from WalMart, but you can use other brand if you don’t find that one.
      And the Pillsbury oatmeal cookie dough, comes in a white package not a tube and I bought it from Wegmans, but I’ve seen it in other grocery stores as well.

      • Melinda says

        I found the caramel apples, cinnamon chips, but for the life of me I can’t find the FROZEN GRAND FLAKEY BISCUITS!! Grrr! I have found country style, southern style, buttermilk, but no flakey. Can I just use the canned ones by the cookie dough? Having a hard time with that too. But as a last resort will cut some butter into some flour and brown sugar then add the chips. HELP!!

        • says

          Hi Melinda,

          If you can’t find the flaky frozen biscuits (I found them in the freezer section at WalMArt) you could use the refrigerator ones and quick freeze each biscuit for few minutes until not so soft anymore. Or you could use the frozen buttermilk biscuits.


  2. Melinda says

    Help! Can’t find the biscuits. Can I just use country style since that’s all I’ve been finding frozen? Or can I use the flakey from the rolled tube by the cookie dough?

      • Melinda says

        Thank you soo much!!! I made them last night and they were scrumptious!!! I couldn’t find the cookie dough, so settle for the flour, brown sugar, butter w/cin. chips and it was still sooo good!!!

  3. Teresa says

    Wow, I am so glad I found your blog. I probably wouldn’t have except that you linked to Wake Up Wednesdays. I think I could stay all day on your blog and pin recipes! Lovely pictures too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. says

    Love this idea. It completely solves my frustration when cutting into a pie and not getting perfect pieces ! This way it’s all in one. Featuring these when my link party opens up at 5PM Pacific

  5. Kathy says

    I can’t seem to find the Pillsbury Simply Oatmeal Brown Sugar dough what could I use to substitute that? Thank you!

  6. Arielle garza says

    Hi Roxana :) I made these last thanksgiving and they came out amazing! I went to make them again this year but it appears that Pillsbury discontinued the oatmeal brown sugar cookie dough. Could you recommend anther topping that would be just as yummy? Or a way you would recommend replicating that cookie dough?

    Thank you!

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