These easy apple pie muffin twists are packed with sweet apples and cinnamon spice! Made with just a few simple ingredients, these apple pie muffin twists come together in a snap! (See video below for step-by-step instructions!)
Happy apple pie season! My dad, however, would argue that apple pie season is year around. To a degree, I completely agree (#rhymeskills). I do love apple desserts, and apple pie flavor does transcend seasonal limitations, in my opinion. But, in the spirit of all things fall and Thanksgiving, it is apple pie season, and I’ll be celebrating by sharing some obligatory (but AMAZING) apple recipes!
I’m going to let you in on a little secret here: I actually made these back in August. In fact, I was actually making these while watching one of the tennis matches during the Olympics (I still can’t believe they’re over until 2020!). Why it took me so long to post this, I have no idea. Let’s just say, it’s been a B-U-S-Y fall season (isn’t that how it always is?), but at least I’m sharing these with you now!
It’s like apple pie meets apple muffins meets apple cinnamon rolls, aka, the meetings of champions.
These apple pie twists are so simple! They begin with canned biscuit dough, which is an ingredient I cannot live without. I’ve used it in many a recipe here on the blog, including these Strawberry Cheesecake Monkey Breads, and despite the fact it’s not homemade dough, it’s a fantastic ‘shortcut’ ingredient.
I have no qualms with quick and easy baking shortcuts. I know good things come to those who wait and all, but sometimes, when dessert is involved, there is a limit to how long I’m able to wait.
Okay, so breaking these down a bit, the reason why these are referred to as ‘muffin twists,’ is because the dough is twisted slightly before being baked in a muffin tin (you can see this in detail in the video below). By twisting each strip of dough, each muffin twist bite is filled with plenty of cinnamon spice and apple-everything nice!
- 1 can crescent dough, uncooked
- 1 cup apples, chopped into fine pieces
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp butter, softened
- cinnamon sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, mix apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla extract, and brown sugar together. Set aside
Unroll the can of crescent dough, and seal the perforated edges of the dough until it makes one flat surface.
Spread softened butter over the crescent dough. Spread the apples over the dough in an even layer.
Fold the dough in half, so the dough makes a square (see in video above). Cut the dough into 8 strips.
Twist each strip until it forms a corkscrew spiral (this can be a bit messy). Place two strips of dough into each muffin tin (there will be 4 muffins total).
Sprinkle each muffin twist with cinnamon sugar.
Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown.
Here are some other apple recipes I love: