Garam Masala Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cookie Crust

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Apple pie cupcakes with a cookie crust! When you cannot decide between apple pie and cupcakes you make this fun mash-up!

Ingredient Notes

Garam masala: This is used along with the usual apple pie spices. Garam Masala is made up of warming spices so using the blend gives the apple pie a warmth. Many people use a homemade blend of Garam Masala. That is what gives our Mom’s cooking that familiar taste and it gives this apple pie a taste of home.


I used Cherrybrook Kitchen cake mix and Dollop vanilla frosting

If you substitute butter for Earth Balance (vegan margarine) in the cookie crust this cupcake is vegan!

Garam Masala Apple Pie Cupcakes

Shilpa Joshi
Apple pie cupcakes with a cookie crust! When you cannot decide between apple pie and cupcakes you make this fun mash-up!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 12



  • 1 Box Cupcake Mix (I used Cherrybrook Kitchen)
  • 1 Container Vanilla Frosting of choice
  • For garnish – a sprinkle of cinnamon and toasted pecans

Apple Pie Filling

  • 4 Baking Apples chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp Garam Masala
  • 3/4 tsp


  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Cloves

Cookie Crust

  • 20 Parle-G cookies (or graham crackers) crumbled by hand or put in zip-lock bag and crush
  • 2 tbsp Melted Butter or Earth Balance
  • 2 tbsp

    Brown Sugar


Step 1

  • Mix melted butter, cookies and brown sugar. Line cupcake sheet with cupcake liners. Divide cookie mixture among the cupcakes and push down mixture with a cup. Pour cupcake batter on top and pop in the oven to bake according to box instructions.

Step 2

  • On med-low heat, cook apple filling mixture for about 3-4 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool.

Step 3

  • Use a cupcake corer to the core of all the cupcakes.

Step 4

  • Fill each cupcake with the apple pie filling, then place the cake tops back on top.

Step 5

  • Top with frosting. Optionally sprinkle cinnamon and toasted pecans on top for garnish.
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  1. Hi! Are baking apples different from normal apples? Can i use normal apples instead? Also, will there be any change in flavour if I skip the cookies?

    1. Hi! The main difference between “normal” apples and baking apples is their sugar content and ability to hold shape when baking. Honestly, many “baking apples” are likely normal ones you get. Here is an article with some varieties: I think likely most types are fine for this.
      There won’t be any change in flavor if you skip the cookies! It just adds a little crunch/crust at the bottom which is not necessary.

      1. okay thank you! I find your website and recipes really comfortable to indians as compared to the other websites. I want to bake a cake for a kid’s birthday and want to make a pineapple cake but unfortunately i havent ever made it before. Any tips?