Apple Crunch Pupcakes

These homemade pupcakes are so simple to throw together! One bowl, 50 minutes of your time and voila!

Apple Crunch Pupcakes -

I love homemade dog treat recipes because you KNOW exactly what goes into them.

And I don’t know about you, but our dogs eat much better & cleaner than we do.

Apple Crunch Pupcakes -

If you have a doughnut pan, you can bake these into cute doughnut (or bagel) shapes as well!

Apple Crunch Pupcakes -

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A homemade cupcake for your dog, also known as a pupcake! Treat your four-legged friend to a dog-safe treat that they are sure to love!
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cups apple sauce (I used Mott’s Natural)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped apples (about 1 apple)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl mix water, apple sauce, vanilla, egg, and honey together with a whisk.
  3. Combine whole wheat flour and baking powder and stir into wet ingredients.
  4. Fold in chopped apples.
  5. Spoon mixture into greased muffin tins.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes; let cool.
*these are very LARGE for a dog - I broke them up into pieces and gave over several days.
*store in an airtight container.


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32 Replies to “Apple Crunch Pupcakes”

  1. I have been searching for a natural pup treat that did not require rolling and cutting out with cutters (I don’t have a lot of counter space) and this will be perfect! With all of the recalls and dogs getting sick on store bought treats I’m terrified to give my boy anything I don’t make or know what’s in it. I’m sure he will love these. Thanks for posting!

    1. Hi there! Glad you found this, I had never thought about that, but you’re right…most dog treat recipes do require rolling out dough! Enjoy!

      1. Hi Sarah and CJ,

        I have another doggie biscuit recepie that calls for wheat flour, however my wheatie seems to have an adverse reaction to wheat….I have been substituting the wheat flour with rolled oats, and I plan to try making this recipe that way over the weekend. I’ll let you know how they turn out! Also to keep the size down, I thought that I might make them in a whoopie pie pan and quarter them…the rest of the batter will be made into muffins for the humans!!

    1. Hi Bette,
      this was vanilla candy coating (candiquik) – it is safe for dogs but does have sugar in it, so use in moderation or not at all :).

  2. I made these today in my mini muffin tin! They are the perfect size! It made 3 pans, 6 dozen. I watched them and they only need to bake for 13-15 minutes in the mini pan. My labs both loved them!

    1. Hi Melissa, looking back I should’ve made them in mini muffin tins! Thanks for noting the time, I might have to add that as a ‘note’ in the recipe if others want to make smaller muffins! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  3. Can’t wait to make these! If I can’t find candiquik, do you know if it is safe to use Wilton candy melts for frosting decorations?

    1. Hi Wendy, yes you could certainly use those, or you could just use yogurt to “frost” the pupcakes. Or just leave it off all together – the pups won’t mind, haha! Enjoy!

      1. Hello- I followed this recipe over from pinterest. I wanted to mention another frosting option- that dries hard with no sugar. Yogurt Royal icing from k9

  4. I made these for my three golden retrievers today and they were a huge hit! Thanks for a great recipe!

  5. Thanks for sharing this healthy, fun recipe! I made them for Valentine’s Day, subbing corn flour, and they turned out great! I caught my husband eating one and he said he liked them because they’re not too sweet (“What, this corn muffin is for the dog??”) 🙂 –Meilee and Douglas the Pitty

  6. Made these just this morning and my dog loves them. What is the best way to store them? They were quite easy to make. The recipe made 48 mini muffins.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Karen.I ‘d store the ones you won’t use in the next few days in a Ziploc bag in the freezer!

  7. I have always used reg white flour due to my dogs allergies. Also, for frosting, simple instant mashed potatoes work very well 🙂

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