Dog Recipes

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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  1. EsMomma
    February 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm — Reply

    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!

    • February 20, 2014 at 6:40 pm — Reply

      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!

  2. cj livingston
    February 19, 2014 at 4:55 am — Reply

    need to use a non wheat flour (most dog’s are allergic) any idea’?

    • February 19, 2014 at 9:03 am — Reply

      Hi Cj! Try corn flour, coconut flour, or rice flour!

      • Kiki
        February 22, 2014 at 12:13 am — Reply

        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!!

        • Danii
          March 30, 2014 at 6:58 am — Reply

          Kiki how did the oats go??

    • February 20, 2014 at 6:36 pm — Reply

      Hi CJ, not sure if you got my reply, but you can use coconut flour, rice flour or corn flour!

  3. Bette Ireland
    February 23, 2014 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    What type of drizzle did you put on the cupcakes?

    • February 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm — Reply

      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 :).

  4. Melissa
    March 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    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!

    • March 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm — Reply

      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 🙂

  5. Wendy
    June 22, 2014 at 12:34 am — Reply

    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?

    • June 22, 2014 at 6:10 pm — Reply

      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!

      • April 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm — Reply

        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

  6. Gabby
    July 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm — Reply

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

    • July 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm — Reply

      Great to hear – thanks for the feedback, Gabby!

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  9. Meilee
    February 16, 2015 at 3:24 pm — Reply

    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

  10. Karen Stanco
    February 23, 2015 at 6:53 am — Reply

    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.

    • February 23, 2015 at 7:00 am — Reply

      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!

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  16. Martha
    December 4, 2018 at 7:30 am — Reply

    Why do all the recipes call for Wheat Flour? Can dogs not have regular flour?

  17. December 4, 2018 at 7:35 am — Reply

    Why are all the pup recipes made with Whole Wheat Flour? Can dogs not have plain white flour?

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