Lemon Apple Mug Pie

Lemon Apple Mug Pie - offbeat + inspired

Coffee, tea and hot cocoa drinkers everywhere have a reverent appreciation for the mug. If you’re like me, you’ve actually searched for “mug obsession” on Pinterest and spent inappropriate amounts of time mentally adding to your (embarrassingly large) collection. So why is the mug so appealing? I think the obvious reason is that it’s the most convenient way to take your daily dose of caffeine, but besides that there’s something comforting about toting around your favorite cozy beverages in an adorable little bowl with a handle.

Lemon Apple Mug Pie - offbeat + inspired

If you haven’t already guessed where I’m going with this, all the mug love got me thinking. If mugs are so awesome, why not use them for something equally awesome — like pie? If cups + cakes can be so blissfully married, mugs + pies certainly deserve a trip down the aisle!

Lemon Apple Mug Pie - offbeat + inspired

Now I’m sure this has all been done before, but the concept was new to me so I began researching. I’ve had these wonderful Fiesta Jumbo Mugs for a few years and they have proven themselves IDEAL for hot cocoa on snowy winter nights. They’re also extremely sturdy and according to the Fiesta website, they’re 100% oven safe up to 500 degrees — a perfect candidate for the mug pie! I Googled “mug baking safety” and learned that if a mug (or any ceramic dish) is oven safe, it will say so on the bottom or on the manufacturer’s website. Always check first!

Lemon Apple Mug Pie - offbeat + inspired

I wanted to do a filling that was delicious and fresh. I decided to spruce up a typical apple pie recipe and make it more spring-worthy by cutting out the spices and adding bright zesty lemon.

Lemon Apple Mug Pie - offbeat + inspired

The result was an absolute hit. Not only did the mug pies bake up perfectly, but the lemon, apple and buttery crust combo was to die for. The best part was being able to carry it around just like that trusty cup of coffee or cocoa.

Lemon Apple Mug Pie - offbeat + inspired

Pie in a mug… life is good!

Lemon Apple Mug Pie - offbeat + inspired

Lemon Apple Mug Pie - offbeat + inspired

What kind of mug pie will you be making? If you’d rather reserve your favorite mugs for coffee use only, check out our French press coffee tutorial for how to brew the perfect cup!

Lemon Apple Mug Pie
Serves 2 (using the Fiesta Jumbo 18 oz. Jumbo Mugs)

For the Crust
1 1/3 cup of all purpose flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. cold unsalted butter
4 tbsp. ice water

For the Filling
2 granny smith apples
juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp. sugar
4 tbsp. cold salted butter

For Brushing the Crust
juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp sugar

Make the crust! Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse to incorporate. Cut the cold butter into pieces, add them to the flour mixture and pulse 5 times, or until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add 1 tbsp. ice water at a time and pulse until the crumbs are moist enough to form a dough. Pull the dough ball together, wrap it in plastic or a ziplock bag and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, grease your mugs with butter and prep the filling! Wash, peel, core and slice 2 apples and place them in a medium bowl. Make sure the slices are small enough for the mug you’re using.

In a small bowl, mix together the juice and zest of 1 lemon with 2 tbsp. sugar. Pour this mixture over your apples and stir until the apples are fully coated.

In the same small bowl, mix together the juice of 1 more lemon with 2 tbsp. sugar. This mixture is for brushing the crust later.

Cut your cold pie dough in half and roll out 2 (1/4 inch thick) circles on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin. Line your 2 buttered mugs with the dough and trim off the excess of each crust. Roll out the trimmings into 2 more circles for the top crusts.

Distribute the apple mixture between the mugs and dot with 2 tbsp. butter each.

Add the top crusts and pinch the edges to seal. Score the crusts 4 times with a knife and brush the tops generously with the remaining lemon mixture that was set aside earlier.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until the crusts are golden brown.

Cool for 10 minutes before serving! Enjoy!

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  1. Mmmm!! Right now I need this mug pie in one hand and my mug of java in the other – multitasking at it’s best! Thanks for sharing – great recipe for winter!

  2. Recently came across our blog and bookmarked it since. im really enjoying the mug pie idea! Where did you get your navy/orange rope shirt? I love it

    • Honestly, the way I found out about the apple lemon combo was when I read about how tossing apple slices in lemon juice prevents browning! Ever since I read that, I’ve squirted a bit of lemon juice over my apples whenever I’m making a fruit salad! It really makes the sweetness of the apples pop. :D

    • Thank you!! I’m sorry but we really can never have too many mugs!! (I’m a horrible influence…) :D

  3. This looks absolutely delicious! Do you know what? When I was in college (back in the dark ages) my favorite little cafe on the slopes made the most delectable chicken pot pies… in you guessed it! MUGS! There was nothing I liked more than sitting outside at a small table bundled up and my hands wrapped around one of those mugs containing my chicken potpie watching folks ski by on a spring day! Now I think I am going to have to seriously reconsider my mug collection again! :) (yes it was almost entirely wiped out by careless packers.. i mean who packs a weight set with tea pots and mugs?!)

    • Hahaha!! Oh my gosh I’m so sorry you lost your mugs to a weight set!! That story made me feel so warm and cozy! I’m inspired to go make a chicken pot pie right now!! I hope you restore that mug collection and try out this recipe! :D

      • OH Tiffany, I will most definitely be making this recipe! Or rather our middle boy will. He loves to bake and has been trying out all kinds of recipes. In fact this weekend we already have plans to pull out the small pie tins to practice pies and homemade cinnamon rolls. I wish there was an affordable cooking school around here as he thinks he might want to pursue a career as a professional baker. And I just got birthday money in the mail… :) Woo hoo!

        • Aww this will be so fun for him to make! It sounds like he’s going to be a great chef! :D I do write for FOLK and yes that was my latest article! :D

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