At Thanksgiving every year we have pies for dessert. I always go for the apple pie. I love the crisp tartness of apples melded with a warm sugary glaze on top of the flakey pie crust. Mmmm my favorite! Since I love apple pie so much, naturally, I decided one night that I NEEDED to stop at the store on the way home from work and make a pie. Well that night I experimented and my mini apple pies recipe was born which is a fun play on the traditional American apple pie.
To make these pies, I used a Pillsbury pie crust. Honestly, you would not know these are store bought crusts unless you saw the box on the table. They are buttery and flakey which equals YUM. However, if you want to go the extra mile and make homemade pie crust then more power to you. Use the bottom of a cup to cut out circles of pie crust to place in cupcake tins. I love cupcakes and thought the idea of individual pies was a good idea. Now it is time to make your filling. Use a fork or pastry blender to blend the butter with your dry ingredients until it is a crumbly mixture. Now layer your diced Granny Smith apples and crumb mixture until you fill the cupcake cup. Crimp the edge of your pie crust. Then place your pies in the oven for 20-25 minutes. You will know your pies are cooked to perfection when your crust is lightly brown and your filling is bubbling. Important tip: Place a baking sheet underneath your cupcake tin to catch any filling that bubbles over. I did this the first time I made these and was SO happy I did because it saved a whole lot of time and sanity by not having to clean my oven after. Phewf! So remember use a baking sheet!!
Our pies are in the oven and we have leftover scraps of pie crust… what to do with it… hmm… lightbulb moment! Let’s make these little pies decorated for our thanksgiving season. You can download my thanksgiving pie topper templates here. Once you download them, cut out the different pictures and use them as a stencil to cut out pumpkins, turkeys, pilgrim hats, and more in your pie crust. Just a note for your turkey shaped pie topper, the peanut shape is it’s body and then you place it on the feathers to give your turkey some depth. Place your pie toppers on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Brush your pie toppers with a beated egg and place them in the oven at 425 for 10-15 until golden brown. Then place them on your mini pies when they are out of the oven for a festive darling pie. Cute huh!
Since I love Thanksgiving so much I thought I would share a bonus recipe with you all. It is my mini CARAMEL apple pies. Use my mini apple pie recipe with a few small changes. First, before layering your apples and crumb mixture, mix your apples with ½ cup of caramel. Any caramel sauce works, I used a salted caramel topping that made these pies taste really good especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! The second change is after you pull your pies out of the oven pour 1 tsp of caramel on each mini pie. The caramel melts into the apple filling and is seriously wonderful. The neat thing about this caramel apple pie recipe is that you can make half apple pie and the other half caramel apple since it is so simple to adapt. Just don’t forget to add your pie toppers because they are definitely a big hit! For another fall treat try my butterscotch no bake cookies!
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