what i made for monday-mini apple pies.

If you've been around a while you know that I like to make some sort of dessert or treat for my husband to take to work with him on Mondays.  Food is my love language.  I am not a diet friendly friend.   
It's just a small way that I feel I can help him with his work day...he and all his coworkers have a super long meeting on Mondays and...well, it's Monday...how can dessert not help that?
It gives me a good excuse to try new recipes and now all of his coworkers expect and look forward to what I will make and send in.
I've been meaning to document what I have tried here...but it's taken weeks for me to start...so we'll just start here.  :)
This week I made mini apple pies for him to take...and I made a large batch so that I could keep some too!
This recipe makes 24 mini pies but you could easily halve it to make 12.
 Start by cutting up eight cups of apples into small 1/2in bits.
Mix the apples with:
12 tablespoons of flour
1 1/2c of sugar
4 heaping teaspoons of cinnamon
1/4-1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg (depending on how much you like nutmeg...you could also leave it out)

You will also need:
4 tablespoons of chilled butter cut into 24 equal portions. 
two boxes of pilsbury pie crusts (four chilled NOT frozen crusts)
 Make sure you stir everything around getting the apples nice and coated.
Unroll your first pie crust and cut several circles out.   Continue this until you have enough crusts.
I found that a wide mouth mason jar ring worked perfectly.
Line each cup of your muffin tin with a tiny pie crust.
I found that pinching the edge of the dough around the top edge of the tin and making a hammock of sorts worked really well.  You can then gently fill the crusts with your apple mixture and push the crusts down the rest of the way.
 You should be able to fill until slightly mounded.
 Then take your equally divided butter...
 and put a dab on each pie.
 Cover as desired with left over dough.  Brush with melted butter and bake at 400 for 18 to 22 minutes.  I started checking in on mine at 10 minutes and checked every two until they were perfect.
And YUM!
They are the perfect size and I am looking forward to having the extras with my coffee in the morning.

Yes, for breakfast, there is fruit in there!

Enjoy making these!  It's the perfect excuse to head out to an apply orchard and pick some fresh apples!
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91 comments:

Megan said...

Those look fantastic! I have one question - when you fill the cups with the apple mixture, it looks a little wet, but you just mixed it with dry ingredients, right? Was that just the juice from the apples making it look that way? I definitely want to try this. :)

Phyllis said...

Yummy! These sound and look totally awesome. Great fall dessert (or breakfast).

hollymade said...

Those look yummy! I love your strategy-I love to bake too, but definitely need to get the goods out of the house otherwise I'll eat them all. This would be a fun way to try new recipes, get a little treat for myself but have someone else waiting for the rest. Might have to copy that idea!

Artsy Matilda said...

Yum! Looks delish. Thanks for sharing. I will try these this very day! There IS fruit in there. :-)
xo

~Molly~ said...

Oh Yummo!!!! Those look delish, and easy!!

LibraryGirl62 said...

so yummy! I think I will make these for work as well :)

MJ @ 517 Creations said...

Yum! Those look delicious!!

A Little Of A Lot said...

My youngest asked me this morning "Mommy would you make some mini apple pies ?" I wasn't too thrilled to be honest, I have a million things to do, but now I'm thinking you just confirmed that I'm supposed to make them for her. She'll be thanking you later :)

Kristina said...

Hi! I made a similar take on this recipe. I halved it and used pears instead of apples. I also used less sugar because the pears were so sweet and ripe. Thanks for the idea. My family loved it!

Bethany said...

I am making these and mini pumpkin pies today. They are great!

Liz said...

Do you need to grease the muffin tin pan before putting in the pie crusts?

Eva Mady said...

What apples did you end up using? I've heard that different apples are better in different uses. Some types are better for eating while others are better for baking.

Also, I'd assume you'd spray the pan before putting the pie crust in the muffin cups.

I'm looking forward to making these.

Thank you!!

Their Mommy His Wife said...

I made these two weeks ago with my three year old son, they were amazing & taste even better the second day. {I cut the batch in half since I only had one cupcake tin.}

Lindsey said...

Hi, did you grease the muffin tin and what kind of apples did you use?

Jess said...

This is awesome!! I can't wait to try it!

CouponClippingClaire said...

I plan on making these for Thanksgiving for our famiy!

Melissa said...

Thanks for the great recipe! I made these this morning to take with us to our Baltimore Raven's Thanksgiving tailgate! Yum!

Katie said...

Made these tonight for thanksgiving and they were wonderful...shrunk it down to a dozen with half cherry and half apple...made everyone happy! Thanks for sharing.

apinterestaddict said...

Tried these and loved them, but couldn't get them out of the pan in one piece! UGH! Made an excellent Apple Pie Crumble though! Check it out here...
http://apinterestaddict.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/myweekofthanksgiving/

Thanks :)

Julie said...

I made these for Thanksgiving and everyone was amazed that they came from my oven (baking is not my forte). Thank you so much for the recipe - they were absolutely delicious. And now I have something to make my honey when he needs a little pick me up.

Spare Mom said...

These look like something I will try. MMM. Thanks!

CrimsonFancy said...

I can see just a bit of caramel garnish making it all come together...and ice cream?
Nice work!

SillyGreenbean said...

(if I am double-posting, sorry, technical issues :P)

I made these for Thanksgiving and they were a hit! I was wondering if I can use any apple pie recipe for the mini pies? My mom said it looked like you might have a higher flour content, perhaps to prevent juices from spilling over... I wanted to see if I could use our recipe or if I would need to convert it for miniature pies, or I might just add some spices to yours. We always add a tiny bit of clove, sooo yummy! :)

email: melissagreen_17@yahoo.com

Meg Dias said...

Hi, when I read your words... you sounded just like me!

Food is my love language... :) it's been like this in my family. That's how we receive, entertain our dear friends...

As for the pie looks delicious, definetely going to try it! Thanks

Bestfoodies said...

just found you from Pinterest and love this recipe! Will be visiting your site often...nice to meet you!

The Artistically Challenged Crafter said...

Thanks for sharing this great recipe! I was searching for the perfect thing for a dessert night and these were perfect.

Darby said...

I love this recipe! I have made it several times and received rave reviews from everyone. Thank you so much for sharing with everyone!! I bake mine in silicon muffin pans, which makes it super easy to pop them right out when they're done. I've never needed to grease the pans using the silicon pan.

Bestfoodies said...

Hi, found your mini apple pies on Pinterest and it just made them. I made my own crust and I cut out the tops in heart shapes. Thanks for sharing the recipe. This is great idea and I loved it! I would like to put an excellent review on my site linking to yours on these if that's ok.

Hibiscus House said...

Hi, I am a new follower. I have a friend who baked these beautiful little pies and she said she got the recipe from you. So I posted her pic on my blog and linked it to your blog for the recipe and your credit...Thanks
Dolly
link:
www.dollyiscooking.blogspot.com

Sara said...

I saw the picture of your pies on a post on pinterest, and they looked amazing. I thought these would be perfect for my next book club, so I went out and bought the ingredients the next day. I don't bake. Or cook. Ever. But these were SUPER easy and I literally just inhaled two of them. They are so delicious!!! Thank you for the recipe, I will be using this for a LOOONG time! I'm super excited :)

Leah said...

I loved this recipe. My daughter had a class project on the U.S.A. and we brought the apple pie. I also love the concept behind these dessert posts! I just started blogging and these pies are one of my opening acts. I linked back here and hope my readers find you! I am the Nesting Doll at www.leahrice.com

Cher said...

great idea!

Anonymous said...

I use braeburn apples they are juicy and crisp, sweet and tart-perfect.

Unknown said...

I just made these today for a potluck - they worked out great! I halved the recipe to make 12 portions. To the ladies wondering what type of apples to use - I followed the advice that I saw on an old episode of chef at home. On it, he mentioned that there are sauce apples and pie apples. The only pie apple that he mentioned that I had seen in the store before was jonagold (all the other names that I recognized were sauce apples), so that's what I used for this recipe. They were great. Also: I didn't grease my muffin tins; they are plain, uncoated metal. To get them out, I turned the tin on its side and gently coaxed them out using my fingers and gravity. All in all, this was a lovely recipe - super easy and tasty. Thanks for posting this!

Ariel said...

These were grrreat! I was debating on making them to save myself from a couple extra calories..HOWEVER your little blurb on making them for your husband spoke to me :) My husband was very pleased with them tonight and is already looking forward to having them tomorrow! I also found you via Pinterest. Thanks~~

Kirstin said...

I made these and they were fantastic! I used just canned apple pie filling because i have been needing to get rid of it. Worked just great! Thanks!!

Vera said...

just saw this through Pinterest. the boyfriend loves apple pie and i might finally be able to make him some thanks to you :)

Jim and Becky said...

I can't wait to try these. They would be great for family gathering. Thank you.

Anne said...

I made these for a picnic - they were the favorite! Everyone wanted the recipe. They were easy to make and soooo delicious! I didn't spray the pan and they slipped right out. Going to make some for work next. Thank you!!!

Miriah T. said...

Love this recipe. Will have to try with my daughter. =)

Jenny Fletcher said...

Please could you give the net weight of pie crust. I prefer to make my own or buy my supermarket brand ready made pastry. Thanks

Jenny said...

omg those look good :) i must try them!!

Jen R said...

I love that you are serving your husband in this way by trying new recipes for him every Monday, so wonderful to hear! I made these today and halved the recipe. They are delish!!!! Thanks for the recipe, it will be going in my recipe book and I am sure it will be enjoyed for years to come!!!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Do these pop out easily from the muffin tin?

Anonymous said...

Amazing... Thank you for this recipe

utdee2 said...

I actually quartered the recipe and it still came out great! I only wanted to make a few and test out the recipe for my husband and I. They easily slipped right out of my silicone 6-pc muffin tray.

Thank you for sharing this recipe.

c384cf8a-c2d0-11e1-a016-000bcdcb8a73 said...

Just saw this recipe on Pinterest and I have to say these look really easy and what a great treat!! Just my hubby and I so 12 would be plenty! Gonna try them with a streusal topping and see how it comes out- My mom always baked her apple pies in a paper bag- they were delicious!! Have a recipe for that too- it won her a prize one time!!

Hev said...

Making these lil yummiest for the 4th oh July!! Thanks!

Hev said...

I will be making these today for the Fourth of July! Thanks!

Christie@EndlesslyLearning said...

I am going to make these tonight (I'm gonna try making homemade crust though) and I had the same question others have had about whether to grease the pan or not. I looked it up for just a regular pie and found that you should NOT grease the pan - the crust has plenty of fat to prevent sticking and it could actually ruin the crust to grease it! Hope that helps!

sorina luiza said...

Beutiful idea!!! Looks so pretty!!!
I will try soon!
Thanks for sharing,
Sorina

LilOne said...

Made these last night and all I can say is WOW! THANK YOU so much for sharing this idea! I think the next time I make it I'll try a crumble topping rather than the scraps, just for something different, but I def shared your page on FB for my friends who don't use Pinterest (what's wrong with them?!)

brandylyn82 said...

Just made them for a treat at the surprise party I gave to my Mother-n-law here in Spain. They were a hit! Plus super easy for me to do here with basic ingredients. I was a able to bring a lil Americana to the party. Will be doing them again. Oh and a greasing the tins with a bit of margarine on a paper towel helped to get them put.

KP said...

I tried this the other day with my family's tried and true crust recipe and had trouble getting it into the tin without the dough folding over itself. THe end result was a beautiful outside and then the inside was wrinkled and thick. Any ideas?

Evelyn Perrin-Sand said...

Nice recipe! I found it on Pinterest! Oh and nice Norway flag in the first picture! I'm an expat in Norway, making this dish and showing some America pride as I write this! :-)

Tina Marie said...

I made this for my daughter's class party this week and they LOVED them! PERFECT!!!

elegance-kids said...

I love that you are serving your husband in this way by trying new recipes for him every Monday, so wonderful to hear! I made these today and halved the recipe. They are delish!!!! Thanks for the recipe, it will be going in my recipe book and I am sure it will be enjoyed for years to come!!!

Melzie said...

Found them! And your mini pumpkin pies which look so FUN for thanksgiving dinner! thank you :D

xoxo melzie

Ashleigh Nicholls said...

I loved this my four year old son made these together and they turned out so wonderful! So tasty! Thank you for sharing! nashleigh7@gmail.com
http://growinglangauge.blogspot.com/

Hailey said...

These are awesome! So easy to make and a huge tasty hit! Thanks for sharing!

Hailey said...

These are awesome! So easy to make and a huge tasty hit! Thanks for sharing!

Jeni Raiche said...

What's the diameter of the mason jar lid. Just so I can see if I have something the same size. I don't have any cookie/dough cutters or mason jar tops

Jeni Raiche said...

What is the diameter of the mason jar lid. I don't have one or any cookie cutters so I would like to get an idea if I have anything the right size.

Ang said...

hi there! you inspired me! i made these and want to give you a shout out on twitter -what's your handle?

Shirley said...

I made one mini apple pie coz i have left over dough on the fridge and it was so nice.. Now, still baking 6 more. Thanks for this recipe! I really like it!!!

Shirley said...

I made one mini apple pie since i have left over dough on the fridge ( enough for one only ) - my mistake, i should have made some more dough... This pie is so good! Highly recomended... Thanks for sharing!!!

misty waugh said...

I'm gonna go even smaller, try mini muffin tin.... I'm going to a dinner party.... Great appetizers size... since its a pot lock so much food, a lil bite everything is what I like :) thank u for idea. It's fall and its perfect!!!

misty waugh said...

I'm gonna go even smaller, try mini muffin tin.... I'm going to a dinner party.... Great appetizers size... since its a pot lock so much food, a lil bite everything is what I like :) thank u for idea. It's fall and its perfect!!!

Erin said...

I just made these! Only made 6 so I could try them out for thanksgiving. They are delicious and so easy! I had no issues with my crust. I didn't spray the pan with anything either. I did take a knife and run it around the outside, they came right out. Can't wait to try out some other recipes of yours!! Thaks!

cjohansen7 said...

I made these wonderful pies and wrote a blog post about them and your linked your site:
http://cjfineart.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/mini-apple-pies/

Thanks for the recipe!

Bethann deremer said...

this looks so fun. i was just looking through my pinterest page and came across these. Going to make them for Thanksgiving. thank you Happy Holidays

Lacey Sanders said...

Today I made these for my kids pre-school thanksgiving lunch! Not only do they smell delicious, they are the perfect size for little ones and so easy to make!

Thanks for such a delicious idea!

Amanda Steinberg said...

made these for thanksgiving and they just got out of the oven-they look so amazing! thanks for sharing the recipe! :-)

ThriftyAmy said...

I just made these. As a note - 8 medium size McIntosh apples made enough for 24 mini-pies. I used a smaller circle cutter and only had to use 1 box of apple pie crust (2 crusts come per box). Also, consider sprinkling granola cereal on top if you don't have enough leftover crust.

erinz said...

I have made these twice in last 20 hours! Thank you!!!!!

Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony said...

These are in the oven right now!

Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony said...

These are in the oven right now!

BusyWorkingMama said...

Trying these this weekend - they look adorable!

Lynnette said...

Concerning the 'getting little pies out of you muffin tins or breville pie maker, use two strips of parchment paper to line the bottom of each tin making a 'cross' and leave enough to lift with after cooking

Lynnette said...

Concerning the 'getting little pies out of you muffin tins or breville pie maker, use two strips of parchment paper to line the bottom of each tin making a 'cross' and leave enough to lift with after cooking

Diane said...

These were really easy to make, and really looked appealing at the potluck that I took them to.

I thought the cinnamon taste was a bit overpowering though. I think that next time (and there WILL be a next time!), I'll decrease the cinnamon to a tablespoon or less.

love to cook! said...

Question on apple type and if you are using a small muffin pan or a mini pan? Thank you

Rosemary said...

I've made these several times - I use Braeburn apples and a regular sized muffin tin. Hope this helps! They are DELISH!!

Rosemary said...

I've made these several times - I use Braeburn apples and a regular sized muffin tin...hope this helps! They are DELISH!!

love to cook! said...

Thank you Rosemary. I appreciate your time. That helps a lot.

Susan said...

I just finished these for our Thanksgiving dinner. They turned out better than I could have imagined. I have put them in my cupcake stand and garnished them with sugared cranberries. Thank you!

Silvia's Creative Bakery said...

I was inspired by your recipe and made what I could with what I had at home... and they were delicious! Everytbody loved them! Thank you!
I wrote a post on them and shared your link: http://silviascreativebakery.blogspot.com.es/2013/11/mini-apple-tarts.html
Thanks for sharing it!

christinaerne said...

I tried your recipe for Thanksgiving to surprise my family when I came home from college, and they came out perfectly! There's nothing I had to change in your recipe! I was so surprised it was so easy! It took me quite some time but I had to peel 8 apples by myself so that took some time. I hope I'll have the time this holiday season to try more of your recipes!

Mariana Koontz said...

I don't bake often so I was a bit intimidated when I attempted to make these. The recipe was so easy that I was afraid it wasn't going to come out right, but I just brought these mini pies to work and have received so many positive comments!! Using pre-made pie crust saved so much time!!

THANK YOU for this amazing recipe!!

Meleah said...

I made these the other night for my Husband and small children, they loved the flavor, it was simple, and not over done. After all the holiday baking my husband was excited for just a plain and simple old fashioned apple pie. I added homemade vanilla ice cream and the two went perfectly together. Now I am about to bake the full recipe for a church gathering tonight. Thanks so much!

Tabitha Poston said...

I am planning out homemade frozen meals for after my twins arrive in a few weeks, would these be freezable if I baked them then froze? Or should I wait to bake them after freezing? Thanks so much these look sooo yummy and I want something tasty for the stressful days haha

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