Mini Apple Pies

by Olivia

These Mini Apple Pies are Perfect for Any Occasion

Hey y’all! If you’re looking for a delightful and easy-to-make dessert, these Mini Apple Pies are just the thing. With a buttery crust, sweet apple filling, and a beautiful lattice top, these mini pies are perfect for parties, potlucks, or just a cozy night in. Let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Perfect Portions: These mini pies are the perfect size for individual servings.
  • Classic Flavor: The combination of Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg is timeless.
  • Beautiful Presentation: The lattice tops make these pies look as good as they taste.
  • Easy to Make: Using refrigerated pie crusts saves time and effort.
  • Cuisine Type: American
  • Servings: Makes about 12 mini pies
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 3 cups chopped apples (4 medium-small Granny Smith apples)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Sanding sugar (optional)

How to Make This Recipe:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 425℉. Lightly spray a standard 12-count muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Egg Wash: Using a fork, slightly beat the egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the Apples: Peel, core, and dice the apples into small, 1/4 inch cubes and place in a medium bowl. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
  4. Coat the Apples: In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add this mixture to the apples and stir until the apples are evenly coated. Set aside.
  5. Cut the Pie Crusts: Unroll the pie crusts and using a 4-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 12 circles. Gently press each circle into the cavities of the muffin pan. Brush the bottom of each crust with the egg wash.
  6. Fill the Crusts: Divide the apple mixture evenly between the cups.
  7. Make the Lattice Tops: Gather all pie crust scraps and roll them out thin. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut into strips less than 1/4 inch thick. Arrange 6 strips into a lattice pattern on top of each apple-filled cup. Trim any excess and gently press the edges down to secure.
  8. Bake: Brush the lattice tops with the egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar if using. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  9. Cool and Serve: Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Carefully remove the mini pies from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Use a thin knife or spatula to release the pies if they are stuck. Serve warm or cooled.

Variations:

  • Caramel Apple: Drizzle some caramel sauce over the apple filling before adding the lattice top.
  • Spiced Up: Add a pinch of cloves or allspice to the apple mixture for extra warmth.
  • Nutty Crunch: Sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts on top of the apple filling before adding the lattice top.

Equipment:

  • Standard 12-count muffin pan
  • 4-inch round cookie cutter
  • Mixing bowls
  • Fork
  • Sharp knife or pizza cutter
  • Spatula

Storage:

Store leftovers covered on the counter for up to one day. For longer storage, place them in the fridge for up to 4 days. These pies can also be frozen for up to a month. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

What to Serve with This Recipe:

These mini apple pies are perfect on their own, but they’re also delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. A drizzle of caramel sauce can take them to the next level!

Tips:

  • Even Coating: Make sure the apples are evenly coated with the sugar and spice mixture for consistent flavor in every bite.
  • Firm Crust: Brush the bottom crust with egg wash to help prevent it from becoming soggy.
  • Easy Removal: Use a nonstick muffin pan and lightly spray it with cooking spray to make removing the pies easier.

FAQ:

Q: Can I use a different type of apple?

A: Yes, you can use other types of apples like Honeycrisp or Fuji. Granny Smith apples are preferred for their tartness and firmness.

Q: Can I make the dough from scratch?

A: Absolutely! If you prefer homemade pie crust, you can use your favorite recipe.

Q: How do I make sure the lattice top stays in place?

A: Press the edges of the lattice strips firmly down onto the edge of the pie crust to secure them.

Approximate Nutrition Information:

  • Calories: 200 kcal per serving
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 25mg
  • Sodium: 150mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 15g
  • Protein: 2g
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