Mini Apple Pies

It’s December and that’s always a great time for some homemade desserts.  I saw a recipe for mini apple pies on pinterest and just had to try them.  I made some for my rommates as a test run, a few for my lifegroup Thanksgiving party, and more on Thanksgiving day for my relatives.  They seemed to be hit, so I thought I’d share. Check it out! This shuold make about 24. You could easily stretch it by adding more apples.

Here’s what you need:

About 7 or 8 apples of your choice (I used Gala)
12 tablespoons of flour
1 1/2 cups 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)
About half a stick of butter
2-3 Boxes of Pillsbury Pie Crust – chilled, not frozen (if you are wanting to make a fancy top crus for the apple pies, 3 boxes will be needed, if not, 2 will be fine)

Preheat the oven to 400.  Start by removing the skin of the apples.  Take the newly skinned apples and chop them up into 1/2 inch chunks. Stick them in a bowl.  Throw in your flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix until the apples are nicely coated.

Unroll your pie crust, cut out circles large enough to sit in a muffin pan. I found mason jar lids or a cup works nicely for this.  You may want to spray your muffin pan before placing the dough in it.  When you are done cutting out circles, line them in the muffin pan as though they are the muffin cups that you would use for cupcakes!

Now fill each cup with your apple filling to the brim of the muffin cup or until it is slightly rounded.  Now, cut your butter into 24 equal portions and place a portion on top of each mini apple pie.

If you are not interested in making a design with the pie crust on top, then take the remainder of the crust and place it on top of each mini apple pie.  I ended up making a criss-cross design found on most apple pies and it took quite some time.  Another cute idea is cutting out a shape with a cookie cutter and placing it on top as the crust!  If it’s around Christmas time, a Christmas Tree would be cute on top!

OPTIONAL: Brush remaining melted butter on top of each pie.

Stick them in the oven for 18-22 minutes.  I checked mine starting at 12 minutes and checked them every few minutes until they are golden!