Mini Apple Pies

Mini Apple Pies

Mini Apple Pies

Tradition is a funny thing. You don’t mess with it, that’s how something becomes a tradition. You do it over and over. It is rituals that are handed down from one generation to the next. Thanksgiving is the most important and revered tradition in my family. It’s been an American tradition for a couple hundred years, but  for my family in particular, it began with my grandparents. It’s a day that my whole family now waits for all year, and it’s all about the food. In my house I’m known as the CEO of Thanksgiving, the Titan of Turkey and the Potentate of Potatoes. I rule this holiday with an iron fist. I make the same meal year after year. So, after 27 years of making this particular meal, I have in fact perfected it. My turkey is worthy of any glossy food magazine, my potatoes glisten in buttery goodness, and my cranberry sauce has just the right amount of tart and sweetness.

My mother however is the VP of stuffing. For 27 years that has been her contribution, and she nails it every time. However, sometimes traditions have to change. In with the new, and out with the old. In this case, I’m the old. My son graduated culinary school over 2 years ago, and he has been working as a chef in a fine dining restaurant. Last night he approached me and said that he would like to make the turkey and mashed potatoes this year for our dinner. I was stunned at first. Was he trying to yank control of this holiday out of my hands? When I gained my composure I realized that it may be time to hand the baton over to the next generation. Yes, I guess it was time to pass the tradition on.

Mini Apple Pies

So, now that I didn’t have to worry about the main course, I could focus on the really important aspect of the dinner; dessert. I decided to go very traditional, and serve a trio of desserts. I’m going to do mini pumpkin cheesecakes with praline topping, vanilla bean ice cream and these mini apple pies. Here’s to tradition.

Mini Apple Pies

Mini Apple Pies

Mini Apple Pies

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Recipe: Intermediate

99 thoughts on “Mini Apple Pies

  1. These are so adorable. As you may or may not have noticed, I’m really big on portion control in desserts which is why I love making mini-versions of things. This is right up my alley. And the crust is beautiful!

  2. Divine!! When you have time please give a “look-see” at my entry The Magic of Thanks” under October-November 2010 archive entry. I still get chill bumbs when I think of that day. Congrats on FP.

  3. Any suggestions when baking this little pies on how to make the cupcake tins easier to clean up?

    These look amazing and would make super gifts for the holidays, maybe I’ll make some that include cranberries. :)

  4. So, my coworker just brought in pumpkin cheesecake with praline topping and chocolate drizzled on top. And I about died, and I’m determined that mini ones should be made, so I don’t eat half the cake again….

    I implore you to show me your ways, that I can have hope.

  5. These do look incredible and very impressive! They are so cute. I don’t really get the whole thanksgiving thing, but I am British so… It does seem like a properly adhered to thing in the Us though.

  6. Ditto the cute factor. And the posting continues “Mama’s” excellence in both description and the visual appeal. A-PEAL!!! Get it?

  7. Just made these last night. Amazing! Delicious!

    Couldn’t find sweet butter (don’t know what it is even so probably wasn’t looking in the right place) and still good.

    Off to do research and locate sweet butter

  8. those look scrumptious! <3 definitely something I have to try!
    thanks for sharing the recipe
    I have to say I've made apple pies before, but I love the idea of these mini ones. It'll be way easier to serve =)

  9. These are so beautiful… I’ve just found your blog and so happy to have discovered you! I love to bake as well…and wish I had gone to pastry school and done graphic design! You’ve accomplished both! If you had to choose (which I do) which one would you recommend??

  10. They are super sweet looking! We would legit eat the entire army of little apple pies in under a half-hour. We will definitely try this recipe and get back to you on how it worked for our resident bakers.

    Hopefully, they will turn out as scrumptiously as yours look.

  11. I made mini apple pies as well this year! I used a different recipe and it was good but I’m thinking yours sounds better! Will try it at Christmas.
    Love your postings!

  12. I just wanted to tell you that I did in fact end up making these for Thanksgiving!!! There was a group of 25 of us, so I made 12 (since there would be other desserts)! And they were a huge hit!!! I made them in cupcake pans and they were out of this world! Everyone loved them and wanted to know where I got the idea from!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. Thank you! These turned out great. I did put a spoonful of left over Thanksgiving cranberry sauce (just crushed fresh cranberries, apples, and sugar) in the bottom. I was rushed so I used store bought crust and sprayed the tops with canola spray before dusting with sugar. Wonderful and worth the fussing of the latice work. Thanks again for sharing. I found you from the LATimes “show us what you’re eating” segment.

  14. hi
    it is the first time i read your post …. i like it so much and for sure i will continue to visit your blog

    best regards and have fun

  15. I made these for a Bake Sale and they were a hit. So delicious! Do you think I can make this into a regular size pie using the same directions for the filling?

  16. These are adorable! My husband is currently deployed to Afghanistan and apple is his favorite pie. Unfortunately, I can’t send him a large apple pie this fall because I know it won’t make it through the shipping process… but these mini pies are definitely a maybe. What do you think? If packaged well, would they survive shipping? I’ve sent cookies, banana breads, brownies and they’ve all made it. Just hoping to send him a little love from home and I know how much he enjoys his apple pies!

    1. Hi Jolene, bless your husband for serving our country. It’s a great sacrifice both you and your husband make for all of us. I would love to say that sending him these mini pies is a good idea, but they will get soggy after a few days and the crust will probably crumble in the shipping process. I don’t think this would work at all. But please send him all of our wishes to keep him safe!
      xo

      1. Thanks for being honest! He should be home right after the holidays- I won’t have fresh fall NY apples but I can make them for him then! I’ll stick with my cookies, breads and bars… brownies are in the oven now… headed out in tomorrow’s care package! I’ll pass along the stay safe wishes. They are the last ones I give every time we talk. :)

  17. How gorgeous are these pies !? I love that they are little – I think the pastry/apple filling ratio would be perfect !

    And well done for sharing control of the Christmas meal – I hope that you enjoyed the time off from having to cook the turkey and potatoes with a large glass of eggnog or mulled wine ?? :)

  18. Interesting to include both butter and vegetable shortening in the crust recipe. I like the criss-cross top — I always have trouble with a fluted crust (i.e., trying to cover it with bits of foil so it doesn’t burn).

  19. I am new to Mama’s Got Bake so I was picking a “category” on the sidebar of course I went for “pie.” That is SO sweet that your son wanted to cook Tgiving (AND fabulous that he is a professional and knows how to do these things) and your little apple pies are so cute, esp. with the lattice. I have to go show Baker Smurf (my Mom).

  20. I used your recipe to make mini apple pies for my son’s Pi Day snacks last week. Thank you for such a yummy recipe. It was my first time making pies and pie dough, and you made it easy for a beginner like me to follow. I didn’t bookmark your page, and my son erased the history for that day. It took me over an hour just now, and poring over many recipes to find you again, but I’m glad I’ve found you! I will subscribe! Thank you!!

    1. Hi Kathy, I’m always so happy when someone takes the time to write to me to let me know a recipe worked out for them. I hope I can share other fun recipes with you in the future! Thanks again for reading! Sheryl

  21. Oh me, oh me – what do I love more, your recipe or your anecdote? Your food is not only beautiful but it is soulful.

    On another note, between your culinary expertise (and Thanksgiving CEO experience of 27 years) and your son’s, you could sell at seat at your Thanksgiving table for $300 a pop. I’d pay, for sure. ;-)

  22. Just tried this recipe last night (but using homemade pie crust a la Ina Garten) and it came out wonderful. The ratio of the filling ingredients were awesome! It wasn’t runny and not too thick. I even made it in a mini muffin pan for bite-sized goodness! My mom was raving about the filling (she never does that too!) Thank you so much for sharing.

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