Recipe: Autumn Apple Bites

Autumn is my favorite season.  I love everything about it!  I love pumpkins, hayrides, mums, corn mazes, the beautiful foliage, and the crisp, cool weather; but most of all, I look forward to our annual tradition of apple-picking with my family.

With the apples we picked this year, we made apple crisp and a traditional apple pie, but I also thought it would be fun to try to make mini bite sized apple pies.  I found this recipe from centercutcook.com, and then we made a few of our own modifications to the topping.

This is what we came up with, and they were a huge hit in our house!  I hope you like them, too! 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust (or make your own)
  • 2 cups apples, finely chopped (we used Cortlands and Macs because that is what we had.  They came out great!)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened (4 tablespoons)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Grease a muffin tin.
  2. Unroll 1 refrigerated pie crust onto work surface.  Cut out 12 rounds using a 3-inch round cookie cutter (or, if you don’t have one, use a plastic cup with a 3-inch diameter.  Press into the dough and trace around it with a sharp knife until it releases.September 19, 2014 022
  3. Gently press each dough round into the bottom of a muffin cup.  The dough should just start to slightly go up the side of the muffin cup.                                                                                 September 19, 2014 023   September 19, 2014 024
  4. In a large bowl, combine chopped apples with 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.  Divide this mixture evenly among the 12 mini pies.
  5. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, and 1/2 stick softened butter.  Use a fork to mix all ingredients until crumbly.  Divide this mixture evenly among the 12 pies.                  September 19, 2014 025
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.September 19, 2014 026
  7. Allow the mini pies to cool before carefully removing them from the pan.
  8. Enjoy! 🙂
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