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Mini Crumb Apple Pies

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Apple pie in a bite! These Mini Crumb Apple Pies are perfect for your any dessert table!

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There is one recipe that I’ve made more times than I can count. Well, two. But the second one is savory, and none of y’all want to see that.

Crumb Apple Pie. It’s my thing. My specialty. The pie that everyone expects at holidays. I’ve even made it twice here on the blog…but I’m only linking to one. And even that one…jeesh. I thought that photo was the bees knees. #photographyfail

I can’t even remember when I started making that pie. College maybe? Anyway, I was never satisfied with any of the apple pies I’d ever eaten and I set out to make my own.

And it’s Legen – wait for it…. – dary.

A legendary apple pie. One that is so super awesome (and cute!) as a teeny tiny mini pie.

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Thanksgiving is all about eating. Really, so is all of December. Throughout the next 6 weeks or so we’re going to eat a little of this and a little of that…a little bit of everything. My solution to the “which dessert should I eat” problem is to eat both. And you can – if at least one of them is mini.

These mini crumb apple pies are the perfect fit for any holiday table. Or heck, a random Wednesday in March. You’ll love them, I promise!

The secret to my apple pie is to pre-cook the apples. I hate rubbery chewy apples that bounce back at your teeth. I boil my apples in a little water before adding them to the pie crust. They continue baking in the oven and turn out delightful and not rubbery one little bit.

And well, if we’re making the best pie ever…it has to have a crumble topping. Mel and I always joke this pie would be even better if we left out the apples – crust and crumble only. I could live on that combo.

My crust in these photos is a refrigerated one. It was easier for me the day I’ve made them. A pack of two makes 36 mini pies. You can use a homemade pie dough if you’d like, but note that I’ve never made the minis with that recipe. It should work, but I haven’t done it. You would need a double recipe though; that one only makes one crust.

These pies freeze well, which makes them perfect for the holidays. Freeze them in single layers, between paper towels. Let them defrost at room temperature and the paper towels will absorb the moisture. They’ll be as good as fresh. Great for a last minute gathering or cookie tray, or because you’re making 27 side dishes for Thanksgiving and you want your pies done early.

If you serve mini pies…they’ll get eaten. Everyone should serve mini food. It’s just cuter.

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 And I don’t know why, but it tastes better too! :)

Mini Crumb Apple Pies

Yield: 36 pies

Ingredients:

For the pie:

  • 2 pie crusts (from a refrigerated pack of 2)
  • 5 medium Granny Smith Apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the crumb

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 8 tablespoons butter, slightly softened

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray 3 mini muffin tins (36 total cavities) with cooking spray, preferably the kind with flour.
  2. Otherwise, grease them with butter or shortening.
  3. Unroll your pie crusts and use a 2.5” circle cutter to cut rounds of crust. A cookie cutter is perfect, but a glass or a jar lid will work too. Press one crust into the bottom of each muffin tin cavity. With re-rolling your dough, you will get 36. Chill until filling is ready.
  4. Peel and slice apples to a small dice. Place one inch of water in the bottom of a pot. Add apples and cook, stirring occasionally, approximately 3-5 minutes after water boils. You want the apples semi-opaque but not mushy.
  5. Stir 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. While apples are cooking, add the crumb ingredients to a large bowl. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the ingredients together until they form coarse crumbs, about the size of a pea.
  7. Drain apples and divide among crusts, about 1 tablespoon each. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the apples. Add your crumb mixture evenly on top of each, about 1 tablespoon per mini pie. Place muffin tins on a cookie sheet to avoid mess in the oven.
  8. Bake for about 12 minutes, until the edges of the crust are browned. Cool at least 10 minutes in pan and remove carefully using a knife to help you lift out each pie.

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32 Responses to “Mini Crumb Apple Pies”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on November 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm (#)

    There you go again with your pies! But this time they’re mini…SO MUCH easier to shoot, right! :) Thanks for linking up my Caramel Apple Crumble Pie!

    I seriously want to pick those fluffy, buttery little nuggets right off the top, Dorothy! Omg perfection! pinned

    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 18th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      Thank you Averie!! :) So much easier…

  2. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker posted on November 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm (#)

    I’d be the one making the 27 side dishes. Luckily we don’t do thanksgiving here in the UK but I want to make these little darlings

    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 18th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks Rochelle!

  3. Vivian posted on November 18, 2013 at 5:26 pm (#)

    Hi
    Just wondering if you know of any refrigerated pie crust that does not have lard. I’ve been trying to find one of years with no luck.
    Thanks

    • Michelle Parcell replied on November 27th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Marie Callender’s crusts do not contain lard. However, they are frozen, not refrigerated. I find them near Cool Whip. They come two to a package. Good luck!

  4. Bryn posted on November 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm (#)

    Ok, I HAVE to know what the savory recipe is…. Also, I’ve made your full sized crumb pie and it is fantastic. If the savory recipe is anything compared to the sweet recipe you’ve made over and over again, I definitely need it :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 18th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      I’ve wondered if I should share it! It’s cornbread stuffing with andouille sausage!

      • Bryn replied on November 18th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

        Post! Post! Post! My husband loves andouille.

  5. Amy posted on November 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm (#)

    So cute!! And definitely 100% true about holidays — I eat one of everything, especially if they’re mini! (And even then, I generally sneak two. Maybe even three, if there’s chocolate involved.) You could probably sell all of your pies; they look that good!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 19th, 2013 at 7:04 am

      Yes! I eat several minis and tell myself it’s okay. :) Thanks Amy!

  6. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted on November 18, 2013 at 9:07 pm (#)

    I love mini apple pies and yours look scrumptious!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 19th, 2013 at 6:56 am

      Thanks Nicole!

  7. Ellen@BakeItWithBooze posted on November 19, 2013 at 5:36 am (#)

    You always come up with really cool pie ideas and these look cute and delish! I also pre-cook my apples for my hard cider apple pie…Hate, hate, hate rubbery apple and I think it helps keep the crust from getting soggy. These are great for portion control, too….Something I really need to work on. Have a great week!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 19th, 2013 at 6:55 am

      LOL me too! I am so bad at that – I’ll just eat 5 of these, ha!

  8. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on November 19, 2013 at 7:27 am (#)

    Love the idea of setting out mini desserts for holiday dessert tables so you can taste a lot without gorging! These little pies are perfect!

  9. julie posted on November 19, 2013 at 8:22 am (#)

    These look wonderful! Can’t wait to try them. PLEASE post your savory pie also…sound delish (I was stalking all the comments. haha) Love your reference to HIMYM. Love that show. :D

  10. tahnycooks posted on November 19, 2013 at 10:47 am (#)

    Post the savory! These look so tasty and adorable! I could easily eat a few dozen for sure!

  11. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) posted on November 19, 2013 at 11:08 am (#)

    Love the idea of anything “mini” for dessert! I also love using refrigerated pie crust!

  12. Suzanne posted on November 19, 2013 at 11:34 am (#)

    Just made some mini pumpkin pies, and I’m now on a mission to make mini apple pies! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Perfect timing!

  13. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on November 19, 2013 at 11:56 am (#)

    I love to throw apples into baked goods! These mini pies are great for holiday parties!

  14. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness posted on November 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm (#)

    These are so cute! Love the idea of using the refrigerated pie crusts to make things a little easier! Perfect for the Thanksgiving table. :)

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  16. Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina posted on November 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm (#)

    I’m a sucker for anything mini and these just look divine and perfect for turkey day! Thanks for sharing :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 20th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Alexe!

  17. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on November 21, 2013 at 7:26 am (#)

    Gorgeous little pies! Great little desserts for Thanksgiving :)

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