Mini Apple Pies

What’s more fun than apple pie? Mini apple pies! These tiny pies have an apple, bourbon and almond filling and are as tasty as they are cute.

Mini Apple Pies

What’s more fun than apple pie? Mini apple pies! Am I right? There’s something about miniaturizing anything that attracts attention: and these mini apple pies are the cutest thing to grace your table. Even better, they’ve got a splash of bourbon. Yep, these are the apple pies of your dreams! (And don’t worry, they’re safe for the kiddos because all the alcohol cooks out when baking.) Are you ready to get cooking? Keep reading for the recipe.

Mini Apple Pies

How to make mini apple pies

These mini apple pies are not only delicious and fun to make, but they have a healthy spin. They’re small individual servings, so the amount of sugar and butter you consume is much less compared to a standard piece of apple pie. At the same time, they do use sugar, butter, and flour: so they’re everything about the traditional pie that you love. They’re a lovely balance of cozy flavors: cinnamon, apple, and almond, with with a splash of bourbon for some fun.

How to make mini apple pies? Here are the main steps:

  1. Make the pie dough. You can use any dough recipe you like; we’ve linked to our favorite whole wheat pie crust below.
  2. Cut the dough into 4-inch circles and press them into a buttered muffin tin.
  3. Peel and dice the apples; mix them with spices, maple, sugar, vanilla, and bourbon.
  4. Add the apple filling to the dough and top with almonds mixed with a little butter and cinnamon.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, then cover and bake 15 minutes more. Let cool before serving.

And that’s it! You can easily make a double recipe using in two muffin tins, since the dough recipe makes a double batch. Just double the filling in the recipe below and bake both pans at once.

Mini Apple Pies with Bourbon

How to serve these pies

Of course, these mini apple pies are very tasty on their own! However, to amp it up a notch, serve these babies with vanilla ice cream, or our whipped cream, yogurt whipped cream, or coconut whipped cream.

Mini Apple Pies

Storing mini pies

Can you freeze mini apple pies? Absolutely. We tried freezing a few of these pies for a few weeks. Reheated and topped with vanilla ice cream, they were even better than the first time! Next time, we’ll make a big batch and keep them in the freezer for an easy after dinner sweet. To freeze these mini apple pies, bake as instructed, then freeze them in a sealable container. To re-heat, place pies right from the freezer into a 350F oven for about 15 minutes, until warm.

Looking for more fruit desserts? 

Outside of this mini apple pies recipe, here are our favorite fruit desserts on A Couple Cooks:

This mini apple pies recipe is…

Vegetarian.

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Mini Apple Pies


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x

Description

What’s more fun than apple pie? Mini apple pies! These tiny pies have an apple, bourbon and almond filling and are as tasty as they are cute.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe whole wheat pie dough
  • 3 tart baking apples
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 pinches kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Make the whole wheat pie dough. Use one dough for this recipe; freeze the other half for later use (or make a double recipe of the pies).
  2. After the dough has rested for 30 minutes in the refrigerator, remove it and allow to start to come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  3. Peel the apples, core them, and dice them into small pieces. In a bowl, combine the apples with the honey or maple syrup, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and bourbon.
  4. Butter a muffin tin. Roll out the dough into a thin circle, then cut out 9 circles about 4 inches in diameter, using a bowl or biscuit cutter. Lightly press the dough into the muffin tins.
  5. In a small bowl, melt butter (in the microwave, or place for a few minutes the preheating oven). Mix together melted butter with the sliced almonds, kosher salt, and cinnamon.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the apples into each cup. Then add a spoonful or two of the juice in the bottom of the bowl into the apples (but do not fill the entire cup). Spread the almonds in a thin layer on top of each pie.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Then cover with aluminum foil and bake 10 minutes more. Remove from the oven and let stand in the pan until cool enough to touch (about 15 minutes). Remove the pies from the pan and let cool an additional 15 minutes.
  8. Storage tip: Freezing these pies works well! Bake as instructed, then freeze in a sealable container. To re-heat, place pies right from the freezer into a 350F oven for about 15 minutes, until warm.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Mini Apple Pies

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

9 Comments

  • Reply
    Tieghan
    October 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Bourbon and apples are my favorite combo. I just made 2 dessert featuring both and now I need to make these too! YUM!

  • Reply
    Kathryn
    October 14, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Oh these are adorable! Love the idea of a mini apple pie (especially with that kick of bourbon). Definitely making these asap!

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    October 14, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I love this mini pie! Such a fun flavour and so cute :)

  • Reply
    Grace @ Earthy Feast
    October 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    These are almost too pretty and perfect to eat! But I’m sure they taste amazing and I would totally gobble them up. Perfect for entertaining a crowd!

  • Reply
    Eileen
    October 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I bet these little guys would be such a satisfying treat to pop into your work lunch all week. Pie pie pie!

  • Reply
    Ash-foodfashionparty
    October 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    These are adorable and would be perfect for party buffet table. Loving it.

  • Reply
    Liz
    October 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Oh, we here in Florida definitely mourn our lack of fall and apple-picking opportunities, but I still get super excited about the return of all the seasonal foods. Those mini pies look so cute and spice-y!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 21, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      I have always lived in the Midwest and can’t imagine not having apple picking — but I must admit I’m jealous of you Floridians for most of the winter :)

  • Reply
    Elleanor
    November 12, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    These look adorable! I’m trying to think of the perfect desserts to bring to my boyfriend’s for Thanksgiving this year, and I’ll test these out this weekend. I grew up in central Texas, though, and I admit that as the (South Florida) nights grow longer I get a little melancholy and crave food that reminds me of spring and summer.

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