Happy almost Thanksgiving! This begins the crazy holiday season, which always means baking lots of extra treats. Pies are a tradition this time of year, especially pumpkin, pecan and apple! This recipe, however, is perfect if you feel like mixing up your usual holiday baking. Also, its a bit quicker than baking an entire pie. Apple pie bites keep the delicious flavor of your favorite apple pie but can yield smaller batches if desired.
This recipe has a lot of similarities to a standard apple pie. It still involves making a simple dough (from scratch of course!) and cutting up a few apples for the filling. Each serving has one slice of apple in it, and one medium apple will yield about 8 slices. Try not to slice your apple too thick or it will be difficult to roll it up securely in the dough.
When it comes to choosing which variety of apple to use for baking, they are not all created equal. Some apples, like Red Delicious, turn mushy and won’t create the tart flavor you want. My favorite to bake with (and eat!) is Honeycrisp because of its crispness. This Bon Appetit article lays out the 6 best apple types.
This basic recipe can of course be adapted into other flavors of pie bites. In addition, mixing chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts pair nicely) into the filling adds flavor and texture. I served mine with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, just like with apple pie! These apple pie bites are best served warm out of the oven, and won’t keep very well after the first day.
Also, if you’re looking for another pie alternative, try making galettes. We posted a mini galette recipe here last month that you can also put to use for your Thanksgiving baking this week!
- 3 Tbsp ice water
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 Tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 Tbsp unsalted butter (cut up)
- 1 Medium apple (peeled and sliced)
- 3 Tbsp melted butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- To make the dough, mix flour, salt and sugar together
- Add to the bowl of your food processor and pulse as you gradually add butter pieces
- Add ice water and pulse until dough comes together
- Remove dough, flatten into a rectangle, wrap tightly and refrigerate for 1 hour
- When dough is chilled, roll out on well-floured surface (1/4 inch thick)
- Cut out tapered rectangles about 6 inches long and 3 inches wide at the wide end (see photo above for guidelines) and place on baking sheet with parchment paper
- Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a small bowl, brush on each piece of dough
- In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle evenly on each piece of dough (leave about 1/4 of mixture to top)
- Place one apple slice at the wide end of each piece of dough. Wrap up until apple is fully covered and pinch to seal
- Melt remaining 1 Tbsp butter and brush on top of each roll up. Sprinkle with remaining brown sugar mixture
- Bake in oven preheated to 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Serve warm
Recipe makes 8 servings
Best served on the day of baking.