Mini Apple and Cherry Pies

Though my husband, Mark, and I aren’t going anywhere special for Thanksgiving, or even hosting a two-person to-do of our own, these mini apple and cherry pies make me wish all the more that we were.I mean, who can resist a little two-bite version of everyone’s favorite fall pies?

It’s as easy as this: Grab two pie crusts, roll out to about 11 inches, and cut a bunch of circles out of the dough with a cookie cutter (Or, in my case, a drinking glass). Form the dough shapes to the muffin tins, and in each one, plop two tablespoons of your favorite fruit pie filling. I just used store-bought apple pie and cherry pie filling in the interest of making this quick and easy, but you can also use fresh fruit. Or, caramelized apples. How good would that be??

I grated a little lemon zest over my cherry pies, just to give ‘em a little citrusy punch. A little cinnamon and nutmeg on top of the apple pies, and on went the top crusts.

Yum, yum! I just wanted to gobble them up right then and there. But, alas, I’ve learned to exercise restraint with raw pie crust in my old age… Sort of.

However, once they were baked, all bets were off. Even my sweets-resistant husband couldn’t resist the warm, fragrant apple pies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and the sweet, tart cherry pies with their flaky pie crust.

Best of all, these little pies are really “easy as pie.” Try them with pecan pie filling, or pumpkin pie filling, or all different sorts of fruit. They would make for a cute dessert for two, and definitely be the show-stopper at any holiday party!

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Mini Apple and Cherry Pies

Yield: Makes 8-10 pies

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray

2 (9-inch) pie crusts, store-bought or homemade

21 oz. cherry pie or apple pie filling, or your favorite filling

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 lemon, optional

1 egg

1 tbsp. water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray 8-10 muffin tin cups with nonstick cooking spray. Roll out pie crusts on a well-floured board with a lightly floured rolling pin. Dust off excess flour. With a cookie cutter or drinking glass, cut 4-inch circles out of each pie crust. Fill standard-size (1/2 cup) muffin tin cups with pie crusts. Reserve extra dough, roll out if necessary, and cut crusts for the top.

Add two tablespoons of filling to each crust. Combine cinnamon and nutmeg, and dust over the top of each pie. If desired, grate a little lemon zest over the filling. Top with remaining 4-inch circles or decorative shapes cut out of the pie crust.

Whisk egg and water in a small bowl, and lightly brush each crust with the mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes. Tent the pan loosely with aluminum foil if the crusts are browning too quickly.

Serve plain, or with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Enjoy!

Adapted from Not Martha

      

48 Responses to “Mini Apple and Cherry Pies”

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    Tanya — December 18, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

    we’re making these right now! I was looking for something to do with the kids and we have everything for cherry pie – except the pie dishes! Don’t know what happened to them, so I was looking for a spin on the cherry pie and came across this. Thx for the neat idea and they are having so much fun.

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    Tanya — December 21, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    we’re making these right now! I was looking for something to do with the kids and we have everything for cherry pie – except the pie dishes! Don’t know what happened to them, so I was looking for a spin on the cherry pie and came across this. Thx for the neat idea and they are having so much fun.

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    fooddreamer — January 10, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    Those really are adorable. And tasty too, I bet.

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    Michael_toa — January 10, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    how wonderful! Love apples and cherry together… in a pie? even better.
    Thank you for the nice comment at Chef Dennis’ blog. I look forward to reading more of your delicious posts. Have a great weekend. Michael

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    Jennifurla — January 10, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    Adorable, I too cannot resist a *mini* anything and that first shot is great.

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    Debbie — January 10, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    Georgia these pies are so dang cute! I wish I had some now, I actually have some pies crusts in the fridge too! I love minis :-)

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    Evan @swEEts — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    How did you know cherry pie was my favorite!? Mountain Man prefers apple pies so this is the perfect way to both get what we want :)

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    Deborah — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    These are too cute!! And I love how you did the tops differently, making them all unique. Just perfect!

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    Blackbookkitchendiaries — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    wow!! i love how cute these look… i love making individual pies too.. thank you for sharing this. i really like the ones with the lattice…. :)

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    these are so cute!

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    Kathryn — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    They’re so adorable! What a perfect individual dessert for a holiday meal. You’ll have to teach us how to make the lattice tops, though. I’ve always been intimidated by them!

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Hi Kathryn,

    Thanks! All I did was cut thin strips of pie crust, lay out a mini lattice pattern on a cutting board, then placed it on top and sealed the two crusts with my fingers. Here’s a great lattice tutorial for a large pie: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_a_lattice_top_for_a_pie_crust/ Same thing, just “mini” :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Georgia

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    Marla {family fresh cooking} — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Your mini’s are so cute! Love the cut out shapes you made too ;) Very happy mini pies for Thanksgiving or any time at all.

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    Katrina — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are the cutest little pies ever! They look freaking fantastic. Thanks!

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    Avril — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    LOVE these little mini gems of pies! Gorgeous!!!! :-)

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    Jessica — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Mini anything is always a hit for me!

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    meaghan (the decorated cookie) — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    These are ridiculously cute! Love ‘em. I posted a link on my other site, ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com. I hope that’s OK! :)

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    Monet — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    So simple, so adorable. I love all things mini, and I love all things pie! You know how to make this girl happy! Thanks for sharing. These would be really fun to make for Thanksgiving (I would use them as part of table decorations…maybe putting a toothpick with a place setting flag?) Thanks for sharing, sweet girl. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    jP — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Oh my goodness I can’t wait to make these! Genius! Great job :]

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    bigfatcook — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    OMG they’re sooo cute:)))) And easy to make!! Great!!

    Greets from BFC !!!

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    Briarrose — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    These are just precious. Beautiful job.

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    Sana — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    So cute your mini pies! it’s look realy delicious ;d

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    Nicole — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Is it hard to get them out of the muffin pan without breaking them?

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Hi Nicole,

    Nope, not really. I gently scooped mine out with a small spoon and they came out just fine.

    - Georgia

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    Thebrunettefoodie — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    These look great. I’ve been meaning to make small pies, but I was worried about not breaking them when I took them out. I just have to try these though!

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    cakeduchess — January 10, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    I like any thing baked tiny…these look super delicious! Could I please try one of each?:)have a lovely weekend Georgia:)

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    Paige @ Saucy & Sweet — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    These are adorable! I love this idea for a cocktail party!

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    Joanne — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    These are so cute! Mini always tastes better than full-sized, don’t you think?

    And I totally haven’t conquered my raw pie crust addiction either. But shhh I won’t tell if you don’t.

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    Cristina @ TeenieCakes — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    I adore the portion-controlled idea of these beautiful mini pies! Are they easy to lift out of the muffin wells/tin? These are down-right marketable, Georgia. btw – great updated profile pic :)

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Thanks for your sweet comment, Cristina. Ha ha, what an awesome gig that would be to sell these little pies! Another commenter also asked the question about lifting them out, and yes, it’s easy to do it (gently) with a small spoon.

    - Georgia

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    Tiffany — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    absolutely will be trying. bloody brilliant!

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    KrysinCali — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Made these tonight in apple. Delicious and just adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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    Miranda @ Mangoes and Chutney — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    I love little mini pies and tartlets and these are just too cute!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    What a great idea! They are so adorable….and of course they look delicious too!

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    Susi — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    What a super idea! Mini desserts are the best!

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Thanks so much for letting me know, Krys! I’m glad you enjoyed them.

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    The Pie Guy — January 10, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    Hi Georgia,
    I just love what you did with these mini pies. I got me wanting to specialize in mini pies. These are cute. They are personalized. They are delicated. They are just the thing if are tired of the same pie.

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    The Pie Guy — January 10, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    I just wanted to add that I will be making these mini pies. Like pumpkin, cream and fruit. If you have any ideas on how to go wild with the decorations. Please let me know.

    Pie Guy
    http://www.everythingpies.com

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    Parisa — January 10, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    What a cute idea! I like the thought of personalized little pies and the ways you can design each one a little differently. So great! I think I might make these for Thanksgiving! Thanks for the ideas. (=

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    enrolled agent cpe — January 10, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    This is a great recipe for Thanksgiving especially for a family who loves apple pies. This year we will have a different celebration, more private and personal as we won’t be inviting friends over. It will be simple yet will give us more time to bond as a family.

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    erica @ Fashionmeetsfood — January 10, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    Honestly the cutest way to make pies! I love it! You have a fabulous blog… I am a new follower!

    xo

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — January 10, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    Okay, this is just too ridiculously cute!!!! What a great idea :)

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    Jessica @ bake me away! — January 10, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    Aww, I love mini things! These are super adorable. Think I might try this idea soon. :)

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    Joey — January 10, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    Looks amazing…I had several cherry tree growing up and we have cherries with almost everything. I love them. If you really want the cherry flavor to jump out from the recipe add 1/8 1/4 teaspoon of cherry juice concentrate, not the juice to your recipes. It really brings out the cherry flavor. Traverse Bay Farms is offering a free tart cherry recipe book from their website.

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    Mary Williams — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    These look great! The best thing is they are the perfect size for my two year old son and the perfect size for my diet! You make them look easy too! I featured them on my friday favorites!
    http://lilbitofus.blogspot.com/2010/11/friday-favorites_12.html

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    Betty @ scrambled hen fruit — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    I just love tiny pies. :) These look so cute and delicious!

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    kristin @ delishliving — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    these are the cutest little things i have ever seen. definitely bookmarked here :) this is my first visit to your blog and i think it’s beautiful!

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    Yasmin — January 18, 2011 @ 11:54 pm

    Wow, I found out about your blog by clicking the hyperlink from For the Love of Cooking. I am already impressed by what I see and am inspired to post the same quality of recipes on my citrus cooking blog (www.tickle-your-tastebuds.blogspot.com) I’d love any tips or advice or recipes you think I might like. You can reply if you like by leaving a comment on my blog. Many Regards. Yasmin

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