Mini Apple and Cherry Pies

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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!

Mini Apple and Cherry Pies

Servings 8 to 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

Instructions

  • 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!

Join the Conversation

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. Michael_toa says:

    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

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

  6. 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 :-)

  7. 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 :)

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

  9. 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…. :)

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. Marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    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.

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

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

  15. Mini anything is always a hit for me!

  16. meaghan (the decorated cookie) says:

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

  17. 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.

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

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

    Greets from BFC !!!

  20. These are just precious. Beautiful job.

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

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

  23. Hi Nicole,

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

    – Georgia

  24. 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!

  25. cakeduchess says:

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

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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 :)

  29. 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

  30. absolutely will be trying. bloody brilliant!

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

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

  33. Jenn's Food Journey says:

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

  34. What a super idea! Mini desserts are the best!

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

  36. The Pie Guy says:

    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.

  37. The Pie Guy says:

    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

  38. 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. (=

  39. 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.

  40. erica @ Fashionmeetsfood says:

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

    xo

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

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

  43. 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.

  44. Mary Williams says:

    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

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

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