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Tiny Apple Pie 'Cookies'...


So, it's been a while since I've baked... but I saw this recipe for apple pie cookies from Smitten Kitchen and I just had to try them out for myself.

The original recipe, found here, calls these 'cookies'. But really, they're tiny pies. They're not very sweet, and if you love pie crust more than the actual pie, these are definitely for you. They're very delicious, and in an effort to not eat every single one of them, I brought the finished batch to my friends... which I absolutely regret. 

Don't be afraid to tackle this recipe once you see how lengthy it is. After the first pie is assembled, the rest of the pies are a breeze! These are definitely worth the work.





Tiny Apple Pie 'Cookies'...
adapted from Smitten Kitchen

For the Crust
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks {16 tbsp} very cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup cold water

For the Filling
  • 3 medium apples {I used pink lady}
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Dash of ginger
  • Dash of nutmeg

Additional items needed
  • 1 large egg
  • extra flour for dusting surfaces

Preparation

For the crust
  • Mix together flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Cut your chilled butter into small tbsp sized chunks and add to your mixture. With your hands, knead until a meal-like texture forms. Add water and continue to knead until a solid mass forms.
  • Divide the dough into two portions and flatten into discs. Refrigerate in plastic/parchment/tinfoil for at least one hour. The dough is easiest to work with if you don't leave it in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Once you remove the dough from the refrigerator, roll each disc out separately until it's about 1/8" thick. Using a round cookie cutter {I just use the lid of a mason jar because, well, I have one} cut out as many circles as you can and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Since this takes a while, you can put your full baking sheets back into the refrigerator while you continue to work.
For the filling
  • Combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg into a small bowl and mix. Set aside. 
  • In a second dish, squeeze your lemon juice, then set aside.
  • In a third dish, whisk one large egg and set aside.
  • Take your apples and peel completely. Cut your apples length-wise so that it forms small discs.
  • Remove your dough cut-outs from the refrigerator and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
For assembly
  • Place a drop or two of lemon juice on each dough cut-out as you go. This helps seal the mini pies once your ready to assemble. 
  • Take a disc of your cut apple and cover it with your sugar and spice mixture. I added a bit more of the sugar mix to the dough cutout before I placed the piece of apple in the middle. Make sure there is enough room left around the edges of the dough for crimping. Place another dough cut-out on top of the partially assembled cookie and crimp the edges of the pieces of dough together. It's easiest to do if you remove the mini pie cookie from the baking sheet to crimp the edges. Make sure the edges are pinched together very well, otherwise they will separate in the baking process.
  • Using a fork, create a decorative crimp around the pinched edges of the mini pies and slice small decorative slits in the top of the pie like the photos above.
  • Place the assembled pie back onto the parchment paper and repeat the process until all the pies are assembled. If apple slices are too large for the size of the dough cut-outs, cut the slice in half and layer the apple pieces on top of each other before assembly.
  • Once your pies are assembled, brush the whisked egg mixture onto each pie and cover with a pinch of your sugar mixture.
  • Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Make sure to remove the pies from the baking sheet immediately, otherwise they will stick.

enjoy...

6 comments:

Mal said...

yum, these are adorable and look delicious!

Jo said...

These are so adorable, and look so good!!

Grace said...

wow.. drool. may need to try this out this weekend

debbiecutieface.com said...

this looks so so good!

roha said...

yum-yum-yum. they look delicious! i love all of your recipes (and i'm really picky, so you can be proud of that) ;)
xx romi

Julie said...

Woah, those look tempting. Any tips? I hear pie dough can be temperamental.

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