Mini Apple Pies

by Eat Well with Lex

Mini apple pies are warm spiced apple pie filling wrapped in pie crust and baked to golden brown perfection for a bite-sized treat! Get a taste of fall with this easy mini apple pie recipe that you can serve year-round.

Craving more delicious fall dessert recipes? Then you have to try my Pumpkin Donut Holes, Baked Apple Cider Donuts, and Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

close up view of mini apples on a cooling rack with apples in the background

Mini apple pies are the perfect handheld snack. They’re made with a sweet, gooey, homemade apple pie filling and flaky pie crust so you get all the flavor of classic apple pie but in mini form! Serve them at potlucks, holiday dinners, or whenever the craving strikes!

Why This is the Best Mini Apple Pie Recipe

  • Perfectly Portioned: Everyone can indulge in these mini apple hand pies because they are a shareable treat. You also don’t have the hassle and mess of slicing pie so your guests can grab and go.
  • Fun Family Activity: Spend time in the kitchen with the kids! Let your mini helpers use a cookie cutter to cut the pie crust and assemble the mini apple pies.
  • Delicious Fall Flavors: Apples are in season during the autumn so it’s the perfect time to make these! The natural sweetness of apples is enhanced with the warm, cozy flavors of various spices.
mini apple pies on a cooling rack

Ingredients

  • Apples: Medium-sized, peeled, cored, and diced.
  • Brown Sugar: For sweetness.
  • Spices: I use a medley of ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, allspice and ground ginger.
  • Pinch of Salt: To balance the sweetness.
  • Unsalted Butter: Use this to cook the diced apples.
  • Vanilla Extract: Add vanilla flavor to round out the sweet taste.
  • Cornstarch Slurry: This thickens the pie filling for a gooey center.

For Assembly and Baking:

  • Premade Pie Dough: Get a store-bought pie crust package that contains 2 crusts. Use your favorite brand (Pillsbury Marie Callender’s, etc.) straight out of the frozen section at the grocery store.
  • All-purpose Flour: For dusting.
  • Egg Wash: It’s a simple mixture of one beaten egg and 1 tablespoon of milk, cream, or water.
  • Additional Coarse Brown Sugar: Sprinkle this over the mini apple pies just before popping them in the oven for the perfect finishing touch.
overhead view of ingredients for mini apple pies

How to Make Mini Apple Pies

For Apple Pie Filling

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the diced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, ginger, salt, vanilla extract and unsalted butter. Toss until the apples are evenly coated and cook for about 5 minutes or until the apples are slightly softened. Add the cornstarch slurry and gently stir to thicken the mixture.  Remove from the heat and let it cool slightly.

butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and diced apples in a skillet
apple pie filling in a skillet

Assembly and Baking:

Preheat the oven to 375° F or according to the instructions on the dough package. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, unroll the premade pie crust. Using a round cutter, cut out circles from the pie dough. You may need to gather and re-roll the dough scraps to cut out more circles. Make sure you have an even number of circles as you will need one circle of the bottom and top layer of the pie.

pie dough crust cut into mini circles with apple pie filling in a saucer on the side

Arrange half the dough circle on a lined baking sheet, these will be the bottom layer of the pie. Place about a tablespoon or more of the apple mixture in the center of the dough circles (bottom layer). Then, use a knife to cut slits in the remaining dough circles which will be the top layer. 

mini apple pies being assembled
assembled mini apple pies sprinkled with brown sugar on a parchment lined cookie sheet just before baking

Place the top layer dough circles on top of the filled bottom layer then use the back of a fork to press and seal the edges. In a small bowl, whisk together the beaten egg and 1 tablespoon of milk, cream or water to create an egg wash. Brush the top of the hand pies with the egg wash. Sprinkle a bit of coarse sugar on top for a crunchy finish.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until they are golden brown and the filling is bubbly.

mini apple pies on a baking tray

Recipe Variations

  • Homemade Pie Crust: I keep it easy with a premade crust but if you have your own pie crust recipe, feel free to make it from scratch.
  • Muffin Tin: This recipe makes flat mini pies. But you can place the dough into a regular-sized muffin pan to make them in cup form.
  • Lattice Topping: Although I love these apple pie pockets, you can switch it up and cut the pie crust into strips to make a lattice topping instead. Or use small cookie cutters to vary the pie crust decorations. You need two pie crusts for this recipe but you can use the scraps to make designs on top of the pie crusts.

What to Serve with Mini Apple Pies

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Caramel sauce
  • Whipped cream

Can Mini Apple Pies Be Made Ahead?

Yes. You can save time by preparing the apple pie filling, covering it with plastic wrap, and placing it in the fridge up to one day in advance. Just sprinkle it with lemon juice in order to prevent it from browning before you assemble the mini pies.

Storing Leftovers

Once the pies have cooled to room temperature, place them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can eat them cold, at room temp, or reheat them in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds.

plated mini apples with one sliced in half to reveal the center

Common Questions

How long does it take to bake mini apple pies?

Although exact cooking times vary depending on the oven, mini apple pies take about 20-25 minutes to bake.

Can you freeze mini apple pies?

You can absolutely freeze mini apples. Assemble the pies then flash freeze them by placing the baking sheet directly into the freezer for about 2 hours. Then place them in an airtight container with parchment paper separating each so they don’t stick together. They last up to 3 months. Bake them from frozen, using the instructions for this recipe but adding an additional 5-7 minutes to the baking time.

What type of apple is most popular for baking pies?

The best apples for baking are tart apples like granny smith apples or sweet apples like Honeycrisp. Both varieties are juicy and crisp but also cook well and maintain their shape.

More Dessert Recipes:

Peach Crisp

Heart Shaped Strawberry Pop Tarts

Chocolate Date Balls

Homemade Fruit Cups for Kids

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?

Leave a star rating and comment below to let us know your thoughts on these mini pies. You can also share the recipe on Instagram and tag @eatwell.withlex.

close up view of mini apples on a cooling rack with apples in the background

Mini Apple Pies

Mini apple pies are sugar, spice, and apple pie filling wrapped in pie crust and baked to golden brown perfection for a bite-sized treat! Get a taste of fall with this easy mini apple pie recipe that you can serve year-round.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 mini pies

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Apples medium-sized, peeled, cored, and diced
  • cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Allspice
  • ¼ tsp Ground Ginger
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch Slurry

For Assembly and Baking:

  • 1 Package of Premade Pie Dough contains 2 crusts
  • All-purpose Flour for dusting
  • 1 Beaten Egg for egg wash
  • 1 tbsp Milk, Cream, or Water for egg wash
  • Additional Coarse Brown Sugar for sprinkling

Instructions
 

For Filling

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the diced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, ginger, salt, vanilla extract and unsalted butter. Toss until the apples are evenly coated and cook for about 5 minutes or until the apples are slightly softened. Add the cornstarch slurry and gently stir to thicken the mixture.  Remove from the heat and let it cool slightly.

Assembly and Baking:

  • Preheat the oven to 375° F or according to the instructions on the dough package. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • On a lightly floured surface, unroll the premade pie crust. Using a round cutter, cut out circles from the pie dough. You may need to gather and re-roll the dough scraps to cut out more circles. Make sure you have an even number of circles as you will need one circle of the bottom and top layer of the pie.
  • Arrange half the dough circle on a lined baking sheet, these will be the bottom layer of the pie. Place about a tablespoon or more of the apple pie filling in the center of the dough circles (bottom layer). Then, use a knife to cut slits in the remaining dough circles which will be the top layer. 
  • Place the top layer dough circles on top of the filled bottom layer then use the back of a fork to press and seal the edges.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the beaten egg and 1 tablespoon of milk, cream or water to create an egg wash.
  • Brush the top of the hand pies with the egg wash. Sprinkle a bit of coarse sugar on top for a crunchy finish.
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until they are golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
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3 comments

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | Eat Well With Lex September 5, 2023 - 1:52 pm

[…] more fall dessert recipes, try my Mini Apple Pies and Pumpkin Donut Holes […]

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Sarah September 18, 2023 - 9:43 pm

5 stars
Super easy to make! I didn’t find it overly sweet and the flavours worked well together. I think I’ll make these for thanksgiving instead of a big pie since they are so simple and quick. I used a mason jar lid as my cutter since I couldn’t find a cutter and it was too small so make sure to use an appropriate size cookie cutter

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Eat Well with Lex September 19, 2023 - 10:34 pm

Thank you for trying this recipe Sarah. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it. These are great substitutes for a big pie.

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