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When it comes to finding the perfect dessert to complement any meal, you really can't go wrong with a simple American classic. But sometimes making an entire cake or pie seems like a bit too much, especially if you aren't catering to a huge group.
And that's why this recipe for mini apple pies from Food.com will make you grin from ear to ear.
Not only are these tiny versions of everyone's favorite dessert adorable -- they're also sweet to look at, and a lot of fun for the whole family to eat too!
And the best part is that you won't have to deal with your kids fighting over who got the bigger piece, since they'll each have the pleasure of devouring a pie of their own. (Hint -- if you make these for Mother's Day, that's one less thing to worry about, right?)
Mini Apple Pies
2 cups flour
2/3 cup butter (chilled)
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons water
5 medium apples (peeled and chopped up into small pieces)
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
6 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter (chilled)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In food processor blend flour, salt and butter until it looks like little peas. Add in water and blend just until it looks like it's sticking.
Take out and combine it by hand until well blended. Roll out on lightly floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut 12, 4 inch circles with cup or bowl. (You will need to roll out twice). Use the rest of the crust for anything you may want to do on top of the pies.
Press each circle in ungreased muffin tins until all the way up each side, to form little bowls. Mix by hand all filling ingredients and spoon into muffin bowls. Cut up butter into 12 little pieces and place one piece on each pie.
Decorate them anyway you like with extra crust, or just leave plain. Bake at 425 degrees for 16-18 minutes, until crust is light brown and apples are bubbling.
Cool, loosen with a spoon, and they will come right out.
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