These easy mini apple pies are full of sweet and spicy apples. It’s like having a little apple pie right there in your hand and perfect for when a whole pie is too much. Perfect with a cup of fresh mint tea!
Why we love this recipe
Okay, even though I love to make things like butter and ricotta cheese and bread from scratch, never let it be said that there isn’t a time and place in my life for things like pre-made crescent roll dough.
Yep, the kind in the tube that you get to pop open. Because crescent roll dough can lead to things like perfect little individual easy mini apple pies that you can hold in your hand, and possibly even eat two of since they are so small and delicious and impossible to resist.
And not only are these adorable little hand pies both speedy and easy, they are also perfect for when making a whole apple pie might be more than you need.
Ingredients you need
Ingredient notes and substitions
- Apples: We love the sweeter kinds of apples (like Macintosh) for this recipe, but you can use any kind you like. If you want to go for a tarter taste, the green Granny Smith apples will be great.
- Crescent Roll Dough: You can find this in your dairy section, and any brand is fine, including the reduced fat variety.
- Walnuts: You can leave these out if you prefer, or swap in a different kind of shopped nut you like better (hello, pecans!)
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
How to make this recipe
Step 2: Peel and core your apples and dice them up into little squares and then saute them in a little butter and cinnamon and brown sugar until they are nice and soft.
Step 3: Now pop that crescent roll tube open (and side note: why did they stop letting us whack it on the side of the counter to open it? Remember that? Now we are supposed to press a spoon to the seam to open it, and I’m sorry but that is nowhere NEARLY as satisfying).
Separate the crescent roll dough into little triangles.
Step 4: Pop a spoonful of apple mixture at the wide end. If you have a tablespoon sized cookie scoop that will work great for this part!
Pro Tip: We find cutting the crescent dough along the perforations with a pizza cutter or a knife is much more reliable than trying to tear that sticky dough with your fingers.
Step 5: Roll it up carefully, making sure that none of the apple filling is peeking out, and press the sides firmly to seal it up.
Step 6: Now put the little apple pies on your lined baking sheet lined and baked them until they are just golden brown, about 10 minutes or so.
Step 7: This next part is the hardest…let them cool a little bit on a wire rack. Your kitchen is going to smell like apple pie while you are waiting, and I’m here to tell you that’s not going to make the waiting any easier.
Step 8: Once they are cool enough to handle, shake some confectioner’s sugar on top (I like to do this by putting the sugar in a fine mesh strainer and tapping the side of it – works perfectly as a sugar shaker!) and then those little apple pies are all yours! Or you can share. Or not. I leave that part up to you!
Depending on how big your apples are, you might find yourself with some extra apple pie filling – lucky you! Because this is AMAZING on vanilla ice cream, spooned onto oatmeal or just eaten right as it is!
These are at their very best eaten on the same day you make them, but if yu need to, they will still be almost as good the next day. Wait to sprinkle on the powdered sugar until right before you serve them up.
Powdered sugar is regular white sugar that has been super finely ground so that is is very soft…it makes a great topping for all kinds of pies, cookies and cakes.
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