I would’ve thought that Naional Apple Pie Day would be in July, but then I don’t create these national days. In fact, I have no idea who does. This Thanksgiving I decided that I wanted little hand-held apple pies instead of a big pie for dessert. I wanted several little desserts that my guests could snack on. Some people call them lunchbox apple pies. Here’s a recipe so easy that you can make it for dessert tonight.
2 boxes pie crust (yes, I’m advocating for saving some time on this one…make your own if you wish)
2 Tbsp butter
2-4 apples (depending upon size), cored and diced
1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 large egg
1 Tbsp sugar
Turbinado or raw sugar for sprinkling on top
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Melt butter in small saucepan. Add apples and cook until they start to soften, about five minutes.
3. Add brown sugar to apples and cook, stirring until sugar is dissolved and juices from the apples begin to thicken, about another five minutes.
4. Remove apples from heat and stir in cinnamon.
5. Cut 4″ circles from pie crust. Place about a tablespoon of filling in center of circle. Fold over and crimp with your fingers or a fork.
6. Scramble egg and combine with water. Brush over surface of pies and sprinkle with sugar. Place on cookie sheet and pop in oven until crust is golden brown, about five minutes.
Makes about 12 pies.