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Caramel Apple Pie Bites

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Tender juicy apple filling and a buttery, flaky pastry crust. Apple pies are one of my favorite desserts ever – the flip side is that I’m really bad at making pies. The crust gives me trouble every time. Then the filling overflows in the oven and sets the oven on fire, I freak out and nearly have a heart attack before remembering that we own a fire extinguisher, and this is why we don’t eat homemade apple pie at our house.

Then I had the idea for this recipe. Imagine all the deliciousness of a homemade apple pie, but with half the work. No crust issues. No filling overflow. No fire extinguisher. That’s what these apple pie bites are.


They’re also great finger foods since they’re so easy to eat, which makes them perfect for potlucks and entertaining. Right now, this recipe tops my list of fall favorites. 

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Caramel Apple Pie Bites
Yields 12
Miniature apple pies in a muffin tin. Juicy apple filling, tangy caramel, and flaky pastry crust make for the perfect fall treat!
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Crust
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 2/3 cup shortening
  4. 5-6 Tbsp water
Caramel Apple Filling
  1. 4 medium apples, peeled and chopped
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 Tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, salt and shortening in a bowl.
  2. Add water 1 Tbsp at a time until crust holds together.
  3. Turn crust out onto floured surface and roll to 1/4 inch thickness.
  4. Cut into circles to fit muffin tin.
  5. Press into greased muffin tin to form cups.
  6. Melt butter in microwave.
  7. Add brown sugar and milk. Stir until brown sugar has melted.
  8. Add apples to brown sugar mixture. Stir until all apples are coated.
  9. Fill pastry cups very full with apple mixture. Apples will cook down during baking.
  10. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.
  11. Immediately pop bites out of muffin tin. Serve warm.
Note
  1. These can also be made with pre-made pie crust.
  2. For salted caramel bites, add a pinch of coarse salt to the bites after baking.
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Instructions

We’ll start with making the crust. This is one of the main reasons I love apple pie bites as opposed to a full apple pie. The crust is so easy to work with!

I put my flour, salt, and shortening in a mixing bowl, then use a wooden spoon to mix them together. Next, I add water in 1 Tbsp increments while I stir. Logan is super dry, so I usually need 2 or three more Tbsps more than recommended, but this is what it should look like when you’ve got the right consistency:

Caramel Apple Pie Bites

I turn it out onto a floured surface, roll it into a ball, then attack with my rolling pin. Since we’re going to cut the dough into many little circles, it doesn’t matter if you roll the dough out pretty. Just make sure it’s about 1/4 inch all the way across. I used a mason jar lid to cut the dough, although a standard water glass works as well. 

Caramel Apple Pie Bites

Dough cut and pressed into the pan. Easiest crust ever!

Take your circles and press them into the pan. I usually end up with a little dough left over, which can be refrigerated for 3-5 days and used for other projects (I love these mini apple dumplings from Mommy Musings. I use my leftover pie crust in place of the crescent rolls).

Next comes the filling. Microwave the butter until melted, then stir in the brown sugar and milk. These makes a very thin caramel glaze that tastes and smells delicious! Throw the apples in and coat them with the caramel. Try not to eat them right then and there. 

Caramel Apple Pie Bites

You’ll want to fill your dough cups pretty full because the apples will cook down during baking. I fill mine slightly heaping- that way, they’ll be even with the top (or just slightly below) when they’re done. 

Caramel Apple Pie Bites

Last step’s the easiest – bake those mini cups of goodness at 400 for 20-25 minutes. The dough should be golden and the house should smell amazing. When they’re done, pop the bites out with a knife. If you want to make salted caramel bites, now’s the time to add a pinch of coarse salt to the tops of these.

As for serving, these are amazing warm, but also taste good at room temperature. They’ll keep overnight if you put them in an airtight container. 

I love these. So easy, and don’t they look impressive?

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What other fun fall recipes would you like to see? Leave a comment and let me know!

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4 Comments

Carol Ensign

These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them.

Diane Homan

Even Dustin liked them – and you know how he feels about apples!

Carol Ensign

Finally tried these the other night. They were really good, even Bruc liked them.

Diane Homan

Excellent! I’m glad Dad liked them 🙂

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