Mini Caramel Apple Pies

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 mini caramel apple pies 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. 

Mini Caramel Apple Pies
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
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 2/3 cup shortening
  4. 5-6 Tbsp water
Apple Filling
  1. 4 medium apples, peeled and chopped
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
Caramel Topping
  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 2 Tbsp karo syrup
  3. 1 Tbsp water
  4. 3 Tbsp milk
  5. 1 1/2 Tbsp butter
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla
Mini Pies
  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 pies out of muffin tin.
Caramel Sauce
  1. In a saucepan, heat the sugar, syrup, and water over medium heat until boiling.
  2. Allow to boil for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture turns a rich, warm brown color.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in milk, butter, and vanilla.
  4. Refrigerate to get a thicker consistency.
  5. When sauce reaches the desired consistency, drizzle over the bites and enjoy!
  1. These can also be made with pre-made pie crust.
  2. For salted caramel pies, add a pinch of coarse salt to the pies after baking.
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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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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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