Apologies for the sugar rush this week, but ’tis the season.
There’s a sweet little pie shop in my neighborhood that boasts a bakery case full of the cutest little pies you’ll ever see. Pies in jars, lollipop pies, handheld pies. Little deep-dish pies piled impossibly high with whipped cream or meringue. Itty-bitty mini muffin bite-sized pies. And, of course, the classic larger size.
I love them all, but my special favorite is the Cutie Pie, made in a standard-size muffin tin. It’s substantial enough, but you can get away with eating one all by yourself. In fact, I recommend that you do so. Make them for your holiday table, sure, but be sure to set aside a few moments and at least one tiny pie to enjoy alone as well.
Tiny Pies (inspired by Cutie Pies): Make your favorite pie crust. Roll it out into thin circles. Line an ungreased muffin tin with rounds of pie dough. Fill the dough with your favorite filling. Up in the photo you see an apple pie; if you use fruit for your filling be sure to chop it small! I like the apple pie filling from the book: rub together 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1 Tbsp. corn starch, 2 tsp. cinnamon, and a pinch of salt, then toss with 6-8 apples cut into 1/4″ dice. Top the filled pies with another round of crust and seal with a fork, or use a streusel topping, or don’t top them at all.
Bake at 375 until nicely browned on top, about 30 minutes.
Want a more detailed recipe? I wrote about these cutie pies here last year.
Perfect – we have the grandchildren coming for tea and they’re going to have those little apple pies. Nice pic.
I Love This Idea and I am so glad it is the season for baking!
Any thoughts on whether this would work for custard pies – like pumpkin?
Yep, it works! And pumpkin pies cook through more easily at the smaller size, which I like. :)
Fabulous – now I can make the entire family happy and not too stuffed by making muffin sized pumpkin, apple and pecan pies. Everyone at my table will thank you!
Those look great! I was thinking of doing mini pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving; now I’m definitely inspired.
I love them! So cute! And it beats trying to neatly cut a pie in 8 slices ;-)!
Mini pies are so awesome :) I bet yours cost a lot less than the shop does ;-)
Darling! I love baking minis!
Yes! Beautiful! Delicious! I love everything about this.
Love these single-serving pies Emmy…very very cute!
Looks great (nice photo!)…
Oh, these are whimsical and delightfully perfect in so many ways. Imagine being served your very own whole pie, instead of a slice with the fruit filling tumbling out onto the plate. But, how could I not have thought of this myself? 😊
I think that the crust is the best part of the pie, so these mini pies are just perfect for me. Very adorable!
I could just reach right into that picture and pull out that pie! YUMMO