Holiday Desserts: Apple Pie

Fall is here, which means it’s time for holiday desserts. In recent times, pumpkin has become this national treasure of the fall season. For me, I prefer a traditional holiday desserts: apple pie. Apple pie is a traditional pie that has been over shadowed by the almighty pumpkin. The standard apple pie has taken a modern twist from the one our parents used to make. These days, there are many alternatives to pumpkin pie, even banana cream pie.

Like most people, the holiday season means extended hours in the kitchen and busy schedules trying to get everything done. With the help of Pillsbury, the pie making process can be painless. By using little tricks and substitutes, you need very few ingredients to make a homemade pie. My personal tip is to add a little nutmeg too. Once the oven is preheated to 425, mix the ingredients and insert into the crust. 20 minutes later, they are done and ready to cool.

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1 Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crust (from 15-oz box), softened as directed on box

2 apples, cored, finely chopped (about 1/4-inch pieces)

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon All-purpose flour

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Heat oven to 425°F. Remove crust from pouch; unroll on work surface. Using large round cookie cutter, cut out rounds. Gather up any scraps; reroll with rolling pin and cut out more rounds to make a total of 10. Press each crust round into ungreased regular-size muffin cup.
  • In medium bowl, stir together apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon and vanilla. Divide mixture evenly among crust-lined muffin cups.
  • Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until crusts are golden brown and mixture is bubbly. Cool completely in pan, about 30 minutes. With knife, loosen edges; remove mini pies from muffin cups.

This same principle can be used to make a variety of similar pies, including peach pie, cream pies, and blueberry pies.

There is something amazing about the new modern twist on the classic apple pie. The individual pies are not only a group favorite; they are easy and add a unique twist to the traditional pie serving aspect of the holidays. With all of the working parents and individual schedules, a simple pie recipe can truly enhance the holiday season. The holidays should be about family, friends, and laugher. All of which should not include added stress and hours in the kitchen.

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Let me know what you think of the recipe and how it works for you!