Cheats’ Mini Apple Pies Recipe

Not a baker? No problem. These mini apple pies take only a few minutes — perfect for fall entertaining or Thanksgiving dessert.

1 cup 1/4″ diced apple (use any apple you like)
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon
2 frozen pie shells, thawed
1 egg, beaten (optional)


Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix diced apple, sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

Step 2: Press the pie shells flat. Don’t worry if they crack at the edges, they can be easily patched. Cut each shell into quarters. Line 4 fluted metal tart tins (3″ in diameter) with pastry, pressing off edges along the rim (no crimping needed). Fill with diced apple. Cover with remaining pieces of the pastry, patching where necessary. Cut small Xs into tops with paring knife. Brush with beaten egg, if desired.

Step 3: Place on baking sheet. Bake in middle rack of oven for 20-25 minutes until golden, and bubbling can be seen at opening. Let cool slightly before eating (these mini pies are meant to be eaten out of the tins, not unmoulded).

Angus Fergusson