Alyssa loves sharing her family's favorite recipes with the world. She is a wife and a mom who enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee.
I recently shared a homemade glazed donut recipe in honor of National Donut Day. When I told my husband my plans for making donuts, I also explained how I wanted to make apple fritters. A little variety to celebrate this sweet holiday. My husband asked if I would consider making apple turnovers instead. Of course, I said yes.
While I was assembling the turnovers, I ended up overfilling the pastry with apples. Who doesn't want more apple goodness? The result? A mini apple pie. Basically the same thing, but with extra deliciousness! My husband loved them and they turned out to be similar to the treat his grandma used to make.
A note before we get to the recipe: I made my own puff pastry. You can buy this from the store, but making it yourself is not as intimidating as you might think. It's actually quite easy and you'll save yourself some cash.
You'll also want to have some ice cream handy. Coffee ice cream pairs wonderfully with this treat, but vanilla would be delicious, too!
For the puff pastry:
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups ice cold water
For the filling:
- puff pastry
- 1 can Country Apple Pie Filling
For the icing:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- We'll begin by making the puff pastry. If you have store-bought puff pastry, skip to step 11.
- Put butter in a dish and set aside. Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Use a fork to mix all dry ingredients well.
- Use your hands to add the butter to your flour mixture. Break it up into clumps and begin mixing the butter in. You should end up with a soft dough.
- Slowly add in cold water, folding the dough as you go.
- Generously flour your work surface and your rolling pin. The dough will be sticky, so keep your flour handy.
- Roll out your dough into a rough rectangle shape. Gently fold length-wise to create a long snake-like rectangle. Use your rolling pin to flatten it out and then fold the ends in to create a square.
- Place the square onto a sheet of wax paper and set into a bowl. Put in the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes.
- Remove puff pastry from refrigerator. Place on a floured surface and using a dough cutter, cut your square in half.
- Set one square back onto the wax paper and place back in the refrigerator.
- Roll out your half into a long rectangle to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut in half.
- Place dough on a greased cookie sheet. (If you are using store-bought, be sure to cut your pastry sheets into squares first.) Spoon a generous helping of apple filling into the center of each piece of dough.
- Fold the corners in and pinch together.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
- While mini pies are baking, make your icing. Combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a small bowl.
- Take mini pies out of the oven, and place on a plate to cool for about 5 minutes.
- Serve mini pies with a generous helping of ice cream and icing on top. Enjoy!