Winter is always a time to look foward to, with its abundance of traditions and holidays. While there's a certain comfort in having the same things year after year, it can also be fun to put a twist on the old favorites. Apple pie, for instance, is a tried-and-true classic, but why stick to the same old pie, when you can let your imagination run wild? That's where mini apple pie cookies come into play.
First, you'll need to gather up a package of two pre-made pie crusts, half a can of apple pie filling (or about a cup if you're making your own), an egg and coarse sugar for some extra yumminess on top. Also, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Spoon the apple filling on the center of a large cutting board and chop, chop, chop until the pieces are no larger than half an inch.
Roll out one of the crusts and spoon the apple mix onto the crust, one heaping teaspoonful every couple inches. Each crust should fit about ten cookies. Moisten any exposed pie crust between the mounds of filling with water, using your fingers or a pastry brush, to help the top layer of dough stick to the bottom one.
Carefully place the second pie crust on top of the first, pressing down to seal between the dots of filling and around the edges. Use a round cookie cutter, about 2-3 inches in diameter, to cut out the little pies.
Next, use the tines of a fork to seal the edges and create a classic, decorative finish.
If there were any cutting errors made earlier, now is the time to trim and adjust the edges.
Whisk the egg together with two tablespoons of water and brush the liquid on the tops of the pies. If you want extra sweetness, sprinkle each cookie with coarse sugar. Finally, cut a small criss-cross into the center of each one.
Gently transfer the cookies to the baking sheets, placing them about an inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15-18 minutes.
After the sweets come out of the oven, let them cool slightly before serving.
If you can keep from devouring them right away, that is.
Via: Tip Hero