Today’s post is all about the cutest mini pies that you’ll ever see. These are the perfect pies for impressing your guests during the Holidays and believe it or not, they’re pretty easy to put together. I’m thinking these will for sure be on the table for our Thanksgiving dinner this year!
For this recipe, I kept things simple and to save time, I used pre-made pie crust. I also didn’t make the fillings myself. I used store bought jam and pie filling. Obviously, if you wanted to get all fancy and show off your skills, you could easily make homemade pie crust and filling. That choice is up to you. I like that, if needed, you can take a few shortcuts, but still come out with an amazing dessert.
I chose two fillings to fill my mini pies with. One has raspberry pie filling and the other features strawberry jam. You could easily use peach, apple, blueberry, pumpkin or even something chocolate. Whatever you choose, I’m sure they will be amazing!
I rolled out the pie crust and I used a biscuit cutter to make round circles for the mini pies. I used the largest size biscuit cutter that I had and it worked perfectly. I did have to pick up the scraps and roll them out again to keep getting more circles for the pies.
The first time I tried filling the pies, I used way too much filling. It kept oozing out when I baked them. I used just a dollop the next time and I was able to seal the pies with no issues. Even if the filling did ooze out a little bit, they were still gorgeous!
I did add a little bit of extra decoration on the pies. I just used a cutter “stamp” that I picked up at Crate and Barrel. It’s the easiest thing to use and it adds a little something extra on the mini pies. You could easily skip this part, or add something different. I think for Thanksgiving, I’ll also use a pumpkin cut out for the pumpkin pies and maybe an apple for the apple pies. That way people can easily tell what they are.
To seal the pies, I just went around the edges with a fork. I also finished them off with a brushing of egg wash. I put them in a 350 degree oven until they were golden brown. I wanted to use parchment paper, but I was out. I did use wax paper instead and it turned out ok. I’d prefer parchment though.
When the pies were finished, I let them cool a little bit and I dipped them into a glaze I had prepared. This step is optional, but it adds just a little something extra sweet to the pies. To make the glaze, mix together about 2 1/2 cups of powder sugar with 1/4 cup of milk. Another option is to add a sprinkle of sugar after you apply the egg wash on the pies.
The mini pies were so good and really, so easy to put together. They’re a little more time consuming than just making one big pie, but sometimes I think the little touches make it that much better! I love recipes like this because you can easily change it up to make it different each time! Plus, it’s always a great way to get the kids involved and have them help! Some of my fondest memories I have are baking with my grandmother in her kitchen. She would have loved this recipe.
I hope you’ll enjoy making these mini pies as much as I did! Trust me, these are so good. They didn’t last long in my kitchen, so I always know that’s a sign that I’ve got a good recipe! Happy Baking!