Holiday pot luck, cocktail party, kids’ party, Christmas Eve, Christmas day, bridal shower coming-out party and even a pitty-party…any party is an excuse to make these. People love things that are mini and do you know what they love even more? Mini desserts on sticks. People get giddy, its hillarious.
Not only are these pies so darn cute but you don’t feel as guilty after eating one or two, somehow it makes it all ok. They can also look elegant with a gold or fabric bow. You can purchase small clear plastic confection bags from a kitchen supply store such as Ares, pop them over the pie, tie a bow to secure it and give them as a gift/party favour.
They are incredibly easy to make and can be prepared-ahead by freezing them assembled but uncooked on a cookie sheet. Make sure to wrap the cookie sheet securely with aluminum foil. When you are ready to bake, brush a little egg wash on them & pop them in the oven, from frozen.
3-inch scalloped or round cookie cutter
30 thick paper lollipop sticks from a kitchen-supply store. (I suggest thicker and longer than a normal lollipop stick to support the pie better)
Apple mixture: This is my “go-to” apple pie filling recipe. It will make a lot, but you can either make more pie-pops or something else. I made about 30 pie-pops and still had left over filling which I used that week .
- 6-8 MacIntosh and/or Granny Smith apples (I buy 3 of each), cored and cut thin & small (imagine that you will have to spoon a tablespoon in each pie)
-1/2 cup of sugar
-1/4 cup of brown sugar
-1/2 tsp of cinnamon
-3 tbsp of corn starch
Pie crust: I buy ready-made. I either purchase frozen dough from Premire Moisson or I buy the super-easy refrigerated Pillsbury pie-dough. All you have to do is unroll! No thawing & no fuss. For my party I purchased 3 boxes of Pillsbury – two disks in each box. You can cut out about 10-11 rounds per disk.
-3 Boxes of Pillsbury Pie crusts
-1 or 2 eggs whites + a few drops of water, beaten (for egg wash) 1) to seal your pies 2) to brush over pies for a golden crust. Eggs wash made with only egg whites produces a slightly matt and lightly golden. Whole eggs produce a shiny darker crust.
- icing sugar & a little water for glaze