I love to think outside the box when it comes to dessert. After all, dessert should have a little wow-factor, right? I love how the tart Granny Smith apples in my individual apple pies complement my mamma’s sugar cookie crust.

Individual apple pies

Individual Apple Pies Recipe

In this short video, learn how to make easy individual apple pies topped with Cheryl's mamma’s sugar cookie crust. Delish!

Ingredients
 

Yield: 8 servings
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sugar cookie crust

  • 5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened, 2 sticks
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for coating

apple filling

  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl then set aside.
  • Cream the sugars, butter and oil in a separate bowl until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Next, form the cookie dough into golf ball-sized balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place the balls about 3"−4" apart on a cookie sheet. You may only be able to fit 8 or 9 cookies on a cookie sheet at a time but that’s okay—once these cookies are flattened out, they take up quite a bit of space!
  • Flatten the balls on the cookie sheet, using the bottom of a glass but first dip the bottom into a small plate of sugar. This will keep the glass from sticking to the cookies. Flatten the cookie to approximately ⅛" thick.
  • Combine apple slices, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice together in a bowl and stir until ingredients are evenly mixed.
  • Heat butter in medium pan over medium-high heat then add apple mixture and heat until bubbly. Reduce heat and simmer 5-6 minutes until apples begin to soften. Sprinkle flour evenly over apples and cook until sauce thickens. Remove from heat. NOTE: When working with fresh fruit, the amount of thickener you need depends on how ripe the fruit is. If you’re using super sweet, ripe fruit, increase the flour by 1 or 2 Tbsp.
  • Spoon apple mixture into 6-8 ramekins, just below the rim. Cover the ramekin with the sugar cookie, pinching the sides to seal the pies. With a knife, slice a small hole in the top to let steam escape.
  • Place pies on a baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes, until the crusts are lightly browned.

Notes

These are the perfect desserts to serve at holiday dinners because you don't have to spend any time portioning out pie!
Calories: 1084kcal, Carbohydrates: 145g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 53g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 121mg, Sodium: 370mg, Potassium: 237mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 82g
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