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These Cranberry Apple Mini Pies is a fun dessert recipe you can make without any baking experience or special tools. It’s a great way to use up leftover apples and cranberries, and makes for a festive holiday dessert!
You’re going to love the balance of the tart cranberries with the sweet cinnamon apples and the buttery, golden, rich pie crust. And because they’re mini, you can have many. If you have extra cranberries, make sure to grab these tips for how to freeze fresh cranberries.
Ingredients & substitutions
- Pie crust: You can use refrigerated pie crust or use your favorite homemade recipe.
- Apples: Peel and core the apples and dice them finely.
- Cranberries: Use fresh cranberries and cut them in half so that they mix easily with the apple pieces.
- Pecans: Chopped pecans add a great crunchy texture to these mini pies. You could also use almonds or walnuts.
- Sugar: We like to use cane sugar which is less processed. White or brown sugar can also be used.
- Cornstarch: This helps to thicken the fruit juices so that your pie crusts don’t get soggy.
- Orange zest and cinnamon: Fresh orange zest adds a tangy flavor and ground cinnamon adds a wonderful sweetness.
how to make cranberry apple mini pies
- Add the ingredients for the pie filling to a bowl.
- Mix together to combine.
- Cut circles out of the pie dough to form the mini pie crusts.
- Press the pie crust circles in to a muffin tin.
- Spoon in the cranberry and apple mix.
- Bake til the dough is cooked and golden brown.
Tips to make this recipe
- Make one larger pie. If you prefer to serve up a full sized pie, simply add the apple and cranberry filling to a 9 inch pie crust and bake!
- Grease your muffin tin with oil. This will make the mini pies easier to remove. Don’t use butter to grease the tin as this can burn and cause the pies to stick.
- Don’t skip the cornstarch in the filling. Without it, when the fruit bakes it will release a lot of water and can make your pie crusts soggy.
- Cool the mini pies on a wire rack. A wire rack allows air to circulate all around the pies so the bottoms will cool and crisp up. If you let them cool on a solid surface, the pie crusts can absorb moisture.
Frequently Asked Questions
Once fully cooled, transfer the pies to an airtight container and they will keep well for up to a week in the fridge or at room temperature. You can warm them through to serve if you like at 360F for 5 to 10 minutes.
You can freeze these pies either baked or unbaked. Unbaked hand pies can be covered and refrigerated or frozen for 3 days. Bake them from frozen, just add a couple extra minutes of bake time.
Baked hand pies can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature before serving.
These apple and cranberry mini pies can easily be enjoyed by themselves. They are also delicious served warm with a scoop of ice cream, drizzled in heavy cream or finished with whipped cream.
Seriously though, these rock for Thanksgiving dessert table because they give you that sweet satisfaction without committing to a whole pie slice. Make these cranberry apple mini pies for thanksgiving and feel free to double or triple the recipe for a larger crowd.
More cranberry recipes:
- Baked Cranberry Relish
- Cranberry Orange Sauce
- Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
- Baked Brie Cranberry in Bread Bowl
- Cranberry Orange Bread
- Cranberry Lemon Muffins
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This Cranberry Apple Mini Pies recipe was originally published on November 8, 2017. The recipe has been slightly modified to make it easier and the post now includes updated step-by-step photos.
Cranberry Apple Mini Pies
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove pie crust from package and allow to sit at room temperature while preparing the pie filling.
- In a medium bowl, combine the apples, cranberries, pecans, sugar, cornstarch, orange zest and cinnamon until well combined.
- Use a 4″ round cookie cutter to cut out 24 round pieces of pie crust. You will need to re-roll the scraps.
- Place the cut out dough into two muffin tins, using your fingers to form the dough into cups.
- Fill the cranberry apple filling mixture into the muffin cups to the top and bake in the preheated oven until the fruit is softened and bubbly, and the dough becomes golden brown, 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust powdered sugar on top, if desired.
- Instead of pecans, you can use other nuts like walnuts, almonds or macadamia nuts. You can also use any seeds or just leave them out.
- Instead of cornstarch, you can use arrowroot starch or all-purpose flour.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.