Mini Apple Pie Recipe and Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas


I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away now. Time to get to meal planning, and fast! Perusing some dessert recipes I landed on the Mini Apples Pies I made when I first began blogging, along with some other desserts that are perfect for the holiday menu.

These Mini Apple Pies are such a fun twist on the regular apple pie. Made in muffin tins using a basic pie crust, filled with your favorite apple filling or apple crisp (recipe below). Using pie crust scraps, I made little leaves to add to top of pies.



They couldn’t be easier. And they’re so cute!

Mini Apple Pies need some friends to share the dessert buffet with, don’t ya think? Here are a few of my other favorites for Thanksgiving celebrations:


Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie doesn’t last long in our home. It’s dangerous, y’all, but totally worth it.

Pecan Pie Muffins that I made for Tasty Kitchen a while back double as a dangerous dessert or breakfast muffin. They are super easy, and really do taste like pecan pie. Try em. Soon. (There’s a link for the full recipe over at Tasty Kitchen.)

Wanting a simple dessert that serves a bunch? Praline Cake Squares are the ticket. You may want to go ahead and make two pans. Just sayin. 😉

Now I’m getting hungry for all things dessert. How about you? For more tasty treats, perfect for the upcoming holiday season, check out these 8 Gourmet Desserts from

I look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with family this year, but I want to thank you for always stopping by to share you comments and good ideas. I’d love nothing more to share a pecan pie with you one day. xoxoxo


Mini Apple Pie Recipe and Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas
These Mini Apple Pies are such a fun twist on the regular apple pie. Made in muffin tins using a basic pie crust, filled with your favorite apple filling or apple crisp (recipe below). Adapted from Apple Crisp Betty Crocker recipe.
  • 1 Pastry Crust Recipe
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 4 apples diced, (Granny Smith, Fuji or favorite baking apple)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
For topping:
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  1. Preheat oven to 425.°
  2. Roll out dough to ⅛" thick on floured surface. Using a paper cupcake liner as a template cut out circles a little larger than liners. Line muffin tin with dough circles. Let the extra dough hang over the edge of tin. It's okay if it's not perfect.
  3. Bake mini pastry shells in oven for 12 minutes or until the shell is no longer raw but still pale. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 350.°
  4. In pan over medium heat, melt butter.
  5. Add apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt. Coat apples well and simmer about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add pecans and continue to simmer for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
  7. Scoop a little of the mixture into each pastry shell. Be sure to press mixture down and fill to top.
  8. Optional Topping: Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle a little on each mini pie.
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes in a 350° oven or until slightly golden brown. Be careful to not let crust burn.




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  1. 1


    Thank you for these! I have apples from the mountains that need to be used and I’m craving apple crisp.
    I’m supposed to run a 5K in the morning, so I may wait until tomorrow afternoon to indulge!

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    Erin says

    I love mini desserts! I feel much less guilty when I eat four, lol. Seriously, the only thing I don’t like about these ideas is having to choose between them. Thanksgiving dessert buffet anyone? I’ll start with the bourbon pecan pie, no the pumpkin pie muffins, no the praline cake squares…

  3. 7

    Aggie says

    These are adorable and I seriously could pop a couple in my mouth right now! I love apple desserts.

  4. 9

    Cassie | Bake Your Day says

    These are beyond amazing, Amy! I love that topping the most!

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    Amy , those are absolutely adorable! And I think my heart stopped when you mentioned that Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away. How can that be?!

  6. 12

    Nicole @ Lapetitebaker says

    If they are mini then that means I can eat five of them and it would be like eating a slice! Sounds like a great idea to me.

  7. 13

    AmyRuth says

    Yep Amy I like the way you think. I’ve made apple pies before in muffin pans for parties and it works really well… I appreciate you jogging my memory. I think tomorrow I’ll get my pie crust made, rolled and placed in pie plates for the freezer. At least that can be done. Whew…. here we go.

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    I love the idea of mini dessert options for the holiday’s! I am a big pumpkin pie fan on Thanksgiving but my momma doesn’t care for it and would much prefer one of those pecan pies… I’ll have to keep this in mind this year :)

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