This year for Christmas I was invited to my first Christmas Ornament & Cookie Exchange Party. A friend of our family invited me and I was excited to get started on finding some great ideas on Pinterest!
The cookie I decided to make is called Sweetie Pie Pops, like Cake Pops, but with mini pies. I did a little rendition of that recipe without the lollipop stick because of the size of my cookie cut-out shape. Here is the recipe and photos below with my end results.
Yields 16-18 2″ Bites
1 refrigerated pie crust dough (or homeade pie crust)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Course sugar or sprinkles for top
Canned pie filling, or homemade apple filing below
Apple Pie Filling (combine all ingredients below):
1 medium tart green apple, peeled and grated
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon cold butter, grated
Glaze (Whisk all ingredients until smooth. Add milk until desired consistency is reached):
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1-3 tsp milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat if desired.
Roll out pie dough on a floured surface about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out heart shapes (or other shape of your choosing) and place them on your baking sheet. Place about 1-2 tsp of filling on one cut out, keeping it at least 1/4 inch away from the edges. Wet your finger in a small bowl of water and wet the edge of the pie dough shape. Wet the edges of a 2nd pie dough shape (one without filling) and place on top of the other. Press together gently with your fingers to seal the pieces together. Use a fork to crimp edges. Poke a fork into top of pie one time so steam can vent. If desired, brush top of pie in melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. (Or leave plain to glaze after)
Bake pies for 15-20 minutes until barely golden brown. Cool for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. If glazing, gently brush or spoon glaze over pies while still warm. Cool completely before packaging.
Note: These could be made into Pie Pops (like Cake Pops) using a lollipop stick found at craft stores. Place lollipop stick in center of shape, with the top of the stick near the top of the shape. When crimping edges, be careful to seal edges around the stick.
Personal Note: Never make 96 of these at once! It’s torture! This is what I had to do for the Christmas Exchange – everyone got 6 cookies each. A good dozen, maybe two is quite enough for the family during the holidays.
I also made a variation on this recipe, but instead cut out circles and pressed them into a mini-muffin pan, added the apple pie filling, covered each mini pie and baked them for the same time. I also covered them with the same icing recipe as above. A true mini apple pie.
- If you want to see the ornament that I made for the party, you can see the blog post here: Ornament & Cookie Exchange – Ornament
- Our Best Bites (Recipe) - http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/01/sweetie-pie-pops-plus-hand-pies-pie-jars-and-printables/