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So, these apple pie cups were a complete accident one night when I was having a serious craving for something sweet. If you haven’t noticed, I am a big fan of phyllo dough and when I can, I try to use it in place of regular pie crust. These little pies are no different. If you saw the pumpkin pie recipe I shared a little while back, the base for these pies is pretty much the same.
What you’ll need:
- 1 roll of phyllo dough
- 4 medium apples (we chose green)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 1/4 cup water
- cinnamon/sugar mixture (like you would have for toast)
First up, peel and chop your apples. The smaller you chop them, the faster they will cook. So cut them pretty small. Grab a small-ish sauce pan and turn your stove on high. Drop in your apples, 2 tbsp butter, water, sugar & brown sugar. Stir together and let sit until it starts boiling. Once boiling, turn the heat down and let the apple pie mixture simmer until it thickens.
While that hangs out on the stove, it’s time to get your phyllo dough ready. On a large surface, roll out your first sheet of dough. Spray with pam and gently coat the dough with cinnamon sugar. Lay down the next sheet directly on top of that and do it again. Once you have four layers of dough coated, cut into six squares. I use a pizza cutter because it’s so easy to rip this dough and a pizza cutter slices through all of the layers really well.
Spray a muffin tin, and lay each stack of dough into the tin. Now, you’ll have to repeat the step above for the next 6 pie crusts.
Once these are done, fill them with your apple pie mixture and fold over each edge to cover the mix. Add a little pad of your remaining stick butter to the tops of each little pie and pop them in a 350 degree (F) oven for about 18 minutes and you’re done!
Pro tip: Keep an eye on these. Once your dough is a light golden brown, they are done. Times will definitely vary.
I serve these with vanilla ice cream and they are so delicious. I love making these around this time of year because they fill the house with that delicious apple pie smell. It helps get my home guest ready because as soon as people walk in, they can smell fresh baked pie and for me, that is the scent of the season.
Another way I use scents to welcome my family is with the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection™! If you don’t have time to bake any pie but you want your home to trigger those warm fuzzies for your guests, Glade® has you covered. You can get anything from jar candles to premium room sprays, and you’ll surely have a warm and inviting place for your family to be together this holiday season. I found everything I needed for these pies and prepping my home with Glade® at Kroger!
Tell me below, what smell reminds you of holidays with your family?