fall baking party : pies and cinnamon crisps

Being a fall baking party, and all, I thought it was only fitting to bake up pies. Who doesn’t like fresh apple pie? I decided to offer little handheld pies, instead of full size. That way each guest could make and take home multiple pies.

For my party, I just stuck with what I knew how to do really well – apple pie. It’s our family favorite. It’s actually the only type of pie I have ever made. Yes, as in ever. We’ve done variations on apple pie, but we always do apple.

I put together a little animated picture showing you just how easy these handheld pies are to put together. First, you cut your dough into circles. I used a bowl as a guide. Then you put your precooked pie filling on one side, and cut out a stem hole on the other. Little hearts make it extra special (even if you can’t tell it’s a heart once it’s cooked!) Then fold over your pie and pinch it closed! I baked mine at 400 degrees until the crust was done.

They are lovely to look at, and delicious to eat! My daughter and I made the mistake of making these right before dinner. It was a long and hard for a 4 year old to wait until after dinner before eating one of these pies.

Another great idea for the pie crust is to make them into little cookie crisps. I actually made these a head of time for us to snack on while making the pies. But you could wait until after the pie making, these are a great way to use up your extra pie crust.
Roll out your pie crust. Using a pizza cutter, cut them into strips. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake according to pie crust directions. I baked mine at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes.
Serve your cinnamon crisps with fresh apples as an apple pie tasting for your guests! 

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