Mini Apple Pies

Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Mini apple pies with puff pastry are a delicious handheld after school treat.

Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

It’s officially back to school for us this week. It’s hard to believe how quickly the summer went by and even harder to believe our youngest is now a sophomore in high school! Having a high school age son who is growing like a weed, means our house must always be stocked with snacks or goodies for him to quickly grab and munch on when he gets home from school.

Anyone else have teenagers with bottomless pits for stomachs?!

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As a busy working mom, I am always looking for quick, easy, and delicious ways to feed William after school or any time of the day.

These mini apple pies with puff pastry are the cutest, handheld after school treat especially during the fall season because of their adorable apple shape. What fruit reminds us of fall more than apples and which dessert screams fall more than pie!

Mini Apple Pies

Not only are these mini apple pies with puff pastry adorable (who doesn’t love food in miniature size?!), they are super simple to make with help from the grocery store. Sure, I would love to make everything from scratch but my days are busy, so I welcome the help wherever I can get it!

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Apple Pie Filling

To keep this recipe quick and easy, I opted to use a can of apple pie filling. You could certainly make your own apple pie filling from scratch, but in a pinch a can of filling will taste just as delicious!

Feel free to add ingredients to your store bought filling to make it your own. Here are a few ingredients that would be a delicious addition to these mini apple pies:

  • Craisins
  • Walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Pecans
Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

The Crust for Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Instead of using a traditional pie crust for our mini apple pies, I decided to use puff pastry. Puff pastry dough is light, airy, and buttery. When baked it’s crunchy on the outside and soft & doughy on the inside. It’s delicious!

I like to use Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets found in the frozen section of the grocery. One box includes 2 square sheets of puff pastry dough. Defrost your puff pastry sheets on the counter for about 1 hour before assembling your pies.

Tip: Keep your puff pastry cold, it’s much easier to work with.

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Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry Ingredients & Supplies

  • Apple pie filling
  • Puff pastry
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Water
  • Apple cookie cutter
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Rolling pin
  • Brush (for egg wash)
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Knife
Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

How to Make Mini Apple Pies with Puff Pastry

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Make an egg wash by cracking an egg into a bowl with about a tablespoon of water and whisk. Set aside. Fill another small bowl with cold water, set that aside too.

Puff Pastry Dough

Flour a clean work surface and place one sheet of puff pastry unfolded on top of the flour. Take a floured rolling pin and roll out puff pastry dough to about 1/8″ thickness.

Cut out dough with an apple cookie cutter. Remove excess dough from around the apple shapes and set aside. One sheet of puff pastry should yield 8 apple cut outs (the amount of cut outs will depend on size of cookie cutter).

Apple Pie Filling

Place about a tablespoon of apple pie filling (amount of filling will depend on the size of cut out) into the center of 4 apple cut outs.

Apple Pie Filling

Take the small bowl of water and dip finger into the water and trace that along the edge of the apple pie filled cut outs so edge of cut out is moist. Place one of the apple cut outs on top, lining the edges and pressing with finger to lightly seal the edges.

Sealing Mini Apple Pies

Take a fork and press down around the edges of mini pie to seal.

Mini Apple Pies

With a sharp knife, cut three slits into the center of the pie. This allows air to escape and will prevent the filling from oozing from the edges of the pies.

Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Place pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Mini Pies

Once all pies are assembled, brush the top of each pie with egg wash.

Bake pies in the oven for about 15 minutes or until pie crust is brown & flaky and filling is warm & bubbly.

Mini Apple Pies

Allow pies to cool for several minutes and then enjoy!

Apple Pie Filling

How long will mini apple pies with puff pastry last?

Mini apple pies are best when served immediately after baking. If you happen to have leftovers, store the mini apple pies in an airtight container or on a dish covered tightly with plastic wrap.

The pies can be stored on the counter for a day or two, or they can also be refrigerated. We like to warm our leftover pies in the microwave for a few seconds to soften the puff pastry and warm the filling.

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Other Mini Pie Ideas

These mini apple pies with puff pastry are so fun to make and could easily be changed by simply swapping out the filling. How delicious do these filling ideas sound!

  • Blueberry pie filling
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Raspberry jelly
  • Peach preserves
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Milk chocolate

A savory filling idea…chicken pot pie!!!

Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Back to School Meal Ideas

If you’re looking for easy weeknight back to school dinner ideas, I’ve got you covered there too!

A few weeks ago I shared one of my families favorite comfort foods, meatless baked ziti. This Asian pasta salad can be made a day ahead of time and is delicious served for lunch or dinner. And, this butternut squash soup is so warm and comforting for fall.

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Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

Mini Pies
Preparation Time

15

minutes
Cooking Time

15

minutes
Calories

235

kcal
Total Time

30

minutes

Apples nestled in puff pastry and then baked to perfection. These mini apple pies with puff pastry are a delicious handheld after school treat.

Ingredients

  • 21 oz. can Apple Pie Filling

  • 17.3 oz. Puff Pastry Sheets

  • Flour

  • 1 Egg

  • 2 tbsp. Water

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Make an egg wash by cracking an egg into a bowl with about a tablespoon of water and whisk. Set aside. Fill another small bowl with cold water, set that aside too.
  • Lightly flour a clean work surface and place one sheet of puff pastry unfolded on top of the flour. Take a floured rolling pin and roll out puff pastry dough to about 1/8″ thickness.
  • Cut out dough with an apple cookie cutter. Remove excess dough from around the apple shapes and set aside. One sheet of puff pastry should yield 8 apple cut outs (the amount of cut outs will depend on size of cookie cutter).
  • Place about a tablespoon of apple pie filling (amount of filling will depend on the size of cut out) into the center of 4 apple cut outs.
  • Take the small bowl of water and dip finger into the water and trace that along the edge of the apple pie filled cut outs so edge of cut out is moist. Place one of the apple cut outs on top, lining the edges and pressing with finger to lightly seal the edges.
  • Take a fork and press down around the edges of mini pie to seal.
  • With a sharp knife, cut three slits into the center of the pie. This allows air to escape and will prevent the filling from oozing from the edges of the pies.
  • Place pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Once all pies are assembled, brush the top of each pie with egg wash.
  • Bake pies in the oven for about 15 minutes or until pie crust is brown & flaky and filling inside is warm & bubbly.
  • Allow pies to cool for several minutes and then enjoy!

Notes

  • Keep your puff pastry cold, it’s much easier to work with.
  • Mix craisins, walnuts, raisins, or pecans into the apple pie filling for texture and crunch.
  • Cut slits into the top of the pies before baking. This will allow warm air to escape preventing filling from oozing from the sides of the pies.
  • Store leftover pies in an airtight container for 1-2 days.

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Easy Weeknight Dinner

Meatless Baked Ziti

Meatless baked ziti is delicious comfort food that’s easy to whip up on a busy weeknight or sophisticated enough for Sunday dinner.

Weeknight Pasta Dinner

Back to school is just a few short weeks away for us which means our slow, relaxing days of summer will come to end and our schedules will become more hectic. A busy schedule means this mom has less time to think about what’s for dinner and even less time to prepare it!

Fall Comfort Food

One of my favorite ways to get an easy, satisfying dinner on the table any night of the week is with my meatless baked ziti. Meatless baked ziti is cheesy and comforting with just a few simple ingredients. It’s loaded with flavor and has many of the same elements as lasagna but without all the work. Meatless baked ziti is easy to make and is even better as leftovers (yes, that is a true statement!).

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Easy Pasta Dinner

You’re going to want to save this recipe. It has become a staple in our home and I think it will become one in your home too!

Scoop of Baked Ziti

Meatless Baked Ziti Ingredients

  • Ziti: Is a hollow tube shaped pasta that is a little longer than penne but is not cut on an angle. Ziti can either be smooth or have ridges. I prefer the smooth version for this recipe but either will work.
  • Marinara Sauce: Any store bought or homemade marinara sauce can be used in this recipe. I use Rao’s Homemade Marinara, and highly recommend! This pasta sauce is expensive (at least double the cost of other sauces) however, the taste is authentic and is made with premium ingredients without added preservatives or coloring.
  • Ricotta Cheese: Adds a creamy texture. I like to use whole milk ricotta for best results.
  • Parmesan & Mozzarella Cheese: The combination of these cheeses will create an irresistible melty, cheesy topping.
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Parsley: Fresh parsley adds an earthy, grassy note to this rich recipe. I prefer fresh parsley over dried. Other Italian herbs can be used as well such as basil or oregano.
Comfort Food Casserole
Scoop of Baked Ziti

How to Make Meatless Baked Ziti

This is easiest and quickest recipe to prepare!

Simple & Easy Italian Dinner

To start, preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook pasta in salted water to al dente (follow package directions). The pasta should have a little bit to it as it will continue to cook when baking in the oven.

Comfort Food Casserole

Once pasta is cooked and drained, return it to the hot pot. Adding the pasta back to the hot pot will help to evaporate any water still left on the pasta.

Add the marinara sauce (reserving about 1 cup for the top of the dish), ricotta cheese, 1/2 of the parmesan cheese, 1/2 of the parsley, and salt & pepper to the cooked pasta. Mix until well combined.

Scoop of Baked Ziti

Transfer the pasta mixture into a 9×13 baking dish. Spread the remaining marinara sauce over the top of the dish (this will help to keep the pasta from drying out). Then sprinkle the mozzarella & remaining parmesan cheese on top.

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Cover dish with tin foil and bake in the oven until meatless baked ziti is bubbly and heated through. Remove tin foil and bake for another 10 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly. Sprinkle remaining chopped parsley on top.

Let stand for about 10 minutes, then enjoy!

Easy Weeknight Meal Idea
Meatless Baked Ziti

Can you make baked ziti ahead of time?

Absolutely!

Prepare your meatless baked ziti according to the directions up until the baking step. Cover baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Remember to add additional baking time when baking a dish that is cold.

Meatless Baked Ziti
Meatless Baked Ziti

Meatless Baked Ziti Variations

There are a million ways to customize this meatless baked ziti recipe to make it your own. Here are just a few ideas.

  • Can’t find ziti? Use rigatoni or penne pasta instead.
  • Switch up your pasta sauce. Instead of using any plain old marinara sauce; use an arrabbiata, Bolognese, or vodka sauce.
  • Add protein to your baked ziti with the addition of cooked ground beef, sausage, chicken, or turkey. You could even add cooked diced chicken for a twist on chicken parmesan.
  • Stir in vegetables. Eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, or zucchini would be great additions to this casserole.
  • Omit the ricotta cheese. Or use mascarpone, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or sour cream instead.
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Pasta Casserole

How to Store Baked Ziti Leftovers

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3-4 days in a covered container. Leftovers can also be frozen in covered containers for up to 6 months.

Reheat leftovers in the oven or the microwave until heated through.

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What to Serve With Meatless Baked Ziti

  • A fresh garden salad is a great light side dish.
  • We love to have garlic bread with our ziti to wipe every last drop of sauce from the plate.
  • Meatballs with marinara sauce is a great side dish option.
  • We love to have grilled eggplant alongside our baked ziti for an all vegetarian meal.
Baked Ziti Dinner
Meatless Baked Ziti

For more easy comfort food ideas, check out these family favorite recipes I’ve shared on the blog:

Pasta Comfort Food

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Meatless Baked Ziti

Course: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep Time

15

minutes
Cooking Time

40

minutes
Calories

475

kcal
Total Time

55

minutes

Meatless baked ziti is delicious comfort food that is an easy meal to whip up on a busy weeknight or sophisticated enough for Sunday dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce box ziti

  • 1 32 ounce jar Rao’s Marinara Sauce

  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1 tbsp. salt

  • Pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add tablespoon of salt to boiling water and cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.
  • Drain pasta and return to hot pan. Stir almost all of the marina sauce (reserving about 1 cup), ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan, and 1 tbsp. chopped parsley into the pasta. Add pepper and salt to taste. Stir until well combined.
  • Spoon into a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Spread the remaining marinara sauce over the pasta mixture, then top with the mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  • Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes until cheese becomes brown and bubbly on top.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining chopped parsley. Let stand for about 10 minutes. Buon appetito!

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Notes

  • Rigatoni or penne pasta can be used instead of ziti.
  • Add ground beef, sausage, chicken, or turkey to this recipe for a heartier dish.
  • Stir in vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, or peppers.
  • Omit the ricotta cheese. Or use mascarpone, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or sour cream instead.
  • Prepare meatless baked ziti in advance and store in the refrigerator up to 24 hours before baking.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer in a sealed air tight container.

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