mini caramel apple pies recipe

I buy large quantities of apples in the fall. Caramel apples, I say! Apple crisp, it’s calling my name! And then, life gets busy and apples get mushy. I was determined not to let our apples get bruised and soft after rolling around in the bottom drawer of the fridge. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I decided to whip out a pie. Well, a mini pie, but a pie nonetheless! I “forgot” that Brian doesn’t like apple pie, so more for me, right? Wrong! My apple pie despising husband actually liked this stuff! Time to make more, I guess. ;) These little babies are super easy to make and they’ll make your sweet tooth VERY happy.

You will need:
2 apples, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Vanilla, a few drops
Dash of salt

1 cup flour
1/3 heaping cup of Crisco
2 1/2 tbs cold water
1 tsp (ish) of salt
3 soft, caramels, cubed
(makes 6 muffin tin sized pies)


First, peel and cube two apples. In a bowl, mix together sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Combine well, then mix in apples. Coat apples evenly and well. Set aside. Cube caramels, set aside also. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, Crisco, salt, and water with a fork. The Crisco in this recipe will make your crust extra flaky, yum! Roll out thinly onto a floured surface, then use a cup or cookie cutter to cut into circles. Press into ungreased cupcake tin. Fill with apple, sugar mixture then top with caramels. Use remaining dough to cover the top. Be sure to work quickly while using your dough, otherwise it will dry out (like mine did!) and become harder to work with. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes, the tops should be golden brown! (And your house, it should smell heavenly!) I love how the caramel seeps through the top and leaves the crust slightly candy coated. Mmm!


Pretty sure I’ll be making these again soon! (And working on perfecting my lattice top) I was a little impatient while removing one of the pies from the pan, so it crumbled a bit. Are you impatient too? No need to worry! Simply crumble the broken pie into a fancy glass, top with vanilla ice cream and a dash of cinnamon. I can’t decide which I like more!