The folks over at A Beautiful Mess have really got it together!!
1) I love their apps!
2) They love DIY (almost as much as I do) and have some killer recipes.
3) They just seem like some really cool people!
I've decided to try their recipe for these Mini Pie Crust Pies. I think they call them cookies, but to me, they're mini pies!
One package of ready made pie crusts (you'll need the top and bottom)
Fillings (think jams, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, anything that doesn't have loads of lumps in, be creative!)
One egg, whisked together to make an egg wash
Granulated sugar (I used regular white sugar and definitely should have used a coarser sugar)
Baking trays (I only used one)
Roll out your pie crusts on some parchment paper or on a cutting board. You can make your own pie crust if thats your thing, but I was trying the recipe exactly as they described, so here ya go.
Use a cookie cutter or a cup to cut out as many circles as you can from the pie crust. I used the top of a container I had in the cupboard. You will need two circles to make one mini pie, so make an even number. You can make these as big or small as you want, mine were about 3-4 inches in diameter.
Use the scraps as well, just combine them all together to make a dough ball and roll the dough ball out to about the same thickness as the other dough circles.
Try not to over work the dough because then they won't have that delicious flakey pie crust feel to them.
Once you have your circles cut, you can start filling them. I used chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, apricot jam and grape jelly. Use whatever filling you want! Apple butter, an assortment of jams, really any kind of pie filling you fancy. Don't fill right to the edges, as you need these to be dry to seal them properly.
Only fill half of the dough circles. The other half will be the tops.
On the other half, you can cut out cute little shapes for the centers using mini cookie cutters, or you can just make an X in the middle like I did. I just took a sharp knife and cut an X in the middle of each circle.
To close the mini pies, put the top (with the X in it) and place it gently over a piece with the filling. Try not to smash it on top, as the filling will start to ooze out and it will make it difficult to seal.
Use a chopstick (for decorative circles) or a fork (for a traditional pie crust look) to press the edges together all the way around the circle.
They should look similar to this when they are all sealed.
When they're all on the tray brush them with the egg wash and immediately sprinkle with sugar. I had to squeeze more on the one tray but don't worry, they don't expand like cookies!
Bake at 375 degrees Farenheit for 15-20 minutes. I checked mine at 15 minutes and saw they still needed a bit more time. You really just want the tops to be golden brown and the filling should not be oozing out everywhere. Mine did a little bit but I wasn't worried. They would all be gone soon!
Overall, these were super easy to make and my husband ended up eating nearly all of them. When they came out of the oven, he HAD to try one of each flavour (of course) just to see how each of them were.
I would definitely recommend trying these and playing with all the different flavour combinations. I always love trying recipes that other blogs or magazines post because I want to see how delicious they actually are! These are killer, and I am imagining these would be super delicious with a cherry filling! Yum!
Check back later this week for more recipes and DIY ideas!
Lots of love,
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