Tasty Thursday: Apple Surprise Mini Pies

I’m not a big apple pie eater…in fact, I really don’t like it. But the cuteness of these mini apple pies might have me rethinking things. Super cute to bring to a party. Each guest gets their own! Thanks to Gourmet Mom-on-the-Go for the how to.

Apple Surprise Mini Pies
The surprise? There’s actually a cheesecake layer beneath the apple pie filling!
How cute would these be as end-of-the-year Teacher gifts? We used half pint jars but you could use ramekins or whatever else you want. 

Apple Surprise Mini Pies
makes 12
Ingredients:
1 3/4 C. (1 package) Graham Crackers
1/3 C. butter, melted
24 oz. (3 pkg) Philadelphia Cream Cheese
3/4 C. sweetened condensed milk
2/3 C. white sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cans apple pie filling
2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts
12 half pint canning jars or ramekins
Drinking glass (a little larger than your jar lids), to cut out crust
Directions:
Place graham crackers in ziploc bag and crush. I think this was the kids’ favorite part. Wham! Wham! Wham!
Pour melted butter into baggie with graham crackers and shake to mix well. Place 2 heaping tablespoons of graham cracker mixture into bottom of a half pint jar and carefully spread around.
For cheesecake layer, beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice and mix well. Place 1/3 c. of cream cheese mixture into each jar.
Fill jars to the top with apple pie filling (about 1/2 C). 

Unroll pie crust. Find a drinking glass or round cookie cutter that is about 1/2″ larger than your jar lid and cut out 4 circles. Re-roll remaing dough and cut out 2 more circles. Repeat with other pie crust. If desired, cut small slits or a little shape in the middle of your crust.
Place one cutout crust on each jar and pinch edges to resemble a pie crust. Finish with a light dusting of white sugar.
Place on a cookie sheet (just in case any of them leak, you don’t want to clean that out of your oven!) and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until pie crusts are browned. I came back in the kitchen to find these two little bakers waiting veeeeeery patiently for their pies to come out of the oven…Remove from oven. Tie a small ribbon around each jar, if desired, and serve. I can’t wait to make these for our next sit-down dinner, they’d be adorable served to each guest for dessert!
A note: if you aren’t serving these within an hour or so, you should refrigerate them. They’re also fabulous right out of the fridge, we had some for breakfast.:)
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  1. These look absolutely sweet…

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