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Easy Apple “Pie” with Pie Crust Cookies

This Easy Apple “Pie” is made with roasted apples and pie crust cookies.  A quicker way to make pie with all the comforting flavors and a guaranteed flakey crispy crust.  

This recipe for Easy Apple Pie is made with spiced roasted apples and pie crust cookies.  A quicker way to make pie with all the comforting flavors and a guaranteed flakey crispy crust.  

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Here is a delicious cozy recipe for Easy Apple Pie.  We deconstructed the pie!  All the while still maintaining the familiar flavors and textures of a comforting apple pie.  Creating the components separately just heightens the delectable qualities of this classic dessert.

The morsels trimmed off from the pie crust dough have always been my favorite.  My mom would bake up these pie crust “cookies” all golden and flakey with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.   They are just perfect in their own right!  Sometimes pies are perfect but many times you dig in with high hopes and come out with pale uncooked crust in the middle.  These are very sad times!

Deconstructing it this way takes so much of the pressure off!  At least for me.  It is easier to create the deep apple flavor and crispy flakey pie crust of dreams.  It also allows grain-free people, like my husband, to partake in dessert.  Everybody is happy!  We like that.

And don’t get me wrong.  Making a true pie is always a good thing!  But in the meantime, we definitely enjoy the flavors of apple pie more often with this method.

ingredients for pie

Roasting the apples not only gives them a deep caramelly flavor but also is fast and easy, without the need to add thickeners.

And while the spiced apples are roasting in the oven the dough is rolled out and cut into the cookie crusts.  It all comes together in about 40 minutes.

What you’ll need:

cutting butter into the flour

How to make an Easy Apple Pie:

Step one

Start with the pie crust dough.  Mix together flour, salt and butter cubes.  Put the entire bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes, the colder the butter, the flakier the dough.  Cut together until butter is coarsely the size of a pea.

I also will sometimes use a food processor for this.  It is easier.  But you need to be watchful of the texture.

add ice water to flour

Step two

Add ice-cold water.  You may not need all the water, start by adding half, sprinkling over the dough.  Mix in gently with a fork.  The dough will look crumbly. bringing the dough together

Step three

Test the dough by squeezing it together with your fingers, if it sticks together that’s perfect.  If still crumbly, add a few more teaspoons of water lightly toss and test again.

form dough into a square

Step four

Once the dough comes together, pat out into a rough square.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes (and up to 2 days).  Meanwhile, start on the apples.

cutting apples

Step five

I use all the different kinds of apples.  I like the diversity of flavors with the different varieties.  If the apple skins are thin, leave them on.  I do some peeled and some not depending on the thickness of the skin.

mixing apples with spices and sugar

Step six

Add sugar, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.  Adjust the sugar to the flavor and sweetness of your apple.

mix lemon juice into apples

Step seven

Add lemon juice and thoroughly mix.

dotting apples with butter before baking

Step eight

Place apples on a baking sheet and dot with butter.

roasted apples on a pan

Step nine

Bake at 425 for 15- 20 minutes.  If you like a softer apple go for the full 20 minutes or more.  If you prefer a little texture, test at 15 minutes.

rolling out pie dough

Step ten

Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured sheet of parchment.  Place the dough and parchment on the sheet pan.

cutting shapes out of dough

Step eleven

Brush with egg wash (optional! this gives a golden crust and helps the sugar caramelize on the dough). Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.  Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

baked pie crust cookies

Can this be made Vegan?

I have seen it done!  Instead of butter, try making the crust with coconut oil, sustainable palm oil, or vegan butter? I have yet to perfect this method.  Let us know if you have any tips and tricks to share.

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~Tonia

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This recipe for Easy Apple Pie is made with spiced roasted apples and pie crust cookies.  A quicker way to make pie with all the comforting flavors and a guaranteed flakey crispy crust.  

Easy Apple “Pie” with Pie Crust Cookies

  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Pie, baked, dessert, fall dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Description

This recipe for Easy Apple Pie is made with spiced roasted apples and pie crust cookies.  A quicker way to make pie with all the comforting flavors and a guaranteed flakey crispy crust.


Ingredients

Roasted Apples

  • 1 1/2 pounds of apples
  • 24 tablespoons sugar, or use coconut sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves

Crust

  • 1 cup, 120 oz flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons, 4 oz butter chilled, cut into
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 teaspoons sugar
  • egg yolk, optional


Instructions

  1. Mix together flour, salt and butter cubes
  2. Put the entire bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes
  3. Cut butter in with a pastry cutter, knifes or hands leaving course pea sized pieces.
  4. Add half of the ice water.  You may not need all the water, start by adding half, sprinkling over the dough.  Mix in gently with a fork.  The dough will look crumbly.  Test the dough by squeezing together with your fingers, if it sticks together that’s perfect.  If still crumbly, add a few more teaspoons of water lightly toss and test again.
  5. Once dough comes together, pat out into a rough square.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes (and up to 2 days).  Meanwhile, start on the apples.
  6. Mix cut apples, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
  7. Place apples on a baking sheet and dot with butter.
  8. Bake at 425 for 15- 20 minutes.  If you like a softer apple go the full 20 minutes or more.  If you prefer a little texture, test at 15 minutes.
  9. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured sheet of parchment.  Place whole parchment on the sheet pan.
  10. Brush with egg wash (optional) and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.  Cut with a scoring wheel and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until crusts are lightly brown on the bottom.


Notes

Apples vary so much in flavor and texture.  Some breakdown fast, some hold their shape.  Baking time may vary.

Adjust the sweetness according to the flavor of your apples.

Add more lemon juice if apples are mellow in flavor.

Totally use a food processor for the dough if desired.  It is easier.  But you need to be watchful of the texture.

Day old crust cookies can be reheated in a 375 oven for 5 minutes.  Allow to cool.

Egg Wash: whisk together 1 egg yolk + 1 tablespoon water

Keywords: easy apple pie, deconstructed apple pie, roasted apple pie filling, pic crust cookies,


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