personalized apple pies

These little individual, personalized apple pies are a wonderful dessert for Thanksgiving dinner if you have young kids. I made these personalized apple pies for my family for Thanksgiving. I should have stuffed them way more than I did, because as you can see from the picture, they sank a lot. Apple pie always does that. It didn’t make for the prettiest picture, but they still tasted delicious. My kids just loved these little individual sized apple pies with their own initials on them. I think Kirsten felt very special, like this dessert was made just for her. It’s so easy to please my little preschooler! Serve them warm with a little bit of vanilla ice cream or whipping cream. Yum! Here’s the recipe:

What you’ll need:

I used leftover pie dough I had using this recipe for pie crust

1 lb apples – peeled, halved, cored, and thinly sliced
2 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsp superfine sugar

1 egg, beaten slightly

Other things:

4 small ramekins (oven-proof dishes)
rolling pin
alphabet cookie cutters – or use a knife


1. Make your pastry dough using the recipe above.
2. Mix the apple slices with the orange juice, cinnamon, and superfine sugar.
3. preheat oven to 400F.
4. Divide the apple mixture between the 4 oven-proof dishes. Wet the rim of each dish.
5. Roll our your pastry dough and cut 4 round tops – I used a glass that was the same size as my ramekin.
6. Top each pie with a pastry round and trim the edges. Press edges with a fork if desired for a fancier look.
7. Brush each pie with an egg wash and make a slit in the top for steam to escape.
8. Using cookie cutters if you have them, or a knife if you don’t, cut out the initials you will need to top your pies and place them on top. Brush again with the egg wash.
9. Put your dishes on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes, until top is golden.
10. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, whipping cream, or just alone.

Recipe adapted from Kids can Cook!

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