Apple Surprise Mini Pies

When trying to eat right, no need to always skip dessert, just make it fabulous and an appropriate size. So, how about these adorable
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
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
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.:)


Emily said...

These look delicious! I wonder if you could use cherry pie filling too..

Mandy said...

Hi Emily!
Of course! Cherry cheesecake pie would be fabulous, I'm going to try it. Maybe I'll do a batch of each and dinner guests can pick their flavor. Thanks for the idea!:)

Family Style School said...

Way Cute! What a great idea!

Katrina said...

Way cute, fun, yummy idea!

Syndi said...

So clever! They're beautiful and look delicious.

Julie said...

These are so cute! I'm booking in hopes I find an opportunity to do this :)

Simply Life said...

oh those are adorable!!

Krista said...

Those are so adorable and would be perfect for a July 4th Party! I'm definately going to be trying these with some American ribbon at our party this year!


Jannett said...

What an adorable idea..... love your blog... :)

Mama Peck said...

Such a fun idea! I've sent links to this post to my daughters and sisters.. Just too cute not to share! I love the canning jar idea. But, also, I bought a bunch of Polish pottery apple bakers when I was living in Germany and I think this recipe would be perfect for them too. http://bluerosepottery.com/1425-DU1-p-ABA.html (ignore the price- that is NOT what I paid for them. They were much cheaper then!) So, thanks for this great idea.. can hardly wait to try it. :)

Lisa said...

Looks wonderful! What a neat idea.

Lisa @ joyincooking.blogspot.com

mhills02 said...

I love this idea... I am going to try. Does anyone know, if we give as gifts, do they need to be refrigerated?

Mandy said...

Yes, this needs to be stored in the fridge. I covered the ones we didn't eat w/ plastic wrap after they had cooled and put them in the fridge. We ate a few for breakfast--they were DELICIOUS cold! So, if you are planning on giving them as a gift, keep them in the fridge until ready, then deliver them. Hope that helps!:)

Mandy said...

Family Style School--thank you! BTW, we love hobo dinners in the backyard, too!

Katrina--thank you. They WERE yummy, gourmet dad ate 3.:)

Syndi--thanks! I was hoping they would be as cute as they were in my head and they actually turned out (hooray!)

Julie--oh, I hope you try it!

Simply Life--thanks! (blush!)

Krista--that is a fabulous idea! I'm going to swipe your idea and try it, too. Thanks for sharing!

Jannett--thank you. We have so much fun posting and I love to hear that someone is reading this besides my mom.

Mama Peck--those apple bakers are TO-DIE-FOR. I wanted to click the "buy" button but knew I'd get in serious trouble form the hubby. If you make them in those adorable apple bakers, please take a picture for me!

Lisa--thank you! I have to say that I'm jealous of your food photography--how do you get it to look so fabulous all the time! wow!

peck said...

I had TWO mini-pie posts in my Google Reader this weekend and figured I'd exchange the links. I definitely have to try them soon. Here's the other link: http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2010/04/19/cobbler-baked-in-jars/

Mandy said...

Peck--cool! Her cobbler looks delicious!

I just got an email from a reader asking about jars and thought i'd pass on some info I gathered for her:

These are the jars I used: http://www.amazon.com/Jarden-Brands-1440061162-Half-Pint-Mouth/dp/B000V5KVDU
I just picked them up at our local grocery store (QFC), they were by the picnic supplies and plastic plates.

You can bake the pies in almost anything, you could try checking Salvation Army for jars and ramekins. Or, if you want everything to look the same, I bet you could find jars at Dollar Tree or another dollar store. Also, Craigslist is a great resource for old canning supplies.

You can get 24 of the half pint jars here: http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Ball-Half-pint-8-ounce-Mason-Jars-Set-of-24/3827007/product.html but at over $1 each, I'd only get them if it's something you're going to keep for entertaining and not give away.

Sue Sparks said...

Besides looking delicious, these are ADORABLE! On my "to bake" list they go! :) Thanks!

Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne B. said...

Great idea.

I can't wait to do these for Mother's day BBQ we are having this year.

It looks really cute and the Cherry idea might be perfect. I'm sure it'll be the hit of the party!

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Ginny Marie said...

These look so cute and easy! I love your idea of making them for teacher gifts...I was a teacher for many years, and would have loved receiving one of these cute apple pies!

Sarah said...

Those look fabulous!! Glad I found your blog :)

Happy SITS Saturday!

Melinda said...

those are stinking adorable!

Nancy said...

These look so fun and delicious. I saw that cobbler post this morning, and then to see these today is just hilarious and fun!

Do you think it would work with baby food jars? We happen to have quite a few of those at our house right now. Maybe some teeny portion pies?

FabuLeslie said...

I'm a first grade teacher and would like to request these as gifts from my kids, please. Thanks! :)

Paula said...

Thank you for this wonderful gift idea! I just made eight of them for my kids' teachers. Of course, I waited until the last minute and didn't realize there was a difference between sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk! I discovered this at 9:00 p.m.! Lucky for me, my husband is a grocery store manager and happened to be working tonight! Also, with the scraps, I was able to make a full sized pie and it was de-friggin-licious!!!! I'm not really a fan of anything that's not chocolate, but it was heavenly! Thanks again!

Sharon said...

these looked so sweet and lovely, I wanna try it right away! Wanted to ask if it was any glass jar that we can put into the oven or should it be a specific type?


Mandy said...

Hi Sharon,
Good question! We used the small half pint canning jars. (Made by Mason or Ball). They're made to withstand heat so are ok for the oven.
As for other glass, you should check with the manufacturer if it's oven safe. Most are OK but some inexpensive glassware will run the risk of breaking in the oven. Hope that helps!

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Oh my God. I'm obsessed.

Allyson Jane Designer Desserts said...

Absolutely IN LOVE with these little pies! Going to make for sure!

Ally @ Allyson Jane

cookies and cups said...

How adorable!!
Love the cream cheese layer :)

**Amy** said...


Zeynep - Mutlu D├╝kkan said...

This is one of the best and custest recipe I've ever seen.

Lillianna Grace said...

I think this might be the cutest thing ever! I wonder where you come up with these things!

Piccolo Artista said...

Hi, what a wonderful recipes! I just wrote an article about little pies in a jar to make with kids, and i have featured your blog, this is the link: http://www.piccolocuoco.com/2011/10/19-tortine-di-mele-per-bambini-in_14.html, hope you'll like it ( it's in Italian )

Jmait said...

These are AMAZING! I just love them so much!

Kelly E said...

Any suggestions on reheating these? The instructions say that if you're going to wait to serve them longer than an hour, you should put them in the fridge. After taking them out of the fridge, should I stick them in the microwave and for how long? Back in the oven? Thanks.

Mandy said...

you could eat them cold (tried it, they're delicious) or microwave them for 30 seconds before serving. :)