Can you believe that Fall is almost here? I know I can’t, not only because it seems like Summer went CRAZY fast but Montana doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo that it is now September because our temperatures have been consistently in the 90’s and high 80’s! With this, our fire season has been particularly bad and, you won’t believe it that just yesterday, we were put under an evacuation warning for a fire that is…still a good distance away. We still packed all of the things that we just couldn’t part with, JUST in case but for the most part, I am going to drive on with daily life which includes my baking plans for the day!
So, since I have finally accepted that it can’t be Fall outside right now, I have made it my personal goal to make it be Fall in and around the house as much as possible which was why I started with my DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath. But the biggest thing that screams Fall to me is the smells of the amazing comfort foods that bring back memories of childhood and one of those smells is freshly baked apple pie.
Since I know that I can’t be trusted to be left alone with a whole apple pie, I decided that I would make mini versions of them that I am calling apple pie tartlets…why I thought that would be better for me, I’m not entirely sure but they are heavenly and for now, the house smells like something 1 million times better than wildfire smoke and it is AWESOME!
These Apple Pie Tartlets are truly little bite-sized pieces of heaven! With diced apples coated in a buttery, sugary, cinnamon-ny mixture, piled into little pie crust discs finished off with a sugary graham cracker and oats topping, you pretty much can’t go wrong.
The best part is that these little Apple Pie Tartlets were so easy to make and can be created in under an hour. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that you could make them in nearly 30 minutes but I’m not committing to that because I know someone out there might want to make a liar out of me so let’s all stay friends and just say that they are definitely a quick creation! Alright, let’s get right to it then!
Apple Pie Tartlets
- 2 Premade Uncooked Pie Crusts I used store bought
- 2 Medium Granny Smith Apples peeled & diced
- 2 TBL Butter
- 2 TBL Brown Sugar
- 2 TBL White Sugar
- 1/8 tsp Almond Extract
- ¼ tsp Vanilla
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Dash Ground Nutmeg about 1/16 tsp
- 1 Dash Ground Cloves about 1/16 tsp
- 1/8 tsp Lemon Juice
- ½ C. Dry Oatmeal
- 2 Graham Crackers
- ¼ C. Brown Sugar
- ¼ tsp Salt
In a food processor or blender, add each of the topping ingredients, one at a time. Blend until there are no more chunks of graham crackers and the ingredients blend well together. Set Aside.
Preheat the oven to 400°F
Peel, core and dice both apples which should give you about 3 cups. Put in a medium bowl and set aside.
In a small sauce pan, melt butter and add the sugars, lemon juice and spices one at a time stirring frequently. When everything is well incorporated, pour over apples in the bowl and mix until the apples are well-coated in the mixture. Set aside.
Roll out 2 pie crusts and use a mason jar lid (or something of similar size) to cut the tartlet crusts to the size of the cups of a cupcake pan. Before placing the crusts into the pan’s cups, cut strips of parchment paper and place one in each cup but be sure to make them long enough to be able to grab them on each end. This makes it super easy to get the tartlets out of the pan since they just lift right up.
Place the crusts into the cups and spoon the pie filling into the crusts. Only fill them as high as the edges of the crust which isn’t very much.
Spoon the graham cracker topping onto each tartlet. I used about 1 teaspoon for each but use as little or as much as you would like! You will likely have leftover topping but it goes great on a lot of things. I like to put it on my yogurt but you do as you please!
Bake for 15-20 minutes. The Apple Pie Tartlets are little so start low on time and move up from there to avoid burning these little guys.
Enjoy with ice cream, coffee or just by themselves!
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