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Mini Apple Pie Rolls

Posted in : apple pie, apples, cheap, dessert, easy, fall, fruit, recipe, Uncategorized on by : Jeanette Rueb

They smelled AMAZING, too!

As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for recipes that repurpose crescent rolls. This time, I decided to be a little adventurous. I have a bad history with apple pies of any kind, but these little beauties turned out to be absolutely perfect. They were sweet, soft, warm, spicy, and just blissful. I’m probably going to make these again around Thanksgiving, unless I figure out how to master apple pie by then.

These are, like the pumpkin brownies, pretty easy and pretty inexpensive. I had so much fun making these, I’ll even give a step-by-step show of how to do it, just like I did with the pizza rolls. As I would like to point out, I’ve gotten much better at rolling rolls since then.

To make these delicious little morsels, you’re going to need a few things, first…
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon apple pie spice, + some extra for the tops of the rolls
3 tablespoons butter, melted
⅓ cup chopped pecans
1 small Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 8 (1/2-inch) slices
1 (8-ounce) can Pillsbury crescent rolls (I bought the large ones again)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and apple pie spice. In another bowl (I used a soup bowl), melt the butter and mix in the apple slices, stirring them around every so often so they get approximately equal time in the butter bath.

Once those things are taken care of, find yourself a workspace and roll out your first triangle and sprinkle it generously with the brown sugar and spice mix.

I would use more than this (and I did eventually).

After that, sprinkle on the nuts…

Since I didn't personally eat all of the rolls, I couldn't tell you what ratio of nuts to roll works best, so just wing it based on how much you like nuts, I guess. They add a nice crunch.

Then the butter-soaked apple…

Soaking them in the hot butter helped soften the apples.

Then roll it up…

If you roll it tightly around the apple, it works out pretty well, I found.

And pop it on a tray and line them up for baking!

Brush each roll with the remaining butter (I definitely forgot this step) and sprinkle with a little apple pie spice. I would recommend sprinkling them with any extra sugar/spice mix you might have left. Once you’ve done that, bake these little rolls for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown, let them cool for a few minutes, and then dig in!

That’s all there is to it! I may have to try making these pie bites with other fruits and see how it turns out. These were amazing. I’m wondering now if I could make a sort of turnover with these, using raspberries and maybe two unrolled rolls pinched together. I guess that’ll be an adventure for another day!

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