Apple pies are one of my favorite foods to indulge in during the holiday season. Mixed in with the pumpkin and sweet potato pies, it definitely adds to the homey feel of the season. Typically, we save the desserts for last at dinner, but this quick recipe will have your guests indulging in the dessert before the meal (or, after, if they prefer a snack right before leaving the party).
Moving out of apple-picking season, I’m sure you’re trying to find as many recipes as you can to add them as a key ingredient and there’s no doubt that an apple pie or an apple cobbler could be the right sweet dish for your party. But have you tried using them as an appetizer, or a bite-size dessert? Try these tasty apple pie bites that give your the apple pie taste you want but are smaller treats that take less than 30 minutes to make.
Head to your local grocery store and pick up these ingredients:
- Pillsbury Crescent Roll Dough
- Apples (if you don’t already have them)
- Brown Sugar
- Pecans (or any preferable nut topping)
- Melted Butter
I love Granny Smith apples, but choose whichever brand you like best- even the color, red or green. Start by opening and pulling apart the crescent roll dough and laying it on either an ungreased cookie sheet or one lined with tin foil or parchment paper. It can be tricky, but be sure to keep the triangular shape of the crescents in tact.
Next spread out a layer of brown sugar on the rolls. Brown sugar can sometimes be tough, so make sure you get it smooth before layering it as to not rip the dough when trying to spread the sugar.Then add a layer of pecans. Here you can use walnuts, pecans, peanuts, or any nut topping you like. Make sure they are chopped into small bits to easily spread.
Decide whether you want to peel the apples. I personally like a skinless apple, but the skin does have vital nutrients that the body needs- and with this extra sweet dessert bite, you may want to think twice about losing the apple peels. Chop your apples into thin half-moon shapes. This is another part where you can determine how thick you want the apple slices. Lay one apple slice at the wider end of the crescent roll and roll each one up to the tip.
Bake at 350 degrees for 9-12 minutes until the crescents are golden brown. You’ll find that the brown sugar will have melted into a syrupy texture.
When it cools, move them to another plate. I have added these colorful flags to each one as a fun accent to finish the dish off. Serve these at your next holiday party and they’ll be a real treat!