Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope that your day is mapped out already with delicious foods from the comfort of your own home. As mentioned in my previous post, apples and Fall are synonymous to me. I'm sure most, if not all of those reading this definitely expect an apple pie featured at their Thanksgiving dessert table. Being an apple pie amongst all those other delicious treats like pecan pie, sweet potato pie, cheesecake and everything else makes it hard to stand out. I thought that it was time for the traditional apple pie to get the upgrade it deserved. Of course I dare not disrupt the authenticity that is the apple pie filling, but what about serving it another way.
I got the idea to make apple pie pops after I realized that every dessert on a stick somehow captures an audience. The weather has changed and snow is somewhere on the horizon, just not here in Southern California. Since I have no chance of seeing these unique miracles of ice I thought to create my own. These treats provide the comfort of a frosty snowflake on the outside with the warmth of a delicious apple pie on the inside. This recipe is easy to make and follow, so it's great to make with kids.
Give the recipe below a try and I guarantee satisfaction!
4 cups of Granny Smith apples, pealed and finely chopped
Juice of lemon (approximately 2 tbsp.)
½ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. salt
I was short on time so I used pre made pie crust. Check out my recipe for homemade pie crust here.
2 cups confections sugar
3-4 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
If using homemade crust, make crust first and allow to chill in the refrigerator.
While dough is chilling, In a large bowl add chopped apples, juice of lemon, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Mix all ingredients together until combined and apples are coated in mixture.
Using a large saucepan, cook apple mixture on low-medium heat. Continue to cook down apple filling for 5-10 minutes until liquid is dissolved and coats the back of the spoon. Once apple filling has thickened, take the filling off the heat and allow it cool completely to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 350F. Take dough out of the refrigerator. Let the dough rest for at least 20 minutes. Divide dough in half. Roll first half of dough out into a 10″ diameter circle about 1/8″ thick. Using cookie cutter, cut out snowflake shapes and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place treat sticks in the middle of snowflakes. Place about a teaspoon of filling in the middle of each snowflake. (Be careful not to use too much filling or you may not be able to seal up your pie pops.) Roll out the second half of dough, cut out same amount of snowflakes and gently place them on top of the apple filling. Seal up edges of pie dough. Bake pie pops for approximately 12- 15 minutes until crust is golden. Allow pops to cool.
While pops are baking make glaze. Using a small bowl whisk together confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla extract until smooth.
Covered cooled pie pops with glaze and decorate with sprinkles and/or Cosmic Shimmers (optional).
Devour and enjoy!