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Mini apple pie bites are incredibly tasty sweet treats that are just so easy to make. Gooey and delicious, the baked apple is wrapped in buttery crescent roll pastry and flavored with sugar, cinnamon and crunchy pecans.
This recipe uses store-bought crescent roll dough which can be used as a shortcut in many different pastry recipes. Take a look at some of our other crescent roll recipes, such as this Mexican-style Taco Ring and these light and flaky Cherry Danishes.
APPLE PIE BITES INGREDIENTS
- 2 (8-ounce) tubes of Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- ¼ cup of white sugar
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- ¼ cup of chopped pecans
- 4 tablespoons of butter
- ½ cup of caramel sauce
For an extra buttery taste, look out for the ‘Butter Flake Crescent Rolls’.
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
PILLSBURY CRESCENT ROLLS: Other brands of crescent roll pastry will work just as well. Outside of the US, crescent roll dough is often known as croissant dough.
GRANNY SMITH APPLES: These are the best apples for apple pies, but for a less tart taste you could try a different variety such as Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, or Jazz.
PECANS: Don’t have pecans? Almonds or walnuts could be used as a substitute.
CARAMEL SAUCE: Caramel sauce makes a great topping for this recipe, as does custard, vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream. The choice is yours! Both store-bought or homemade caramel sauce work for this recipe.
NUTMEG: If you’re making this apple pie bites recipe for the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday season, try adding some nutmeg alongside the cinnamon for a traditional holiday flavor.
CINNAMON: You can substitute apple pie spice for the cinnamon if you prefer in this great recipe.
HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE PIE BITES RECIPES
STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
STEP TWO: In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon.
STEP THREE: Open the tubes of crescent rolls and place each crescent roll triangle onto the lined baking sheets.
STEP FOUR: Melt the butter in the microwave and use a brush to spread half of it onto the dough triangles.
STEP FIVE: Sprinkle half of the sugar and cinnamon mixture onto each triangle. Add the chopped pecans.
STEP SIX: Slice the apple into ¼ inch wedges and place one slice at the short side of each triangle. Roll up each triangle around the apple slice, from the short side to the point.
We like to leave the peel on the apple but you can peel it before slicing if you prefer.
For quick prep of the apples, you could use an apple corer or slicer tool, but you will need to slice each of those slices in half lengthwise again; otherwise, they will be too thick and won’t cook all the way through.
STEP SEVEN: Brush with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle with the remaining mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
STEP EIGHT: Bake for 12 to 13 minutes. Remove from the oven, top with caramel sauce and serve. The caramel sauce can be drizzled across each apple pie bite or served as a dipping sauce.
HOW TO SERVE
These easy apple pie bites are yummy on their own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. They are a great choice for a light dessert or how about a lunch box surprise?
IN THE FRIDGE: Apple pie bites can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days in an airtight container. You can enjoy them cold straight out of the fridge or heat them up in the oven if you prefer.
IN THE FREEZER: Apple pie bites freeze very well and can be frozen for up to three months. Wrap each pie in foil or plastic wrap before placing them into the freezer. To defrost, thaw at room temperature before reheating in the oven.
These little apple pie bites are made easy by using crescent rolls for the crust and stuffed with tasty fresh apples. We hope that your family will have fun making (and eating) these scrumptious apple desserts together.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This easy recipe can be frozen for up to three months.
You can use either store-bought or homemade caramel sauce to drizzle on top of these bites.
You can store these in the fridge for up to three days.
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Apple Pie Bites
- 16 ounces crescent rolls (8-ounce tubes)
- 1 Granny Smith apple sliced
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ cup pecans chopped
- 4 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup caramel sauce optional
- Preheat oven to 375°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl combine brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon and mix together with a fork to combine, set aside.
- Roll out the crescent rolls on the prepared baking sheet and using a knife of pizza cutter separate each triangle.
- Melt butter in a microwave safe dish and spread over the crescent rolls.
- Sprinkle each triangle with the cinnamon sugar mixture and chopped pecans.
- Slice apple into ¼ inch slices and place one slice at the wider end of each crescent roll. Begin rolling the dough from the wide end to the narrow end and arrange it on the baking pan.
- Brush with remaining melted butter and sprinkle with additional cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake for 13 minutes.
- Top with caramel sauce and serve.