About once a month I get the pleasure of spending time with some pretty cool news people. Have you heard of Jennifer and Bill? They are only the best duo around in the early morning TV world. You can catch them on WKBT News 8 This Morning out of La Crosse, WI from 5:30 – 7 am each weekday.
I have been lucky enough to have this gig for almost 3 ½ years. Jen and Bill (or whoever is filling in for them that day) have always been willing participants to make whatever sweet treat I put in front of them. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s fun or if it’s because I leave all of the food for them and their awesome crew to eat afterwards. I’m going with fun to make myself feel better.
So after over 30 segments with these fine folks, I have decided to finally make a pie. I don’t normally make pies. I’m not very good at making the crust and I have a mom, a mother-in-law and a sister-in-law that are excellent at it so I normally leave it up to them. But today, I’m going outside of my comfort zone and making apple pie – but – it’s not your typical looking apple pie. Nope – if I’m going out of my comfort zone, I’m going way out and putting that apple pie on a stick. Apple Pie Pops! What will they think of next?
This recipe was easy and stress free for me since you can use ready-to-use crusts and canned pie filling. See, I told you it was easy. Of course, if you are an old pro, go ahead and use your own homemade crust and filling. I know it will taste just as good if not better than mine.
Someday I plan to master the pie crust. My fear is it won’t be flaky enough or I’ll burn the sides or the pie will run over and I’ll have a mess to clean up in my oven and I don’t like cleaning up. Yup, someday I’ll master it, but not today.
Apple Pie Pops
Yield: 12 - 16 Apple Pie Pops
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 - 17 minutes
Total Time: 30 - 32 minutes
These are a fun way to have a small portion of apple pie. If you would like to ommit the sticks, feel free to do that as well. They would look like a platter of apple pie cookies.
Refrigerated pie crusts (15 oz. box - has 2 crusts in it.)
Apple Pie Filling (21 ounce can – this is enough to do 2 batches.)
12 – 16 Popsicle or cookie sticks
2 ½“ cookie/biscuit cutter or round glass
3” cookie/biscuit cutter or round glass
1. Unroll the pie crusts and roll out with rolling pin just to smooth them out.
2. Cut out same number of circles with 2 1/2" round cutter and 3” cutter.
3. Place one 2 ½” round crust on baking sheet lined with either a nonstick mat or parchment paper.
4. Place stick down on the round crust about ¾ of the way up and push in a little so the crust will bake around it for more stability.
5. If your apple pie filling has larger chunks in it, mash with a potato masher first so the filling is finer. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of filling into middle of each crust - keep the filling away from the edges.
6. Place the 3” round on top of the filled crust and seal the edges by pressing down with a fork all the way around or a shorter cookie stick.
7. Mix a little bit of sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl then sprinkle on the top crust.
8. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 15 - 17 minutes until edges are browned.
9. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes.
10. Cool completely on cookie rack before handling.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Adapted from many online sources.