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Our beloved St. Louis Cardinals are in the playoffs! To celebrate the postseason, we’re baking up the most American of desserts – mini apple pies!

All-American Mini Apple Pies AllRecipes.com
There’s nothing more American than baseball, right? Wrong. Apple pie trumps all. As usual, we’ve got a little twist on this dish for you – we’ve made them mini! That’s right – everyone gets their own personal pie. We highly suggest topping these puppies with a heaping scoop of classic vanilla ice cream. And maybe a drizzle of caramel. Okay, definitely a drizzle of caramel. With these cutie-pies, you’ll feel like you’ve won the World Series… (or at least the NLDS!)

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Does an apple pie count?

Measure out the flour and add to a small bowl.

Add the white sugar to the mix.

Measure out the brown sugar and add that as well.

Add the cinnamon and nutmeg.

Thinly slice your apples. A mandolin will be your best friend for this.

Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to a larger bowl.

Dump in the apples and make sure they’re coated with the lemon juice.  We also chopped the apples into small pieces since the pan is so much smaller than an original pie pan. The apples fit so much easier when they are smaller!

Add the sugar mixture to the apples and coat evenly.

We love taking shortcuts, and that’s exactly what we did on the pie crust. Why not use the frozen kind? Our favorite are the Pillsbury Pie Crusts. We used two packages.

Our cute mini-pie maker came with a cutter that made our job easy. Cut the pie crust to fit into the pie pan.

Press the crust into the pan.

Fill the crusts with the sugar-coated apple mixture.

Cut the pie crust to go on top and seal the edges together.

You can do the tops of the pies however you like. We experimented and did a few different types. We thought the basket-weave was a classic!

Doesn’t get much cuter than this. Make sure to add sugar on top so that it will caramelize in the oven.

Bake the pies until golden brown – approximately 30 minutes but keep an eye on them as each oven can be different.  Smaller pies cook faster than big pies

Serve warm with a big, heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Here’s the recipe:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
7 cups thinly sliced pared apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 packages premade pastry crust
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 egg white
Additional sugar

In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour and spices; set aside.

In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice.

Add sugar mixture; toss well to coat. Line the mini pie pans with the pastry.

Place apple filling into crust; dot with butter.

Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pies. Cut a few slits in top. Beat egg white until foamy and brush over pastry. Sprinkle sugar on top.

Bake at 375° F for 35 minutes. Increase temperature to 400° F and bake 10-15 minutes more or until golden.

Serve warm with ice cream on top. Mmm!

Nom. nom. nom.