Mini Apple Shortbread Pies marries ripe, juicy apples with cinnamon sugar for a delightful pie filling nestled in a buttery cookie crust. These individual apple pies are full of all the comforts of fall.
Just when I thought that fall temperatures were in full force, BAM! We’re back to muggy 70 degrees F. You do you, Mother Nature. I’ll never complain about 70 degree days in October. I’m still craving all the fall flavors–especially if pumpkin and apples are involved. Visions of Pumpkin Kiss Cookies, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, and hot apple cider with Apple Cinnamon Doughnuts are swirl in my head on a 24/7 rotation. I just adore this time of year. My soccer team does too, because they benefit from my baking cravings.
I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but I started baking for my soccer team a few years ago. I think that it started as a reward for showing up to every practice each week. I continued baking for them as a little something to look forward to after playing games All the Inclement Weather. As I’ve coached most of the kids on my team for going on three years, so they’ve come to expect freshly baked treats after our doubleheaders on Saturdays.
We’ve officially advanced to the point that my budding soccer stars not only look forward to the treats, but they’ve started putting in requests.
Mind you, these requests usually occur as we finish practice at sunset on Friday night and have to report back at 8 a.m. the next day for our games. For at least the past two years, Scarmie, Bug, and Kit-Kat have been
begging politely requesting mini apple pies for Saturday treats. To which I always reply, “If y’all want mini pies, you best come over and help me make them!” They always enthusiastically agree. Then their moms act like the voice of reason in explaining that if we started baking after practice, we’d be up all night and wouldn’t play well the next day. Thank goodness someone acts like a proper adult in this scenario because I’d be planning a Midnight Baking Party.
Although to be honest, the thought of baking into the night only to get up before sunrise isn’t all that appealing on a Friday night.
Ya feel me?
But I love those kids like they’re my own, so I always bake something anyway. I try to keep it simple so that I might get a touch of sleep before the games.
Then some weeks my inspiration and logic fail to intersect, and I end up staying up longer than I should just so I can bake those little mini pies for my team.
Last week was one of those weeks.
Mini Apple Shortbread Pies marry ripe, juicy apples with cinnamon sugar for a delightful pie filling nestled in a buttery cookie crust. These individual apple pies are full of all the comforts of fall. If you’re like me, Mini Apple Shortbread Pies are totally worth losing a little sleep in order to see the pure joy on 14 sweet faces when they see that you “finally made mini apple pies because we’ve been asking for-ever!” If you’re a normal person, then just make the Mini Apple Shortbread Pies at a normal hour and bring joy to people’s faces after a full night’s sleep.
All the goodness of apple pie in the palm of your hand!