Since there are a lot of family and potluck dinners on the calendar this and next month, I’ve been thinking of interesting desserts to try and make. I love when desserts are mini and individually-sized and I’ve also always wanted to make my own pie dough, so the first thing I knew I wanted to do is a mini tart. But what would go into these itty bitty tart shells? Part of me wanted to do something decadent and festive, but another part of me just wanted something comforting and familiar, since that’s what holiday treats should be in my opinion. Beside fudgey, chocolatey desserts, two of my all time favorite types of desserts is cheesecake and apple pie, so naturally I thought – why not an apple pie cheesecake??
I’ve always kind of known that making pie dough from scratch isn’t too hard, but I couldn’t believe how easy it actually is! I found this pie crust recipe from Food.com and it came together so quickly and easily, and I actually didn’t even use a mixer and just mixed it all by hand. It’s going to be my go-to when I make anything pie-related since it bakes beautifully and has the perfect buttery, flakey consistency. Now I’m just wondering what pie I’m going to make next! 🙂
Pie Crust (from Food.com):
-2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
-1 teaspoon salt
-2⁄3 cup butter or 2⁄3 cup shortening
-5-7 tablespoons cold water
-2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-3 tablespoons brown sugar
-1 tablespoon lemon juice
-1 package of cream cheese
-1/4 cup of sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 cup crushed walnuts (optional)
-1-2 tablespoons of butter
-1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Step 1 Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Make the pie crust: Put flour into a mixing bowl with the butter. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour. Add salt and water, and mix until dough is formed.
Step 2 Roll out your dough on a flat surface and cut out even circles of about 4″-5″.
Step 3 Place your pie dough rounds into a greased muffin pan. Press the dough into each tin so that they’re generally uniform in shape and thickness.
Step 5 Make your cheesecake filling by mixing together cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract until fully combined and smooth.
Step 6 Fill each of your pie tarts about half way to 2/3 of the way with cheesecake filling.
Step 7 Top each pie tart with sliced apples, pushing each apple into the cheesecake filling slightly so that there is no space between them. Make your tarts fancy by laying your apple slices gently in a fanned out design.
Step 8 Finally, sprinkle each pie tart with crushed walnuts, additional cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Bake in your 375 degree oven for 40 minutes or until apples are softened.
And now you can enjoy your mini tarts of holiday deliciousness!
The walnuts give a perfect extra little bit of crunch and flavor.
And this is what it looks like in the middle. So. good.
What are some of your go-to holiday desserts to make?
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