Apple Pie Bites are a quick fall treat made with crescent rolls and apples baked in a sweet blend of butter, cinnamon, lemon, and vanilla.
Interested in more desserts that are perfect for fall? Check out my Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Bourbon Maple Cream Cheese Glaze.
Who is Johnny Appleseed?
On September 26, we commemorate the birth of the legendary Johnny Appleseed. John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, made apple (and pear) trees grow heavy with the bounty of their fruit across most of this country.
He planted a vast amount of apple trees in what was American wilderness two hundred years ago. Chapman grew trees and supplied apple seeds to settlers in the middle western Great Lakes area.
The Inspiration Behind My Apple Pie Bites
After committing to the #JohnnyAppleSeedDayCollab, my week got busy and I totally forgot about the deadline!
I came up with this recipe right before heading out of town for a weekend girls’ trip. Using a quick stovetop filling and crescent rolls, I made Apple Pie Bites on my lunch break using ingredients that were already in my pantry.
I ended up packing them up for the road. It’s safe to say the Apple Pie Bites were a hit among my friends. Now I have a tested and approved dessert!
Preparing Apple Pie Bites
Gather all of the ingredients you’ll need. Make sure you have crescent rolls, water, peeled and diced apples, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, allspice, salt, cornstarch, butter and lemon.
Making Apple Pie Bites
First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat the muffin tin with cooking spray. In a large skillet, on medium-high heat add butter, lemon, apples, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, allspice, vanilla extract, and water. Stir until the apples are slightly cooked.
Next, include brown and granulated sugar and cornstarch. Now cook until the apples have softened. Pre-cooking the filling before baking ensures that it’s not watery or undercooked.
Then unroll and pull apart crescent rolls, placing one triangle of dough in each muffin tin. Add one spoonful of apple pie filling inside of each crescent roll. Pull the edges of the crescent rolls up and over the pie filling.
Mix together the cinnamon and sugar, sprinkle a little over the pie filling. Sprinkle a little more of the cinnamon-sugar mixture on the dough of each pie.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Lastly, allow to cool slightly and serve warm.