I print out my blog so I wanted to actually post my recipe on my blog even though a lot of you probably already saw it over at Katies blog Skunkboy Creatures =)

So I’ve been wanting pie lately, but none of the fresh fruit in season has me inspired, so I did my own spin on a recipe my mom taught me. My mother’s recipe is two sugar cookies sandwiched together with jam in the middle. Mine’s two pie crust dough with preserves in the middle. The great part about jam and preserves is you can buy it (or make it when the fruit is in season) and you can use it throughout the year. We chose raspberry preserves. Samantha definitely enjoyed them and was the perfect little companion and helper. Scroll down past the pictures for the recipe.

- Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening (recommended: Crisco. I would also recommend the measured sticks of Crisco. Much easier to work with)
  • Ice water
  • Optional, sanding sugar

- Filling: 1 jar of preserves.  (I used a 13 oz jar and had some left over. )

- Serves about a dozen

- Directions:

In a medium-mixing bowl cut the shortening and salt into the flour by hand or with a pastry blender until it’s the texture of cornmeal. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of ice water over the mixture and mix just until the dough is moistened. Repeat by adding 6 to 8 tablespoons water (one at a time) until all the dough is just moist. Take care not to over mix.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Divide the dough in half and roll into a ball. Roll 1 of the balls out with a rolling pin. (Tip: sandwich the dough between two pieces of wax paper. You handle the dough less and you don’t need extra flour which would dry out the crust.) Cut out 12 small circles with a cookie cutter (My cutter was about 3 inches across). Place on a greased cookie sheet. Dollop about a tablespoon of preserves in the center of each circle. Then proceed to roll out the 2nd ball of dough and cut out 12 more circles with the cookie cutter. With water or egg wash use a brush or your finger to outline the bottom dough circle’s outer edge. This acts as a glue to seal the top dough circle to the bottom. Once all the pies have the tops on them push the edges around to seal and either prick with a fork or cute an x with a knife in the middle of each pie to let them vent. Brush more egg wash over the top of each pie and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are light brown.

*Click HERE to see the original pie crust recipe

20 Responses to My Mini Pies (For the Sake of Documenting)…

  1. oh my YUMMY!!!! these look delicious! i wish i could actually bake now, ha
    xo TJ

  2. Anita says:

    These are adorable and yummy looking! I will have to give these a try sometime.

  3. Jes says:

    these look so amazing!

    xx jes

    http://www.twosmuppies.com

  4. oh wow- these look almost too delicious. I could eat the whole batch by myself, i’m sure of it!

  5. mmm makes me wish i weren’t paleo! and sam’s dress is too cute.

  6. Melissa says:

    These look so yummy!
    My kiddos would love these little guys.

  7. Anonymous says:

    These look soo easy to make.. And I’m all about easy… I like no fuss cooking and baking! Shall try to figure out when I can get to the store to get some Crisco! And preserves.. I hate missing ingredients! I think if I had those things I’d get up and make them right now!

    Janette the Jongleur

  8. Janette says:

    woops. was that last comment anonymous? didn’t mean it to be!

    Janette the Jongleur

  9. Wow, this looks SO delicious. Printing recipe!!

  10. mini pies! you had me at hello.

    bringing back memories of childhood. must try these!

  11. This looks good! I’m a new follower of your beautiful blog. I’d love a follow back at sugarplumsandlollipops.blogspot.com

  12. Kim W. says:

    oo yummm! they looks amazingly delicious!! :) xkim

  13. Delia says:

    I am definitely going to try these! Great post!!

  14. KathleenSD says:

    Not only do the pies look absolutely scrumptious, the photography is breathtaking!!! I love the photos of your daughter – thanks so much for sharing!!!!

    http://longislandchick.com

  15. ohh yummm… i wanna munch on those just like your sweetypie!!!

    http://www.yuliconversations.blogspot.com/

  16. These look amazing!! Maybe one day I’ll give it a try :)

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    http://pinkgoldenlights.blogspot.com/

  17. naomi megan. says:

    those mini pies look like heaven, yes, but i can’t get past how ADORABLE your little one is in this pig tails! so darling!

  18. Oh these are just wonderful! I found you via Bluebird vintage by the way. I have a jar of those preserves on hand so this one may happen sooner than later. THanks for the inspiration. Love your decorating too :)

  19. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE this recipe of yours! However when I baked mine, the preserves started to come out of the “X” I sliced on top and ended up burning ): Help please!

  20. Sarah says:

    @anonymous… Hmmm I would try adding less jelly? Possibly cooking them in less time? Every oven is different so I”m not sure. I hope it works out better next time =)

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