It's All Delicious

These pillow puffs are the cutest little things to make! They're perfect to whip up if you are short on time, but longing for the home-cooked delightfulness of apple pie. Cooking the apples for 15 minutes or so before hand ensures that they are tender, not too mushy, and allows the pastry to brown, not burn, due to overcooking. Using pre-made pastry reduces prep time, so these can be ready in about 45 minutes start to finish-perfect for the busy holiday season!

Serves 4-6

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
2 Tablespoons Brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Granulated sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Ω teaspoon Nutmeg
2 teaspoons Vanilla
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 9-inch refrigerated piecrusts
cold water, a few Tablespoons
Confectioner's sugar
Special equipment: 4 º-inch round cookie cutter

Preheat oven to 425?F.

Melt butter in a medium-sized skillet. Add apples, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until the apples are very tender, but not mushy (you don't want applesauce!).

Unroll piecrusts onto a floured surface, cutting out 10 "pillows" using a cookie cutter. Place five "pillows" on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spoon apples evenly onto "pillows." Roll out the remaining five "pillows" so they are slightly larger than the bases. Brush a little water around the edges of the "pillow" bases. Top each base with remaining pastry and use a fork to crimp down the edges of each "pillow." Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Cool and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. Serve with ice cream!

It's All Delicious notes:
I used my ravioli cutter,
and made little apple squares with the scraps of pastry. They were cute too!

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