Friday, February 06, 2009

Star-Studded Mini Pies

I found this fantastic recipe on Quick, Easy and Yummy!

Pie Crust Dough (or buy refrigerated ones in a pinch)
canned pie filling (something red and something blue)
2 T butter, melted
1/4 c granulated sugar

Preheat oven according to pie crust recipe.

Roll out your pie crust about 2 inches larger than it comes and you should be about right.

Using a cookie cutter, or a cup with about a 3 1/2 inch diameter, cut out circles of dough.

Place each dough circle center in one of the mini-muffin tin wells. The edge should over-hang a little. Gently roll the edge down with your fingers and then crimp it so it looks pretty.

Fill each mini pie a little over half full with filling. Don't go crazy and fill them to the top, they will overflow.

Next you'll need your cute little stars. My star cutter is about 2" across and it was the perfect size. If you can't find a cookie cutter you could always print out a stencil and cut the stars with a knife. You'd have to want these pretty bad though to go through that effort. Look through your kid's playdough bin.

Now the fun part. Dip your stars (both sides) in butter and then dredge in the sugar. Make sure to lick your fingers after the sugar starts piling up and making buttery sugar globs on your hands. Curse because you just finished working out and canceled it out with one lick. Wash hands and repeat.

(This is where I changed the recipe. I put about a 1/2 tsp. of blue gel icing tint into the melted butter and brushed on the color/butter)

Place a star on top of each little pie. It's okay if it sinks down, it will puff up when it bakes.

Pop them in the oven and bake 15-20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

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