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Mini Cherry Pies

Photo: Kate Mathis; Styling: Paul Grimes
Prep time 30 mins
Bake time 35 mins
Stand time 30 mins
Yield 6 pies
These budget-friendly beauties are the perfect dessert solution. Mini pies take the effort out of cutting and serving pie, making them ideal for buffet spreads.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups tart pitted cherries, drained and patted dry (from 2 15-oz. cans)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. quick-cooking tapioca
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 14.1-oz package refrigerated "just unroll" pie crusts (with 2 crusts)
  • 2 tablespoons milk, optional
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, optional

Nutrition Information

  • calories 446
  • fat 22 g
  • satfat 7 g
  • protein 3 g
  • carbohydrate 59 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • sodium 485 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a bowl, mix cherries, sugar, tapioca, salt and vanilla; let stand for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Lightly mist 6 cups of a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray, alternating to keep space between them. Unroll 1 pie crust onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out to about an 11-inch round. Use a 5-inch round cutter to cut out 6 rounds. Transfer rounds to muffin tin. Gently fit dough into muffin cups, leaving some overhang. Chill for 15 minutes. Repeat rolling with second pie crust, cutting out 6 3-inch rounds. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill.

  3. Preheat oven to 375°F; line a baking sheet with foil. Stir filling; spoon about 2 Tbsp. into each dough-lined cup. Remove rounds from fridge and cut a small star out of center of each. Place one round on top of each pie. Fold edges of round over the overhanging dough; crimp to seal. Repeat with remaining dough rounds. Brush tops with milk and sprinkle with sugar, if desired. Place tin on baking sheet.

  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until filling bubbles and crusts are golden brown (check frequently and cover with foil if crusts brown too quickly). Remove muffin tin to a rack to cool.

  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per pie.