Thursday, December 5, 2013

Super Simple Pie Cookies

These cookies are so tasty. They are not the best example of my photography, or dough making skills, but they are incredibly easy, super tasty, and will be prettier when you make them because you won't be using several day old whole wheat dough. 

These may just be the easiest fancy cookie ever. If you use store bought dough they become even simpler. If you consider store bought dough as 1 ingredient, then they only have four. Dough, jam, a bit of water, and a sprinkling of sugar.

 They're equally fantastic with applesauce or jam, but my favorite filling was cranberry sauce, so if you have any leftover from the holidays I highly recommend making these with cranberry sauce. 

I also made some with my slow cooked maple applesauce and those were incredible too. The jam ones were also great. I imagine any number of fillings would be lovely in these, lemon curd, orange marmalade, maybe even dulce de leche would be lovely. 

If you want to get fancy and give the pies a more golden-brown hue then brush the tops with the egg wash before baking. If you're more interested in keeping the recipe super-ultra-crazy easy, then don't bother with the eggs. They turn out very tasty either way.

While editing these photos today I realized if you cut these into squares instead they could also make great homemade poptarts. Oh geez, I'm going to have to try that soon.

I made these from leftover pie dough and cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving, we've also had leftover sandwiches, I slow cooked the bones into broth and tomorrow I shall make a huge pot of Turkey soup to finish it off. 
So, how was your Thanksgiving? What did you make? Did you do anything interesting with your leftovers? I want to hear all about it!

Super Simple Pie Cookies

1 Recipe of Pie Dough, or 1 package store bought roll out pie dough.
2/3 C (approx) Jam, Applesauce, or Cranberry sauce
A small dish of Water
Sugar, for sprinkling
Butter to grease pan

Optional egg wash:
1 Egg
1 tsp water 

If you use use 1 roll out pie shell (or 1/2 a recipe of dough), you'll end up with about 7-8 pie cookies. Using both pie shells, or a whole recipe, will produce about 16 cookies. 

Preheat oven to 375 Degrees Fahrenheit
Roll out your pie dough, or unroll your pre-made dough, and using a jam jar, round cup, or biscuit cutter, cut as many circles in the dough as possible. Try to get an even number, since it takes two to make a pie. Repeat on second dough if using. 

Grease a cookie sheet and arrange 1/2 the dough circles on the pan. 
Add about 1 tbsp jam, cranberry sauce, or apple sauce to the center of each dough circle, adjusting the amount so they are not overfull. See my photos above for reference.

Using fingers or a basting brush, brush the edges of a dough circle with a little bit of water, then add the top dough circle and use your fingers to gently squeeze them shut. Then use fork tines to press a cute little pattern around the edges. 

I recommend you entirely assemble each pie before moving on to the next. Placing all the dough lids then sealing them all will get messy.

If using the egg wash, whisk together the egg and 1 tsp water in a small bowl, and using a basting brush, brush the top of each pie. 

Sprinkle each pie with sugar- coarse if possible. 
Bake for 12-15 minutes, until pies are golden and dough looks crisp. Let chill on a wire rack about 5 minutes before eating to avoid burning yourself on the filling.

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