Mini Apple Pie Tarts Recipe

The search for new things to eat in the morning has begun.  You see, we just can’t have the economy size oatmeal every single morning even though it is super simple and can be purchased in bulk.  The little taste buds in our home are growing weary.  So, in the mindset of keeping things simple yet homemade, I have embarked on a new breakfast/snack making journey that involves apple pie filling.  Mmmm.  Sounds good right?  The problem was that I needed to create a pie crust that the boys would love as much as their beloved store bought versions.  I’ve tried similar versions of this in the past with not a huge success because of the store bought pie dough.  So here goes homemade!

Mini Apple Pie Tarts Recipe

Mini Apple Pie Tarts Recipe


  • 1 jar of Grandma Hoerner's Apple Pie Filling
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 20 Tablespoons of butter (2 1/2 sticks), unsalted and cut into small pieces
  • 6 Tablespoons cold water


  1. Combine sugar, salt and flour (leaving about 1/4 out for later) in a food processor.
  2. Pulse 2 times to combine.
  3. Add butter evenly and pulse until the flour is no longer dry.
  4. Spread the dough evenly around the bowl and add in the rest of the flour.
  5. Pulse just a few times until the dough is slightly broken.
  6. Transfer to a large bowl or stand mixer with a dough hook.
  7. Drizzle the cold water over the dough.
  8. Fold the dough in the bowl or use the dough hook in the mixer until the dough forms a ball.
  9. Divide the ball into 2 equal parts.
  10. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours before using.
  11. Unroll the dough into a circle.
  12. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  13. Use a lid to cut small circles out (enough for about 8 circles)
  14. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and place 4 of the circles on the sheet.
  15. Use a small heart cookie cutter and cut the middle out of the remaining four circles.
  16. Spoon the Grandma Hoerner's Apple Pie Filling onto the circles on the baking sheet and cover with the circles you cut hearts out of.
  17. Using a fork, crimp the edges of the tart.
  18. Sprinkle with sugar (optional).
  19. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until the tarts are golden.
  20. Let tarts cool for about 5 minutes on a cooling rack.

The outcome?  My husband put it best when he said the crust had the taste of a buttery biscuit.  The boys devoured them and Graham was roaming around looking for more!  I would say they were a huge success.  If you are looking for an easy pie filling you can purchase the Grandma Hoerner’s Apple Pie filling along with peach and cherry online or in select stores.  They are yummy and super easy!

I was provided products free of charge by Grandma Hoerner’s.  The ideas in the post are completely my own opinions.  For more info please see my terms of use.

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About Felicia

Felicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.

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  1. I like that they’re small and they do look delicious.

  2. Betty Baez says:

    i have to try this they look great!

  3. I love Apple Pie! If I could pull this off, my grandmother-in-law would be so impressed!

  4. MMM I love apple pie. These look wonderful!!

  5. These look delicious and relatively easy, Pinned!

  6. I love that you made a breakfast treat! I bet your boys gobbled these up so fast!! Did they last more than a day?

  7. These are so cute. I am pinning right now!

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