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Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving Desserts - I always feel bad for the desserts on Thanksgiving. By the time dessert rolls out, people have gorged themselves on appetizers and turkey, and either skip desert altogether or eat very little of it. Even when I do eat a whole piece of pie, I'm generally on taste overload and can't really give dessert my full appreciation.

So, although pie is the traditional favorite for Thanksgiving dessert, after years of seeing half-eaten slices scraped into the trash, I have decided that maybe bite-size treats are the greener way to go.

Luckily, bite-size doesn't mean giving up the tastes we love. Whether you love pumpkin, apple, or pecan pie, there is a bite-size option out there. And with tiny portions, you can enjoy one of each!

Let's get cooking...

In seeking out miniature dessert options, I discovered that the bar and the tartlet can replace most traditional pie recipes, providing similar flavor and texture in smaller bites. "Tartlet" can refer to anything smaller than the standard 9-12" tart, however, for bite size treats, I like to use mini muffin tins.

Apple Options. I think apple pie is the hardest to turn into a bite size option because of its yummy gooey consistency. If you want a traditional apple pie consistency and taste, you will need some time and patience—but the results are adorable and memorable. I would definitely recruit Ben and Be to help with this project.

Take your dough, and using a round cookie cutter, cut out dough circles that are slightly larger than the top opening of one mini-muffin cup. Push the dough gently into each muffin cup. Dice the peeled apples into small cubes and add the sugar and other ingredients as usual. Put a dollop of apple mixture in each cup and bake. (If you are really patient and have plenty of time and/or help, you could cut out mini tops for the mini pies. Just be sure to cut slits in the top.)

Keep an eye on them, because the baking time will be shorter than for a whole pie.

Thanksgiving Desserts

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