Make Mini Apple Pie Bites in About 15 Minutes

Everything is better in bite-sized portions, even pie. We think these miniature versions would be perfect for breakfast—they do have fruit in them!—or as a sweet treat post-Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re feeling adventurous, swap out apples for pears or even add a bit of pumpkin puree for an even more in-season treat.

Source: 4-Ingredient Mini Apple Pies

Need it to be gluten free?  Find gluten free crescent rolls.

Bonus recipe: Drunken Apples

In true drunken fashion, quantity/measure is not known/included 😉


  • apple slices, peeled
  • brown sugar
  • honey
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • spiced rum

Cooking instructions:

  1. Combine
  2. Cook on stove over medium/low heat until apples are soft, and rum is reduced to a glaze
  3. Serve hot

How Chemistry Transforms Crackers Into Apple Pie

Mock-apple pie filling is made, primarily, of crackers. There are no apples in it. Still, most people who taste it swear that they are eating real apple pie. What is the chemistry that tricks our senses?

If you want to make mock apple pie, here’s what you need.

Source: How Chemistry Transforms Crackers Into Apple Pie

World War II British cookbooks are a treasure trove of ‘mock’ foods. Rationing was utterly brutal from 1939 right through until the early 1950s, so imported things like sugar and fresh fruit were pretty much out of the question. So you get stuff like apricot tart with no apricots but using up grated carrots, almond essence and plum jam; mock banana from boiled mashed parsnip with a few drops of synthetic banana essence, or mock cream whipped up from margarine (regularly derived from whale oil), water, sugar and a touch of synthetic vanilla (from wood pulp).