Another Apple Pie Alternative–Pastry Wrapped Cinnamon Baked Apples

Pastry Wrapped Apples

If you have an over abundance of apples from a trip to a local orchard or a good deal at the grocery store or farmstand, try these!  Not too many ingredients, easy to make and the kids will have fun making them too!  Took this photo before I put the toppings on (must have lost my mind for a second) but they are excellent and big enough to share.  Go crazy and put a little ice cream on them too!

Pastry Wrapped Baked Cinnamon Apples

2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 medium Cortland or other baking apples (about 3” diameter), peeled and cored
½ cup cinnamon flavored baking chips
2 tablespoons softened butter
1-15-oz. box refrigerated pie crust
2 tablespoons milk
½ cup caramel ice cream topping
¼ cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar.  Sprinkle mixture over peeled apples.

Cut both rolled pie crusts in half to make four portions.  On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 9 to 10 inch circle and place on prepared baking sheet.  Place 1 tablespoon of cinnamon chips in center of dough and seat apple on top of chips.

Pour one tablespoon of the remaining chips into the center of each apple.  Press ½ tablespoon butter into chips.  Gather crust up around apples and pinch together at the top to seal.   Gently press any loose crust on to the apple.   Brush lightly with milk.

Bake apples in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until apple is softened and crust is golden brown.

Remove apples from oven.  Drizzle with caramel topping.  Sprinkle with nuts and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

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