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3 Unique holiday pie recipes

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Add variety to your holiday

Getting a little bored with the same ole pies you eat every holiday season? Spice up your dessert table and have some fun with your baking with these three unique and deliciously adorable pie recipes! Plus, the cute serving sizes and presentation will have your family singing your praises all season long.

Maple walnut Mason jar pie

From serving the pie in a Mason jar to using fresh plums to adding sour cream to the apples, these delicious pies are anything but ordinary. With fresh, seasonal ingredients and a fun way to display them, these desserts will easily be the most talked about dishes on your menu.

Maple walnut Mason jar pie

Recipe adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

Yields 4 pies

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) pie crust
  • 1-1/2 cups pure maple syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 7 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons Captain Morgan spiced rum
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Vanilla ice cream

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut the pie crust into fourths and roll out to about one-quarter-inch thickness. Carefully line the inside and bottom of the Mason jar with the pie crust, pressing it to the sides of the jar with your fingers. Once sides and bottom are covered and you have a bit of overhang, place jars on a baking sheet. Bake for about six minutes, or until they start to golden brown. Remove from oven.
  2. Bring maple syrup to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and let simmer until reduced by about one-half.
  3. Meanwhile, beat butter and sugars together until creamy. Add eggs, rum, cinnamon and vanilla until fully combined. Stir in walnuts and maple syrup until just mixed.
  4. Carefully pour the pie mixture into the Mason jar crusts. Bake pies for another 25 to 30 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and filling is slightly puffy. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Mini apple sour cream pies

Mini apple sour cream pies

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes

Yields about 8 pies

Ingredients:

For the filling

  • 1 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups chopped Granny Smith apples
  • 1 (8 ounce) pie crust

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut up
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Liberally grease a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Using a circular one-cup measure, carefully cut out eight circles in the pie crust. Press the circles into the prepared muffin tins and carefully press down on the bottom and sides. You want the crust to cover all the sides of the muffin tin and the bottom. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the apples, sour cream, flour, sugars, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Mix until combined. Then carefully scoop the filling into the prepared crusts in the muffin cavities.
  3. In another bowl, mix the flour, sugar and cinnamon. Using a pastry knife cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse sand. Add in walnuts. Scoop about one tablespoon or so of topping over the apple mixture.
  4. Bake pies for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until crust is golden and topping is golden brown.

Plum crumble pie

Plum crumble pie

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

Yields 1 pie

Ingredients:

For the pie

  • 4 cups sliced plums
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 (8 ounce) pie crust

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter

Directions: 

  1. Place plums in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar, honey, lemon juice, flour, salt and cinnamon. Stir to coat.
  2. Grease a pie dish with nonstick cooking spray. Carefully press the pie crust into the dish, making sure the sides are covered. Pour plum mixture into the pie crust.
  3. To prepare topping, mix sugar, flour and cinnamon together with a fork. Using a pastry knife cut in butter until mixture appears crumbly like coarse sand. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the plum filling.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake pie for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and filling is oozing.

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