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Happy Pi (∏) Day!
Did you know it was Pi Day?
Do you know why it is Pi Day?
Because today is March 14th = 3.14 = ∏
I really love math.
I actually wish that I had a job that involved math.
But then I remember that would require me going back to school, so the job I have is just fine.
But baking is kinda mathy. Sometimes.
But not TOO mathy! I need to remember that I’m trying to get people to feel less intimidated by baking, not more intimidated…
Aaaaanyway. Look at these little cuties!
Mini Apple Pie Sandwich Cookies!
Itty bitty pie crust cookies filled with homemade apple pie filling. The perfect one bite dessert!
I thought about making a pie to honor this awesome math day. But I do have to admit, pies are not my forte. They require a sort of finesse that I just haven’t found yet. My sister, on the other hand, is a pie goddess. I’ll leave them to her for now. And I’ll stick to the cookies. Pie inspired cookies!
- 1 lb baking apples, such as Granny Smith
- 1½ cups water
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Peel and finely chop the apples.
- Combine the water, cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for about 3 minutes until very thick and reduced slightly.
- Add apples and turn down to a simmer. Cook until apples are tender, about 8-10 minutes.
- Allow to cool while preparing the crust.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup shortening
- pinch of salt
- ice water
- milk or cream to brush on crust
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Cut flour, salt, and shortening together with a pastry cutter or a fork. When the consistency is like coarse meal (pea sized balls), add ice-water 1 tbsp at a time, stirring gently until the dough is able to form a ball.
- Gently roll out on a floured surface. Stamp out circles using a 1½ inch or 2 inch cookie cutter (or top of a glass). Cut slits in half of the circles for the top crust.
- Brush crusts with milk or cream.
- Bake at 375 for 8-12 minutes, until lightly browned.
- Allow to cool completely before assembling with pie filling.