I’m not much of a baker and as much as I love apple pie, I’ve never actually made one. Recently however, I came across an apple pie recipe, or I should say variation, that even I could handle.
Apple Pie Crescents
I’m not sure what prompted me to try these little bundles of yumminess – I must have seen a crescent roll recipes video on Facebook or a television commercial – I can’t remember which. Either way, it looked so darned easy; I decided to give it a go. With a total of five ingredients these tasty bites were calling my name. The original recipe is from Pillsbury and is one of many clever crescent roll recipes they have available on their website. Who knew you could do so much with crescent rolls? Not me – not surprising!
My version came pretty close to the original, but I don’t think I’ve ever made a recipe without having to make at least one substitution. I’m always missing something or have an alternative that I prefer to use. In this case, I already had red delicious apples so I used those, and I also had pumpkin pie spice in my rack so I used that instead of the called for, apple pie spice. Waste not want not, right?
- apple (I use whatever I have), peeled, cored and cut into 8 wedges
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1, 8 oz. tube crescent rolls
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp pie spice (I used pumpkin)
- Heat oven to 375 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Can I just say that I don’t know what I’d do without parchment paper. I use it for everything from pounding chicken breasts into the perfect cutlet to lining my cookie sheet for absolutely anything I put on them. It just makes for a no stick, no mess, no fuss cooking scenario that always makes me glad I took the extra step to lay it down.
- Stir your apple slices with 1 tablespoon of melted butter, set aside.
- Mix brown sugar and pie spice.
- Lay out your 8 individual triangles of crescent dough onto your parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle each crescent with the brown sugar mixture. (don’t be overly generous here, otherwise you’ll end up with a oozy mess. A good, heaping tablespoon should do).
- Place one apple on the widest end of the crescent triangle and gently roll til secure.
- With the remaining two tablespoons of melted butter, brush each bundle.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until crescents are golden brown
- Let cool. Do not cover until cooled as the trapped steam will render the delicious, crescent crust soggy (yes, I made that mistake.)
- Done! So easy and so good.
I’ll be honest, when I first made these, I didn’t think the apple would be cooked through. I was wrong, they were perfect and it was a delicious bite. I ended up making three batches for my Daring Spirits event last week and they received great reviews.
I have finally found a dessert recipe that I don’t mind making and with the holidays right around the corner, this is sure to be a go-to contribution for Thanksgiving and Christmas alike.
Enjoy! As far as crescent roll recipes go, this one is a keeper for sure. And try it with pumpkin pie filling too. My mom told me hers were a huge hit.