Flaky, crispy phyllo cups filled with cinnamon-y, barely boozy apples, topped with airy whipped cream and drizzled with decadent salted caramel.  These Bourbon Apple Pie Bites are like mini apple pies minus the all the effort!
Bourbon Apple Pie Bites with Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel

Hi friends!  Annnnnd, the countdown to Turkey Day continues!

Seriously, I cannot believe it is in exactly one week!  How are you guys doing with that 411?  Excited, anxious, stressed?  Or are you the champion of holidays and feeling cool as a cucumber?

Honestly, I’m feeling quite relaxed about the whole thing.  But, I’m kind of cheating.  You see, Boy and I have decided to go out to dinner for Thanksgiving.  Again.  :)

We went out last year and honestly it was one of the best decisions.  EVER.

Since it is just Boy and I, it’s a little silly to bust out all the stops and cook a huge, festive meal.  Besides, being a food blogger, I have already made and devoured ALL the Thanksgiving sides, so at this point I’m a little over it.  <-Truth.

Bourbon Apple Pie Bites with Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel Bourbon Apple Pie Bites with Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel

Okay, enough about me!

I want to hear about YOU!

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?!  Are you hosting an elaborate ordeal with both friends and family?  Or, are you going to someone else’s home for the big meal?  Or, maybe you are like me, and you are leaving the entirety of cooking AND cleaning up to a restaurant?

Drop me a line in the comments below!  Not only am I nosy, but I really do love hearing what you guys are up to!

Anyways, today happens to be #ThirstyThursday, my fourth favorite day of the week! But today instead of drinking our booze, we will be EATING it.

In poppable, mini dessert form!

Can I get an amen?  🙌

Bourbon Apple Pie Bites with Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel Bourbon Apple Pie Bites with Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel

Bourbon Apple Pie Bites with Salted Caramel

AKA Apple Pie minus all the fuss PLUS a touch of booze!

Or you can just call these bad boys, mini bites of epic-ness.

Either one will do.  😉

Flaky, crispy, delicate phyllo cups filled with cinnamon-y, sweet, barely boozy and tender-crisp apples; topped with light and fluffy whipped cream and decadent, rich, sinfully delicious salted caramel.

Seriously, these bites are like WHOA.

But, they also couldn’t be easier to whip together.  Dessert hack to the rescue!

Simply caramelize some diced apples in a bit of butter with a few seasonings like cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar.  Add the bourbon and let the apples cook until tender.  Add in a slurry (cornstarch + water) to thicken the mixture a bit and viola.  Apple pie filling done.

Then you just fill the phyllo shells with the apples, top with a bit of whipped cream and drizzle with salted caramel.

BOOM.

Bodacious lil’ bites of apple and bourbon heaven for your face stuffing pleasure.

Bourbon Apple Pie Bites with Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel Bourbon Apple Pie Bites with Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel

Recipe Notes:

  1. Baking the phyllo shells prior to stuffing them is completely optional, as the shells have already been baked before packaging.  I baked mine because I like the added crispness.
  2. You can peel and dice your apples in advance to save prep time later.  To prevent apples from turning brown mix 1 teaspoon of kosher salt with 2 cups of water and store your diced apples in the salt water (covered and refrigerated).  Before using them, simply rinse and drain.  You can easily double the salt water mixture if needed.
  3. The apple pie filling can be prepared in advance, and stored, covered in the refrigerator.  If you prepare the filling in advance, skip the baking option in note one and spoon the cold filling into the shells, then bake the bites for 10 minutes or until the filling is warm.
  4. If you want a more prominent bourbon flavor in your apple pie filling, you can increase the amount to ½ cup.
  5. You should be able to find phyllo shells in the frozen food isle of your grocery store.  In stores near me they are located with the frozen fruit and puff pastry sheets.

Bourbon Apple Pie Bites with Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel

Easier than pie (and cuter too), these Bourbon Apple Pie Bites are perfect for your holiday gatherings!

Until next week friends, cheers – to thirsty Thursday in mini pie form!

-xoxo-

Cheyanne

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Bourbon Apple Pie Bites
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Serves: 30
 
Ingredients
  • Apple Pie Filling:
  • 1 TBS Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Honeycrisp Apples – peeled, cored and small dice
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • ⅛ tsp each salt and nutmeg
  • ¼ Cup Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • ⅓ Cup Bourbon
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 3 TBS Cornstarch
  • ⅓ Cup Water
  • Bites:
  • 30 Mini Phyllo Shells (2 boxes)
  • Whipped Cream
  • Salted Caramel Sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Caramelize the apples: In a large sauté pan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the apples and season with cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and brown sugar. Stir to coat and add the bourbon. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes, or until the apples have softened slightly. Remove cover, increase heat to medium-low and continue to cook for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch and water until cornstarch is dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixture to the apples. Continue cooking, stirring to combine, for 2-3 minutes or until apple mixture is thickened. Stir in lemon juice and remove from heat. Allow apples to cool slightly.
  4. Bake the phyllo shells*: Place phyllo shells on a baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven.
  5. To assemble and serve: Generously spoon the apple pie filling into the phyllo shells. Top with whipped cream, drizzle with salted caramel and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve immediately.
Notes
Yield: 30 bites
1. Baking the phyllo shells prior to stuffing them is completely optional, as the shells have already been baked before packaging. I baked mine because I like the added crispness.

2. You can peel and dice your apples in advance to save prep time later. To prevent apples from turning brown mix 1 teaspoon of kosher salt with 2 cups of water and store your diced apples in the salt water (covered and refrigerated). Before using them, simply rinse and drain. You can easily double the salt water mixture if needed.

3. The apple pie filling can be prepared in advance, and stored, covered in the refrigerator. If you prepare the filling in advance, skip the baking option in note one and spoon the cold filling into the shells, then bake the bites for 10 minutes or until the filling is warm.

4. If you want a more prominent bourbon flavor in your apple pie filling, you can increase the amount to ½ cup.

5. You should be able to find phyllo shells in the frozen food isle of your grocery store. In stores near me they are located with the frozen fruit and puff pastry sheets.

 

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