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Posted on Sep 28, 2013 in Menus and Recipes | 4 comments

…but my Mom made it Best


I spent the weekend last week with some friends who like pie.  Pie is not my favorite dessert to eat, but it is my favorite dessert to make.  This is an ideal situation.  I made mini apple pies with apples fresh from the (neighbor’s) tree.  This is the perfect way to spend a cool-ish fall morning.

I always thought that my Mom was the only one who made cinnamon sugar cookies from leftover crust when she made a pie.  I was wrong about this.  They can be called little red hens, baby pie, piecrust cookies, or whatever you family says. Not only did everyone there remember these from their childhood, but they knew by heart the appropriate amount of cinnamon, sugar, thickness and brown-ness of the cookies.  Somehow, none of these were the same as my own plans.  So, brush them with milk first, add butter, coat them with only cinnamon, take them out when they are still soft.  Do whatever you like with them. You can even make them into raspberry tarts and leave the cinnamon out completely.


One thing they all had in common was that they never managed to cool off.


What do you remember making from pie crust?


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  1. Wow! I love this post! My Mom did the same with me. And when I was volunteering at a kid’s cooking class, we did essentially the same thing with leftover biscuit dough. The kids (and grownups too) loved it!

    • It’s amazing how strong these memories are! It’s fun to pass them along, too.

  2. Oh my gosh, I’m drooling. Those are beautiful pies and I have never heard of making cookies or anything else with leftover crust. This is a great idea! I have never been a very skilled pie maker, and they always end up looking worse than they taste.

    • What does it matter what they look like? I baked pies professionally once upon a time, but the taste is what brings people to pie! You can use pre-made crusts for pie, and even for the cookies.

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