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These Mini Cake Mix Apple Pies paired with Marie Callender’s pot pies are super fast and easy for busy days. We can eat a yummy dinner and dessert and still have time to spend together as a family!
Every year around the holidays, hubby recruits all of us to help him make his special pumpkin cobbler and the kids and I always look so forward to it, but this year we never got around to making it. The holidays have been crazy busy this year and we have rarely had a chance to do much of anything together as a family, let alone baked together. My husband and I have decided that regardless of how busy life is, we need to do everything we can to make sure that we do these little things together as a family. Even if it’s as simple as preparing a yummy dessert together and then sit down together and enjoy a great meal.
I was missing his cobbler so much that I decided I wanted to try my hand at making it myself, but I thought, why not try an apple version just to change things up a bit. I was so excited about the cobbler that I didn’t pay close enough attention to the recipe and completely messed it up, but all was not lost, in the process I discovered an amazing way to make apple pie.
The trick is to use yellow cake mix instead of pie crust and the texture ends up being right in between the cakey and flakey, just the way I like it. What I like best about this accidental recipe is that it is only 4 ingredients, unless you decide to make apple pie filling from scratch that is.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 can apple pie filling
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 egg
- Mix cake mix, egg and butter until the mixture is the consistency of dough.
- Spray 4 (1 cup volume) ramekin dishes with cooking spray.
- Roll dough into 8 balls, approximately 1 inch in diameter each then flatten to fit the ramekin dishes.
- Place 4 dough pieces into the bottoms of the dishes.
- Fill up each dish with apple pie filling evenly.
- Cover with remaining dough pieces.
- Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
What you end up with is a delicious mini apple pie!! I even told hubby that it was the best apple pie that I have ever had. The kids were very pleased with what I had created as well.
While the pies were baking, I had to decide what we were going to have for dinner. It didn’t take long though because I thought about the fact that apple pie makes a great comfort food for cold days (which we are having plenty of this year). What better meal to go with them than the ultimate comfort food…..pot pies. Normally we always have a few Marie Callender’s pot pies in the freezer because we love them, but since it has been an unusually cold winter this year, we finished them. I headed to Walmart to pick up some more from the freezer section.
We just can’t resist that they taste like homemade without all the work that goes into making them. Believe me, I have never made one and probably never will. The thought of making something so complex is daunting, so I will stick with the ones that we already know and love.
Once the pot pies were done, we all sat down together and we were finally able to connect again and laugh and enjoy each other and our dinner…then came dessert. My family has already informed me that I will be making these apple pies on a regular basis from now on. I am happy to oblige!
Don’t forget to check out the Comforts From Home Project from Marie Callender’s that help to support our troops!
Marie Callender’s knows that home is more than a place. It’s big hugs and joyful laughter. It’s warm memories and comforting homemade favorites on the dinner table. Marie Callender’s also knows that life can often take our loved ones far from home and away from all of the comforts and happiness it brings. That’s why we’re introducing the Comforts From Home Project—a program dedicated to bringing the heartwarming feelings, flavors, and favorites of home to those who miss it most.
This fall, Marie Callender’s will launch the Comforts From Home Project by bringing the comforts of home to those who protect America’s homes every day: the brave men and women of the U.S. Military.
Every time you enter a code from a specially marked package of Marie Callender’s meals or desserts, Marie Callender’s will make a donation to USO2GO, a USO program that brings electronics, sports gear, books, games, and more to troops stationed in remote locations.
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