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Mini Apple Tarts

by Amy D

Tender buttery pastry crust, cinnamon and brown sugar soaked apples, all baked into mini tarts that will fit in the palm of your hand.

Mini Apple Tarts

Tender buttery pastry crust, cinnamon and brown sugar soaked apples, all baked into mini tarts that will fit in the palm of your hand.

Mini Apple Tarts

My mother in law is obsessed with all things tiny. If it comes in a miniature size, you can be guaranteed you will find it somewhere in her house. She has miniature Tupperware bowls, tiny  salt and pepper shakers, miniscule measuring spoons, and itty bitty Fisher-Price toys the size of key chain bobbles just to name a few.

I’ve always kind of liked miniatures, one of my favorite museums growing up was the Toy and Miniature Museum in Kansas City. In fact, I used to build them in my free time before I had four kids. I’ve built two dollhouses and one miniature roombox. The roombox was actually a gift for my mother in law based off the design of her kitchen. I replicated everything down to the design of the wallpaper, giving it working lights and everything.


My favorite miniature project of all time, a replica of my mother in laws kitchen that I made for her birthday.

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I must say this miniature obsession of hers has kind of rubbed off on me a little bit. It’s no longer just to where I think, “oh how cute.” I’ve gotten to where I say it out loud, “Oh, how teeny and precious.”  So when she gave me a bag of apples from the orchard, I knew I wanted to make some tiny little apple tarts.

Not only because I like little things, I find making things in individual portions to come in handy when feeding my children. When I make something in an individual portion size I  don’t ever have to worry about the, “they got more than me, their piece is bigger!”  whines because everybody has their own and it’s the same size and that’s just great. It also makes it easier to notice if someone has snuck off with  more than their share. (Which does happen. This time when it came to the apple tarts it was my husband sneaking off with them.)

And I love, love, love to eat these apple tarts because it’s easy to eat one and not feel guilty. It’s just a little tart, right?  If, really big if, if there are any leftover, they are easy to pack into lunchboxes, take to the office and share, or wrap up and freeze to enjoy again later.

Mini Apple Tarts

These mini apple tarts have a flaky pastry crust which is topped with a thick ring of fresh apple, then  a mixture brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter. The edges are easily folded over and brushed with just enough butter to make sprinkling of  sugar stay in place. Baking up into perfect single serving apple tarts.

This recipe is a great one for those little, maybe a little bit ugly, but beautifully tasty gems that you might have growing in your backyard. Just try these mini apple tarts once and I think you’ll agree that bigger isn’t always better. Sometimes tiny is just right!



Mini Apple Tarts

Mini Apple Tarts

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Tender buttery pastry crust, cinnamon and brown sugar soaked apples, all baked into mini tarts that will fit in the palm of your hand.



  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, , cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup milk

Apple Filling

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 5-6 Gala apples
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the cubed butter and using a pastry blender or a fork, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it is crumbly and no large chunks of butter remain. Sprinkle the vinegar over the flour mixture evenly. Then gradually add the milk to the mixture, stirring with a fork until it the dough forms a ball. (It might not require quite all the milk.) Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or until the dough is easily handleable.
  2. In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter, with a fork until the butter is well blended in and the mixture is crumbly.
  3. Core the apples and slice into rings about 1/2-2/3 an inch thick. Remove the peel from the apple rings.
  4. Remove the dough to a floured work surface and cut into 16 equal pieces. Dusting each with flour, roll the pieces out into 5-6 inch circles.
  5. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Place one apple ring onto each circle of dough. Top each apple ring with 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Fold the edges of the dough over the apples, leaving the centers open.
  7. Place one inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  8. Brush the outside edges of the pastry dough with the melted butter and sprinkle over it the white sugar.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and the apples are tender.


This recipe was adapted from the Taste of Home Bakeshop Favorites cookbook.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 16 Servings
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 269

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Mira October 5, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Love baking with apples and these pies look delicious!

Manila Spoon October 2, 2015 - 9:44 am

Wow! You are so very creative and I love that replica – so cute and dainty! Now about the apple tarts – they look deliciously delightful, too!

Amy D October 5, 2015 - 2:01 pm

Thanks, I really wish that I had time to do all the projects bouncing around in my brain. Or at least, that the ones I did have time to do turned out as well as both that room box and these tarts. They were both a lot of fun to make.

Ali @ Home & Plate October 2, 2015 - 7:40 am

There is nothing like the smell of apples baking in the fall. Your recipe looks fantastic.

Amy D October 5, 2015 - 1:59 pm

I agree Ali. It’s one of my favorite scents. Couple that with walking into a kitchen warm from the oven and it’s just the best.

Marye October 2, 2015 - 7:02 am

These apple tarts look amazing! That kitchen replica is adorable!

Amy D October 5, 2015 - 1:57 pm

Thank you Marye, that miniature project was one of my favorites even though it took months to do! Every single little spoon was hand drawn on the wallpaper.

Christie October 2, 2015 - 7:01 am

These are so cute. I love mini food, too. These are perfect for my Christmas party.

Amy D October 5, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Oh yeah, these would make a pretty dessert platter for your Christmas party. And would be different than all the fudges and cookies you usually see around that time of year.

Kristina October 1, 2015 - 9:39 pm

these sound SO good – we have a big bowl of apples and I want to make some this weekend!

Amy D October 5, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Kristina, snap a pic and tag me if you make them! I’d love to see how yours turn out.

Rachel @ Simple Seasonal October 1, 2015 - 4:30 pm

When they’re baked up these tarts look so cute and inviting. I’ll take 2 or maybe 3 please 😉

Amy D October 1, 2015 - 5:19 pm

Oh Rachel, you’re right. It’s hard to stop at just one. We all had at least 2! I think that these would sell like hotcakes at a fall bake sale.

Hillary October 1, 2015 - 1:10 pm

You are killing me with pictures of these tarts and all your fall recipes! I am too impatient to make one now, but I think I will give it a go. My children would be ecstatic to find these in their lunchboxes instead of a plain oatmeal cookie. I just love the look of them, Amy; the pictures are beautiful.

Amy D October 1, 2015 - 5:17 pm

You really should give it a go! Fall is the best time for baking, in my opinion, something about it just makes my heart happy. If you make one of the fall recipes I’ve posted, please take a picture and tag me in it, Hillary. I love seeing the things that people make off of AHB 🙂

Kathie October 1, 2015 - 10:40 am

These look so good! They made my mouth water. I agree smaller portions are better with kids. I used to make cookies in mini muffin pans so they would all the be same size.

Amy D October 1, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Thanks Kathie! I was looking back at some of my old photos this week and boy has my photography improved since the first posts. I’ve never made cookies in muffin tins, guess you’ve given me something new to try.


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