When I was in high school, my best friend's mother baked mini apple pies every Christmas. I was thrilled when she shared the recipe with me—it made me feel like I was finally an adult! —Katie Ferrier Gage, Houston, Texas
Here’s a 5-inch pie that’s as cute as it is delicious. You’ll enjoy the creamy pumpkin-maple filling and golden, melt-in-your-mouth crust. “It’s good with whipped cream,” says Vivian Colwell of Goshen, Ohio.
After tasting it at a bake sale, I got the recipe for this pie from a friend, then adapted it. I make it for family gatherings—it's everyone's favorite treat—and also for when company comes by.
Our children—6 and 3—"help" me with baking. They've learned many of their measurement in the kitchen!
After a blackberry-picking trip, my husband and I decided to include a few in a apple pie we were making. It was the best we'd ever tasted! We live near the mountains with our two children. Ingredients for fruit pies grow all around us.
I had an overabundant supply of cherries one year, so I adapted several recipes to use them up. I knew this one was a keeper when I received phone calls from my Mother and Grandmother complimenting me on this pie.
Each bite of this light and fluffy pie will nearly melt in your mouth. The cracker-crumb crust holds a smooth vanilla filling topped with an airy meringue and a sprinkling of more crumbs. Everyone will crave a second slice!
-Nancy Holland, Morgan Hill, California
For a swift sweet treat, Carol Heppner spreads a homemade graham cracker crust with canned pie filling, then tops it with a fun marshmallow and whipped cream layer. "Try it with blueberry pie filling instead," recommends the Caronport, Saskatchewan cook.
Meet the Cook: People tell me that they like the combination of a tart cranberry taste and the crunchy walnut texture in this dessert.
I grew up in a rural community - so my sisters and I did a lot of cooking early! My husband and I have two married sons (plus 2-1/2 grandkids!), and I've collected strawberries for 21 years.
-Beverly Mix, Missoula, Montana