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Apple Pockets

This is a great way to enjoy the taste of apple pie without the guilt. The cute golden bundles are shaped from a homemade yeast dough, but it's their old-fashioned flavor that really appeals. —Sharon Martin of Terre Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • FILLING:
  • 4 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (about 2-3 medium)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 teaspoons sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt. In a saucepan, heat the water and butter to 120°-130°. Add to the dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Divide dough into four portions. Roll each portion into an 8-in. square. Cut into four 4-in. squares. Cut apple slices into thirds; toss with sugar, flour and cinnamon. Place 1/4 cup filling on each square; bring up the corners up over the filling and pinch to seal. Secure with a toothpick if needed. Place 3 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  • Brush with milk; sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Discard toothpicks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 136 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat.
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  • BruJoy
    Sep 7, 2012

    These were very good and surprisingly easy to make. I will use a better baking apple next time so the apples are really soft, but it was still good with some firmness to the apples. I used cinnamon sugar to sprinkle over them after brushing with milk. I think a powdered sugar frosting glaze would also be excellent drizzled over the tops. This is a nice alternative to apple pie and much healthier than my pie recipes! Thanks!

  • lisacknapp
    Sep 5, 2012

    This is a wonderful and easy recipe. My fiance absolutely loves these, it's a tasty treat that is easy to make and won't set you back on calories, yum!

  • jackiesmith72
    Oct 29, 2011

    Everyone I have made these for think they are amazing! I add more fall spices and I use more apples. 5 cups works well. I top them with whipped cream or ice cream. Yummy!

  • MennoCzechGirl
    Aug 6, 2011

    This is a family recipe called Apple Prieska. Only we use a pie crust dough instead of a yeast dough. My dad likes to sprinkle it with Brown Sugar.

  • AngryGood
    Jul 3, 2010

    Wow; these look awesome! However, I still don't deem them to be too healthy, although they are light. Has anyone tried to make these whole wheat? Can you sub the butter with applesauce or oil or something to lower the saturated fats and cholesterol? Maybe, could we reduce the sodium?

  • BrendainPa
    Nov 21, 2009

    These were VERY good, fairly easy to make and easily doubled for a larger group.

  • vsc
    Sep 22, 2009

    I couldn't believe how easy it was to work with this dough, I was so excited, I made them again the next day.

  • tazmotor
    Sep 20, 2009

    I made a glaze with a little maple flavoring added to drizzle on mine. That was very good with the apples. They sure don't taste low fat.

  • Jolie514
    Sep 17, 2009

    Yum, these are easy to make and were enjoyed by the whole family. I would definitely make them again. Jolie

  • mariekarin
    Sep 14, 2009

    I made several of these and found the squares to be way too small I made mine 6x6 and it was perfect size. Everyone loved these served with vanilla ice cream. Marie