How To Make Hand Apple Pies {Skinny Recipe}

Hand apple pies. The smell of cinnamon and sugar sautéing on the stove and pie crust browning in the oven. It makes me think of my grandmother’s kitchen in Alabama.

How To Make Hand Apple Pies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

When I was a little girl she fried hand apple pies most every Sunday. They were crispy and amazing. And although I loved the yummy goodness of those pies, I prefer a little lighter recipe for my boys. Don’t worry, my southern roots won’t let me stray too far. I promise, with this recipe you’re not sacrificing the flavor. {grin}

Plus, with a little semi-homemade ingenuity, you can whip these up on a school night!

How To Make Hand Apple Pies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

How To Make Hand Apple Pies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Ingredients for filling:

  • 5 cups apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (I use a vegan butter so my little one can eat them too, plus it has less fat)
  • 1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (reserve for sprinkling on tops)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (+ a smidge to sprinkle on tops)
  • 1 pkg chilled pie crust (my grandmother’s buttermilk recipe is amazing… I’ll share it next time… but for the sake of only 4 grams of fat per mini pie)
  • 2 tbsp. Mazola corn oil (cholesterol free and 0 trans fats)

Make:

Filling: Heat a skillet over medium-heat. Add the diced apples, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon to the pan and stir. Cook until the butter is melted and the apples are soft, about 2 minutes. Be careful not to make them mushy or to burn them and lose all the juice. Remove from the heat, and transfer the apple filling to a mixing bowl to cool. Set aside and let come to room temperature.

Pies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Remove dough disks from the refrigerator (work with one at a time to keep your dough chilled and in shape). Using a 3-inch-diameter cookie cutter or saucer, cut out six circles. Re-roll the dough as necessary to achieve all 12. Dough should be 1/8 thick.
  3. Lay the pastry circles on one of the sheet pans and top with half of the apple mixture, being sure to reserve as much of the apple liquid as possible. Adding too much liquid to the pies will get messy, quickly.
  4. Brush another round with Mazola oil. Using the back of a fork, gently press down to create a fluted seal along the edge. (Note: If not sticking well, put a little more Mazola along the inside of the seam to help it seal. You don’t want those yummy apples to escape.
  5. Sprinkle tops of mini hand pies with granulated sugar and a pinch of cinnamon rubbed between your hands to give it a light dusting. shaped slit in the top of each pie.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes (depending on your oven), until the pies are golden brown and cooked through. Let cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack.

I like to serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla yogurt. {wink}

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You can find more amazing and heart healthy recipes on Mazola.com. A new study shows Mazola Corn Oil lowers cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil! Wow! Try it today for sautéing, stir frying and baking. I’m actually making parmesan encrusted zucchini fries for the kids this weekend. Can’t wait!!

Mazola - Heart Healthy Oil

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Compensation was provided by Mazola via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mazola.

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How To Make A DIY Chandelier {Embroidery Hoop Craft}

Ever wondered how you could make a chandelier for your office or craft space? Using embroidery hoops I made this lovely chandelier as one of my five projects with JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores for their Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook. I didn’t use a lighting kit, but you easily could!

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Visit my post with JoAnn for all the easy how to details and a list of supplies.

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Have you  flipped through the pages of the Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook? Well, wait no more! {grin}

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And did you see my petal piped cupcakes? Don’t miss them. They’re super easy!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Snickerdoodle Cupcake Recipe {Easy Semi-Homemade Sweet}

This simple semi-homemade sweet is super easy to make and tastes just like the family favorite cookie: Snickerdoodle! Sometimes the simple flavors from our childhood are the best.

Snickerdoodle Cupcake Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make snickerdoodle cupcakes*, you’ll need: 
  • 1 package white cake mix (I use Duncan Hines for dairy-free)
  • 1 1/4 cup milk (I use vanilla soy for dairy-free)
  • 1 cup or 2 sticks of butter, melted (I use Smart Balance Light for dairy-free)
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, plus 1/2 teaspoon for dusting
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for dusting

*Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Baking instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together cake mix and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
  3. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk, and beating until combined after each.
  4. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 way full and bake for 14 to 18 minutes depending on your oven.
  5. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.

For the frosting, I used Martha’s 7-minute frosting recipe and dusted them with sugar and and ground cinnamon.

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As always, I hope you craft, bake, create and celebrate! Enjoy!

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3-Ingredient Lemon Frosting Cupcakes

I love lemon. Lemon cookies, lemon cake, lemonade… Outside of chocolate, it is my favorite flavor to bake with.

3-Ingredient-Lemon Frosting | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I blame my Uncle Billy for my love of chocolate. Giving me M&Ms at his every visit. And my sweet grandmother is responsible for my love of lemon. She made my favorite pie, Lemon Ice Box, every time I asked. It’s amazing I was a skinny child. {grin}

This weekend, in the hopes that spring will arrive soon, I baked up some simple lemon cupcakes.

This post is really all about the icing and the candy topper. The cake mix is a Duncan Hines Supreme Lemon. So yummy and dairy free so my youngest can enjoy it too.

For the frosting, you’ll need:

  • 1 container Cool Whip
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice (or more to taste… I like more)
  • Optional: lemon yogurt coated pretzel

And the easy instructions:

  1. Combine cool whip, lemon juice and sweetened condensed milk in mixer
  2. Chill for 3 hours (it brings out the lemon flavor and hardens the icing)
  3. Top cupcakes and serve. If longer than 15 minutes, chill iced cupcakes.

Serve these yummies with a hot cup of coffee and you can’t go wrong.

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Want a little inexpensive party tip? Embellish white cake plates with a simple strip of crepe paper. It’s much cheaper than ribbon and can be just as pretty!

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Press: Excited To Be Part Of The JoAnn Spring Trends & Ideas LookBook {Inaugrual Issue}

I’ve been so blessed over the past year-and-a-half to work with the amazing team at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and I’m thrilled to say this latest installment makes me so very proud. Introducing the JoAnn Spring LookBook!

Kim Byers Featured in JoAnn Spring 2014 Trends and Ideas LookBook

The amazing team at JoAnn asked myself and three other bloggers to come up with five craft projects for five Spring trends: Romantic, Batik, Dazzling Blue, Metallic and Summer Celebration.

This project was so much fun and I can’t wait to post each of my five projects over the next few weeks.

Until then, click and browse through the pages of the inaugural issue, pick up a copy at your local JoAnn store, watch for them on their social media, or search by my name, Kim Byers, on JoAnn.com. Yep! I’m now a searchable item on JoAnn.com. {giddy}

Missed the other projects I’ve done with JoAnn? Here are a few:

Much more to come on my five projects for the LookBook. In the meantime, join in on the conversation on Google +:


 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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St. Patrick’s Day: Rainbow Cupcakes & Gumball Clouds

If you’ve not noticed, I like to bake. {grin} So with St. Patrick’s Day coming and an art party to plan for, I decided to make some rainbow cupcakes!

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Aren’t they pretty!

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The first thing I did was grab all my gel food coloring and tint my batter. After the cupcakes cooled I used the same gel icing to tint white frosting.

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Top each cupcake with a sixlet, use crepe paper streamers for your rainbow and make sure your creative cupcakes end at a gumball cloud! Or, for St. Patrick’s Day, your rainbow might end at a pot of gold, like Rolos!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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St. Patrick’s Day: Easy Shamrock Cupcakes with Mint Frosting

It’s time to start thinking green! These fun 4-leaf clover, Lucky green, cupcakes with mint icing are the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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I love working with candies.

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This fun little cupcake is super easy with just a few goodies. Green chocolate covered sunflower seeds from Candy Galaxy (they have every color candy!) and Breyer’s chocolate sprinkles (the only sprinkles my kids actually like!).

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And the mint frosting is a cinch. There are tons of amazing recipes from scratch, but when in a hurry I use Pillsbury icing (dairy-free for my little guy and always fluffy) and mix in 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract.

And since this is St. Patrick’s Day, I also mix in green gel food coloring (the other is too watery) until I get my desired color. (TIP: Tint your icing and let it set for five minutes before adding more food coloring. It will darken a bit.)

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With these cupcakes you’re sure not to get PINCHED! {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Shamrock Cinnamon Rolls for St. Patty’s Day

My boys love cinnamon rolls and when we’re not running to a sports practice I often bake them on Saturdays. This Saturday we decided to have a little fun and shape our cinnamon rolls like shamrocks in early celebration for St. Patrick’s Day!

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You guys know my youngest has severe food allergies so baking from scratch is a must some times. Not in this case though! These are Kroger brand cinnamon rolls and they have no dairy! Yay!

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We just pinched each roll into five pieces, four clovers and one stem. And while they were baking I added a touch of green food coloring to the cinnamon roll icing. Waalaa! Super fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day breakfast idea!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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12 Class Valentines {Free Downloads}

Need a creative last minute class Valentine for Valentine parties at school? I’ve got you covered with free cello toppers, candy bar wrappers, lollipop tags, rainbow loom cards and more! Enjoy!

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I’ve photographed each of these free class Valentine printables to give you a little inspiration. Just click below, see each free Valentine in action, print and give. Some you can even personalize in the file before you print. All you need is the free Adobe Reader. {grin} Enjoy!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY Valentine Cupcake Toppers {Chevron & Polka Dot Peel & Stick Stencils}

My friend Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks has partnered with Plaid to launch a new product, Mod Podge Rocks Peel and Stick Stencils. Love that they don’t wiggle or move while you’re working.

DIY Valentine Cupcake Topper | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

In my opinion, what better way to try out a new product than to whip up something pretty. And why not yummy while you’re at it. {grin}

The new Peel and Stick Stencils come in a variety of patterns. I chose to make these little lovelies with Amy’s chevron and polka dot.

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To make these you’ll need:

  • Mod Podge Rocks Peel and Stick Stencils
  • Mod Podge Sheer (in pink) with pouncer
  • White Cardstock
  • Whimsy Frame Punch
  • Circle Punch
  • Foam Adhesive Square
  • Heart Candy Sprinkles (or cut out paper ones)
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • White circle stickers or hot glue
  • Optional: Glitter

And the easy how to steps:

  1. Place stencils on white card stock. Pounce on Sheer Mod Podge and wipe off excess with the pouncer. (Optional: Sprinkle with glitter.) Allow to dry for 5 minutes.
  2. Punch out frames and circles.
  3. Attach circles to frames with foam adhesive squares for a raised effect.
  4. Attach hearts to center of circle with a dot of Mod Podge.
  5. Attach topper to lollipop sticks with hot glue, or white circle stickers for a more finished look

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You can buy Amy’s new Peel and Stick Stencils from Plaid Online and at Michaels. So proud of her!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! 

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