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The Secret To Flawless Cookies- Holiday Pie Cookies Recipe

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Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
Momma Told Me: Sometimes you have to get a little creative.

Growing up I didn't have much of a kitchen- rather, Momma didn't have much of a kitchen. We lived in a little 2 bedroom condo; the bedrooms stacked on top of the kitchen and living room- a cutout in a sea of identical units. I didn't really appreciate what this meant, as a testament to Momma's patience and skills, until we moved into our family's first real home over a decade later. There was no warm sun shining in from the kitchen window, or wide sill to rest a homemade pie on. We had harsh fluorescent lighting and a kitchen Momma could open the fridge, while stirring the pasta sauce, while filling the sink with water in. There were no frills, and every decision mattered when cooking.
Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
Today, I live in my own 'starter' condo- as so many people my age do here in Southern California, where real estate is prime and space runs limited. If you want to live near the beach you'd better be a millionaire, or willing to share walls, in our part of the state. So, for our family, we go through many of the same space compromises my own parents did. We rely on compact appliances, construct a free standing 'pantry' of shelves in the dining nook, and find creative ways to cut down on waste and messes when in the kitchen. I'll even be honest, my dining table doubles as a workbench when I bake, because I simply don't have the counter-space to feed the large leagues and groups I do, otherwise.
One way I survive working in a micro-kitchen is with various tools and surfaces that allow me to move from one area to the next quickly, efficiently, and cleanly. In addition to over-sized baking cooling racks, I keep Reynold's Cookie Baking Sheets on hand all year. I simply don't have time to wrestle with a large roll of parchment paper while balancing a cookie sheet on one knee and licking cookie dough off my arm (and believe me, I've tried!) Having pre-measured, pre-cut, Reynold's cookie sheets I can simply unfold and go are a lifesaver, especially in my most requested cookie recipe- pie cookies. You could say they're kind of my specialty, so, today, I'm going to share the very simple process with you.
You're going to want to begin by clearing off a nice open surface to work on, and by opening a box of Reynold Cookie Sheets. Line two baking sheets with a sheet each, then line a cooling rack with a sheet, and place two side by side on your flat, level, work surface. Next, unroll 2 pre-packaged, ready-to-bake pie crusts, placing one each on the work surface cookie sheets. Using a rolling pin go ahead and roll out your crusts to an even shape about 1/3 larger than they initially were. Don't worry about flouring your surface, your Reynold's Cookie Sheets will keep the crust from sticking to your surface as you work.
Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)#BakeMagicMoments with holiday pie cookies and Reynolds pre-cut Cookie Sheets, for a flawless cookie, without the mess. (ad)
Next spread a generous layer of fruit preserves on one of the pie crusts. In most cases your recipe will feature a preserve and pie filling of the same fruit variety, but you can feel free to experiment- for example, blueberry lemon tastes delicious. For apple pie go ahead and put a layer of salted caramel down instead of preserves! Once your preserves are evenly applied smear a helping portion of pie filling over the preserved crust. If you are concerned about the cookies being too thick or hard to handle, you can go ahead and shred/dice the fruit filling to a thinner consistency. It really does depend on how 'home-style' authentic you want your pie cookie experience to be.
Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
Next, take your other pie crust and cut even strips (about 12-15, depending on how tight you want your crust weave to be) with a pizza cutter. While thinner strips will ultimately make for a more impressive weave and pie cookie finish, keep in mind you will be weaving the crust top all by hand, and the more, thinner, strips, the more work this will be. If you're not confident in your pastry skills you may want to stick to 10 strips per crust.
Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
However many crust strips you decided to cook, you will next want to lay half of them across your 'filled' pie crust, being careful yo leave a gap equal to the strip size, between each pair of strips. I do this by removing every other strip from my cut pie crust and laying it down with equal spacing. Next you will begin laying the strips in the opposite direction, but with a little more time and deliberation. Carefully lift every other vertical strip to 'weave' through your horizontal strips. Up, down, up, down- until you have gone all the way across. To make the process easier be sure to lift the vertical strips by 'peeling' them down from the top and laying your vertical strip underneath when necessary. Ultimately it's a very sticky delicious process that leaves one feeling quite rewarded.
Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
The next part can get especially messy, so it's a good thing you have the non-stick power of Reynold's Cookie Sheets on your side. Taking a round (3-4") cookie cutter press circle cuts into the layered cookie pie creation and carefully place the cookies on your lined baking sheets. On virtually any other surface this would mean a sticky mess of saturated pie crust and sugar syrup. You, however, will have the satisfaction of lifting these messy cookies up with ease. Even better, you don't need to space them more than a half inch apart, since the pie crust really won't 'spread' much in baking. Do, however, keep in mind that the various fillings WILL bubble over and spread on the cookie sheet while baking!
Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
Go ahead and brush your beautiful pie cookies with a light egg wash and send them into the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the outer edges begin to brown. Reynold's Cookie Sheets are oven safe up to 420F*, so this recipe will cook evenly, and too perfectly without further fuss. If you're feeling particularly fancy you can brush a little butter on the top of the pie crust with a sprinkle of sugar just 2 minutes before they're done. I also find a little course salt goes well with apple pie cookies featuring a sweet caramel layer. (Reynolds Genuine Parchment Paper and Cookie Baking Sheets (pre-cut parchment sheets) are tested to safely withstand oven temperatures up to 420°F.)
Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
Ordinarily this recipe would wreak havoc on my cookie sheets- the caramel applie pie cookies, in particular, tend to caramelize and burn all over my beautiful pans. Not only do the cookie sheets help encourage even baking, but they contain the mess of sticky pie fillings, and make the cookies instantly transferable to waiting wire cookie racks. Every good pastry chef knows those seconds are crucial to ensuring delicate pastries don't burn or overcook after removal from the oven! Just slide the cookie sheet off the tray and you're in business!
Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
Because you've saved so much time on cleanup, you'll have a little leftover to package up your cookies- after all, you're not going to eat ALL these delicious pie cookies yourself, are you? I mean, sure, you COULD, but half the fun in baking is baking to share- so there's no need to be stingy. And it's not exactly like the process was THAT complicated you couldn't make more, right? So take your best cookie vessel and line it with a quartered (or folded) Reynold's Cookie Sheet- you're going to want to put layers between these cookies so all of that delicious pie filling goodness doesn't stick to one another.
Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
One Smart Cookie Teacher's Gift Tags
#BakeMagicMoments with the FREE 'One Smart Cookie' teacher's gift printable for homemade cookies- Let your child's thumbprints make the 'O's! (ad)
And since we're on the topic of being thankful this season- why not share some of these delicious, impressive, works of cookie art with the adults who enrich your children's lives so very much every day at school? That's right, we made these particular pie cookies for the kids' staff and teachers with a little printable gift tag project I whipped up. Download the FREE 'One Smart Cookie' printable tag here, then have your children make fingerprint cookie 'O's to add that extra personal touch!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-4tjJzvAMc9S2UxaFZUZWZyanM/view?usp=sharing
#BakeMagicMoments with the FREE 'One Smart Cookie' teacher's gift printable for homemade cookies- Let your child's thumbprints make the 'O's! (ad)
Being a parent means you often have to tackle a multitude of challenges and obstacles while managing your time and efforts to provide your very best. Whether you have the kitchen of a Michelin Star Chef, or are working in a small space being serenaded by the sound of tiny hands banging on pots underfoot, Reynold's Cookie Sheets are smart, pre-measured, baking tools that make baking easier, more fun, and less of a pain to clean up. After all, I'd rather be eating pie cookies than wondering how I'm going to scrape dried cherry pie filling off my counters and pans! Do you have a favorite cookie recipe that impresses?  You can find Reynold's cookie sheets at grocery stores nationwide (I found mine at Vons,) and discover more fun seasonal cookie recipes on their Facebook page.

What Daughter Says: Get creative with your recipes, not your cleanup solutions, take the stress out of holiday baking with convenient pre-cut cookie sheets.


Holiday Pie cookies make an impressive and delicious homestyle cookie recipe that is sure to become a new family tradition. Use Reynolds pre-cut cookie sheets to make storing and cleanup a breeze! #BakeMagicMoments (ad)
Holiday Pie Cookies
***Click here for printable Holiday Pie Cookies recipe.

Ingredients:

2 Boxes (4 Crusts) Ready Made, Rolled, Pie Crusts
2 14 OZ Can Pie Fillings of Choice
1 12 OZ Jar Of Matching Fruit Preserves OR 1 Jar Caramel Topping for Apple Pie
2 Eggs
1 Box of Reynold's Cookie Sheets
Round Cookie Cutter

Holiday Pie Cookies Recipe- #BakeMagicMoments with holiday pie cookies and Reynolds pre-cut Cookie Sheets, for a flawless cookie, without the mess. (ad)Directions:
Preheat the Oven to 375F

1. Roll out both pie crusts on a Reynold's Cookie Sheet to extend the area of each to an even shape and size.

2. Spread a generous portion of preserves or caramel cause on two of the pie crusts and spread it evenly with the back of your spoon until a thin layer is created.

3. For Apple Pie- In a medium bowl dice the apple pie filling with two knives in cris-cross  slices until the apples are broken down into small nibble size chunks. Spread the pie filling OR apple mixture thinly across the caramel layer.

4. Take your second and third pie crusts and cut even striped lengthwise across the crust. Lay every other strip lengthwise across your smothered crusts, leaving an equal gap between pie crust strips. Next, beginning from the bottom, take the remaining strips and weave them over and under the existing strips. I like to do this one strip at a time, all the way across.

5. Using a round cookie cutter (about 3-4") punch out cookies from your woven/layered pie crust creation. Place them on a baking sheet lined with a Reynold's cookie sheet. Brush the tops with an egg wash and sprinkle on any cinnamon sugar or garnish desired. Bake at 375F for 15 MINS, or until tops begin to turn golden brown.

6. Remove from oven and allow to cook off the hot pan- store pie cookies with layers of Reynold's Cookie Sheets between them to prevent sticking.

27 comments:

  1. Oh wow, the cookies look amazing! What a great gift idea to friends and family.

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  2. This is a pretty creative take on cookies, and well, pie. My friends would wolf these down in a heart beat.

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  3. Just wow! these cookie pies not only look beautiful but also delicious. So pretty to serve after dinner of even to give as presents.

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  4. These look so good! I love anything that involves pie!

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  5. Oh WOW!!! These cookies look AMAZING!! I didn't know they had baking sheets!! Perfect timing to see as I get ready to start baking for the holidays!

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  6. These look so delicious! I will have to make some, I haven't tried this reynolds product yet either!

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  7. Dang, those cookies look fantastic! I love your story about your family and the kitchen. And those Reynolds sheets! I'm SO getting those for my baking. They would make my life SO much easier when candying bacon in the oven. Holy moly.

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  8. What a cute & creative cookie idea! These look delicious and I bet I would totally impress people if I gave these as gifts. :)

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  9. I just adore those pie cookies. What a great idea for teachers... soo yummy

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  10. This looks divine! I am going to try making these! It looks creative and fun to do(and tasty)!

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  11. These are adorable! We always make small food gifts for neighbors and these will be great. Thanks for sharing the printable too!

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  12. This turned out SO cute! I would love to do something like this for the neighbors and my son's school teachers.

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  13. These are adorable and such a great idea! I bet they are delicious.

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  14. These are the cutest cookies ever! What a cute gift idea for teachers it is!

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  15. Aww so adorable! The cookie pies look amazing! What a great idea - so many possibilities!

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  16. Oh wow! Those look amazing. I would love to receive some of these from a friend or family member!

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  17. Those cookies look so decadently delicious, and I totally love the printable you made. You're talented!

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  18. I too have a ridiculously small kitchen and am always looking for ways to consolidate space and avoid messes. These baking sheets look like a life saver!

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  19. These look so delicious. I wish i could try one right now. They look easy to make i will have to give it a try.

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  20. These cookies look fantastic. I will have to give them a try.

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  21. These cookies look delish. The Reynold's Cookie Sheets look great! I have to try them.

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  22. Your cookies look so pretty and make lovely gifts all wrapped up with those printable gift tags. I love to bake but have never tried Reynold's Cookie Sheets before, will def look for them when I shop this week so I can try them out.

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  23. OMG! I wish one of the parents from my classroom would make me something like this, I would be over the moon! These pictures have me drooling they looks so good!

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  24. How amazing are these?! I would have been so worried about making something like this because of the clean up, but you've got it all figured out. I love the sheets, the printable, and of course the pie cookies! WOW! Just, WOW! #client

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  25. These cookies look fun. I wouldn't have thought to cut them the way you did. I would have gone the long way around and spent too much time individually putting them together.

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  26. These pie cookies looks yummy and simple enough to make. I love to cook and bake and these would be perfect for the holidays. And will make them when we go camping. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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