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Apple Pie For One

A classic recipe for Homemade Apple Pie made with a flaky crust and one sweet juicy apple. This single serving apple pie recipe provides you with a scrumptious dessert without leftovers!

A mini apple pie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

If you're craving a homemade apple pie but don't want the leftovers, this wonderful mini apple pie recipe is for you. In fact, all you need is just one apple and a handful of pantry staples and this single serving pie can be ready in minutes.

Why This Recipe Works

  • This recipe yields one small apple pie. It also comes complete with a simple crust recipe that's just the right size.
  • It's easy to make.
  • This apple pie is made with ingredients that you may likely have on hand.

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A mini apple pie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

For the crust:

  • Flour: Use all purpose or "plain" flour.
  • Sugar: A small amount of granulated sugar adds the perfect amount of sweetness.
  • Salt
  • Butter: I recommend using salted butter.
  • Ice water

If you don't want to make a pie crust, use my crushed graham cracker crust recipe instead.

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For the apple pie filling:

  • One apple: Use your favorite type of apple. I usually eat Gala apples so this is usually the kind I use.
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon: An essential spice found in apple pies. You might also like to add a pinch of nutmeg or allspice too.
  • Lemon juice: Use fresh or bottled lemon juice.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Toss the apple slices into a large bowl and stir in the sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Let sit while you prepare the dough.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Using a fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand. Add the water and stir to form dough. Transfer the dough to a cutting board and roll into a ball. Roll out the dough to form a circle. Lightly oil a small tart or pie pan. Fit the crust into the pan. Poke the bottom of the pie crust with a fork a few times.
  3. Pour in apples and dot with butter.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Expert Tips

  • Use a firm apple.
  • You can mix together the filling for the apple pie and keep it in your refrigerator until you are ready to use it. The flavors really come together the longer the apples mingle with the cinnamon and sugar.
A spoonful of a mini apple pie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best apples for apple pie?

Almost any variety will work. My favorites include Gala, Braeburn, and Granny Smith.

How do I choose the best apple for making a mini apple pie?

Choose a firm apple. Bad apples become mushy and flavorless.

Can the dough be made in advance?

The dough can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze the dough, wrap tightly in plastic wrap. When you are ready to use it, let the dough thaw in the refrigerator before using.

What size pan do you use for a single serving apple pie?

I use a 4.75-inch round tart/quiche pan or a 1-cup ramekin for this recipe. For best results use a dish of similar size.
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Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this apple pie recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the pie and you'll have yourself the ultimate apple pie for one!

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Apple Pie For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: apple pie, pie
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

FILLING

  • 1 apple , peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

CRUST

  • tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter , chilled - plus 1 additional tablespoon butter, chopped to dot on top of apples
  • 1 teaspoon ice water

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Toss the apple slices into a large bowl and stir in the sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Let sit while you prepare the dough.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt.
  • Using a fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  • Add the water and stir to form dough.
  • Transfer the dough to a cutting board and roll into a ball.
  • So the dough doesn't stick, sprinkle a little flour on the cutting board and on the ball of dough and using a roller or a large glass, roll out the dough to form a circle.
  • Lightly oil a small tart or pie pan. Fit the crust into the pan. Poke the bottom of the pie crust with a fork a few times.
  • Pour in apples and dot with butter.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Use a firm apple.
  • You can mix together the filling for the apple pie and keep it in your refrigerator until you are ready to use it. The flavors really come together the longer the apples mingle with the cinnamon and sugar.

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 10.3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1.1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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49 thoughts on “Apple Pie For One”

  1. I just made (and ate) the recipe! Swapped sugar for brown sugar and doubled the dough (I like to put dough on top of the apples too). Absolutely delicious and super easy to make for one! Will be making this again 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Made this today it was very enjoyable so easy to follow the recipe just had to work out the measurements as I live in the UK but would certainly make this again

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for my mom, she loves apple tarts, pies, crumbles, and more. She loved it! I don’t like apple things personally but I tried it and loved it!

    Totally recommend

    1. Emma,

      I’m so happy your mom (and you!) enjoyed the apple pie. That makes me so happy to hear. Thanks so much for letting me know.

      Joanie

  4. 5 stars
    This is the cutest little apple pie ever! Everyone else in my family likes cherry pies, so I never get apple! Totally making this so I can have my favorite pie!

  5. 5 stars
    Way to go Joanie! I don’t eat much sugar or desserts but sometimes I get in the mood for something and this recipe was perfect because it doesn’t require much sugar. I like the way that it was so quick and simple. Just for fun I added some honey and walnuts to the apple mixture and I topped it with a little bit of apple crisp topping. Plus instead of ice cream I used a scoop of yogurt on top. It worked GREAT and was oh so delicious thanks to you! 👏😁

    1. Awesome, it sounds delicious! I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe. I bet the walnuts and the apple crisp topping were great additions!

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