Dessert Bar

Display bite-sized desserts related to your tailgating theme. Decorate brownies or crispy rice treats to look like footballs or frost a cake in the colors of your team. Hand out homemade popsicles and ice cream cones for a quick way to cool down during a toasty tailgate. And when the weather becomes crisp, think of spiced desserts like adorable apple hand pies.

Apple Hand Pies | Backyard Dessert Bar



  1. Peel and dice the apples. Toss apples with lemon juice and sugar.
  2. Melt butter over medium-high heat in a skillet. Add apples and spices and cook for 2 minutes, stirring, until it begins to simmer. Set mixture aside to cool.
  3. Roll out the dough and cut into circles with a 3 inch cookie cutter or jar lid. Refrigerate cut circles until filling is cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Arrange half the dough circles, spaced apart, on baking sheets. Cut slits in the other circles (to vent). Scoop a few tablespoons of filling into the center of each dough circle. Place slit circle on top and crimp the edges.
  6. Combine egg and milk with a fork. Brush pies with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake pies for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
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