Featured Kid Friendly Recipe: Apple Pie Bites


Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? Whether you’re hosting the entire family, going over to grandmas, or having a low-key dinner with your kids, you need to try this kid friendly recipe for Apple Pie Bites!

For starters, it’s delicious, and second – it’s so simple YOUR KIDS CAN HELP YOU MAKE IT! As a Pediatric Dietitian and Mom, I’m a huge fan of kids helping in the kitchen. When kids help in the kitchen they develop many skills and, typically, it gets them excited to try the finished product! My 5 year old, Lincoln, is the best kitchen buddy! He helps me cook, clean, and even put groceries away. I love that I can be productive while spending time with him.

Here’ s a play by play on how I got him involved for you to easily copy + step by step cooking instructions!

  1. Wash hands together.
  2. Have child help spray/wipe counters clean.
  3. Collect all ingredients and supplies together.
    I love this step because it challenges Lincoln to remember where we keep things in the kitchen – he treats it like a scavenger hunt! It can also help littles learn words for household items and follow simple directions.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    We call this “Mommy Job” as I’m not quite ready for Lincoln to know how to use the oven. This is a great opportunity to remind little’s about oven safety. Use your best judgement with this step based on your kiddo.
  5. Line baking sheet with foil, set aside.
  6. Have child hold measuring cup while you add pecans, dump pecans into a ziplock bag (we love reusable ones, like these, and have child smash the pecans with a wooden spoon. Dump into small bowl.
  7. Have child help measure brown sugar and apple pie spice, add both to pecans. Have child stir mixture. ** confession – I have a very type A personality, so I like to take turns stirring with Lincoln so I can make sure everything gets mixed well. **
  8. Melt butter in microwave – have child help find the correct numbers to push
  9. Cut apple into ¼ – ½ inch slices.
    Another “Mommy Job” since apples can be tricky to cut.
  10. Have child count out 8 apple slices, then toss them in melted butter.
  11. Arrange crescent roll triangles on baking sheet lined with foil.
  12. Have child sprinkle brown sugar pecan mixture onto each triangle.kid friendly recipe
  13. Take turns placing apple slices on the wide end of each triangle.
  14. See who can wrap the crescent roll dough around each apple fastest.
  15. Have child brush each crescent roll with remaining butter, and sprinkle lightly with any remaining brown sugar pecan mixture.
  16. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
    This is another opportunity to talk about oven safety!
  17. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Here is what you’ll need!

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • ½ cup pecans,
    … technically chopped, but read the above to find out how to make this step fun!
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple
  • 1, 8 ounce, tube of crescent rolls

One of my favorite things about this recipe is all of the substitution options with ingredients. Don’t love apples? Use peaches! Have a nut allergy? Don’t add them! Want to get crazy with your spices? Do it! Cinnamon, All Spice, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice,
Chai – while I haven’t personally tried all of these combinations, I’m sure they’d be delicious!

I can’t wait to hear what y’all think about this recipe, how you made it your own, and if you’re kids enjoyed helping in the kitchen! Leave a comment below or post a picture/video and tag @wacomoms and @grow.baby.nutrition!

Happy Holidays!