I had some won ton wrappers left over from a previous recipe…
and I’ve always wanted to try using them as vehicle for dessert, so I decided to make Skinny Apple Pie Won Tons. I didn’t exactly plan for them to be of the apple pie variety, but I had the won tons and I had some apples… The rest of the ingredients were basic items like butter, sugar, flour and cinnamon, so Skinny Apple Pie Won Tons were a no brainer. And there’s a bonus! I’m giving you TWO ways to make this guilt free skinny treat! One way has about 63 calories each, the other has about 37 calories.
My first idea was to make little pies out of them. I melted some butter and brushed it lightly on one side of the wrapper, sprinkled it with some cinnamon sugar and place them in mini muffin cups. I baked them before filling to give the wrapper some time to crisp up and become a nice cinnamon sugary “crust” for my “pies.”
Then I filled them with some apple pie filling I had made a bit earlier. Fruit fillings are quite easy to make. The hardest part is just peeling and chopping up the apple, which doesn’t take too long at all, (especially if you’ve got a good peeler and you pass the time quickly by trying to peel each apple in one long strip.) I chopped them up smaller than I would for a full sized pie because I wanted lots of little chunks to fit into my mini won ton cups. After chopping, there’s just a few minutes cooking on the stove with a handful of ingredients until the mixture thickens. Then you’re done. Just set it aside to cool.
I spooned the filling into the partially baked crust, then felt they were a bit bare with the filling exposed, so I made a little crumb topping. In a regular sized apple pie, I actually prefer a crumb topping to another layer of crust. And crumb coffee cake? Yum! Crumb topping makes everything better.
They go back in the oven to bake for a short time, and what comes out are the cutest little treats!
Each one has its own personality based on how the won ton was pleated into each cup. Even though they looked amazing, I thought I should try another version as a back up, just in case. I had extra filling so I proceeded with some tiny turnovers.
These were a even easier than the little pies. I placed small spoonful of filling in the center of the wrapper, wet two edges with water, then folded the wrapper in half, creating a triangle. I sprayed them with a quick shot of cooking spray, sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar, then popped them into the oven until they were a light golden brown.
Once they were out of the oven, I gave them a good shower of confectioner’s sugar and they were ready for prime time.
Time for a taste test. Which one would be better? Turns out, they were both really good! The little pies took the lead because they were a bit more satisfying. Lots of apple filling in that bite…and the crumb topping? That was a really good idea and made for a more complete little pie.
The mini turnovers were also good. They were a bit less sweet (no crumb topping) and a lighter bite as they had less filling than the cups. (They were gobbled up just the same by my family.) Both qualify nicely as Skinny Apple Pie Won Tons because the apple pie cup calculates to about 63 calories each and the mini turnover, about 31. The mini apple pie cup includes the calories for all of the butter that’s brushed on, even if you don’t use it all, so it could actually be less. Either way, they’re a fun little treat when you don’t want to break the calorie bank. There will be plenty of opportunity for splurging in the future.
You can trust me on that :)