Celebrate pi day with pacman mini pies!
Tiny cherry pacman pies made in a muffin pan. Perfect for 2008-03-14, pi day!
Two packages of refrigerated pie crusts (four crusts total)
Cherry pie filling
I was hoping to find some fresh cherries to make the sauce, but my grocery store didn’t have any cherries to be found. So I ended up with a can of cherries. You could go for the apple or blueberry filling, too. I went with cherry since it seemed more fitting for a pacman theme.
Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease the muffin tin well.
Cut out the bottom crust with a cookie cutter. You might have to experiment to get the right size. The dough should just reach over the lip of the muffin pan when it’s pushed down into the pan.
Fill with a couple spoonfuls of filling of your choice.
Brush the crust with egg white to help seal the top crust to the bottom crust.
Use another cookie cutter to cut out the pacman shape. You’ll want this size to be just a wee bit bigger than the size of the pie.
Taking the same technique that was used for the cheddar pacman crackers, use a pointed cookie cutter to create the pacman mouth. If you’re handy, a knife also works.
Place the dough pacman on top of the filling. Crimp the mouth parts first and move along the side of the mini pie.
Pop in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the pies look golden brown.
Once the mini pies look done, pull from the oven. Use a spoon to clean up any topping that’s bubbled over and caused a mess around the mini pie.
Allow the pies to cool, then gently pry from the muffin tin. I completely skipped the greasing-of-the-muffin-tin part, so this part was a little rough. And by “rough” I mean not one pacman pie survived the trip out of the muffin pan. So, don’t forget to grease the muffin pan!
Although they lost their shape, the mini pies were still darned delicious.
Makes about a dozen pacman mini pies.