Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Growing up I wasn’t one for fruit pies, but once I hit my thirties I had a new found love for warm apple, pear and cherry desserts with a dollop of melting ice cream. The holidays wouldn’t be the same without some warm apple desserts, and when you can skip the fuss and whip something out in less than thirty minutes, it’s certainly worth trying don’t you think? These little pocket sized pies are made with fresh apples, dried cranberries and crescent rolls. Perfect for a quick after dinner treat or great as a sweet appetizer!

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

The fun folks at Pillsbury asked me to try one of their tried and true recipes and add my own personal twist to it. As soon as I spotted their Apple Pie Crescents I knew that was the one. I accepted their challenge and dressed mine up a bit.

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

When I was a child we always went to my aunt’s house for the holidays. The dessert spread was always huge, taking up the entire dining room table! I remember barely being tall enough to see over the edge, so my dad would lift me up to have a look. It was beautiful! Homemade chocolate cake on a crystal cake plate, English trifle (after all, we are British. My name is Italian by marriage.) in a large clear trifle bowl so you could see all the layers, and scatterings of cookies and fudge everywhere. My favorites were the lemon curd tarts, sitting alongside the mincemeat and blackberry tarts. She also made apple pie. I never ate it when I was young and I wonder why as children we are so afraid to eat fruit inside a pastry?

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Luckily for me, my children are teen through adult now and have all outgrown the “I don’t like fruit pie” stage. However, after spending an entire day in the kitchen basting turkey, making homemade stuffing, sweet potatoes and dinner rolls from scratch, I need a break! Being able to roll up these little gems in less than 30 minutes is a lifesaver. You could even get them all ready to go and put them in the fridge to bake later! They’re great for portion control too. One pocket is 173 calories, add another 13 if you want drizzle. For 13 calories, I’ll take the drizzle!

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

These tasty little pocket pies are delicious. My neighbor Debra stopped by to try one out when I was testing them and she agreed! I kept hearing “Mmmm” and “Ohhhh” and “Yummm” coming from her lips! As she watched me roll them up she commented that these would be easy enough for her grandson to help with. I agree! This is a great recipe to coax the kids into the kitchen.

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Dice up the apple.

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Mix the apple with ONE tablespoon of the melted butter. You’ll need the rest for brushing onto the dough.

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Stir to coat well.

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Combine the buttered apples, cranberries and brown sugar mixture.

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Keep gently tossing and turning until the apples and cranberries are completely coated.

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Measure out a heaping tablespoon of the apple mixture and place it onto the wide end of a crescent triangle.

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Roll it up and tuck in anything that falls out, then press the side together to keep the goodies from oozing out.

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Brush them with the remaining melted butter and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'


Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

I’ve included a cinnamon glaze with the recipe, but if you prefer a white glaze, simply leave the cinnamon out. If you want to try it, go ahead and stir the cinnamon into the powdered sugar then add the milk to make the glaze.

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Let them cool about five minutes, then move them to a cooling rack placed over a sheet of wax paper. You’ll need that to catch the drips. Drizzle the glaze over the pockets and let sit for a few minutes before serving. Be careful not to eat them all by yourself. :)

For even more festive twists on old favorites, head over to the Pillsbury Holiday Recipe Collection on Serious Eats!

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 8 pockets

Serving Size: 1 pocket

Calories per serving: 173 (without glaze)

Fat per serving: 8.9g

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies


  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 small apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • Glaze (optional)
  • 1/2 cup gently packed powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line insulated baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Toss diced apple with ONE tablespoon of the melted butter. Set remaining butter aside.
  4. Combine the buttered apples, brown sugar mixture and the dried cranberries and toss until apples and cranberries are coated well.
  5. Working on the baking sheet, separate crescents into triangles. Place one heaping tablespoon of apple mixture at the wide end of each triangle. Starting at the wide end, roll the crescent up. Tuck in any filling that may have fallen out and seal the edges at both ends. Brush each pocket with remaining butter.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until pockets are golden brown.
  7. Combine glaze ingredients until smooth. Remove pockets from oven and cool 5 minutes on a wire rack. Drizzle with cinnamon glaze, if desired. Serve warm.

Notes from Amanda

See nutritional analysis for number with and without glaze.


Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies - nutritional info

Disclaimer: I was compensated for the time I spent cooking this recipe and writing up this post. Everything I have to say is true and 100% my own opinion.

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22 Responses to Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies

  1. 1
    Mique says:

    Yum!! These look right up my alley- simple but delicious. I love making things with Pillsbury rolls!

  2. 2

    I don’t know why but these totally screamed christmas to me!

  3. 3
    Jenny from Australia says:

    I just love all things sweet, but we dont have cool things like canned pastry :( I’m going to try these today1

  4. 4

    Warm fruit desserts have always been my favorite, even as a child! Needless to say, these are right up my alley. I’d have one right now with my morning coffee :-)

  5. 5

    These look awesome! They should sell these at McDonald’s. I mean that as a compliment, don’t hate me. They just look so portable and cute. Love the addition of cranberries, I am OBSESSED with them this year!

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    Dina says:

    they look yummy!

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    Maxene says:

    These will be perfect for my Grandchildren as well as Seniors in our family that can’t eat too much (even of a good thing) Also for the ones that are allergic to nuts, the cranberries (or raisins) are perfect)! We will be trying these for Thanksgiving this year and anytime you need to put out a dessert. Thank You

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    Nicole says:

    I love your blog! It’s my new favorite happy place on the internet!

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious and I think I will be taking these to our family Christmas dinner! Oh yeah!

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