Well somehow I missed this post coming out a few weeks ago when apple pie pockets were planned, so I thought why not share it now on this free cooking and baking day! So, read this and then go make something yummy together!
Preheat your oven to 400. Start by rolling out your pie crust- and when I say rolling out I mean unrolling, because ours was definitely from the store! I did stretch it out a little with the rolling pin to get a little more out of it. Now get your child involved (with your help) to cut out the pockets. We worked together with a pizza roller to trim the edges and make a square and then cut the dough into 4 large squares.
You could cut any shape you want though, circles, squares, rectangles, or using an apple cookie cutter to make an apple shaped pocket would be so cute! Just remember if you cut it out with a shape cutter you need a top and a bottom rather than folding the dough over.
Now, combine the apple chunks, sugar, and cinnamon together. Spoon about a tablespoon of the apple chunk mixture onto one half of the dough square and run a finger wet with water around the edge of the square. Fold over from corner to corner (your final product will be a triangle shaped pocket if you chose to cut out the square shapes) and crimp the edges of the dough to make sure it stays closed.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
As you go through this baking process try to get your child involved in as much as you can. Have them scoop and dump the sugar and cinnamon into the apples, help them cut the dough, they can run their finger around the dough with water, fold it, and crimp the edges maybe with a little help from you! You can ask questions about what they think is going on, describe what you are doing when they really can’t help (ie. cutting apples and using the hot oven), help them taste the cinnamon and sugar on the apple chunks (it’s delicious!), turn the oven light on so they can watch the change, and continue the discussion when you finally get to eat your treat! Doing all of this, and making it their cooking activity will make it so fun and special for them, all the while they are learning so much!