These Apple Hand Pies are delightful treats bursting with autumn’s rich flavors. These little pastries are a perfect blend of buttery crust and tender, cinnamon apple filling, creating a cozy and comforting experience. They make a great snack, on-the-go treat or dessert.
The base for Apple Hand Pies is its golden, flaky crust.This crust is made with flour, butter, a touch of sugar, and a pinch of salt. Rolled out thin and folded over the apple filling, it bakes to a crisp, yet tender perfection, adding a satisfying crunch to every bite.
The star of this delectable pastry is the apple filling. The apple is cut into small pieces and coated in a mixture of sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour. While baking they transform into a fragrant, caramelized flavorful compote.
Whether enjoyed warm, with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or savored at room temperature with a steaming cup of tea, these Apple Hand Pies are an amazing treat for fall days.
How to make Apple Hand Pies
First, start by preparing the pie dough. In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour with a pinch of salt and sugar. Then, use a pastry blender, fork, or a pastry processor to incorporate butter until it forms crumbly bits. Add water and stir until fully integrated. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, shaping it into a flat disk, and let it chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Next, it’s time to prepare the apple filling. Peel and core them, then cut them into small pieces. Transfer these to a separate bowl and add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of flour. Toss everything together to ensure the apples are evenly coated.
On a surface lightly dusted with flour, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch (3mm). Use a circular cutter measuring 3 1/2 inches (9 cm) to create the pie crusts. Re-roll tge leftover dough and continue cutting circles until none remains.
Place about a tablespoon of the prepared apple filling in the center of each circle. Brush the edges of the circle with beaten egg, then fold the dough over the filling, creating a semi-circle. To secure the edges, use a fork to gently press them together.
Arrange the hand pies on the prepared baking tray. Brush the top of each pie with more beaten egg and sprinkle with brown sugar for a golden, sweet finish. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350°F (180°C), or until they turn golden. Allow them to cool slightly before serving, and get ready to savor these homemade, golden-brown delights.
Hope you will try these comforting Apple Hand Pies and enjoy them as much as we did. If you do, make sure to share the photos with me on Instagram. Would love to see how they turn out for you.
Other easy apple recipes you may like to try
This Giant Apple Cinnamon Roll is an easy and quick fall dessert perfect for apple season. Serve while still slightly warm with a generous amount of cinnamon cream cheese icing.
This Almond Apple Tart is one of the easiest apple tarts you can ever prepare. Serve while still a bit warm with salted caramel sauce, whipped cream or ice cream.
This German Apple Streusel Cake consists of a soft crust with a tender and juicy apple and cinnamon filling and a crispy buttery crumble on top with toasted flaked almonds. You can serve it as is, or with whipped cream, ice cream or salted caramel sauce.
These Apple French Toast Roll-Ups are simply wonderful for apple season. Fill slices of bread with delicious cream cheese and apple cinnamon mixture, roll and dip in egg and milk mixture and then cook until golden brown.
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Apple Hand Pies
For the Dough
- 1 ¼ cup (160g) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter , chilled and cut into small pieces
- 1/4 tsp (1g) salt
- 1 tsp (5g) sugar
- 4 tbsp (60ml) ice cold water
For Apple Filling
- 1 apple, (about 5oz – 160g) peeled, cored, and diced
- 2 tbsp (30g) brown sugar
- 1 tsp (3g) cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp (1g) nutmeg
- 1 tsp (3g) all-purpose flour
- 1 egg , beaten
- brown sugar
Prepare the pie dough.
- In a medium bowl whisk flour with salt and sugar. Incorporate butter using a pastry blender, a fork or a pastry processor, until crumbs are formed. Add water and stir until incorporated.
- Wrap in plastic wrap, shape into a disk and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Prepare the apple filling.
- Peel and core the apple and cut into small pieces.
- Transfer to a medium bowl. Add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour and toss to coat.
- Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside until ready to use.
- On a floured surface roll dough to 1/8 inch (3mm) thick. Cut out out 3 1/2 inch (9 cm) circles. Re-roll remaining dough and cut into circles until you run out of dough.
- Place about 1 tablespoon of apple filling in the center of each circle of dough.
- Brush the edges of the circle with beaten egg and fold the dough over the filling to create a semi-circle. Use a fork to press the edges together to seal.
- Place the pies on the prepared baking tray. Brush the top of each pie with beaten egg and sprinkle the top with brown sugar.
- Cut small slits in the center of each pie center to let steam escape while baking.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.