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Apple Hand Pies Recipe

Apple Hand Pies Recipe

These Apple Hand Pies are a delicious fall treat made with homemade pie crusts and fresh diced apples that are full of cinnamon and spices.

apple hand pies

Oh how I love hand pies. I love the crispy edges and the caramelized fruit in each and every bite. They’re super fun and easy to make too!

What’s great is that with a Apple Hand Pie, you literally have your very own apple pie! No cutting and serving to worry about. You can enjoy them warmed up or room temperature.

We go apple picking every year. I love using our freshly picked apples throughout the fall. From applesauce to pie to muffins and even in recipes with pork or chicken!

apple hand pies

So, let’s get started on making these delicious Apple Hand Pies.

First things first, let’s make the dough. I promise you can do this.

Apple Hand Pies Recipe

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt until well combined. Add cold cubed butter and cold vegetable shortening. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut them into the dry ingredients until you have small pea-sized crumbs.

Slowly drizzle in one tablespoon of ice water at a time (you may not   need the full 1/2 cup) and gently mix it in until the dough starts to come together.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pack it into a ball. Cut the dough in half and flatten it into two discs.

Cover each one tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Apple Hand Pies Recipe

While your pie crusts are chilling, make your apple filling.

Apple Hand Pies Recipe

Combine the chopped apples, sugar, ground cinnamon and lime juice in a mixing bowl until fully combined and all of the apples are coated with the mixture.

Apple Hand Pies Recipe
Apple Hand Pies Recipe

Now it’s time to get the hand pies ready! On a lightly floured surface, roll the pie crusts to about 1/8-inch thick.

Using a 3.5-inch cookie cutter (or cup) cut out as many circles from the pie crusts as you can, reroll any scrap pieces of dough as needed. You should get about 18 to 20 circles.

Place the cut-out pie crust circles on the baking sheets and transfer to the refrigerator to chill.

Listen, if all else fails, there is always store bought pie crust.

Remove the pie crust circles from the refrigerator and evenly distribute the apple pie filling between half of them, making sure to leave some room at the edges. Place 1 to 2 pieces of the cubed butter on top of the filling on each pie.

Place the other half of the pie crust circles on top (use some water to help seal them together if needed) then crimp the edges with a fork. Brush the top of each pie with the milk. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, then cut 2 to 3 slits in the top of each pie.

apple hand pies

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes at 350 degrees in pre heated oven or until the pies are golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly before serving.

apple hand pies
apple hand pies

Other alternatives to using apples

While I love using apple, you can totally use an array of other fruits to make hand pies!

Try blueberries, strawberries, jam, cherries or brown sugar.

How to Enjoy your Apple Hand Pies

Enjoy your apple hand pies as is, fresh out of the oven, room temperature or warmed up in the toaster or toaster oven. We like to enjoy them with a drizzle of caramel on them or even a scoop of ice cream!

Apple Hand Pies Recipe

Apple Hand Pies Recipe

Yield: 10
These Apple Hand Pies are a delicious fall treat made with homemade pie crusts and fresh diced apples that are full of cinnamon and spices.

Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 cups (315 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup cold vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and diced into small bite-size pieces (about 2 and 1/2 cups diced)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • lime juice

Instructions

    1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt until well combined.
    2. Add the cold cubed butter and cold vegetable shortening. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut them into the dry ingredients until you have small pea-sized crumbs.
    3. Slowly drizzle in one tablespoon of ice water at a time (you may not need the full 1/2 cup) and gently mix it in until the dough starts to come together.
    4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pack it into a ball.
    5. Cut the dough in half and flatten it into two discs.
    6. Cover each one tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
    7. Combine the chopped apples, sugar, ground cinnamon and lime juice in a mixing bowl until fully combined and all of the apples are coated with the mixture.
    8. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pie crusts to about 1/8-inch thick.
    9. Using a 3.5-inch cookie cutter (or cup) cut out as many circles from the pie crusts as you can, reroll any scrap pieces of dough as needed.
    10. You should get about 18 to 20 circles.
    11. Place the cut-out pie crust circles on the baking sheets and transfer to the refrigerator to chill.
    12. Remove the pie crust circles from the refrigerator and evenly distribute the apple pie filling between half of them, making sure to leave some room at the edges.
    13. Place 1 to 2 pieces of the cubed butter on top of the filling on each pie.
    14. Place the other half of the pie crust circles on top (use some water to help seal them together if needed) then crimp the edges with a fork.
    15. Brush the top of each pie with the milk. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, then cut 2 to 3 slits in the top of each pie.
    16. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes at 350 F in pre-heated oven or until the pies are golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
    17. Remove apple hand pies from the oven and set aside to cool slightly before serving.

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