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Apple Hand Pies

These Glazed Apple Hand Pies are the perfect fall treat. And in about 30 minutes, you’ll have one of these delicious baked treats in your hands!

Glazed Apple Hand Pies on wood cutting board

One of my favorite fall activities is going to the pumpkin patch and the apple orchard. There is something about this that screams “welcome fall” to me!

And by “something” I totally mean the food.

From hot chili in a bread bowl to apple cider doughnuts, I love the food at these places. Unfortunately, we don’t go more than once or twice a season, so I’ve got to make these treats at home instead.

It’s a rough life, having to recreate my favorite desserts at home (like this Apple Crumble Recipe). I mean, the taste testing, the trial and error. Kidding. The perks of my job are pretty amazing.

I decided instead of baking up a whole Apple Pie, why not make something a little bit smaller- and portable!

Hand pies with apple filling on a piece of parchment paper, cut open to see the inside.

However, after making a batch of these Apple Hand Pies, I realized why it’s probably a good thing to only have these once or twice a season. Or at least my waist has good reasons. I could eat this entire batch by myself.

What type of Apples to Use

For today’s recipe I used my favorite Apples. I like to buy already sliced apples for convenience, but Gala, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or Honeycrisp are my favorite for hand pies. You’ll need about two large apples.

To make this I cheated and used refrigerated pie crust. I find that the flavor is great and the convenience is even better.

However, if you prefer to make your own pie crust from scratch, you can use my favorite (EASY) pie crust recipe! You’ll need to make TWO. Or, use both pie crusts from the box, haha!!

Glazed apple hand pies being held up after taking a bite.

How to Make Apple Hand Pies

While the refrigerated pie crust is coming to room temperature on the counter, peel and dice your  apple slices!

You’re going to toss those in a skillet with some melted butter, salt, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.

On medium heat, while stirring, cook them until soft, about 5-10 minutes. I diced mine fairly small (thumbnail size) so they only took about 5 minutes (you don’t want them mushy).

Sprinkle in your flour and heat an additional minute while the mixture thickens as you stir. Set aside.

I used a 4 inch circle biscuit cutter to get my hand pies perfect. Each pie crust gave me 5, and then I took the scraps and rolled them out to get 1-2 more. This gave me a total of 12-14 hand pies!

Collage photo with how to fill apple hand pies.

Tips and Tricks

To scoop an even amount of filling into each crust, I used a 1 TBSP cookie scoop to drop the perfect dollop.

You’ll need to fold the dough in half around the filling and really PINCH those edges tight (use a fingertip dab of water to keep them sticking together).

I then folded the edges over and twisted a little. But you can fold them over and use fork tongs to pinch again. Before heading into the oven, make sure you prick them on top with a fork, once or twice so they don’t explode.

I originally had planned on frying them up, but since my kitchen was clean, I didn’t feel like having grease splatter (#foodbloggerproblems). So I baked them. And I’m so glad I did. They still had a delicious flaky texture, without all the fat.

Once they’ve baked up (making sure you used parchment paper to keep them from sticking), drop each warm hand pie into your glaze.

Place it back onto the parchment paper and allow to set up. Takes about 10-15 minutes for the glaze to harden. Enjoy these warm or cold!

Don’t forget to try these Peach Hand Pies for a twist!

These Glazed Apple Hand Pies are the perfect fall treat. And in only 30 minutes, you'll have one of these delicious baked treats in your hands!

More Hand Pies:

Yield: 14 hand pies

Apple Hand Pies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

These Glazed Apple Hand Pies are the perfect fall treat. And in about 30 minutes, you'll have one of these delicious baked treats in your hands!

Ingredients

For the hand pies:

  • 1 box (14.1 oz) refrigerated pie crust (for two pies)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cup diced and peeled Crunch Pak apples (about 24-30 slices or 2 large apples)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 egg white, beaten

For the glaze:

  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Remove pie crusts from package and allow to come to room temperature while you prepare filling. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Dice and peel Crunch Pak apple slices. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium high heat. Add apples, salt, nutmeg, brown sugar and cinnamon. Heat for about 5-10 minutes, until apples are soft, stirring occasionally.
  3. While apples are heating, unroll pie crusts and cut 6-7 circles from each crust (using a 4 inch biscuit cutter). You may have to roll scraps to get the extra circles. Set aside.
  4. After apples have softened, sprinkle in flour. Heat for an additional minute, stirring thoroughly.
  5. Using a 1 Tbsp scoop, drop apple mixture into center of each pie crust circle. Fold in half and pinch edges COMPLETELY. Fold pinch edges over. Poke hand pie with tines of a fork to prevent bursting.
  6. Beat egg white in a small bowl. Brush over the tops of each pie. Bake on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned.
  7. While pies are baking, whisk together the glaze ingredients. Remove cooked pies from baking sheet and drop in glaze, coating it completely. Return to parchment paper and allow to set, about 10 minutes. Enjoy warm or cold.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

14

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on October 2, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made the peach hand pies for my family and they were a big hit!! With this recipe (apple), do I need to brush with egg whites before baking like in the peach hand pie recipe?

  2. Have you ever tried making these and freezing them to be served later? We are trying to figure out some desserts we can make a head for a graduation dinner. Thanks

  3. These remind me of my childhood when my mom would bake these. So glad I found this. Now I have to get her to make me some!

  4. These have me drooling! Great idea to use the pre-peeled and sliced apples as a timesaver, I’ll have to see if I can find them!

  5. Wow, these look amazing! I’m definitely going to make these when the kids get home otherwise I’ll be too tempted to eat them all!

  6. Yum! I would definitely use the refrigerated pie crust — love how fast these come together! When you need a dessert you can take on the go, there’s no time to wait around :). Thanks, Aimee!

  7. How would you prepare fresh apples from a tree before putting inside and baking. Great sounding recipe but I have to find out about using fresh apples. Thank you so much…can’t wait to try.

  8. I tried it both ways. The first time I used canned apple pie filling. It was much easier and seemed to go more quickly. The second time I used the apples and putting the hot apples on the pie crust circles made it split a lot so after the first couple I let the apples cool more. I liked the pie filling method better but watch the juice. Try to drain it before using. Still, delicious either way!

  9. Can you use canned apple pie filling instead? I love your recipies but there is too much advertising on your site.

  10. My kids was really so happy after eating apple pie actually then loved it. Thanks for sharing this recipes and making my children happy.

  11. My family love these hand pies! I use a flaky butter pie crust reciepe which makes it even better. I’ve even used apples and peaches together. Try sprinkling chopped pecans in some of the glaze.

  12. These are delicious!! I used my own pie filling I had canned in the fall and store bought crust. I can’t wait to make them again, huge hit!

  13. I’m going to try these, or maybe substitute peaches for apples, for our weekend family get together. But I’m wondering about the egg white. I always thought an egg white wash was just to make the pastry look shiny. But if it’s going to be covered with glaze, is that really necessary? Or does the egg white serve some other purpose? Thanks!

  14. These are great! My husband accidentally got frozen pie crusts instead of the rolled refrigerated. I let it get to room temp and made it and it was delicious still, but do you know if the texture comes out differently between the frozen and refrigerated?

  15. Tried these just this morning. Very good but four inch circle makes a small pie. Might try putting two four inch circles together to make larger pie. . Easy and quick dessert.

  16. I really want to make these and just have one question: do you wait until the pies have cooled somewhat or completely before dipping in glaze? Or should you do it immediately after baking?

  17. I can’t wait to try these!! Do they need to be refrigerated? or will they be ok out for a day? 

  18. This is so great. I would love you to stop by Food on Friday: Pies & Tarts over at Carole’s Chatter to add this to the recipe collection! Cheers!

  19. Those look incredible!  I love those little pies at the apple orchards, and I’m loving how easy they are to recreate at home.  That glaze is totally calling my name today!!!

  20. Oh! I am going to have to check and see if my Costco or Sam’s Club carries these, I usually buy them at the store and go through it so quickly! I love apples, but I have to buy pre sliced ones, and the Crunch Pak ones are my favorite! 

  21. Yum! Love all of that glaze! These look so good! I am so ready to go apple picking this fall, the donuts are totally the best part 🙂

  22. I just love how the Crunch Pak apples and bought pie crust make these so simple and doable! And I am totally with you — fall food is the best food around!

  23. I’m pretty much addicted to those little hand pies they sell at the registers sometimes – these look WAY better – so perfect for fall!

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