Apple Hand Pies

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Just when you think apple pie couldn’t get any better, I bring you Apple Hand Pies! They have the same taste you know and love, but in a mini handheld baked dessert. 

Apple hand pies are so fun for picnics or parties. You can literally hold them in your hand so no forks or plates are needed either.  Apple hand pies make the perfect grab and go dessert and kids especially enjoy this mini version.

close up picture of apple hand pies on a cooling rack
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Apple Hand Pies

There is a time and place for making a full on apple pie but hand pies are ridiculously cute and take way less effort to make. Apple hand pies are made from the same ingredients that you would use if you were baking a traditional apple pie. You still get the same great pie crust and delicious chopped apple filling, plus a drizzle of icing. 

Apple hand pies are made by rolling out pie crust dough and then cutting that dough into small circles using a 3.5 inch cutter. I’ve found that size to be the sweet spot because anything smaller you won’t be able to fit very much filling and anything larger won’t be considered a hand pie.

Once your circles are cut you are ready for the filling. I like to cut my apples into small pieces so you can fit more in the pie. Make sure to distribute the filling evenly, while leaving space around the edges to crimp the top and bottom circles together. Bake, add a little icing, and enjoy.

I love taking these to an Autumn get-together because no one can resist the cuteness!

top view of apple hand pies on a cooling rack with apples on the side

How do I serve apple hand pies?

Apple hand pies can be served warm, at room temperature, or even make them ahead of time to serve at a later date. These pies freeze well too. We eat them like a cookie and they are just so fun.

What is the best apple to use for apple pies?

For apple hand pies you can use your favorite apples or a combination of a couple different ones. The most popular apples to use are Fuji, Gala, or Granny Smith. If you have homegrown apples though, use those! No need to go find something different.

close up of an apple hand pie with a bite taken out of it on a cooling rack

Why do you make slits in the top crust of a fruits pie?

The slits in the crust not only make the pie look decorative but they serve as a vent to release steam. By cutting a slit into the pie it helps the crust from getting soggy as well. You use the same practice when you make apple hand pies and they look so cute too!

Do you leave skin on apples for apple pie?

When you are making an apple pie you want to wash, peel, and core the apples. Try and cut your apple chunks into uniform pieces so they bake evenly. You’ll want to make your apple pieces even smaller for apple hand pies than you would for apple pie since they are much smaller. Try cutting them into 1/2 inch cubes for this recipe.

top view of apple hand pies on a cooling rack with apples on the side

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close up picture of apple hand pies on a cooling rack
5 from 1 vote

Apple Hand Pies

This simple apple hand pies recipe is made by cutting pie crust into circle and filling them with a homemade apple pie filling. Add a top, secure the edges, and then bake, add icing, and enjoy! Hand held mini apple pies are the cutest thing ever!
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 14 hand pies

Ingredients 

  • 4, 9- inch pie crusts,, store bought or a double batch of this homemade pie crust recipe
  • 2 large apples,, such as Fuji, Granny Smith, or Gala
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter,, melted
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions 

  • Prep your pie crust if you need to.
  • Peel and core the apples and cut into small ¼ inch cubes. Add the apple cubes to a medium bowl.
  • Add flour, sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter to the bowl and stir together well.
  • Roll out 2 pieces (half) of the pie dough, into two separate 9 inch rounds.
  • Place small mounds (roughly a heaping tablespoon) of apple mixture on pie dough with at least 2 inches of space around each mound. You can fit 7 little mounds on the pie crust well. 
  • Dot the second pie crust with filling.
  • Brush around each mound of apple with the beaten egg
  • Roll out the other half of the pie crust and place on top of the other prepared crust with the apple on it. This is kind of like you are making ravioli!
  • Gently push around each apple filling mound to seal.
  • Using a cookie cutter, cut out each mound to form an individual pie.
  • Place each mini pie on a parchment lined baking sheet . 
  • Brush the top with more of the beaten egg
  • Bake at 375 degrees F. for 35-40 minutes.
  • While pies cool mix powdered sugar and heavy cream in a small bowl to make your icing.
  • Drizzle the icing over warm or cool pies. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can roll out the scraps of pie dough leftover from the first cutting and cut a few more cookies if you’d like. Most of the time I just brush the odd scraps with water and then cinnamon and sugar and bake them as “crispies” which is what my mom always did with scraps of pie dough. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 hand pie, Calories: 96kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 14mg, Potassium: 46mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 123IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 0.2mg
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I can’t wait for you to bake these flaky, buttery, and absolutely adorable Apple Hand Pies. They will be the talk of your next gathering. 

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