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Apple Hand Pies

These Apple Hand Pies feature a sweet apple pie filling inside a buttery, flaky pie crust. So easy to make and perfect for fall! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple hand pies, easy apple pie
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10 pies
Author Danielle

Ingredients

  • 2 pie crusts (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 cups (240 grams) chopped apples
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (15 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 -1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (adjust to your personal preference)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg , lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) milk
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) butter ,cubed into small pieces (optional)
  • coarse sugar for sprinkling on top (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Line 1 to 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  • 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 while you make the filling. 
  • Combine the chopped apples, sugar, flour, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg in a mixing bowl until fully combined and all of the apples are coated with the mixture. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk until well combined. Set aside.
  • 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 or the egg wash to dampen the edges and help seal them together if needed) then crimp the edges with a fork.
  • Brush the top of each pie with the egg wash. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired, then cut 2 to 3 slits in the top of each pie.
  • Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until the pies are golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly before serving.

Notes

Store pies in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
Freezing Instructions: Once the pies have cooled, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours or until completely frozen. Wrap the pies tightly with plastic wrap and freeze in a freezer bag or container for up to 3 months. The day before you plan to serve them. Thaw to room temperature before serving.
Apples: I love to use a mix of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples, but feel free use any kind of baking apples that you prefer.
Ground Cinnamon: Adjust the ground cinnamon to your personal preference. I love cinnamon and prefer to use 1 teaspoon in these pies.