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Three apple hand pies and a green apple on a brown plate.
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5 from 4 votes

Apple Hand Pies

If you love apple pie, try these homemade apple hand pies! They are the perfect serving size and taste so yummy covered in the glaze. Kind of like a copycat Hostess Fruit pie! And they are super easy to make.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert, Pies, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit, glaze, soft, sweet
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Whisk
  • Fork
  • Wire rack
  • silicon mat or parchment paper
  • Cookie sheet or sheet pan
  • 5 inch round cookie cutter or plastic lid
  • Basting brush

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of diced peeled apples I use Granny Smith, about 2 apples (235g)
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar 50g
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon 5g
  • 1 tsp. of cornstarch 5g
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt 1.5g
  • 2 tbsp. of all-purpose flour 18g
  • 1/4 tsp. of nutmeg 1g
  • 1 package of pie crusts or make homemade pie crust see below for an instructable on homemade pie crust
  • 1 1/4 cup of powdered sugar 155g
  • 2 Tbsp. of milk or water 22 ml

Instructions

  • First preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. or 190 degrees C. Then combine your dry ingredients in a bowl - Granulated sugar, cinnamon, flour, salt, nutmeg, and cornstarch. Then using a whisk or a fork blend them all together.
  • Take 2 granny smith apples or any tart apple and peel and dice them up, then add the dry ingredient mixture to the apples. Make sure to stir them all together, I just use my hands, but you could use a spoon or something else if you like.
  • Unroll a store-bought pie crust or roll out homemade pie crust dough. If you are making the crust from scratch, do that as the first step. Use a large round cookie cutter and cut out circles from the pie crust dough, or cut them into 5-inch squares. Honestly, you can make them whatever size you want.
  • Take the pie filling and place about 2 heaping tablespoons of it on the center of the crust. Then fold it over and seal it with a fork.
    Next poke holes in the top with your fork, this will allow steam to be released during the baking process.
  • Place the unbaked hand pies on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
    Bake them in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until they are nice and light golden brown. Then let them cool for 10 to 15 minutes or longer.
  • Once the pies cool, make the glaze. Take your milk or water and add about a half of it first to the powdered sugar then stir, then add enough to get the consistency you want, I like it really running, perfect for dipping.
  • Dip the pies in the glaze and place them on a wire rack to dry. You may want a piece of parchment paper or something under the pies. It will take 5 to 10 minutes to dry. All done, enjoy!

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Notes

Note: You can also deep fry these if you wanted. Heat a pot with about 1 and 1/2 inches deep of canola, vegetable, shortening, lard, etc. until it is 350 F. Gently place a few of the pies in the hot oil and let them cook, flip them over as necessary until they are evenly golden brown. It will take 4 to 5 minutes total. Remove with tongs or a spider strainer and cool, then dip in the glaze.
Apple hand pies nutritional facts