Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies

Don’t let the stunning pic fool you 😉 these Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies are quite simple to make! These are the perfect picnic dessert, portable and OH SO DELICIOUS.

There are two parts to making these luscious fall treats. The first, forming the pastry dough and letting it chill (everything you need for the dough is probs already in your kitchen!), and the second, making the filling (which takes less than five minutes).

I brought one of these pies, fresh out of the oven, to my Dad who has been working from home. He declared that they are better than the McDonald’s Apple Pies so I think that means something. Oh, and this recipe yields 6.

Ingredients

For the Pastry Dough

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 stick or 1/2 cup salted butter, chilled
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 6 TBS cold water

For the Filling

  • 2 Apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1 TSP cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP nutmeg
  • 1/4 TSP Ground Ginger

For the top:

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • Sugar for sprinkling

Steps

  • Begin by making the dough, since it will need to chill for at least an hour before you bake the pies; In a food processor add the flour, butter, and sugar. Pulse until the butter has broken up into small bits
  • Add the cold water to the mixture and pulse for about a minute until crumbs begin to form
  • Use a rubber spatula to remove the dough, and form into a disk; cover in plastic wrap and allow to chill for an hour
  • Once the dough has chilled, remove and place the disk onto a floured surface; roll out the dough and use the rim of a small cereal bowl to cut out disks (each disk should be about 1/4 inch thick)
  • Place the disks on a baking sheet covered in parchment and place back into the fridge to chill while the filling is being made
  • To make the filling, add the chopped apples, sugar, butter, and spices into a saucepan over medium heat; stir for about a minute until the butter is melted and apples are slightly tender
  • Remove the dough disks from the fridge; Place a heavy spoonful of the filling into the center of each disk, brush the seam of the disk with the heavy cream, and then seal by pressing a fork into the seam
  • Lightly brush the top of each pie with the cream and sprinkle with sugar; cut three slits on the top (as seen in pic) and place back on the baking sheet
  • Bake the pies for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown

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