Even with the apple crop being so early this year there are still many apple varieties at the farmers markets and in the local grocery store. Here is a flaky little treat to make and it fits in the palm of your hand, Apple Hand Pies. Here is a homemade version of the little pies you probably remember you had in your lunch box growing up. With just a few easy steps these little pies are simple to make and perfect for those small little hands in your family, no fork needed.
Mini Apple Hand Pies
1 box (14.1 oz) refrigerated pie crust (for two pies) or homemade pie crust
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 large apples
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons flour
1 egg white, beaten
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 425F. Remove pie crusts from package and allow to come to room temperature while you prepare filling or prepare homemade pie crust.
Peel and dice the apples. 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.
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.
After apples have softened, sprinkle in flour. Heat for an additional minute, stirring thoroughly.
Using a 1 tablespoon 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.
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.
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.
Recipe from ~ Shugarysweets.com
I’ve made these several times, and the kids love them. I’ve even cheated and used canned pie filling in a pinch, and the kids were none the wiser. Thanks for the great idea!
Carrie Trax says
During the different season I make mini pies with what is fresh like cherries, berries and peaches! I have even used pie filling from a can once the once I persevered run out, enjoy!