Apple Hand Pies

I love putting all my apples to use from my apple tree. These Apple Hand Pies are the perfect fall dessert. They are easy to make and the perfect after school snack, dessert, or for hosting guests this season. Don't let those apples go to waste, make them delicious.

My husband absolutely loves those little apple pies you can get from McDonalds. I always thought he was crazy until I tried a warm one in the middle of a snowstorm, and now I’m HOOKED.

I decided to make my own version at home, and we ate all of them within 2 days! Not the best for us, but MAN, they were TASTY and SO, so easy to make.

They only require a few ingredients. I am all about shortcuts so I used apple filling, but you could easily make your own.

We also use a pre-made pastry crust for this recipe. You could easily make your own, but if you are in a time crunch, this is the perfect way to whip up a fast pastry or dessert.

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how to make homemade apple pie filling

Step 1: Peel and core 4-6 apples. I use Gala because they are the cheapest, but you can use any apples for this recipe.

To peel my apples, I usually use a potato peeler. You could also use a knife but it can be tricky and take some time.

Step 2: Cut your apples into slices or chunks. I usually cut mine into bite size chunks because they are easier to eat. Canned apples usually comes in slices, which works, but then you sometimes get bites without apples.

Step 3: Place the apple chunks in a medium sized bowl and toss them with about two tablespoons of lemon juice.

Step 4: In a pot, pour 3 cups water, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.

Step 5: With a whisk, stir until the contents are fully combined. Bring the mixture to a boil, and let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Add the apples to the sauce and let it come back to a boil. Turn to simmer and cover the pot with a lid.

Stir every minutes to rotate the apples. It will take between 6-9 minutes for the apples to soften.

Step 6: Let the apples cool and place the mixture into glass jars or containers. Let it refrigerate overnight. It will thicken as it refrigerates.

Looking for more delicious apple recipes?

Apple Cinnamon Roll Pie
Easy Apple Pie Bars
Caramel Apple Butter Dip
Slab Apple Pie

Serves: 6 hand pies

Apple Hand Pies

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 1 lb Granny Smith Apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons water, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon cold water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Peel, core, and cut apples into ½ inch pieces.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine apples, sugar, butter and cinnamon until butter is melted. Add 2 Tablespoons water, stir to combine, then cover and cook for 10-12 minutes until apples reach desired softness.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together 2 Tablespoons water and cornstarch, then add to saucepan. Stir and cover for an additional 1-2 minutes, until apple mixture starts to thicken.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Roll out both puff pastry sheets, and cut each sheet into six 3x6 inch rectangles.
  7. Evenly split the apple mixture down the middle of half the rectangles.
  8. In the other six sheets, make 3-5 cuts in the puff pastry.
  9. Take each puff pastry sheet with apples and top with a puff pastry sheet that has been cut.
  10. Press the seams together using the tines of a fork.
  11. In small bowl, mix together egg white and water.
  12. Brush over the top of each hand pie.
  13. In a separate small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle over the top of each pie.
  14. Cook for 15-18 minutes, until pastry starts to brown.



637 cal


24 g


121 g


1 g
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