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Caramelized Apple Hand Pies

 Caramelized Apple Hand Pies
Caramelized apples are tucked in a hand-held pie that no one expects you to share! — Edwina Gadsby, Hayden, Idaho
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + cooling Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 medium apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (14.1 ounces) refrigerated pie pastry
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup coarse sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions

  • In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add apples; cook
  • and stir 5 minutes. Mix brown sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon; add to
  • apples. Cook and stir 7-8 minutes longer or until apples begin to
  • soften and caramelize. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice and
  • vanilla. Cool completely.
  • Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, unroll pastry
  • sheets. Roll to 1/8-in. thickness; cut four 5-in. circles from each
  • sheet. Place about 3 tablespoons filling on one half of each circle.
  • Moisten pastry edges with water. Fold pastry over filling. Press
  • edges with a fork to seal or, if desired, pinch edges to seal and

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Caramelized Apple Hand Pies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • flute.
  • Transfer to greased baking sheets. Prick tops of pastry with a fork.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire
  • racks.
  • For topping, mix sugar and cinnamon. Brush pies with melted butter;
  • sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature. If
  • desired, top with ice cream. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 hand pie equals 369 calories, 20 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.