- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
- 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons water
- Coarse sugar and cinnamon-sugar
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture until well blended. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a ball, then flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Combine the sugar, cinnamon and allspice; set aside. Divide each portion of dough into 12 balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball into a 4-in. circle. Place a tablespoonful of chopped apples on one side. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon sugar mixture; dot with 1/4 teaspoon butter.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg yolk and water. Brush edges of pastry with egg wash; fold pastry over filling and seal edges well with a fork. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Brush remaining egg wash over tops. Cut slits in pastry. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and cinnamon-sugar.
- Bake at 425° for 11-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 dozen.
Reviews for Hand-Held Apple Pies
"Very good and easy to make. I do not keep allspice so I used a little more cinnamon. Used Granny Smith Apples as I love the tartness. Will make a double batch next time."
"Made these for my family last week, was testing the recipe as I wanted to take them to a get together, they were delicious - even my son who is very picky loved them. Will certainly make them for our get together. Really delicious warmed up and served with a little ice cream."
"These are amazing! The crust is so flakey! Making more tomorrow!"
"I was so excited to make these, but I was a bit disappointed with the end result. The crust was a little bland, and the apples definitely need more flavor. If I made these again, I would have to tweak the recipe for sure."
"Super easy and super yummy !"
"Wonderful recipe, thank you for sharing! My husband and I truely enjoyed them, will have to make again. I used Granny Smith apples and turned out great.Can you use this dough for a pie by any chance???"
"I made this just as the recipe says. I used Pink Lady apples and found they had the perfect combo of sweet/tart. They're not very juicy apples though and the result was that there was no "sauce" in this filling. When I asked my boyfriend how he liked the pies he said "they're kind of dry". I knew what he meant--not over baked but they didn't have the gooey filling you expect in an apple pie. The crust is really delicious though. I thought the sweetness level and spice level could have been kicked up a notch so next time I'll add more sugar and spices. I thought I had chopped the apples finely enough but next time I'll cut them even smaller so they don't protrude through the fine dough. A couple of the pies were failures so I just scrunched them up into balls, flattened them out a bit, baked them and they were every bit as delicious as the other pies--so it seems you can't really screw this up! These were fun to make and they're fun to eat. Maybe I'll try a juicier apple next time too."
"I'm planing on making these"
"I confess I haven't made this yet. sandydent my mother used a bread and butter plate, upside down, with a knife to cut around the circle. She made fried pies."
"Loved the idea of this recipe and it did not disappoint. The dough was so easy to work with (just wish I could roll out circles better) and they came together with no issues. Would have liked them to be a bit browner but I probably should have just put more egg wash on them. I am now imagining how to make these with other flavours. Will definitely make again."