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Caramelized Apple Hand Pies

Caramelized apples are tucked in a hand pie that no one expects you to share! — Edwina Gadsby, Hayden, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + cooling Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 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
  • 1/4 cup coarse sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • 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 flute.
  • Transfer to greased baking sheets. Prick tops of pastry with a fork. Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 hand pie: 369 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Rouvi
    Sep 1, 2019

    Carmelized? No. Soupy? Yes, very very soupy. This was a messy waste of good apples.

  • JMartinelli13
    Oct 9, 2017

    I used salted butter instead of salted, and I used a 4" biscuit cutter. Be very, very careful not to overfill. They will bust open and make a mess. I like parchment paper instead of greasing the sheets. I put the powdered sugar into a small paper bag. When the hand pies came out of the oven, I brushed them with the butter, and then dropped them into the bag, one at a time, and shook gently.

  • i_like_pie
    Dec 25, 2014

    Just made these last night with homemade pie crust, and I think my son ate 3. The filling is really yummy. Ours did ooze out a little, but they did not spill over into the oven. I would probably try to "drain" the filling a little more next time or try not to overfill them. The muffin tin idea is also a great one. I had a little extra butter and sugar/cinnamon leftover for the topping so I think that could be cut down a little so as not to waste. Great recipe!

  • havingfunwithmyfamily
    Oct 23, 2013

    Oh my goodness! My family had so much fun sitting around the backyard fire with hand held apple pies! What a fun way to enjoy dessert!The only changes I made was adding a tad more cinnamon to the pie (I used 1/4 t), and some ground cloves (1/4 t).Thank you for a new family dessert!

  • sstetzel
    Jul 26, 2013

    The filling in these is so wonderful. Rather than making turn-over style pies I made mine in a muffin tin. Made a great presentation.Have also made the topping and enjoyed it over vanilla ice cream, no pie crust at all!

  • JBoomsma
    Jul 25, 2013

    These were fun to make with my niece who is just learning to cook. I reduced the brown sugar to 1/4 cup because it seemed like they would be awful sweet. They turned out great. Be careful not to roll your dough too thin because they will fall apart easily.

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