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Hand-Held Apple Pies Recipe

Hand-Held Apple Pies Recipe

When I was in high school, my best friend's mother baked mini apple pies every year. I was thrilled when she shared the recipe with me—it made me feel like I was finally an adult! —Katie Ferrier, Houston, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 15 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Bake at 425° for 11-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe Note

To Make Ahead: Pastry can be prepared and rolled out a day in advance. Stack pastry rounds between floured sheets of waxed paper.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Don't worry if your dough looks a little dry and crumbly before you pop it in the fridge. It will come together beautifully after it rests.
  • Avoid blowouts! Cutting slits in pastry allows steam to escape.
  • This dough isn't sweetened, so it works well with savory fillings, too. Use about a tablespoon of filling per pie, and finish with a grind of coarse pepper instead of sugar.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 pie: 162 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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    Mary User ID: 9159565 269575
    Reviewed Jul. 16, 2017

    "What could I use instead f cream cheese as I am very Lactaid intolerant? Thanks for any help!"

    tnea User ID: 7878350 261735
    Reviewed Feb. 24, 2017

    "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."

    omaron User ID: 8548106 256905
    Reviewed Nov. 17, 2016

    "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."

    Sweethart721 User ID: 3236169 255519
    Reviewed Oct. 16, 2016

    "These are amazing! The crust is so flakey! Making more tomorrow!"

    lisamaria User ID: 5442232 255458
    Reviewed Oct. 15, 2016 Edited Oct. 16, 2016

    "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."

    Mevans3301 User ID: 7680868 221745
    Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

    "Super easy and super yummy !"

    Leighb3 User ID: 7979812 221047
    Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015 Edited Aug. 17, 2015

    "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???"

    Leeener User ID: 8255207 220255
    Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

    "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."

    gloriamama User ID: 8253164 220137
    Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

    "I'm planing on making these"

    pochurch User ID: 8251415 220049
    Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

    "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."

    sandydent User ID: 937394 127203
    Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

    "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."

    smrnite68 User ID: 2258848 188981
    Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

    "Thank you annieame. I appreciate when people follow the recipe exactly and give a review. It allows me to judge the recipe as is. Thank you for what went wrong the first time too. I probably would have made the same mistakes."

    duckmichelle User ID: 7095674 187233
    Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

    "I know I haven't tried this, but before I do, only a 1/4 cup of sugar to 2 cups of tart apples just doesn't seem like enough, even with sugar sprinkled on top!"

    anneamie User ID: 1574898 213356
    Reviewed Jun. 23, 2014

    "Follow the instructions verbatim! When I first tried this recipe which was this morning, I didn't follow the instructions and ended up with a mess! A nice tasting mess but still, a mess. The dough didn't fold well around the slices of apples because I didn't "finely" chop my apples as instructed. I also didn't add the sugar and spices right before placing the apples on the dough. By the time the dough cooled properly in the refrigerator, I had a saucy bowl of sugared apples which is why the dough didn't fold well around the apple slices.

    I made the recipe again and followed the instructions. I didn't want 4 inch pies so I did increase the size of my circles to six inches and ended up with eight, nicely-sized pies that were delicious. This is a very good recipe with a lovely rich dough. The sprinkling of sugar on the formed pies really brought sweetness to the dough. This recipe deserves an A+ in my book! This is also a basic rugelah dough which can easily be used to form cookies using nuts, raisins or even small amounts of jam or chocolate chips."

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