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These apple hand pies are such a delicious snack or dessert! They’re the perfect little treat to make with fresh apples during the fall.
Apple pie is a classic treat that my family loves to enjoy during the fall. But serving a pie can be a bit of an ordeal when children are involved, so it’s nice to have an alternative dessert that’s easier to serve.
These apple hand pies are just the thing. They have all the delicious flavor of apple pie without the fuss of slicing and serving on a plate. You can add one of these hand pies to a lunch box for a special snack, or serve them at a Halloween party. Everyone can enjoy them while they’re mingling without the trouble of a fork and plate.
This recipe calls for gluten-free flour and coconut oil. If you prefer a version with wheat and dairy, use the ingredients in my easy pie crust recipe. Either way, you’ll love these delicious apple hand pies.
Apple Hand Pies
- 2 cups gluten-free flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup solid coconut oil
- 1 tbs pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup ice water
- 2 medium apples
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 3 tbs pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- To make the crust, place the flour, salt, coconut oil, and maple syrup in a food processor fitted with a dough blade. Pulse several times to make a crumbly mixture. Then add the ice water one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together. It should be well saturated so it binds easily, but it shouldn’t be very sticky. If you add too much water, you can add a little more flour to dry it out. Divide the dough into 2 balls. Cover and set aside.
- To make the filling, place the chopped, peeled apples in a medium pot. Add the remaining filling ingredients to the pot and cook over medium-low heat, covered, for about 8 to 10 minutes, until the apples are fork-tender. Don’t cook them so much that they turn very mushy like applesauce. Place the apples in a fine-mesh strainer to transfer the excess liquid to a bowl. You’ll brush this maple cinnamon goodness onto the pastries later.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- On a floured work surface or a sheet of wax/parchment paper, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thickness. (I find it easier to transfer the dough when I use wax or parchment paper.) Cut the dough into circles 3 inches wide using a cookie cutter or a glass.
- Place the circles of dough on a cookie sheet and add about a tablespoon of filling to each circle. Brush the edge of the dough with water and add a second 3-inch circle to the top. Press down the edge with a fork.
- Repeat the process with the second ball of dough and the remaining filling.
- Use a pastry brush to lightly brush the strained cooking liquid onto the tops of the hand pies.
- Bake the hand pies for about 20 minutes, until the bottom of each one is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.
Apple Hand Pies Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $5.34, or $.38 per serving. These apple hand pies are the perfect dessert for a fall party or a lucky child’s lunchbox.