Country Apple Hand Pies
Serving Size:8|Prep Time:15minutes|Cook Time:45minutes

  1. Heat oven to 375˚ F degrees.
  2. Separate the pie dough into 8 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough pieces to about 1/8-inch-thick circles and about 6-8 inches – about the size of your hand. Place the rolled circles on parchment paper or a silicone surface and cover. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Place the apples, sugar, lemon zest and juice, spices and flour into a bowl and fold the ingredients together to fully incorporate the flavors and flour.
  4. Remove the chilled dough circles from the refrigerator and work with half of the dough at a time to keep the dough at optimal working temperature. Spoon an eighth of the apple filling on and at the center of the circles. Dot the filling with a piece of the butter. Brush the edges with the beaten egg. Fold and crimp the edges to seal the hand pies. Place on a parchment-lined or non-stick baking sheet and complete the balance of the pies. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes before baking.
  5. Lightly brush the tops and edges of the hand pies with the beaten egg. Sprinkle each with a bit of the sugar and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes to an hour or until the crust is golden brown. Cool slightly before serving.
Chef’s Narrative
Soul satisfying and not too sweet, this is our go-to filling for pies and hand pies.
Recipe Substitutions
This recipe makes a great filling for a double-crust pie, slice the apples instead of chopping.
  • 2tablespoonsall-purpose flour or more for working the dough
  • 1recipeBasics Double Crust Pie Dough
  • 6favorite apples, peeled if you prefer, cored and chopped, about 6 cups
  • 6tablespoonssugar
  • ½ lemon, about ¼ teaspoon zest, 2 tablespoons of juice
  • ¼ teaspoonnutmeg, ground
  • ½ teaspooncinnamon, ground
  • pinchcloves, ground
  • 2tablespoonsall-purpose flour
  • 2tablespoonsbutter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1egg, lightly beaten with a teaspoon of water
  • 1teaspoonsugar (sparkling or granulated)

AllergensMilk, Wheat