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Apple Hand Pies

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These adorable Apple Hand Pies are beyond delicious, and they’re the quickest and most perfect little dessert!

  • Total Time: ~50 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 hand pies 1x


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For the Filling:

  • 2.5 c apples (about 2 large apples or 3 medium apples)
  • 100 g (1/2 c) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Turbinado sugar, for finishing

For the Egg Wash:

  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp water

For the Crust:

  • 300 g (2.33 c) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 227 g (1 c) coconut oil, room temperature but solid
  • 2 tbsp vodka
  • 70 g (4.67 tbsp) water, plus more if needed


To Make the Filling:

  1. Peel the apples and chop into a rough dice.
  2. Add the granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, apple cider vinegar, ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt, and stir gently to combine completely.
  3. Set filling aside while you make the dough.

To Make the Crust and Build the Hand Pies:

  1. Add the 300 g all-purpose flour, fine sea salt, and granulated sugar to a large mixing bowl.  Whisk to combine.
  2. Add the solidified coconut oil to the flour mixture.  Completely cover the coconut oil with the flour.  Then use your fingers to smush the coconut oil into pea-sized pieces.  Some pieces might be larger and this is okay!
  3. Combine the vodka and water.  Pour evenly over the flour/coconut oil mixture and stir gently to combine with a fork.  The mixture should be shaggy but combined.
  4. Split the pie dough into two equal-ish parts in your mixing bowl.
  5. Place flour on a pastry mat.  Create a thick disc with one half of the pie dough, and place the disc atop the floured pastry mat.  Flour the top of the dough disc and also your rolling pin.  Gently roll to 1/4” thickness.  *On this first pass, the dough will feel very soft.  Be gentle!
  6. Once you’ve reached 1/4” thickness, fold the dough in half two times.  Then roll the dough again to 1/4” thickness.
  7. Use a 4.5” biscuit cutter to cut out circles for your hand pies.  If you have a lot of dough left over, you can re-roll the extra dough one time and make more hand pies.
  8. Add 2 tbsp of the apple pie filling to each dough circle.  Brush egg wash over the edges of the circles that are closest to you, then close gently.  Use a fork to seal gently.
  9. Place formed hand pies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the refrigerator.
  10. Make the egg wash by adding the whole egg and 1 tsp of water to a small bowl, then whisking to combine.
  11. Preheat your oven to 400°F (convection) while your hand pies are in the refrigerator. Allow the oven to come to a true 400°F before putting the hand pies in the oven!
  12. Before baking, cut small vents into the hand pies with a sharp knife, then brush each hand pie with egg wash.  Add turbinado sugar to the top of each hand pie, then place in the oven.
  13. Bake the hand pies for 18-24 minutes, or until the hand pies are a deep golden brown.  Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
  14. These hand pies are best when they are warm, so they’ll be ready to eat within 15-30 minutes of coming out of the oven.  To reheat, place in a 300°F oven for ~5 minutes.  Microwaving is not recommended for these hand pies.
  • Author: Shani
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes (active)
  • Cook Time: 18-24 minutes
  • Category: Dessert