The Best Apple Hand Pie

apple hand pies

There’s nothing tastier than a fresh warm apple hand pie! And, my recipe makes it super easy to make! No frying. We’re baking up tasty treats!

Hand Pies

Talk about convenient. Hand pies! Yes, they’re like lovely pies of happiness.

Mom used to make fried apple hand pies when I was a little girl. Oh, my gosh, they were so incredibly delicious, and you wanted to eat them while they were hot and steamy. She’d pull them out of the skillet after they’d cooked then sprinkle cinnamon sugar on them! 

Mini Apple Pies Recipes

Mini apple pies don’t take a lot of work. 

Now I’ve used half of an apple for each pie. I chose to slice them the way I did, but if you want to do some other kind of slicing and piling up of the apples on the cookie sheet then wrapping them in dough, have at it. 

Recipe for Apple Hand Pies

My recipe for these apple hand pies is quite simple. The instructions may sound complicated, but it’s really not. I’m just trying to describe how I cut the apple. And, believe me, in the time this hand pie bakes, that apple is tender, tasty and perfect!

Hand Pies with Puff Pastry

You can use either pie crust dough or puff pastry dough.

I just happened to have the pie crust pastry dough. Next time, however, I am going to use puff pastry because I just like the crusty, crunchy, flakiness of it! 

Easy Apple Pie Filling

Now there’s nothing sacred about apples for this recipe. I’ve done the same recipe with peaches, nice thicker type slices or even the entire half peach. Haven’t tried w/apricots, but I’m thinking that would work too as well as maybe a pear! 

Hand-Held Apple Pies

Now I have several other recipes for hand held pies. You have to check out these ‘big boy’ apple cupcake pies. Talk about yummy! 

Another great one is the apple cinnamon roll up pie. You must eat to warm to really savor the flavors! 

Easy Apple Hand Pies

Oh yes, and don’t forget cherries! My goodness those dark red cherries, frozen and pitted are the best unless you want to get fresh and pit, make the best juicy hand pies! 

apple hand pie

apple hand pie

The Best Apple Hand Pie

Yield: 4 Apple Hand Pies


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, washed and cleaned
  • 5 Tbl. butter, soft and spreadable, salted butter
  • 10 tsp. coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped, optional
  • 1 refrigerated roll out pie crust, about room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Carefully cut off a thin slice of the apple on the bottom and top (where stem is). Then cut a thin small slice on the side of the apple. This will give it a flat surface and stabilize it.
  3. Turn apple on 'flat' side then carefully sliced in half. With a small pairing knife remove the seeds.
  4. On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, spread about 1 1/2 tsp. of the soft butter on four separated spaces. Put about 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of coconut sugar on the butter.
  5. If adding walnuts, put equal amounts of small chopped walnuts on the butter/sugar.
  6. Place the apple on the butter/sugar then put about 1/2 teaspoon of butter and 1/2 teaspoon of coconut sugar on top of the apple.
  7. Roll out the pastry dough. Cut in half vertically then horizontally getting four large pieces.
  8. Take a piece and drape over the apple then crimp and tuck the soft dough around the apple. Do this for the four apples.
  9. Slather equal amounts of soft butter and a sprinkle of coconut sugar on top the dough.
  10. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. There will be oozing of butter/sugar.
  11. Remove from the oven and immediately, while hot, slide a spatula under each apple. When somewhat cooled flip the apple upside down (dough on bottom now).
  12. Enjoy and eat! Finger licking allowed!

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  1. Do you use cinnamon at all?

    1. Sometimes. I love just the natural taste of the fruit. Certsinly your preference! xoxx ally

  2. Teresa Cepican says:

    These look so good. Canโ€™t wait to make them! Reminds of when I was growing up and my dad would make these with the apples and cherries from our yard. Yum.

    1. Teresa! Isn’t that the best thing about food! Bringing up beautiful memories of our lives. And you could sure use cherries, peaches, or other berries! Let me know luv how you like! xoxx ally

  3. ANN Marie says:

    Do I have to use coconut sugar, can I use raw sugar or regular sugar instead?

    1. Yes, you could use any kind of sugar you wish. I just prefer coconut b/c it has a lower glycemic index, more nutrients, is less processed, and has a great taste. This is a fabulous recipe! xoxx ally

  4. Nanette VanHorn says:

    Hi Allie,Do you put butter and sugar first then apple and butter and sugar again? I dont see you do that on your reel. It just shows the apples then the butter and sugar. Thanks,Nanette

    1. Hi, Nanettte! Oh, these are so good, and you can’t mess them up. On the reel I just put the sugar and butter on top. It melts and oozes through the apple chunks as it bakes. Sometimes when I want them to be even more caramalized I’ll put some sugar/butter on first, then apples, then sugar/butter. Honestly, you can’t go wrong, luv! Hope you make them! xoxx ally

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