How to make these adorable apple hand pies plus the secret to making the FLAKIEST pie crust!
- 1 stick cold butter grated then frozen (salted)
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup ice cold water by the tablespoon
- 2 cups diced apples (pretty small)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon orange juice.
- Egg Wash – 1 egg + 1 tablespoon water whisked together
- Sparkling sugar
- Grate your butter into a mixing bowl and place the bowl into the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Add 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour and cut it into the grated butter with a pastry cutter until you have coarse crumbs of flour coated butter.
- Add about 1/4 cup of ice cold water by the tablespoon to your coarse crumbs. You may not need this much, so add gradually as you mix by hand. When a dough ball is formed, gather it together and place it on a piece of plastic wrap. Shape it into a round, flat disk and cover it with the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
- Roll the dough out onto a well floured surface. Using a circle shaped cutter (or the rim of a glass), cut out as many circles as you can fit. Then gather up the remaining dough and cut out the circles again. You will want an even number because each pie needs a top and bottom circle.
- Place half of the circles on a baking sheet. Top with 2-3 tablespoons of the diced apple filling. Your filing will be juicy, but try to leave as much of the juice in the bowl as you can when you are spooning the filling onto the pie dough.
- Top each one with the remaining circles of dough. Crimp the edges closed with the tines of a fork, and be intentional as you do this, so that the majority of the filling will stay put. I used my Pampered Chef Cut N Seal to do this.
- Cut a small hole in the top of each pie.
- Using a pastry brush, brush on the egg wash and sprinkle generously with sparkling sugar.
- Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Juices may run out as the apple filling cooks, but don’t worry about it.
Sparkling sugar is a coarse sugar you can find near the sprinkles in baking supply stores, or craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby. If you don’t have any, you can use regular sugar but don’t skip this step because you need the additional sweetness.
- Serving Size: 1 Hand Pie
- Calories: 341
- Sugar: 24g
- Sodium: 137mg
- Fat: 16g
- Saturated Fat: 10g
- Unsaturated Fat: 5.2g
- Trans Fat: 0.6g
- Carbohydrates: 46g
- Fiber: 1.8g
- Protein: 4g
- Cholesterol: 71mg
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