Cute little Apple Hand Pies that are easy to make and wicked adorable!
When Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts contacted me to be part of her Thanksgiving Potluck I said yes immediately. Erin is an amazing blogger friend and I love any chance to work with her on a project. When I found out it was to tie in to Feeding America it just made the cause even more special.
Feeding America is a great organization, highly regarded and supported by the foodie community at large. In fact it’s the nation’s largest hunger relief charity. Their mission is to feed the hungry and get people like you involved to help end hunger. So I’m honoured to post today and help shed a little light on a good cause.
We’ve struggled in our lives personally. I actually know what it’s like not to have money for food. I can tell you from personal experience it is painful to go through. We were lucky to have family to help us through an incredibly difficult time in our lives and I am ever grateful for that. Not everyone has that kind of support so organizations like Feeding America are very important. If you can help in any way, big or small, please go to their website to learn how you can help this great cause.
When I was deciding what to make my mind went immediately to apple pie. Any time I think of holidays I always think “comfort food”, and apple pie is right there at the top of my list. My daughter, Mini-me, is a huge apple pie fan. It’s her go to dessert for holidays and special occasions. Pie just makes a bad day better. It’s relatively inexpensive to make and it just makes Thanksgiving, or any holiday for that matter, better. I decided to make them into hand pies since it makes them portable. Hubs and mini-me can take them to work and school. No mess, no need for a spoon. They are super easy to pack, and to eat. They couldn’t wait to dive into them. I hope you feel the same way!
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- 4 tablespoons of butter, divided
- 4 cups of apples diced or cut into small chunks
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Juice from ½ lemon
- Roasted Saigon Cinnamon to taste, I used about 1 teaspoon
- Nutmeg to taste, I used about ½ teaspoon
- 1 to 2 teaspoons corn starch for thickening
- 1 package of store bought pie dough (comes with two rounds) or homemade pie dough
- Demerara sugar for finishing if desired
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Line two cookie sheets with parchment, set aside.
- In a large pan over medium heat add the butter, let it start to melt a bit. Then toss in your apples, both sugars, lemon juice and salt. Cook this for about 5 to 7 minutes, until the apples soften and the mixture starts to brown up a bit.Add your cinnamon and nutmeg.
- If it's overly watery (depends on the kind of apples you used) you can drain off some excess liquid. If there's only a little bit of juice add about 1 teaspoon of corn starch and allow that to cook for a minute or two to thicken it up. You can add more if needed.
- Take off the heat and allow to stand till needed.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out your pie dough. I used cookie cutters to cut out my shapes. Cut two for each pie. Depending on your cutter size it should make 8 to 12 pies. Remember to cut double so you have a top and bottom piece. If you have a mini cutter you can cut a fun shape in for steam.
- Place the bottom layers on the cookie sheet.
- Now spoon about 1 tablespoon of the fried apples into each pie shape. Keep it sort of in the middle so you don't have pie mixture around the edge, that needs to be clean to pinch the pies.
- Now take the top layers and pop them over each shape.
- With your fingers press down around the edges of all the pies. For good measure go around them with a fork dipped in a touch of flour or water.
- Now melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan.
- Brush that butter over top of each pie shape.
- Sprinkle some demerara sugar over top.
- Pop in the oven for about 12 to 15 depending on the size of the cookie cutter you used to cut out your shapes. Start keeping an eye around 8 minutes in case yours in way smaller than mine was.
- Remove from the oven.
- If desired you can sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
- Serve with a big old apple pie loving smile!
Please take some time to visit all the other Thanksgiving Potluck Participants to see what they whipped up for you today. It’s an amazing bunch of bloggers involved so show them some love!
Erin from Texanerin Baking made Dulce de Leche Apple Streusel Bars
Caroline from Chocolate & Carrots made Sweet Potato Biscuits with Cranberry Jam
Katrina from In Katrina’s Kitchen made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins
Christina from Dessert for Two made Mini Pumpkin Pies
Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction made Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Mini Cheesecakes
Tracey from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures made Butternut Squash, Apple and Potato Gratin with Cheddar Crumb Topping
Georgia from The Comfort of Cooking made Spiced Caramel-Apple Crumb Bars
Kate from Diethood made Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
Gina from Running to the Kitchen made Green Beans with Cranberries, Bacon, & Goat Cheese
Carla from Carla’s Confections made Spinach Mashed Potatoes
Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food made Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Liz from The Lemon Bowl made Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake made Spinach Salad with Pears, Cranberries and Candied Pecans
Megan from Wanna Be A Country Cleaver made Roasted Potatoes with Bacon Parmesan Vinaigrette