My Favorite Apple Hand Pies


Amy Penn, Writer

These apple hand pies are my favorite for many reasons. The sweet, crunchy outside and the fresh, soft apples on the inside taste so good. These pies are perfect for any occasion. The only problem is that they can get seriously addictive. I’ve made these pies many times before and each time I can’t get over how good they taste. I got the recipe from a cookbook called Cooking Light but I tweaked the recipe to how I liked it. The recipe that I am sharing with you is my version of the recipe from the cookbook.



  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup hot fat – free milk 
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening 


  • 1 ½ cups chopped apples 
  • ½ cup water 
  • ½ cup apple juice or apple cider
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon

Remaining Ingredients: 

  • 1 large egg white 
  • 1 tablespoon water 
  • Granulated sugar or turbinado sugar


For the Crust: 

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine shortening and milk in a large bowl, stirring until the shortening dissolves. Gradually add flour mixture to the milk mixture, tossing with a fork or electric mixer until a soft dough forms (it may be a bit crumbly, that’s normal. Use your hands to form it into one ball). Knead the dough into a ball (dough will be a little sticky). Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours. 

For the Filling: 

Combine the apples, water, and apple cider (or apple juice) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium – high heat. Cover. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon and let cool to room temperature. 

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the dough into 8 equal portions. Work with one piece of dough at a time and cover the remaining pieces to prevent drying. Roll the piece of dough into a 6 inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Spoon about 1 – 1 ½  tablespoons of the apple mixture onto the bottom half of the dough (don’t put it all the way to the edge of the dough). Fold the top half of the dough over the apples and press together with a fork to seal the dough. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough, working with one piece of dough at a time. Place the pies on a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl combine the egg white and 1 tablespoon water. Brush the egg white mixture over the pies (you may not need all of the egg white mixture). Sprinkle the pies with granulated sugar or turbinado sugar. Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden. Place on a wire rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. Tastes great with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Makes 8 pies.