Apples and pumpkins, apples and pumpkins…this is where my brain is this time of year when it comes to cooking! My youngest son is in first grade and his class is celebrating Johnny Appleseed’s birthday this week with apple themed activities including a party where all the food will be apple food. This is obviously where the blogger mom swoops in and offers to make apple treats for the class, right?? It was the perfect opportunity for me to test some apple recipes like these Apple Hand Pies. I love hand pies, all the delicious goodness of traditional pie that you can grab and go. It doesn’t get much better than that!
These hand pies are made super easy by using frozen puff pastry instead of pie crust. It gives them a light flaky texture that can’t be beat.
They would be perfect for tailgating or a late autumn BBQ, or maybe even a class party for a bunch of six year olds!Print
Apple Hand Pies
Easy delicious Apple Hand Pies are perfect for autumn entertaining, all the taste of a traditional apple pie in single serving size!
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 package puff pastry, thawed
3 apples, peeled, cored and diced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons coarse sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Beat egg and water in a small bowl, set aside.
In a pan over medium high heat add butter, apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the pan. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until apples are tender and sauce has reduced. Remove from heat.
On a floured surface, unfold one puff pastry and roll one baking sheet to create a 12 inch square. Using a three inch circle cookie cutter, cut out 12 circles. Repeat with the extra roll, and set that set aside.
Fill 12 circles with 1 tablespoon of apple mixture. Brush the edges with egg mixture. Top with another circle puff pastry. Pinch the edges together and crimp ends with a fork.
Brush the top of the pastry pies with egg mixture, cut three small slits on top of the pies. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Place pies onto baking sheets. Bake 20 minutes, or until the pies are golden colored.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for ten minutes.
Are you in full blown apple recipe mode yet? Check out the recipes below for more apple goodies!