Apple Hand Pies

Apple Hand Pies

These apple hand pies have all the deliciousness of apple pie but are so much easier to serve and share! And here’s the really great news — you can bake them in the oven or the air fryer! I love the air fryer, but if you don’t have one, the oven works just as well.

For the pie crust, you can can use store-bought pie dough or make homemade. To cut out the circle shapes for the individual pies, look around your kitchen for something that is about 6-inches in diameter. I use the lid of a small pot. For smaller circles, you can use a glass or plastic storage container with thin, straight edges. It’s kind of fun looking for something that works and I love that you don’t have to buy any special equipment.

For the filling, you need to cook the apples before adding them to the dough because the pies only bake for a short time in the oven or air fryer. Fortunately, the filling is ready in just 10 minutes and the flavor is incredible!

Be sure to brush the inner edge of the crust with egg wash to ensure a tight seal (otherwise filling will leak out), and then seal again with the tines of a fork. Then brush again with egg wash for a lovely golden finish! Looking for some other pies? Check out our Chocolate Cream Pie, Bourbon Pecan, Classic Pumpkin, Dutch Apple,  Key LimePeach & Blueberry, or No-Bake Dulce de Leche, or Grandma’s Apple Pie. So many to choose from! Hope you enjoy!

Apple Hand Pies


  • 2 large Granny Smith apples (about 1 lb.), peeled and diced
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 2 unbaked pie crusts, rolled into two 12-inch circles
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons milk


  1. For filling, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook for about 1 minute, just until barely golden. Add apples, sugar, brown sugar and salt. Cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Stir in water, cinnamon and nutmeg; cook about 4 minutes more. Spread filling onto plate and refrigerate to cool.
  2. Using the lid of a small pot (about 6 inches in diameter), cut out 6 circles of dough.
  3. Whisk together egg and milk. Spoon about 1/4 cup filling into each circle, slightly off center. Brush outer edge of each circle with the egg mixture. Fold dough over filling and seal edge your finger and then for a decorative edge, press around the edge with the tines of a fork. Make three slits in the top of each pie to let steam escape while cooking. Brush tops of pies with the egg mixture.
  4. AIR FRYER: To cook pies in the air fryer, place 2 or 3 pies in the basket of an air fryer. Cook at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes. Repeat with remaining pies until done.
  5. OVEN: To cook pies in the oven, preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer pies to prepared baking sheet and baked until pies are golden and filling is bubbling, about 15 minutes.
  6. Cool before serving. Goes well with vanilla ice cream or lightly-sweetened whipped cream!

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