A tasty apple hand pies recipe! See how to make apple hand pies with a simple vegan gluten-free pie crust and a flavorful apple pie filling. These fruit hand pies are a delicious and healthy fall baking recipe, and mini apple pies also make for a healthy homemade food gift idea. And, this easy hand pie recipe also includes two shortcuts: puff pastry hand pies and apple hand pies with canned pie filling.

Easy apple hand pies recipe from scratch! See how to make apple hand pies with a simple vegan gluten-free cinnamon pie crust and a flavorful caramel apple filling. These simple fruit hand pies are a delicious and healthy fall baking recipe. Mini apple pies are healthy homemade food gift idea. And, this easy hand pie recipes also includes two quick shortcuts: puff pastry hand pies and apple hand pies with canned pie filling. #applehandpies #handpies #vegan #glutenfree | countryhillcottage.com

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Easy apple hand pies recipe

It’s the time of year when the days become shorter, and the weather cools down. And it’s the perfect time for delicious homemade apple hand pies! These gluten-free vegan apple hand pies or mini apple pies are boasting with fall flavours, apple, cinnamon, a little lemon zest, and caramel notes – the perfect homemade pop tarts!

This easy hand pie recipe tastes yummy for breakfast with a cup of coffee, for tea time, or as a delicious snack. Bonus: making apple pie hand pies can be sped up by switching the homemade vegan pie crust for store-bought puff pastry, or by subbing the easy homemade apple filling with canned pie filling or both.

This recipe for easy individual apple pies is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free. I’ve also included useful tips for the best apple hand pies, so read on and learn how to make baked hand pies with apples.

Easy apple hand pies recipe from scratch! See how to make apple hand pies with a simple vegan gluten-free cinnamon pie crust and a flavorful caramel apple filling. These simple fruit hand pies are a delicious and healthy fall baking recipe. Mini apple pies are healthy homemade food gift idea. And, this easy hand pie recipes also includes two quick shortcuts: puff pastry hand pies and apple hand pies with canned pie filling. #applehandpies #handpies #vegan #glutenfree | countryhillcottage.com

What is a hand pie?

Hand pies are small pastries that are made by baking a filling between small rounds of pie crust or puff pastry. Think apple pie for one person, apple pop tarts, or mini apple pie pockets. Recipes can be for sweet and savoury hand pies, and hand pies can be baked, fried, or deep-fried. The hand pie history traces back to England and Cornwall, where hand pies were eaten as an easy lunch by workers and miners.

Apple hand pie ingredients

You probably have most of the ingredients for these vegan apple hand pies already stocked. Here is an overview of the mini apple pie ingredients:

Gluten-free flour

The gluten-free flour from Bob’s Red MillCup4Cup or KingArthur will all work well in this recipe. If you don’t need a gluten-free apple pie recipe, you can make the apple pie pastries with all-purpose or whole wheat flour as well.

Vegan butter and shortening

Looking at the vegan pie crust ingredients, you can see that vegan butter and palm shortening are listed. Shortening has a higher melting point than vegan butter and combining the two will give you the flaky pie crust. Coconut oil and be used instead of shortening, too.

Apples

What apples to use for apple pie filling? You can make portion-sized apple pies with pretty much any apple you like. Granny Smith is my go-to baking apple, but I also like Honey Crisp, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Crispin, Braeburn, and Jonagold. I don’t recommend McIntosh apples for this recipe since they don’t hold their shape well and cook into a sauce quickly.

Sugar

Maple sugarcoconut sugar, muscovado sugar, and brown sugar can be used interchangeably in this easy hand pies recipe. A dark sugar brings in a wonderful caramel note, similar to caramel apple pop tarts.

Spices

The delicious warming flavour in these fruity hand pies comes from apple pie spices. I used my homemade apple pie spice for seasoning. If you don’t have this spice blend, mix together 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon and 1/8 tsp of each ground allspiceground nutmeg and ground ginger. And this pre-made mix works well, too.  

Easy apple hand pies recipe from scratch! See how to make apple hand pies with a simple vegan gluten-free cinnamon pie crust and a flavorful caramel apple filling. These simple fruit hand pies are a delicious and healthy fall baking recipe. Mini apple pies are healthy homemade food gift idea. And, this easy hand pie recipes also includes two quick shortcuts: puff pastry hand pies and apple hand pies with canned pie filling. #applehandpies #handpies #vegan #glutenfree | countryhillcottage.com

Tips for the best apple hand pies

This hand pie recipe is a standard at my house! It’s a delicious snack, breakfast or dessert… there is never a wrong time to eat apple hand pies! Here are a few tips to help you get the best apple hand pies from scratch.

Easy apple pie filling

The apple pie filling is the same I used in my vegan apple pie bars. This easy pie filling tastes sweet, buttery and full of delicious warming spices! Follow these tips for the best apple pie filling for mini pies:

  • Cut the apples into tiny bits so that more fruit fits into the mini apple pastry.
  • The apple hand pies baking time isn’t long enough to soften the apples, so it’s best to precook the filling on the stove.
  • When cooking the filling stir constantly as the sugar easily burns. The mixture is done when the sugar has melted and caramelised, the apples are tender, and the liquid is mostly gone.
  • Make the apple pie filling first and let it cool before stuffing the hand pies. Warm filling will soften the dough, which makes it difficult to form mini pies.
  • The apple pie filling can be made up to 3 days ahead. Store it airtight and refrigerated until you’re ready to bake.
Easy apple hand pies recipe from scratch! See how to make apple hand pies with a simple vegan gluten-free cinnamon pie crust and a flavorful caramel apple filling. These simple fruit hand pies are a delicious and healthy fall baking recipe. Mini apple pies are healthy homemade food gift idea. And, this easy hand pie recipes also includes two quick shortcuts: puff pastry hand pies and apple hand pies with canned pie filling. #applehandpies #handpies #vegan #glutenfree | countryhillcottage.com

Hand pie dough recipe

See the instructions in the recipe box below for how to make gluten-free pie crust. Here are a few tips so that your homemade pie crust will be a success:

  • Be sure to use cold fats and ice-cold water to make the pie crust. The colder the pie dough is, the easier it is to roll out and handle.
  • For this reason, it’s  a good idea to chill the dough before rolling it out. To do this, pat the dough into a flat disk, cover with plastic wrap/clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • When rolling out the pie crust, start from the middle going outwards. Roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment/baking paper, so the crust doesn’t stick to the work surface.
  • Use a circle cutter that’s at least 2 in/5 cm, between 3 in – 4 in/7 cm – 10 cm works best. If you go smaller than that, you won’t get much filling into the pies.
  • Instead of making round pies, you can also cut out rectangular strips of dough and make apple pop tarts.
  • Lastly, watch the baking time closely, so the pies don’t burn or dry out.

Shortcuts: Quick apple pie hand pies

Making a pie crust at home and cooking the stovetop apple pie filling is well worth the effort but takes a little time. Sometimes, all we need is quick fall comfort food or a fast and easy apple dessert. With these easy shortcuts, you’ll enjoy warm apple hand pies in no time!

Delicious baked apple hand pies with puff pastry are quick and easy! See how to make homemade apple turnovers with a flavorful caramel apple filling. The apple recipe can also be made with Pillsbury crescent rolls or phyllo sheets. A delicious breakfast, snack and dessert. #appelturnovers #turnovers #applehandpie | countryhillcottage.com
I made these mini apple hand pies with puff pastry. Puff pastry is perfect for when you don’t have time to make and chill the pie crust.

Apple hand pies with puff pastry

Skip making pie crust from scratch, and prepare the mini apple pies with puff pastry instead. The steps to making apple hand pies with puff pastry are pretty much the same, cut out pastry circles, dollop on a little filling, top with another puff pastry round, glaze and bake store-bought pie crust hand pies.

Puff pastry is also great to make apple turnovers: Cut out large pastry circles, dollop apple filling on one half and then fold the other half over the filling. Crimp the edges shut and bake the puff pastry hand pies.

Delicious baked apple hand pies with puff pastry are quick and easy! See how to make homemade apple turnovers with a flavorful caramel apple filling. The apple recipe can also be made with Pillsbury crescent rolls or phyllo sheets. A delicious breakfast, snack and dessert. #appelturnovers #turnovers #applehandpie | countryhillcottage.com

Apple hand pies with canned pie filling

While I think that a homemade apple pie filling tastes best, you can easily make apple hand pies with canned pie filling, too. Before you fill the pastry, taste the pie filling and adjust the flavour with more spices, lemon juice or sweetener if needed. If the apple pie filling is very chunky, cut large pieces into smaller bits.

And if you want the easiest and quickest apple turnovers? Easy! Just make this mini apple pie recipe with a ready-made puff pastry and canned apple pie filling. It won’t get any easier than that!

Easy apple hand pies recipe from scratch! See how to make apple hand pies with a simple vegan gluten-free cinnamon pie crust and a flavorful caramel apple filling. These simple fruit hand pies are a delicious and healthy fall baking recipe. Mini apple pies are healthy homemade food gift idea. And, this easy hand pie recipes also includes two quick shortcuts: puff pastry hand pies and apple hand pies with canned pie filling. #applehandpies #handpies #vegan #glutenfree | countryhillcottage.com

Do hand pies need to be refrigerated?

The shelf life for apple hand pies is 5 days. It’s fine to keep them at room temperature for a day. To store them longer than a day, put the hand pies on a plate loosely covered with cling film and store them in the refrigerator.

How do you reheat hand pies?

Yes, nothing beats warm apple pie! Amirite? You can reheat this mini apple pie recipe by warming them in the microwave for a minute, or baking them in a 215°F/100°C oven for 2 to 3 minutes.

Easy apple hand pies recipe from scratch! See how to make apple hand pies with a simple vegan gluten-free cinnamon pie crust and a flavorful caramel apple filling. These simple fruit hand pies are a delicious and healthy fall baking recipe. Mini apple pies are healthy homemade food gift idea. And, this easy hand pie recipes also includes two quick shortcuts: puff pastry hand pies and apple hand pies with canned pie filling. #applehandpies #handpies #vegan #glutenfree | countryhillcottage.com

Tools and supplies to make apple pie hand pies

Tab the following links to shop the products I used to make this vegan hand pies recipe:

Easy apple hand pies recipe from scratch! See how to make apple hand pies with a simple vegan gluten-free cinnamon pie crust and a flavorful caramel apple filling. These simple fruit hand pies are a delicious and healthy fall baking recipe. Mini apple pies are healthy homemade food gift idea. And, this easy hand pie recipes also includes two quick shortcuts: puff pastry hand pies and apple hand pies with canned pie filling. #applehandpies #handpies #vegan #glutenfree | countryhillcottage.com
Apple Hand Pies Easy Vegan Gluten Free Recipe

Apple Hand Pies Easy Vegan Gluten Free Recipe

Yield: 10-12 hand pies
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

A tasty apple hand pies recipe! See how to make apple hand pies with a simple vegan gluten-free pie crust and a flavorful apple pie filling. These fruit hand pies are a delicious and healthy fall baking recipe, and mini apple pies also make for a healthy homemade food gift idea.

Ingredients

Vegan Hand Pie Dough

Apple Pie Filling

For Brushing (optional)

Instructions

Apple Pie Filling

  1. Peel and cut the apples into small bite-sized pieces.
  2. Add the apples, coconut sugar, palm shortening, apple pie spice and water to a medium saucepan.
  3. Cook over high flame for 4 to 6 minutes. Stir constantly as the sugar easily burns.
  4. The filling is done when the sugar has melted and caramelised, the apples are tender, and the liquid is mostly gone.
  5. Set the apple pie filling aside to cool.

Hand Pie Dough

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the vegan butter and shortening. Using a fork or pastry cutter, combine until small crumbs form.
  3. At the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and knead until a smooth dough forms. Note: The exact amount of water can vary depending on how absorbent the flour is and the climate you live in.
  4. Flatten the crust into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap/clingfilm. Refrigerate for 3 minutes or until ready to use.

Bake Apple Hand Pies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4.
  2. Line two cookie sheets/trays with parchment/baking paper or non-stick baking mats.
  3. Unwrap the chilled pie crust and roll to 1/8 in / 3 cm thick. Tip: To avoid sticking, dust the work surface and rolling pin lightly with flour.
  4. Cut out dough circles. Re-roll dough scraps and cut out more circles.
  5. Transfer half of the dough circles on the prepared cookie sheets, 1 in / 2.5 cm apart. These will be the bottom crusts.
  6. Place heaped tablespoons of apple pie filling in the centre of each dough circle. It’s important to leave the edges bare.
  7. Top with the remaining dough circles (= top crust) and press around the edges with your fingers to seal.
  8. Using a sharp knife, cut small slits into the top crust so that hot steam can escape while baking without breaking the crust. Then crimp with a fork.
  9. Optionally, brush with vegan cream and sprinkle with additional sugar.
  10. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Rotate the baking sheets/trays halfway through baking.
  11. Take out of the oven and let hand pies cool on the cookie sheet/tray for 10 minutes. Then transfer the mini pies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Storage and shelf life

The shelf life for apple hand pies is 5 days. It’s fine to keep them at room temperature for a day. To store them longer than a day, put the hand pies on a plate loosely covered with cling film and store them in the refrigerator.


How do you reheat hand pies?

Yes, you can reheat this mini apple pie recipe by warming them in the microwave for a minute, or baking them in a 215°F/100°C oven for 2 to 3 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 26mg Sodium: 71mg Carbohydrates: 13g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 11g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g

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