Is everyone ready for the holidays!? Lol, my youngest who is 9 has already started playing Christmas music in the car. I really have always enjoyed to cook & bake. I like to try new recipes & baking from scratch, I always like to get the kids involved. Now that my oldest is 15 I have to push him a little , lol but he isn’t too cool yet as he still participates. During the holidays I like to find fun, cute & festive desserts to we can try out. During my search I found these really cute apple hand pies which took me to this blog: https://www.livewellbakeoften.com/apple-hand-pies/
I decided to give these a try & they are very delish!
I would definitely make sure you knead the dough really well, and make sure you have enough room to roll the dough evenly. The egg mixture also needs to be placed on top evenly so you can get that flaky brown consistency just like on a pie. I used Granny smith apples since I use those whenever I am cooking apples, but I think you can use any other apples. I also used more cinnamon than listed since we love cinnamon.
- 2 pie crusts
- 2 cups chopped apples
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 -1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 egg , lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon butter ,cubed into small pieces (optional)
- Combine the chopped apples, sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Then cook on stove top, add 2 Tbs of butter in saucepan and add apples. Cook for about 10 minutes or so until apples are tender, add 2 Tbs of flour to thicken.
- Flour your surface, roll the pie crusts to about 1/8-inch thick. Use a circle cookie cutter (or cup) cut out as many circles from the pie crusts as you can, reroll any scrap pieces of dough as needed. Move to the refrigerator to chill while you make the filling.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk until well combined. Set aside.
- Remove the pie crust circles from the refrigerator and evenly add the apple pie filling between half of them, leave some room at the edges.
- Place the other half of the pie crust circles on top then crimp the edges with a fork. You can add slits with a knife before you put the other half on top if you decide to do that.
- Brush the top of each pie with the egg wash.
- Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until the pies are golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
I wanted to add some pictures of our previous Thanksgiving dessert, Oreo cookie Turkeys from a few years ago. I love to look back at old pictures of my boys. Really great memories and I am so Thankful to God for both of them. I know 2020 has been so crazy.. what are you Thankful for? Any desserts your trying this year? Let me know if you try this one out😁