Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies

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Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies Today I have a delicious recipe to share but you just have to let me sound like a broken record and apologize beforehand that these pictures are really bad. I mean bad bad. I wasn’t going to use them but my family is insisting that I share this recipe. Besides, it wouldn’t be fair to deprive you of getting to try these just because I suck at taking pictures.

Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies (6) In my defence, my photography has been pretty expiramental since moving in to our new house and I can’t seem to find a place to get consistantly good lighting. If you have ever done any kind of photography than you probably understand how important that is. I am not a photographer by any standard. In fact, quite the opposite and I haven’t learned how to work in bad lighting. I’m trying.

Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies (4) Okay, now that that’s out of my system I can tell you that they taste really good. This may be one of our new fall favorites. Anyone who loves apple pie will love them. You have to make them!

Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies (3) You should prabably make extra too. My 11-year-old brother Brock loves apple pie and he was so excited about these. The whole time I was making them he and my 6-year-old sister Sophie kept pleading for one. They can be very persistant and I felt so bad telling them no repeatedly because I needed to take pictures first. Poor kids, it was torturing them.

Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies (2) These are fairly simple with basic ingredients that everyone should have on hand and they are perfect for this month. I am getting super excited about this weekend. You see, my family is kind of weird and we put up our Christmas tree and decorations the weekend before thanksgiving so we will be decking the halls. For me it is a must to have a tree up on Thanksgiving morning while we start our prep for dinner.

Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies (5) This is the best time of year. I hope you guys are as excited as I am and also that you try these. I want you to enjoy these as much as we did!

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Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 18 - 22 pies

Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies


  • 8 medium apples, cored, peeled, and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • Crust:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) ice cold butter, cubed
  • 6 tablespoons lard or shortening
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • Eggwash:
  • 1 egg yolk beaten with 2 tablespoons water
  • sugar for sprinkleing on top


  1. Toss apples in cider vinegar in a large bowl.
  2. In large saucepan, melt butter then add apples. Cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat until apples start to soften.
  3. Add spices, salt, and brown sugar and continue cooking until mixture is very juicy. Slowly sprinkle in flour while stirring and continue stirring until thickened. Add vanilla and set aside to cool while you make the crust.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor or large bowl and mix well. Cut in butter and lard until mixture is fine and crumbly. Slowly add about half of the ice water and mix until a dough forms. Add more water as needed until dough is workable.
  5. Roll out on lightly floured surface into a layer about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 3-inch rounds (or any size and shape you would like.) then gently re-roll scraps and cut again.
  6. Spoon a few tablespoons of filling onto centers of half of your rounds, leaving about 1/2 inch for sealing. Top each with a second round and press down on edges to seal.
  7. Place on parchment lined baking tray and brush with eggwash then sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until edges are golden brown.
  9. Serve warm or at room temp.

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  1. says

    Oh my, deliciousness! We love apple pie in my family – one of my older brothers is the apple pie maker and we are doing REALLY good to get him to make it more than ONCE a year! We’ve had the first and are now working on the second – who knows, we do have some leftover apples so he doesn’t have much of an argument there… 🙂 Your pictures are way better than mine – another one of my brothers actually takes the photos for my blog, lol!


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