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Apple Hand Pies for Pi Day

Prep Time 45 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Servings 10 pies


  • 2 pie crusts homemade or store-bought
  • 2 cups chopped tart apples, ½” dice or smaller
  • 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 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter cubed into small pieces
  • optional coarse sugar for sprinkling on top optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 1-2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pie crusts to about 1/8-inch thick. Using a 3.5-inch cookie cutter (or cup) cut out as many circles from the pie crusts as you can, reroll any scrap pieces of dough as needed.
  3. You should get about 18-20 circles. Place the cut-out pie crust circles on the baking sheets and transfer to the refrigerator to chill while you make the filling.
  4. Combine the chopped apples, sugar, flour, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg in a mixing bowl until fully combined and all the apples are coated with the mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk until well combined. Set aside.
  6. Remove the pie crust circles from the refrigerator and evenly distribute the apple pie filling between half of them. Make sure to leave some room at the edges. Place 1-2 pieces of the cubed butter on top of the filling on each pie.
  7. Place the other half of the pie crust circles on top then crimp the edges with a fork.
  8. Brush the top of each pie with the egg wash or melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar if desired, then cut 2-3 slits in the top of each pie to allow steam to escape.
  9. Bake at 400°F for 18-22 minutes or until the pies are golden and the filling is bubbling. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly before serving.