Quick Homemade Dessert: Baked Apple Hand Pies

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When the grandkids come to visit I like to get in the kitchen with them and make these fun apple hand pies (little apple pies you can hold in one hand).

It’s fun for me and for them too. Come see how.


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Grandkids Come To Visit

RancherMan and I recently got to enjoy our grandbabies for a week while their parents were out of town. What a fun time we had with them!

The oldest was very amused that I make so many things from scratch. Ya know, there are several reasons for that – it’s healthier, it’s obviously cheaper, there’s less landfill waste. And c’mon let’s be honest, it’s fun to feel self sufficient.

But one day I asked them if they wanted to help me to make some homemade Baked Apple Hand Pies. (little apple pies you can eat with one hand – much like fried pies) They were both very excited to jump in the kitchen and get to baking with grandma.

Simple Kitchen Fun

This was a pretty quick & easy dessert to whip up but it still left them with plenty of ‘wow’ sparkle in their eyes.

Last year my sweet aunt shared bushels of apples from her tree. I canned many of them into Homemade Apple Pie Filling. So for this homemade dessert I used one of my last jars from the pantry.

If you don’t have home-canned apple pie filling, no worries – you can just as easily use commercial apple pie filling (or any other flavor) if you like.

Easy Pie Crust

First I whipped up my Easy Flaky Pie Crust recipe that I shared with y’all previously. Then we all set to work making some pies.

I divided the crusts up into even-ish dough balls and the kids helped me roll the crusts out using a small pasta roller. I was easier for them to handle than a rolling pin.

HOMEMADE BAKED APPLE HAND PIES (little apple pies you can eat with one hand) are a quick homemade dessert that's sure to please! #TexasHomesteader

Once we got a bottom crust rolled out I took my cookie scoop (like *this one) and dropped a scoop of apple pie filling into the middle of the crust.

Assembling The Hand Pies

Then we rolled out & topped the bottom crust & filling with a top crust. The girls took turns pressing it all together into individual hand pies using a handy-dandy little utensil called *Cut-n-Seal.

I think this little utensil made it much more fun for the grandbabies.

HOMEMADE BAKED APPLE HAND PIES (little apple pies you can eat with one hand) are a quick homemade dessert that's sure to please! #TexasHomesteader

But you can just roll out a round of dough, plop in a little filling in the middle and fold the crust in half, covering the pie filling. Then you can press the edges of the dough with the tines of a fork to crimp the edges together. It will work just as well.

But our hand pies came out in a fun shape – the girls were convinced it looked like a snowman’s hat.  LOL

HOMEMADE BAKED APPLE HAND PIES (little apple pies you can eat with one hand) are a quick homemade dessert that's sure to please! #TexasHomesteader

I cut a few slits on the top crusts to allow steam to escape then I simply placed the Hand Pies on a greased cookie sheet and baked at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes and BOOM!  Homemade individual-serving apple pie in a snap!

I served those hand pies warm out of the oven.  Really – does it get any better than that?? RancherMan and the grandkids gave it two thumbs up – DELICIOUS.

HOMEMADE BAKED APPLE HAND PIES (little apple pies you can eat with one hand) are a quick homemade dessert that's sure to please! #TexasHomesteader

This is a quick homemade dessert that’s sure to please! 

It’s quick & easy enough in fact that you can emerge from the kitchen with a little flour dusted on your face and somewhat tousled hair and your guests will think you spent tons of time in the kitchen cooking up these cute little pies just for them!

Shhhhh….  I won’t tell.


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15 thoughts on “Quick Homemade Dessert: Baked Apple Hand Pies

  1. ColleenB.~Texas

    Besides pies and sandwiches; Pizza pockets are also good

  2. ColleenB.~Texas

    OMG I just made Cherry hand pies the other day. Don’t you just love that Pampered Chef cut n seal tool? It’s great for doing sandwiches as well. It sure is a handy thing.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I love that Pampered Chef tool Colleen, and I’ve used them to make uncrustables for the grandbabies too. I was pretty happy to find a larger one too so now I have a bigger size, which makes RancherMan happy when I’m making hand pies! LOL ~TxH~

      1. ColleenB.~Texas

        your grandkids would love them hand pies on a stick by inserting a pop cycle stick in between the 2 crusts. My grandkids always did

  3. Bonnie V

    Love these! I’ve done something similar when making meat pasties. I hadn’t tried them with apple pie filling yet.

    Stopping by from the Homestead Blog Hop.

  4. Audra @ Renewed Projects

    I love homemade apple pie. So fun to make individual ones. That little mini rolling pin is adorable…my kids would snatch that quickly for their playdoh table.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      The little individual ones would be nice to bring for a picnic or something too Audra. ~TxH~

  5. Alli @ Tornadough Alli

    These are adorable! I’ve been wanting to make some hand pies for the longest time but just haven’t brought myself to do it yet! I think this post just did me in for sure. Yum is all I can say. I’d love for you to come share with us over at Throwback Thursday’s link party going all weekend long!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      (chants softly) do it… Do It… DO IT!! Such a fun way to eat apple pie and it’s super easy! Thanks for the invite Alli, I’ll check it out. ~TxH~

  6. Ashley

    It looks so cute and yummy! Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. I hope you’ll join us again next week! Sharing your post on Twitter!

  7. Terri Presser

    These look great and what an interesting gadget. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I was pretty excited to have run across a larger one at an estate sale over the weekend Terri. OMGosh RancherMan is gonna LOVE ME! 🙂 ~TxH~

  8. victoria witte

    Nothing to do with this post just a FYI note.

    I know you use baking soda for all kinds of cleaning and I do too and I usually get it at Walmart since you can get larger amounts for not so much money. I find it in the laundry aisle there and get a 1 or 2 pound bag for around $5.00. While in the flower/outdoor furniture section I stumbled upon a real deal. A 12 pound bag (apparently you can use it in conjunction with swimming pool cleaning) for only $7.50 regular price not on sale. I was amazed!

    Presumably this would be a seasonal placement but worth looking out for.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Yes Victoria, when I lived in the city I used to get my baking soda at a pool supply company in a big honkin’ bag for a fraction of the price. I never thought to check the garden section. I need to hurry and stock up before the swimming pool season is up! ~TxH~


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