Apple Hand Pies


These apple hand pies, also known as apple turnovers, look too perfect to be homemade! Any of your favorite pie fillings, both sweet and savory, will work. I hope you give this easy technique a try soon.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
4 hand pies


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 large green apples - peeled, cored, and cut into chunks

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon water, or more if needed (Optional)

  • 1 pound prepared pie dough, cut into 4 pieces

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons milk

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or as needed


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; let butter brown to a light golden color and smell toasted, about 1 minute. Stir apples into hot butter; sprinkle with 1/4 cup white sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Cook and stir apple mixture until apples are softened, about 5 minutes. Mix in cinnamon and water; continue cooking until apples are soft and sticky, 1 to 2 more minutes. Spread apple filling onto a plate to cool.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

  3. Form a dough piece into a ball, place on a floured work surface, and roll into a circle about 8 inches in diameter. Spoon 1/3 to 1/2 cup apple filling in the center. Fold dough over filling, leaving about 1 inch of dough on the bottom side visible below the top side. Gently press dough closed around filling, using your fingertips.

  4. Fold the overhanging bottom part of dough up over the top edge, working your way around the crust, and pinch the overhang tightly to the top part of the crust.

  5. Crimp the edge tightly closed, pinching a little bit of dough with the thumb and forefinger of one hand and using your index finger on the other hand to push a small notch into the pinched dough. Continue pinching and notching all the way around until crust is tightly crimped together. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Transfer pies onto prepared baking sheet.

  6. Whisk egg with milk in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Brush top of each hand pie with egg mixture and sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon white sugar. Cut 3 small vent holes in the top of each pie.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until pies are golden brown and filling is bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

    looking down at a plate full of golden brown apple hand pies
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios


Here's a recipe for buttercrust pastry dough that would work perfectly for these hand pies.

Editor's Note:

Please note the difference in baking time when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

728 Calories
42g Fat
82g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 728
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 754mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 82g 30%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 215mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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