These vegan Apple Hand Pies feature a sweet apple pie filling inside a delicious pie crust. They’re so easy to make and ready in only 30 minutes! A perfect recipe for apple season!

Apple Hand Pies (vegan mini apple pie)

These vegan Apple Hand Pies feature a sweet apple pie filling inside a delicious pie crust. They’re so easy to make and ready in only 30 minutes! A perfect recipe for apple season!
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Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Frühstück, Kleinigkeit, Nachspeise, Snack, Snacks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Hand Pies
Author: Bianca Zapatka

Ingredients

Pie Crust:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour * (300 g) (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 2 tbsp sugar *
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup vegan butter (180 g) cubed and chilled
  • 3 tbsp cold water (75 ml)

Cinnamon Apple Filling:

  • 2 apples
  • 3 tbsp water (75 ml)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar *
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of vanilla
  • a squeeze of lemon juice (optional)

To brush and sprinkle:

  • plant-based milk/ heavy cream
  • brown sugar

Instructions

Pie crust:

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the cubed vegan butter and work it into the flour with your hands. Gradually, add the cold water, a tablespoon at a time, and knead just until a dough forms. (Optionally, you could also put all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until the dough clumps together.)
  • Turn the dough to a floured surface and form into a ball, then flatten into a disc. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.

Apple Cinnamon Filling:

  • Peel, core and chop the apples into small chunks.
  • In a pot or saucepan, mix water, cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickens up.
  • Add apples, toss to coat and set aside.

Shape Hand Pies (see step by step pictures in the text above):

  • Preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough.
  • Cut out circles using a round form (such as a 3,5-inch jar or cookie cutter).
  • Form leftover dough to a ball again, reroll and cut out more circles. (Optionally, cut out designs to make decorations or cookies.)
  • Place approx. 1 heaped tbsp of the apple filling in the center of each of half amount. Brush the edges with a bit of water so they seal better.
  • Place the other half of the pie crust circles on top, then crimp the edges with a fork to seal.
  • Brush the top of each pie with a little plant-based milk/ cream, then cut 2 slits in the top of each pie to let steam escape while baking. Sprinkle over some brown sugar, if desired.
  • Bake for approx. 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Let cool 10 minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • To make these hand pies gluten-free, you can use a gluten-free flour blend 1:1.
  • To make them refined sugar-free, you can use Erythritol.
  • You could also use coconut sugar, or regular white sugar, if you like.
  • You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
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