If you love Fall as much as I do, then you must be obsessing about baking your favorite recipes this time of year. Nothing screams Fall more to me than filling my home with the sweet smells of apples & cinnamon!!
Give it a try and let me know how much your family loves it!
A great recipe doesn't last forever without proper food storage, so I headed over to Walmart and picked up Hefty Slider Bags in both quart and gallon sizes. Did I mention they cost less than Ziploc?These handy bags are a great way to keep your Caramel Apple Hand Pies fresh and ready to eat at a moments notice!
I picked up both sizes because this recipe flies FAST out of my kitchen and I usually triple the batch! I have used other brands and believe you me, these bags are not only super strong, the zipper at the top is easy to slide so I know it's locked securely....no Caramel Apple Hand Pies falling out on my watch!
If these bags are a favorite of yours too, did you know that you can earn a $1.00 rebate for purchasing a product you already love? Check it out......the Holidays are coming and you'll definitely find tons of uses for these bags!
On to the yummy recipe!
A few simple ingredients gets this show on the road..................
I use Granny Smith small lunchbox apples for this recipe and four small apples yields enough filling to make eight hand pies........peel and cut your apples into a smaller dice. They need to be dice size so they won't pop out of the pastry.....keep em small friends:)
And BTW.....if you don't have an apple slicer like the one pictured above, do yourself a favor and run to the dollar store...STAT.......lifesaver!
Mix all of your dry ingredients to coat your apple dices.......I actually use my hand to coat the apples
If you don't have a cookie or biscuit cutter to make your circle shapes from the pie dough roll, no worries! I use the top of a round glass. It's about 3" in diameter and the perfect size to hold all that yummy apple filling!
Place the apple filling into the center of each dough round...easy peasey!
And of course don't forget to top each one off with a little bit of ooey gooey caramel sauce!
Place your hand pies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Whisk the egg with a tablespoon of water and brush over the tops and edges of each hand pie before placing in the oven.
Twenty minutes later you will be staring at these little pillows f apple love. BE sure to cool completely on a cooling rack...it's hard to refrain from eating them straight out of the oven....be strong friends!
Once my hand pies have completely cooled, I place them in my Hefty Slider bags. A black Sharpie marker makes quick of the task of labeling the bags with the name of the item and the date it was baked.
If you are looking for some other really neat ways Hefty Slider bags can make your life easier, be sure to visit the Hefty Hints page, so fun (and ways I would never have thought to use the bags!)
Caramel Apple Hand Pies
4 cups peeled diced apples (about 1/4")
2 Tbsp flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 package pre-made pie crusts (I used Kroger brand)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and then line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl add the diced apples and toss with the flour then stir in the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg - set aside
On a floured cutting board, roll out the pre-made dough until it is about 1/8" thick
Using a 3" round biscuit cutter, cut 16 circles from each big circle; reuse dough and roll out again as needed. I was able to get seven circles from one dough roll.
Place about 2-3 tablespoons of the apple mixture on the center of 16 circles then if desired add about 1/2 tsp of caramel sauce on top.
Place the remaining dough on top. Pinch to seal then press a fork around the entire edge
Make an egg wash by slightly beating one egg with 1 tbl of water; brush tops then cut 2 or 3 slits onto dough
Place on cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and apples are tender
Cool on wire racks