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Super easy and quick to make caramelized apple pecan hand pies recipe, apples and chopped pecans are briefly sauteed in cinnamon caramel sauce, a delicious snack that children and grown-ups alike adore, these cutie pies will be gone in no time!

These hand pies are so cute and they are a delicious alternative to the regular apple pie.

  • 15 pieces
  • Easy
  • 1 h 30

Recipe :


2 or 3 short crust pastry/pâte brisée dough depending on size, store bought

3 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. unsalted butter

2 apples (Pink Lady, Granny Smith), peeled, cored and diced in small cubes

2 tbsp. lemon juice

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

About 10 pecans, coarsely chopped

1 egg, separated

Icing sugar to sprinkle on top


1 cookie cutter diameter about 2.7 inches (7 cm)

1 cookie cutter diameter about 3.1 inches (8 cm)

Make the caramelized apples and pecans:

In a large pan, melt the sugar, when the sugar is liquid, add butter, add the apple cubes, pecans, cinnamon and lemon juice, and simmer stirring constantly for about 10 minutes or until the apples are softened but still have a bit of crunch and all the juice is evaporated

Set aside to cool completely

Make the hand pies:

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C)

Into a very cold short crust pastry dough, cut 15 (or as many you can) circles of 2.7 inches (7 cm) for the bottoms of hand pies and 15 (or as many you can) circles of 3.1 inches (8 cm) for the tops and lay them on a baking sheet layered with parchment paper

Chill for about 15 minutes

Briefly whisk the egg white with a fork to break it and brush all the bottom circle edges

Lay about 1 tbsp. of caramelized apples in the center of each bottom circle, cover with the top circles and lightly press the sides to glue them

Add a tsp of water to the egg yolk, stir it and brush the top circles, I like to brush them twice

Poke three small holes into the tops

Bake the hand pies:

Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until they become golden

Let cool for about 20 minutes on a cooling rack

Dust with icing or powdered sugar


To keep the shape of your hand pies, always work with very cold dough, keep it in the fridge until you need it,

How to dice apples: peel an apple, slice it (about 1/2-inch-thick slices), remove the core, cut each slice in sticks, dice the sticks

About the excess dough, cut as many decor shapes as you can (hearts, leaves, etc.) to decorate your next pie, freeze them on a tray and then store them in plastic bags. When you will want to use these decors, do not thaw them, decorate your pies with the frozen shapes, they will hold better while baking