Heart-Shaped Apple Hand Pies

Heart-Shaped Apple Hand Pies

Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


hand pies

This recipe is part of a series recreating Cooking Mama recipes.


  • Pie Crust
  • 350g | 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 15g | 1 tbsp cornstarch

  • Pinch of salt

  • 250g | 1 cup + 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cubed

  • 15g | 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 120g | ½ cup water, cold (ice water)

  • Apple Filling
  • 3-5 apples, cored and cubed

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 150g | 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 57g | 1/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

  • Assembly
  • 1 egg + 1 tsp milk, for egg wash


  • Pie Crust
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, and salt.
  • Add cold cubed butter to the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter or your hands, cut the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs with pea-sized pieces.
  • In a small bowl, mix apple cider vinegar with cold water.
  • Gradually add the vinegar-water mixture to the flour-butter mixture, stirring until the dough just starts to come together.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until it forms a cohesive ball. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Apple Filling
  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in cornstarch until well combined.
  • Add the cubed apples, lemon juice, sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to simmer.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in ground cinnamon. Remove from heat and let cool before using.
  • Assembly
  • Preheat the oven to 220°C (428°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out chilled pie dough. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out an even number of hearts.
  • Place half of the hearts on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Spoon about a heaping teaspoon (or more) of apple filling onto the center of each heart on the baking sheet.
  • Place another heart-shaped dough on top of each filled heart, sealing the edges with a fork.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together egg and milk to make an egg wash. Brush the tops of the pies lightly with egg wash.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the pies are golden brown and crisp.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, enjoy~


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  1. You forget to put the lemon in the apple filling