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Apple Hand Pies

Copycat McDonald’s Apple Hand Pies are even better than the fast food version. These baked hand pies with fresh apples have a yummy cinnamon and sugar flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8
Author: Jill



  • 2 puff pastry sheets thawed
  • 4 large apples peeled and diced into small bites
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Juice from half of a small lemon
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch combined with 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 egg whisked with a spoonful of water (for wash before baking)

Topping Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon



  • In a medium saucepan, combine the apples, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice.
  • Stir in the ¼ cup of water, stirring as it heats. Allow the mixture to become hot, then add in the cornstarch and water.
  • Continue stirring the apple mixture for about 5-7 minutes. The apple mixture will begin to thicken, and once it does, remove the pan from heat and set it aside to let it cool.
  • Prepare the oven, and preheat to 400 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar and cinnamon for the topping of the pies.
  • Set that bowl aside until the pies are prepared for the oven.
  • Roll out each pastry puff sheet into a square, about 12x12. Cut each square into 8 even rectangle pieces, for a total of 16 pieces from both sheets.
  • Place four of the rectangle pieces on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.
  • Spoon some of the apple pie filling onto the center of each piece, leaving about ¼ inch space on the edges.
  • Gently brush the edges with some of the egg wash, then cover the apples with another rectangle piece.
  • Pull the dough so that it reaches each corner and the rectangles line up. Press the pieces together with the end of a fork. Repeat with all four pieces.
  • Lightly brush the top of each pie with the egg wash.
  • Slice four small slits across the top of each piece, and then sprinkle a spoonful of the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture on top of each pie.
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 16-18 minutes, until the pastry begins to turn golden brown.
  • Repeat and assemble the other four pies, or place on a second baking sheet, lined with parchment paper, and bake at the same time.
  • This recipe makes 8 copycat apple pies.