This past weekend I went to a mommy and baby Valentine’s party hosted by one of the moms. It was so much fun getting together with other moms and babies. All the babies look like they had so much fun. I decided to bring apple hand pies cut into heart shapes mostly because I haven’t used my heart-shaped cookie cutters yet and had them for 3 years now. It’s fairly simple to make, although it did take a lot longer than I had anticipated due to all the individual pies. You can keep them in a food storage container for freshness up to 3 days.
Recipe for pie crust or store bought pie crust
For the filling:
- 2 large Granny Smith apples (peeled and chopped to tiny pieces)
- 2 tbsp of butter
- 2 tbsp of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of white sugar
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
For topping: egg wash (egg plus splash of milk) and some turpinado sugar
Brown butter in pan. Add chopped up apples, sugars, salt, and cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes or until apples start to get soft. Add in vanilla extract. Remove apple mixture onto a plate and let cool. Preheat oven to 450.
Roll pie crust out as thin as you can. For these hand pies to seal together properly, the crust needs to be thin. Cut desired shape. I’m using a heart shape for Valentine’s Day, but I also made round ones for the Super Bowl the next day.
Fill half the hearts with the apple pie filling. The amount will vary depending on the size of the shape you make.
Place the other heart shape dough on top. Press the outer edges together and crimp with a fork. Cut a little slit or two in the pies for venting. Brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle turpinado sugar. I was able to make 24 heart pies but your count may vary again depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool before eating. Warning – these are addicting.