glazed apple hand pies

glazed apple hand pies

glazed apple hand pies

So here goes. Our GLAZED APPLE HAND PIES are here. It makes sense to add content before the recipe card, right? However, there seems to be a certain sense of “just give me the recipe & not all the fluff” trend taking place over on the Gram.

To which we say…REALLY? So, there are some here for the FREE recipe and not the backstory as to why the recipe was created? Or the love behind it? No matter the cost of the time spent creating the recipe, the cost of actually having a blog, the cost of ingredients, the cost of energy used to bake it, time spent taking pictures, editing pictures etc. etc. etc….!

Well, that’s really sad as well as too bad. Here’s back story on these adorable GLAZED APPLE HAND pies, anyways. Remember those Hostess apple pies, the McD’s hot apple pies or those Cutie Pie apple offerings? There are many very similar to what we have going on here. A favorite of Mr. Back Porch Paleo himself, so he gets what he wants.

Except that our hand pies are just plain better! Made with our original PIE CRUST RECIPE or our PIE CRUST MIX from LEGIT BREAD COMPANY. They’re filled with a very tasty apple filling. Which is sweetened with apple cider and coconut sugar. The combo is spectacular!

paleo pie crust mix
our PIE CRUST MIX is now available from LEGIT BREAD COMPANY!

Plus, there are so many pumpkin offerings this time of year. A few more apple offerings for Fall is to a bad idea. We use our air fryer to bake them, but have instructions to bake in your oven. Or deep frying if that’s your thing. We only have the top glazed, but if you want to give them a double dunk, we are not here to judge.

Now, a word about the glaze. Yes we use ORGANIC POWDERED SUGAR which is not Paleo. On recipes like this that we don’t consume on a daily basis and are more of a special occasion kind of recipe, we do use organic powdered sugar. #youbeyou – You can use maple powdered sugar, just know that the coloring will be more caramel in color and flavor.

A few of our other favorite pie recipes:

glazed apple hand pies

Recipe by MichelleCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: moderate


hand pies
Prep time


Cooking time




  • crust recipe
  • 1 pie crust recipe (see our recipe link above)

  • filling
  • 8 oz apple, peeled & chopped into ½ “ pieces

  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ cup coconut sugar

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg

  • ⅛ tsp fine sea salt

  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp apple cider, divided

  • 2 tbsp cassava flour

  • ½ tsp vanilla

  • 1 tbsp ghee (or grass fed butter)

  • 1 large egg, whisked for egg wash (opt)

  • *glaze*

  • 1 cup organic powdered sugar (or maple powdered sugar)

  • 2-3 tbsp apple cider


  • Prepare the pie crust as directed, setting aside covered with plastic. Prep your air fryer for baking at 375° OR preheat your oven to 375° OR prepare avocado oil about 2” deep in a heavy bottomed pan to deep fry at 375°.
  • Place apples in a medium sized stock pot. Add lemon juice, coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to the apples and toss to coat. Let them sit for 10 minutes.
  • Add ½ cup apple cider to the apples, stirring to combine and over medium heat, cook until the apples are soft. Probably around 11-13 minutes.
  • In a small bowl add the remaining 2 tbsp apple cider and the cassava flour. Stir to combine well and make a slurry. Pour into the apple mixture and stir. Cook until thickened.
  • Remove from the heat, add vanilla and ghee. Stir to combine well and place in the refrigerator to cool slightly while you roll out your dough.
  • Roll out your dough and cut a 3½“ circle of dough out with a cookie or biscuit cutter, placing in your air fryer basket or parchment lined baking sheet if baking in the oven. Collect scraps and reroll dough, cutting out circles until all dough is used.
  • Brush one half of the circle with egg wash and spoon a tablespoon of the apple filling in the center. Carefully fold dough in half over the filling, pressing edges together. Crimp with a fork to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. You will have a little filling left over, so save this for a chia pudding topping!
  • Brush tops with egg wash, if using and only if you’re using your air fryer or oven. If deep frying, no need to egg wash. For AIR FRYER: bake for 7-10 mins or until golden. OVEN: bake for 13-15 mins or until golden. DEEP FRYING: fry a couple pies at a time until golden, remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  • While hand pies cool, prepare glaze by mixing powdered sugar and apple cider in a small bowl. Once pies are cool, dip tops into the glaze and allow excess to drip off and place on a cooling rack. Repeat with all pies. Allow glaze to set and enjoy! You can store these at room temperature for a couple days. Or store in the fridge for up to a week. They also freeze really well!
  • TIP: If you want a fun drizzle accent on the pies, wait for the first coat of glaze to set up and add a little extra powdered sugar to the glaze and then drizzle on top.


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