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Hand-Held Apple Pies

When I was in high school, my best friend's mother baked this mini apple pie recipe every year. I was thrilled when she shared it with me—I finally felt like an adult! —Katie Ferrier, Houston, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • FINISHING:
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Coarse sugar and cinnamon-sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture until well blended. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a ball, then flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Combine the sugar, cinnamon and allspice; set aside. Divide each portion of dough into 12 balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball into a 4-in. circle. Place a tablespoonful of chopped apples on one side. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon sugar mixture; dot with 1/4 teaspoon butter.
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg yolk and water. Brush edges of pastry with egg wash; fold pastry over filling and seal edges well with a fork. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Brush remaining egg wash over tops. Cut slits in pastry. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and cinnamon-sugar.
  • Bake at 425° for 11-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.



Test Kitchen Tips
  • Don't worry if your dough looks a little dry and crumbly before you pop it in the fridge. It will come together beautifully after it rests.
  • Avoid blowouts! Cutting slits in pastry allows steam to escape.
  • This dough isn't sweetened, so it works well with savory fillings, too. Use about a tablespoon of filling per pie, and finish with a grind of coarse pepper instead of sugar. Try it with these mini meat pies.
  • Make the pastry ahead! It can be prepared and rolled out a day in advance. Stack pastry rounds between floured sheets of waxed paper.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 pie: 162 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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