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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 161.6
  • Total Fat: 8.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.8 mg
  • Sodium: 5.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 23.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
  • Protein: 2.2 g

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Apple Hand Pies

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Apple Hand Pies

Introduction

No forks needed! These sweet, crunchy and buttery hand pies will have you licking your fingers. No forks needed! These sweet, crunchy and buttery hand pies will have you licking your fingers.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    2 large Granny Smith Apples (about 1 pound)
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon lemon zest
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
    4 sheets phyllo dough, thawed





Tips

Only the outside layer is brushed with browned butter to give a deep butter flavor that your taste buds crave without many added calories.

Some larger supermarkets carry whole wheat phyllo dough, but don't worry if you can't find it.
Choose hard crisp apples like Granny Smith or Rome Beauty so they don't get mushy in the pies.
Don't leave the browned butter in the saucepan--you'll have burned butter!

We did the math: A popular fast-food apple pie has 250 calories and 13 g fat, while the supermarket glazed variety has 470 calories and 20 g fat! Ours is a calorie bargain for sure!


Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking with a silicone liner or parchment paper.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, and simmer until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer the butter to a metal or glass dish to stop the cooking process, and set aside. (See tips.)

Peel and core apples then chop into small cubes. Combine the chopped apples in a medium bowl with the brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, zest and juice.

Place a medium skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, pull it away from the burner and coat with nonstick spray. Return the pan to the heat, and add the apple mixture. Cook, stirring often, for five minutes, until the apples are soft and the sugar starts to bubble. Remove from heat, and add the walnuts.

Place a single sheet of phyllo dough onto a cutting board and coat with nonstick spray. Fold the sheet in half. Spoon 1/2 cup of the apples onto the bottom edge of the dough, leaving 1" space on all sides. Fold the dough over twice to form a packet and fold the edges under to secure the pie. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and brush with browned butter.
Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients. (You'll make four pies.) Bake 6-8 minutes until golden brown.
Serve warm or cold.


Serving Size: Makes 4 hand pies






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  • 52 of 55 people found this review helpful
    Nice recipe, thanks! As for the criticism, it's unkind: Meg doesn't describe as them 'healthy', just improved. When someone goes to the trouble of contributing, I think 'Thank You' is the first thing to say, followed by helpful comments/suggestions.

    btw, Kate is right re fruit. Thx Kate! - 10/30/12

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  • Incredible!
    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
    Awesome, going to make these for Sat. Can skip sugar, or use Splenda. eating healthy doesn't mean you have to eliminate all sugars from your life. Everything in moderation. If you balance out your choices, you are more apt to maintain your weight,
    - 11/1/12

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  • 21 of 23 people found this review helpful
    I agree neg. comments are uncalled for . If you don't agree fine but maybe a lot of others do . It's a lot healthier than fast foods or even homemade pie with reg. crust . - 10/30/12

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  • Incredible!
    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
    These are so good! I've been making these now for a long time. As for the neg comments, be honest! You know you cheat sometimes! If you are gonna cheat, why not do it with a recipe that still tastes great and is a little "healthier" than others! Just saying! - 11/2/12

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  • Incredible!
    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
    Since when is 1/4 of a tablespoon of brown sugar too much? Or do like I do, and leave the brown sugar out completely! I like the taste of spiced apples, and don't miss the sugar at all. - 10/31/12

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  • Incredible!
    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
    I TBS of brown sugar and 1 TBS butter DIVIDED between FOUR pies? I don't think that's overkill on the sugar or butter. And sometimes we NEED just a taste of the "real stuff' now and then.
    Thanks for this. I'm a great cook but not a baker and even I can do this one! - 11/2/12

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  • 16 of 17 people found this review helpful
    This looks simple & delicious! Most of the sugar comes from the naturally occurring fructose in the apples, not the brown sugar. - 10/30/12

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  • 14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    While I am dieting, my hubby and granddaughter are not. This is something I can fix that will make the house smell wonderful and will satisfy their sweet tooth (both of them!) I used half of the brown sugar and used just 1/2 tsp of honey instead of the remaining sugar. Wonderful dessert! - 11/1/12

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  • 12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Eating an apple is a healthier option, but I like sweets and this is real food - apples, walnuts, butter, sugar. I'd rather have a small portion of real food then a larger portion of fake food. - 11/2/12

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I ALSO ADDED CRANBERRIES TO MINE AND MY HUSBAND SAID THEY WERE THE BEST PIES EVER! - 11/2/12

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  • Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    SO much potential but 2 lg apples is too much. Next time I'll measure out 1 3/4 cups of chopped apple. Needed 2 sheets of phyllo for each pie because moisture tore it. Will add a drop or two of vanilla next time. Cooked longer so it was brown and crisp y. Def worth a 2nd try with modification - 11/12/12

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I delete the sugar and use ginger to get that sweet
    taste we all crave. Just a sprinkle does it. - 11/2/12

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  • 5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I make these all the time. It satisfies my sweet tooth. It is much healthier than eating an apple turnover. If you think it is too much sugar cut down on the amount or use substitute. If you think sugar is unhealthy just eat the apple. - 5/6/13

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  • Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    My phyllo dough was falling apart so I lined a shallow bowl with a sheet and a couple over the top. Tart and light. - 11/2/12

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  • 5 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I think these look good too. They are much less calories than my traditional apple crisp (and the apple pies at McDonalds), so I will definitely try these to use up my remaining apples. - 10/30/12

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Quick and easy. - 10/30/12

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    My first experience with phyllo dough. I ended up using two sheets for each pie...they were stuck together and so very delicate. And I forgot the browned butter! DH and I enjoyed them anyway....a nice tart, light desert. I will make them again, and follow the recipe correctly! - 1/13/13

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  • 4 of 9 people found this review helpful
    re neg comments: People should state their opinion about the recipe, but not say personal mean things to any person. I like seeing all opinions but do not like reading comments that are hurtful to another person. The comments are named "Rate This Recipe" not "Trash the Chef." Bad manners. - 1/1/13

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Very good, and my husband thought it was from a bakery.:) so thumbs up on this dessert. - 11/2/12

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    These were awesome, even though I had some trouble working with the dough, I'm all thumbs! Tasty, healthy and so much better than store bought. Re: negative comments, it's OK to criticize if a recipe doesn't work or is misrepresented however this was not. - 2/18/13

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    oh yeah! I had half-sheets of phyllo, so I took 2-3 for each, and I made them more like dumplings. I did 10 of them with what I had. left out nutmeg,nuts, and lemon, since we're not into that. Subbed coconut oil for the butter & used no spray. used cooking apples so they'd not be crunchy!! YUMyum - 12/13/12

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  • 3 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Re: "negative" comments: I want to know what others like & don't like. It helps me decide if I want to make changes, or skip it all together. Please don't reprimand someone for their honest input, as long as it's not demeaning. I find all feedback helpful. - 11/2/12

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    my point is like that of Thumper rabbit "IF you can't say something nice don't say nothing at all. I am not perfect help chef Meg gives is great the filling is great eat without the dough wrapping that would save a few cal. I like it both ways - 11/2/12

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Good news! Splenda makes brown sugar - 11/27/12

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  • 1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Great Recipe! I don't have anything negative to say about this recipe but I am tired of hearing people complain about negative comments. It's a free world & everyone has their own feelings, it's called a democracy. If you don't like the comment rate it & use the space to make a positive one! - 3/3/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I may have cooked the apples too long but every one loved this and said it was a keeper. Thank you. - 2/26/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    A nice dessert for the occassional treat. - 1/29/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this recipe for my family for Thanksgiving. Very, very good. Although I substituted almonds for walnuts (I don't like walnuts) I used the Splenda brown sugar. Making them again this weekend. Love, love, love - 12/7/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I really loved this recipe. I am a good baker, love making pies, but have stayed away from them for a long time now. Have never worked with phyllo dough, just ignorant on its use, but I think I am really going to enjoy working with this in the future. Thanks Chef Meg for a great pie! - 11/7/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Wonderful..........Thank You very much. My entire family loved them. - 11/2/12

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Can't wait to make these! And so many variables - cranberries, raisins, pecans would all be teriffic substitutions. Thanks Chef Meg ; ) - 11/2/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is a great idea for a treat...I will be making this for the family - 11/2/12

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  • 1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Yummy looking. I'm going to try this once I buy some apples :-) - 11/2/12

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    These sound great! I have several apple trees and am always looking for a new way to prepare the apples.
    Thank you Meg!
    - 11/2/12

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Sounds great - can't wait to try! - 11/2/12

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  • Good
    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This does look good and I shall try it--Thanks!---- - 11/2/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    um...yum! Thanks Meg! - 11/2/12

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  • 1 of 64 people found this review helpful
    Whilst I'm sure the recipe yields a very tasty apple strudel, it's a far cry from being healthy - at best, it's lower in fat than traditional recipes, but how about all that sugar?? - 10/30/12

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  • I am confused as to the folding the dough twice to form a pocket. - 2/22/14

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  • Loved, Loved, Loved this recipe. This is definitely one my spouse and I will enjoy again and again. Thank you for the recipe!!! Will try cranberries with the apples next time. - 2/10/14

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This sounds so good. I am going to have to add the ingredients to my shopping list. Can't wait to try it. - 12/11/13

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I'm excited to try this! I have a killer sweet tooth sometimes. I must say though, the pic depicts 4-5 sheets of phyllo dough used for one 'pie', as opposed to one sheet folded in half. A little misleading imo. Either way, I will try. - 2/1/13

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  • Bad
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Mine did not turn out well. My first time using phyllo dough and now I'm turned off by it. It was like eating paper. The apples were good. - 12/8/12

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  • Wonderful! - 12/3/12

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  • Mine was mushy and fell apart! How do you keep it flaky? I loved the taste though. Substituted with brown sugar blend. - 11/25/12

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I'd like to have a go at this, but I'd like to make my own phyllo dough. It looks SCRUMMY - 11/11/12

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  • These are super yummy for the days you're craving a sweet dessert! I'll definitely be making them again. An added bonus: our house smelled great long after they were finished baking! - 11/8/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Looks wonderful and sounds amazing. Now to actually make it...I can't use up all my "scrumptious" words before I've eaten it. :) It's something you can serve for the holidays without worrying if it will taste "diet". Thank you! - 11/4/12

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  • 0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Love the sound of this, though I don't know if I'll make it for my sweet-toothed, type 2 diabetic husband.
    Then again, the phyllo pastry is so much thinner than other pastries, it would give DH fruit, sweetness and pastry in one munchy! - 11/2/12

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  • 0 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I have never used phyllo dough and am just leery of trying, I think I will screw it up. I keep seeing all this chiding of negative comments and I only saw 1. This is a "comment" area", if you don`t like or see something questionable, I think you should be allowed to comment about it . - 11/2/12

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  • 0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This looks extremely yummy!!! Must give it a try soon!! - 11/2/12

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  • 0 of 28 people found this review helpful
    Another recipe with sugar and wheat. - 11/2/12

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