Apple Hand Pies

Apple Hand Pies

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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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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


    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


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!


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

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    65 of 68 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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    28 of 29 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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    27 of 29 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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    25 of 25 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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    22 of 22 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