Poisoned Apple Hand Pies are a cute Halloween treat. Apples are baked into hand pies and topped with a green and black poison warning.
Disclaimer: This recipe was made as part of #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I have received samples from event sponsors, but as always, all recipes are 100% my own.
I love a good individual portion of dessert and these apple hand pies are no exception. But why not dress them up for Halloween and make them full of poisoned apples?
What are poisoned apple hand pies?
Poisoned Apple Hand Pies are apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar wrapped into pie dough rounds that are baked. Then they are decorated with a poison symbol, making them an easy and cute treat to serve for a Halloween party.
Ingredients for this recipe
- large apple (I love Honeycrisp apples!)
- refrigerated pie dough
- large egg
- black or green food coloring
Equipment for this recipe
- large round or apple shaped cookie cutter
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
Instructions for this recipe
- Start off by preheating your oven. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (or as directed on the pie dough package). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Then let your dough warm up. Open the dough packages and let them come to room temperature so you can easily roll them out.
- Next, prepare your filling. Peel, core and finely dice the apple. Toss in a bowl with cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar until coated. Set aside. (If making in advance, add a splash of lemon juice to stop the apples from turning brown)
- Then, cut your dough. Roll out the pie dough and use a large round or apple shaped cookie cutter to cut rounds. (I used a 3 ½ inch wide round cutter and got 6 rounds per piece of pie dough)
- After that, add the apple mixture to the dough. Add a tablespoon of the apple mixture to the center of half of the pie dough rounds. Place the other round on top and use a fork to crimp the edges of the rounds together creating a hand pie. Poke a few holes in the top of the dough with the fork to let the steam escape while baking. Then brush the tops of the rounds with an egg wash.
- Next, bake the hand pies. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until rounds are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
- Finally, decorate the hand pies. Use food coloring to draw a skull, crossbones or a smiley face with X for eyes to indicate a poison symbol. Optionally, add sprinkles on top to cover the food coloring.
Tips and Tricks for apple hand pies
- Measure with your cookie cutter how many rounds you will get from the pie dough before cutting them out. Make sure it is an even number. Repeat with the second pie dough so you have a top and bottom for each hand pie.
- Finely dice your apples so more apples fit in the center of the hand pie. Once the edges are crimped, you can gently press down to push the apple mixture to the edges of the pie, making sure you'll get apples in each bite.
FAQ's for the best hand pies
First, make sure to not put a lot of the apple liquid onto the pie crust. Optionally, you can freeze the pies for 15 minutes before baking. And also make sure your oven is hot enough, at least 400 degrees to ensure the pie dough cooks completely. And make sure to poke holes in the top of the pie so the steam can escape while baking.
No, because the apples are diced small they will fully cook in the time that it takes for the pie dough to cook around them.
Yes, if your apples are really juicy you can add a teaspoon of cornstarch to your apple mixture before spooning them into the pie dough.
Not feeling the poisoned apple hand pies? Skip the food coloring and sprinkles and this will make regular apple hand pies. Or if it's closer to Valentine's Day than Halloween, make my Heart Shaped Apple Hand Pies.
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Poisoned Apple Hand Pies
- 1 large apple peeled and finely diced
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 rolls pie dough
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- green or black food coloring
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out the pie dough and each roll cut into 6 rounds with a large cookie cutter.
- Toss the apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together in a medium bowl.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of the apple mixture into the center of half of the cut out pieces of pie dough. Place the remaining pieces of dough on top and use a fork to crimp the edges closed. Poke a few holes in the top of each.
- Brush over each with the lightly beaten egg.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool.
- Use food coloring to draw skulls, crossbones or other indicators of "poison" on top of the hand pies. Optionally, sprinkle sugar on top of the food coloring.