Earth Day Virtual Picnic – Apple Hand Pies

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Happy Earth Day! Today, in the spirit of the Nature Conservancy’s Picnic for the Planet, I’m linking up with some fabulous fellow food bloggers to celebrate the day with a virtual picnic. We’re all bringing something different, whether it be a side dish, snack, dessert or drink, so be sure to check out all of the links below to get in on all the fun. I’m bringing these apple hand pies, which were easy to make with homemade pie crust that I had stashed in the freezer…but if you’re running short on time, you can use store-bought pie crust as well. Either way, make sure you get out today and enjoy a picnic of your own!


Simple Bites | Pressed Sandwiches
My Baking Addiction | Mixed Berry Cheesecakes in a Jar
Bluebonnets & Brownies | Nanny’s Potato Salad
Gourmande in the Kitchen | Honey Ginger Lemonade
Dine & Dish | Sangria
Add A Pinch | Herbed Tortellini Salad
Bakers Royale | Fruit Recipe Roundup
Three Many Cooks | Black and White Caviar
Food for My Family | Homemade Potato Chips and Avocado Ranch Dip
Tickled Red | Tangy Potato Salad
What’s Cooking with Kids | Kale Chips
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen | Mini Lemonade Cakes
TidyMom | Picnic Pies in a Jar

  • 1 9″ pie crust
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp bourbon or rum (optional)
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp water (for egg wash)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. To make the filling, combine the diced apples, flour, sugars, cinnamon, salt, and bourbon or rum. Stir until well-coated.

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Roll the pie crust out to about 1/4″ thick. Using a 4″ cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out circles. Drop 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoon of the filling on to each circle of dough.

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Fold the top of the dough over the bottom, and seal the edges. Place the pies on the baking sheet and brush with the egg wash. Cut a small slit in the top of each pie.

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Bake 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

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Makes about 10 pies.

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31 Responses to “Earth Day Virtual Picnic – Apple Hand Pies”

  1. 1 Cookbook Queen Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Apple pie is one of my most favorite desserts!! These look fabulous!! xoxo

  2. 2 TidyMom Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 8:18 am

    these look fantastic Tracy…….hand pies are on my list to make soon! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 3 Tickled Red Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 9:16 am

    These are adorable, I’m so glad that you chose these for dessert…yummy! Wish we were closer today :) Happy Earth Day!

  4. 4 Camille Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:34 am

    We are celebrating Mother’s day early….think these need to be on the menu

  5. 5 Robyn | Add a Pinch Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I love apple pies! These look delicious and so beautiful, Tracy.

  6. 6 Jenna Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Yum! I love apple pie, and this looks like an awesome and fun variation.

  7. 7 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Tracy, these are so so adorable!! I would love to have these at any picnic.. and would probably stuff myself silly with them first, before anything I *should* be eating.

  8. 8 Amanda Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    How cute are these! They look just wonderful :)

  9. 9 Kristen Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    You are right – these are the perfect picnic fare! My kids would love these, for sure.

  10. 10 Katrina Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Hand pies make me swoon! I especially like this apple variety. Happy Earth Day to you!

  11. 11 Monica Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I love making mini-pies. Interesting addition of the bourbon/rum, I’ll have to try that next time.

  12. 12 G. Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    what a great idea. My kiddos would love these!

  13. 13 Shaina Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Love hand pies! They are the quintessential picnic food.

  14. 14 Wenderly Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Those pies are the cutest! I’ll need to give those a try!

  15. 15 marla {family fresh cooking} Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Now who wouldn’t adore these hand pies at a picnic! Great idea & seem simple to put together in a pinch.

  16. 16 Nancy @SensitivePantry Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I am so ready for this picnic. Been reading everyone’s posts and I’m about ready to hop in the car and visit all of you to partake in the fabulous food. I would never think of hand pies for a picnic dessert but it’s a natural! Perfect for any occasion and all ages.

  17. 17 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Portable apple pies! Yum, I love how simple they are to make too.

  18. 18 Maggy@ThreeManyCooks Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    These are so cute! They appeal to me because I always like to eat with my hands :) I bet you could put a lot of seasonal fruits in there too.

  19. 19 Cookin' Canuck Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Love the idea of the virtual picnic. These hand pies are a fantastic dessert idea for a picnic. So fun!

  20. 20 Aimee @ Simple Bites Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 7:29 am

    These are just perfect in every way, Tracy. I wouldn’t be bringing any home with me after the picnic, that is for sure.

    Thanks for joining us! Happy Earth Day!

  21. 21 Jamie | My Baking Addiction Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I am a sucker for anything miniature, so these hand pies are absolutely my type of picnic food!

  22. 22 shelly (cookies and cups) Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 9:41 am

    What a great idea! Just like McDonalds, but I bet wayyyy better :)

  23. 23 Christina @ This Woman Cooks! Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I want one! They are so cute!

  24. 24 Maris (In Good Taste) Says:
    April 24th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    These are adorable and so easy to eat!

  25. 25 Jenny Flake Says:
    April 25th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Those really are the cutest little pies ever! Love them :)

  26. 26 naomi Says:
    April 28th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    EEEK- So freaking adorable! I love these pies.

  27. 27 Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) Says:
    April 28th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I love this post – it is the perfect blueprint for anything in season. And it’s hard to resist hand-held food…especially if it’s little :-)

  28. 28 bridget {bake at 350} Says:
    April 30th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    These are just darling, Tracy!!!

  29. 29 The Food Allergy Mom Says:
    May 27th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Just made these this afternoon for our big cookout this weekend. They are really easy to make and delicious! I’ve made several of your recipes and have loved all of them.

  30. 30 Jennifer Says:
    January 6th, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    These look so yummy that I had to pin them. I hope you don’t mind.

  31. 31 jennifer Says:
    January 6th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Ok. I didn’t see the copyright details before I pinned. I have deleted it. I am so sorry.

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