Apple Hand Pies

I wanted to bake something sweet this weekend and since I had some apples to use I decided to make hand pies.
The great thing about these is you can change the filling for whatever you want to use or whatever is in season! For a perfect summer treat I recommend to eat them with a little vanilla ice cream – for vegan ice cream lovers, I’m a big fan of the Coconut Bliss brand!

Apple Hand Pies

Sweet empanadas filled with apples.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Total time: 50 min


For the Crust

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup margarine
  • 5 tbsp cold water
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the Filling

  • 3 apples
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp margarine
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla powder


  1. Start by making the filling: peel your apples and cut them into small cubes.

  2. Add the margarine into a sauce pan and add the apples. Stir in sugar and vanilla powder. Cook for 15 minutes or until soft. Set aside.

  3. Preheat oven to 180° C.

  4. Then make the crust, add the flour and salt to a bowl and mix well.

  5. Add the margarine and use your hands to mix. The mixture should look like wet sand. Add the water, 1 tbsp at a time and mix with your hands until it forms a loose dough.

  6. Turn onto a well-floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll into a large rectangle. Use a large cutter or small dish to cut out circles. (My circles were around 10 centimeters)

  7. Place circles on a parchment - lined baking sheet. Fill half of each circle with the cooked apples. Use the remaining liquid from the apples around edges. Fold the dough over with your hands and use a fork to seal the edges.

  8. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let it cool down a bit and serve hot, with vanilla ice-cream!

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