Apple Hand Pies are fried mini apple pies with a homemade pie crust loaded with apple pie filling and topped with a sweet glaze. Try my Apple Pie Dessert Nachos for another fun and delicious way to get all the taste from a traditional apple pie.

Apple Hand Pies on Cutting Board

Apple Hand Pies

Apple Hand Pies are a fun and easy way to enjoy individual apple pies. There is no need to make an entire apple pie if you don’t want to; these hand pies give you that apple pie taste in a matter of minutes. If you want to add your own touch to the dessert, you can make your own homemade pie crust and apple pie filling. But, of course, you can also simply buy those two things ahead of time.

Process of Filling Apple Hand Pies

How to Make Apple Hand Pies

These apple hand pies are easy to make and such a fun treat to serve. First, roll out the pie crust to a thickness of 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick. Use a 4-5 inch round cookie cutter to cut out 10-11 mini pie crusts. (We used a 4 1/2-inch round cookie/biscuit cutter.) Next, add 1-2 tablespoons of the apple pie filling to each round. You may have to adjust this amount, depending on the size of each round.

Fold over each pie crust, like a half-moon shape, and seal and crimp the edges. To seal the crusts, dab water around the edge before folding. I just use a fork to get a crimped edge. Set aside as you make the glaze.

How to Make the Glaze

To make the glaze that will top the apple hand pies, simply mix the confectioners’ sugar with 3 tablespoons of milk until smooth and creamy. If the glaze is too thick, add another tablespoon of milk to get to your desired consistency. Set the glaze aside as you fry the pies.

Apple Hand Pies on Plate

Frying Apple Hand Pies

Once your apple hand pies are folded, sealed, and crimped, it’s time to get them fried and glazed. First, fill a pan 2-3 inches with oil. Use a candy thermometer to check for an oil temperature of 375°F. This usually takes about 15 minutes. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, here are a few tricks you can use to check when the oil is ready:

  1. One method to test the oil temperature is to put the handle of a wooden spoon into the hot oil. The oil will start to bubble steadily when it’s good to go. If you are seeing the oil bubbling like crazy, it’s too hot and needs to cool down a bit. If there are only a few to no bubbles, it’s not hot enough.
  2. Another method is using a 1-inch square of bread. Carefully put the bread into the oil and if it browns in 60 seconds, the oil is ready.
  3. My favorite method is the popcorn test. Put a kernel of popcorn into the pan of oil as soon as you begin heating up the oil. As soon as that kernel pops, the oil is ready!

Once the oil is up to temperature, place 2-3 apple pies into the oil. Fry each until golden brown, or 3-4 minutes. Place the fried pies onto a cooling rack that is lined with a paper towel. Repeat with the remaining pies. Note: The oil temperature tends to cool down a bit after each batch, so you may have to wait a few minutes for the oil to heat up again before frying the next batch.

Can I use an Air Fryer?

Yes! To save on the mess and extra calories, these apple hand pies can surely be made in an air fryer. To make them, follow the instructions to make the hand pies. But, instead of heating up oil, spray the basket of an air fryer with nonstick cooking spray.

Place a few of the apple hand pies into the basket, spraying the tops with cooking spray. Air fry the pockets for about 5 minutes at 360°F. Flip them over and air fry them for another 4 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the pockets. They will be golden brown when done. Don’t forget to add the glaze! If you have an air fryer, be sure to check out my Air Fryer Apple Pie Bombs next! This is the Air Fryer I use, and we love it! (affiliate link)

Apple Hand Pies on Plate with One Bit Into

How to Glaze the Apple Hand Pies

There are a couple of ways to glaze the warm pies. One way to glaze them is to put a piece of parchment paper underneath the cooling rack and drizzle the glaze over each one. Another option would be to use a large fork to dip the pies into the bowl of glaze. Either way, they will be delicious and fun to share. Serve immediately.

Apple Hand Pie Bit Into Showing Inside

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5 from 8 votes

Apple Hand Pies

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Apple Hand Pies are fried mini apple pies with a homemade pie crust loaded with apple pie filling and topped with a sweet glaze.


Apple Hand Pies

  • 1 pie crust, homemade or storebought
  • 1 cup apple pie filling
  • Canola or vegetable oil, for frying


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk


Apple Hand Pies

  • Roll out the pie crust to 1/8 -1/4 inch thick and use a cookie cutter to cut the crust into 4-5-inch rounds. (You should get 10-11 pie crust rounds.)
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of apple pie filling to each round. (If you made your own apple pie filling, let it cool before adding to the crust.)
  • Fold each mini pie crust (half-moon shape), rubbing water around to edge to help seal it. Crimp with a fork.


  • Mix confectioners' sugar and 3 tablespoons milk in a bowl until smooth and creamy. If too thick, add in another tablespoon milk. Set aside.

Frying Apple Hand Pies

  • Fill a frying pan 2-3 inches with oil. Heat over medium heat until the oil reaches 375°F with a candy thermometer.
  • Place 2-3 apple hand pies into the pan. Fry until golden brown (3-4 minutes). Transfer to a paper towel-lined cooling rack.
  • While the hand pies are still warm, coat with the glaze. You can coat the pies by drizzling the glaze over each pie or dipping each pie into the bowl of glaze using a large fork. Serve immediately.


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Reader Comments

  1. I like Apple Hand Pies and these look delish but I am trying to stay away from fried foods (sad). Are these bake-able? If so, what temp would you recommend?

    1. Hi Mike! You can bake them: put them on a parchment-lined (or prepared) baking sheet at 400°F for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. We didn’t love the texture of this method, but after coating them in the glaze, it was pretty good. 🙂

  2. I made it and it came out soooooooooooooooooooooooo good I love it so much my husband was Amazed 💕💕

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