Leaf Shaped Apple Hand Pies

Sometimes you want to enjoy apple pie without making a full pie, and that’s when you turn to hand pies. They’re simple, easy to make, and fun to give as gift. I’ve got a printable template to help you create these delicious Leaf Shaped Apple Hand Pies for an extra festive dessert!

  • Author: Marisa Guerra
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert



Pie Dough

  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 2– 2 ¼ tbsp ice cold water

Apple Filling

  • 1 pink lady or honeycrisp apple
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon


  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp water
  • Turbinado sugar, for topping


Apple Hand Pies

  1. Preheat oven to 375º degrees.
  2. As the oven preheats, download, print, and cut out the leaf template.
  3. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Blend the butter into the flour mixture with your hands or a pastry blender until the butter is about pea sized.
  5. Pour the water over the flour and stir together until it begins to form into a dough.
  6. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 15 minutes.
  7. While the dough chills, peel and dice the apple into small pieces and place them in a small bowl. Stir in the sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  8. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Place the leaf template over the dough and carefully cut around it using a sharp pairing knife. Transfer each leaf to a parchment lined baking sheet and place back into the fridge until ready to use.
  9. Repeat this process, rerolling the dough as needed, until you have cut out four of both types of leaves for a total of four hand pies.
  10. While the leaves chill in the fridge, whisk together the egg and water.
  11. Carefully scoop a little bit of the apple filling into the center of two of each type of leaf.
  12. Brush the egg wash around the rim of each leaf that you added apples to before carefully topping each with its matching top and gently pushing down to make sure they adhere. Use a sharp knife to cut off any excess dough.
  13. Coat each hand pie with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake hand pies for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  14. Enjoy!
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