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Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies

Simple, delicious and only a handful of ingredients, these Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies are bursting with fall flavor and are fairly quick to prepare!

A TASTY AIR FRYER APPLE DESSERT RECIPE

Fall is in the air and when that happens, I start busting out all my fall recipes. I have a lovely green apple tree in my backyard that has finally stared producing fruit. So, of course, I love to come up with fun new ways to use them. These Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies are quickly becoming one of my favorites. I don’t even have to turn on the oven! These Hand Pies are filled with a sweet and tart homemade apple filling then they are covered with a simple cinnamon powdered sugar glaze. If you are looking for some amazing Fall treats and want to utilize your air fryer, then you have to make this Air Fryer Hand Pie recipe!

Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies stacked on wooden board with some hand pies split open showing inside.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kind of apples are best?

For this recipe I used Granny Smith apples. Green apples hold up best in baking since they don’t turn to mush. Golden Delicious apples also work well in this recipe.

What size air fryer is best?

I use a 5.8 quart for this recipe. You can use any size as you will have to cook in batches regardless of how large your air fryer.

What temperature should I air fry?

I found that 360F degrees was the optimal temperature. You do not need to preheat the air fryer first.

Can I make my own pie crust?

Absolutely! If you would rather use a a homemade pie crust, you can use your favorite recipe.

How long do these need to cook?

These will cook for around 8-10 minutes. However, please remember, all air fryers will cook slightly differently depending on brand. Cooking times will vary so keep an eye on them as they are baking.

Why do I need to put an X or a slit on the top?

This is done to help the air in the hand pies escape why cooking. If you do not do this they can pop open and the filling will spill out. It doesn’t need to be an X, it can just be some slits.

Can I just use canned apple pie filling?

Yes, this recipe works with any canned pie filling.

How do I store leftovers?

These can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container where they will keep for up to 2-4 days or in the refrigerator for 5-7. These can also be frozen. Place in a freezer container and they will keep in the freezer where they will keep for up to 3 months. To defrost, remove to the refrigerator overnight then to the countertop to come to room temperature.

Pinterest image of Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies on wooden board glazed.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • green apples (Granny Smith)
  • light brown sugar
  • salted butter
  • lemon juice
  • ground cinnamon
  • refrigerated pie crust
  • egg
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • olive oil cooking spray
Ingredients needed: apples, brown sugar, unsalted butter, lemon juice, ground cinnamon, refrigerated pie crust, egg, powdered sugar, milk, ground cinnamon.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER APPLE HAND PIES

Add all apple pie filling ingredients to a medium-sized saucepan. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the apples are softened and sauce has thickened. Set aside to cool.

collage of two photos: filling ingredients added to pan; finished pie filling cooked together in pan.

Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of milk in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, teaspoon of ground cinnamon and remaining milk to create a glaze, set aside.

collage of two photos: egg wash mixed together in bowl; glaze mixed together in bowl.

Cut 4 inch circles out of the pie pastry (you can use a small bowl or a large glass to use as a guide). Save the pastry scraps and roll out with a rolling pin to create additional circles. Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of the cooled apple pie filling into the center of each circle.

Fold over to create a half circle. Seal the pastry by crimping the edges with a fork or with your hands. Use a knife to cut a small slit or X into the top center of each hand pie.

collage of three photos: pie crust cut into circles on wooden board; apple filling placed in pie crust circle; hand pies folded together on wooden board.

Spray the air fryer with olive oil cooking spray. Olive oil cooking spray won’t gum up your basket like other sprays. Working in batches, place several hand pies in the air fryer, lightly brush the top of each hand pie with the beaten egg wash and cook at 360 degrees F on the air fry setting for 5 minutes.

Flip the hand pies and cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until the apple hand pies are golden brown and cooked through. Set aside hand pies to cool on a wire rack and repeat with the remaining pies. Once the pies have cooled, drizzle or brush the glaze across the outside of the hand pies.

collage of three photos: uncooked hand pies in air fryer basket being brushed with egg wash; finished hand pies in air fryer basket; pastry brush brushing hand pies with glaze.

Allow the glaze to set before serving, enjoy!

Close up of Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies stacked with split ones on top showing inside.

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Close up of finished glazed Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies on wooden board.

Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies

Simple, delicious and only a handful of ingredients, these Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies are bursting with fall flavor and are fairly quick to prepare!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 2 medium green apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the hand pies:

  • 1 package refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts per box)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk, divided use
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • olive oil cooking spray

Instructions

  • Add all apple pie filling ingredients to a medium sized saucepan.
    Filling ingredients added to pan.
  • Over medium high heat, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the apples are softened and sauce has thickened. Set aside to cool.
    Finished pie filling cooked together in pan.
  • Beat the egg with 1 Tablespoon of milk in a small bowl and set aside.
    Egg wash mixed together in bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, teaspoon of ground cinnamon and remaining milk to create a glaze, set aside.
    Glazed mixed together in bowl.
  • Cut 4 inch circles out of the pie pastry. Save the pastry scraps and roll out with a rolling pin to create additional circles.
    Pie crust cut into circles on wooden board.
  • Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of the cooled apple pie filling into the center of each circle.
    Apple filling placed in pie crust circle.
  • Brush some of the egg wash around the inside of the pie crust circles (this will help keep it sealed) Fold over to create a half circle. Seal the pastry by crimping the edges with a fork or with your hands.
    Hand pies folded together on wooden board.
  • Use a knife to cut a small slit or X into the top center of each hand pie.
  • Spray the air fryer with cooking spray. Working in batches, place several hand pies in the air fryer, lightly brush the top of each hand pie with the beaten egg wash and cook at 360 degrees F on the air fry setting for 5 minutes.
    Uncooked hand pies in air fryer basket being brushed with egg wash.
  • Flip the hand pies and cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until the apple hand pies are golden brown and cooked through. Set aside hand pies to cool on a wire rack and repeat with the remaining pies.
    Finished hand pies in air fryer basket.
  • Once the pies have cooled, drizzle or brush the glaze across the outside of the hand pies.
    Pastry brush brushing hand pies with glaze.
  • Allow the glaze to set before serving, enjoy!
    Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies stacked on wooden board with some hand pies split open showing inside.

Video

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Notes

  • Using olive oil cooking spray will not gunk up your air fryer basket like other sprays.
  • I used Granny Smith apples.
  • You can use store-bought apple pie filling.
  • Make your own homemade pie crust instead of refrigerated.
  • Easily double this recipe.
  • These can be frozen. See above on how to do that.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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