Caramel Apple Hand Pies (and a giveaway!)

Yesterday was my one year blogiversary! I really can’t believe it’s been a whole year of baking and posting.  It’s been so amazing (virtually) meeting so many other bloggers and finding a place in such a great community.

A year ago I was in a strange place. My daughter had just started Kindergarten and I kept getting asked about what I was going to do now that she was in school. I knew I didn’t want to go back to teaching. I wanted to continue staying home, but also I wanted to find something for me. Everything I’d been doing for the previous five years had been about my daughter. I knew I wanted to be doing something creative, but had no idea what.

Now, one year later, I know what my passion is. I know what I want to do when I grow up. Baking and blogging make me happy. Sure, spending time with my daughter does too, but there is something about spending time creating food and writing about it that is magical for me. I don’t know what sort of a job I’ll be in five years from now but I do know that it will, in some way, include my baking and this blog. Thank you all for continuing on this journey with me.

Now I may not admit this openly, (oops, I’m about to) but I love presents on birthdays and anniversaries.  (Come on, you know you all think that way too…right?) So because it’s my blogiversary…I’m giving you a present!

I saw this cute petite pie maker at Sur la Table last month. I had to have one. I mean, it makes personal pies. How could I not have one? And, I grabbed two because I knew I’d want to share one with you all, my readers.

It’s super simple to use – just roll out your pie dough and press to cut cute little scalloped circles. Fill with any filling and press again to seal. Bake and eat. It’s a perfect individual dessert make

I made caramel apple pies with mine. Apple is one of my favorite pies and it’s that time of year – caramel apple time. (And yes, I did use a fork to eat mine. Makes it last longer.)

Caramel Apple Hand Pies
Crust recipe by AllRecipes, filling recipe by Crazy for Crust

1 refrigerated pie crust (from a box of two) OR use the following recipe for crust
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, diced and chilled
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup ice water
2 Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon water
1 tablespoon tapioca (for thickening), optional
2 tablespoons caramel sauce


  1. Add the flour and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse once to combine. Add the cold butter and pulse until the mixture becomes coarse. Add the water slowly, one tablespoon at a time, while running the machine until dough comes together in a ball. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Peel and slice the apples thin. Place them, with 1 teaspoon of water, in a skillet over medium-low heat. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Cook for 3 minutes until the apples just begin to lose their very white color. Drain off excess liquid. Stir in tapioca if you are using it. Set aside.
  3. Roll out your crust on a floured surface. Open the petite pie press completely and place it, scalloped side down, on the crust. Punch out two circles. Place one circle in the bottom half of the press. Add half the apple filling. Top with 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce. Place the second crust round on top and press the lid down. You may need to use a little water to help seal the edges. Repeat with rest of crust.  Bake at 350 degrees about 25 minutes. Serve warm (with ice cream, if desired).
*If you don’t have a petite pie maker you can do the same thing by pressing out two circles of crust, adding your filling to the center and then use a fork to press the edges together.
Yield: 2 hand pies


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  1. Congratulations on a wonderful year! That pie maker is adorable 🙂

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  3. Happy anniversary! I’m glad you discovered your passion, I feel the same way about blogging. I can’t imagine not doing it now that I do. I love these little hand pies, so cute!

  4. I follow you on Twitter, GFC and Facebook 🙂

  5. Oh I saw one of these on someone else’s blog and I wanted one so bad! I’d love to win one of these but I’m not sure my waistline needs it (:

  6. Happy 1 year!!! I can’t believe it’s been that long. So many great food posts. Glad you discovered what you want to be when you grow up!!
    Love, Mom

  7. Congrats on 1 year! And yum, those look great!

  8. I love your hand pies – so cute, and with built-in portion control (Oh, who am I kidding? I’d have to eat at least two!). I’ve been coveting a similar maker at Williams Sonoma for a while now, so i’d love to be able to win one 🙂 Congrats on your anniversary!

  9. I’m a follower through GFC 🙂

  10. Now that looks like a fun kitchen toy, and I’m all about presents, too! Happy blogiversary!

  11. I’m your follower on GFC.

  12. I love this!!! The bf would be way too excited if I won! 🙂

  13. I shared your giveaway on Facebook!

  14. Happy Blog-o-versary! I’m thrilled that you’ve found your passion! The pie mold is adorable!

  15. I already subscribe (RSS)

  16. Congratulations! Adorable pie 🙂

  17. First, Happy Blogiversary! And Thanks for coming by Lucy Jane’s Best! I linked up our Double Delish! (cookie/brownie) We are still sooooo new to blogging so I really appreciated your comment. I have sufficiently stalked your blog and I love it! We do lots and lots of baking at Lucy Jane’s so I will be a frequent visitor here. Guess I should start following! 🙂 Thanks again for coming to our site.

  18. Might as well enter your awesome giveaway!! So I just started following with google! Thanks!


  20. Happy 1 year!!! Congrats! Love your blog, would love to win the petite pie maker.

  21. Caramel.Apple.Pie…YUM! That is the cutest little pie maker!

  22. Caramel apple hand pies? With portion control?! I’d like a few, please! Lucky you that you live close to a Sur Le Table store!


  23. I am a fan of Crazy for Crust on Fb!


  24. Thanks for the giveaway; I follow via email. Great idea, I already know how I’ll use it on our blog,

  25. Love it! Looks like a fun thing to use! and the pies look yummy!

  26. and I follow via GFC. 🙂

  27. Happy anniversary Dorothy! Love this recipe and the little cutter, that’s awesome. I’ve tweeted, facebooked as always am a follower :). Congrats!

  28. Delicious! Can’t wait to try these out!

  29. I follow on twitter and facebook <3

  30. These are adorable 🙂 I was thinking about making some with some cinnamon caramel sauce I just got!

    Thanks for linking up today 🙂

  31. Follow on GFC, FB, and twitter

  32. Posted this giveaway on the Something Swanky FB page

  33. I would love to win this handy little gadget!
    royalegacy at gmail dot com

  34. What adorable little pies, and a cute gadget:)

  35. I follow you through email notifications!

  36. I follow you RSS, Facebook, and Twitter.

  37. I post to Facebook about this giveaway.

  38. just found this website via “Something Swanky” on facebook.
    this recipe, along with the individual pie making mold, is absolutely adorbs!!
    definitely going on my list of desserts to make (it’s getting quite long!! ;P )

  39. Holy Cow that’s cool! I follow you with GFC!

  40. Ps…. that pie looks yummy!

  41. These are so darn cute!!! I wanna make them!

  42. I follow you via GFC! And I still wanna make these =o)

  43. You had me at XO! I would’ve grabbed a bunch of those cute individual pie makers!. I follow you on twitter, twitted the giveaway, and linked on Facebook.

  44. My first comment: Thank you for all the inspiration. And happy one year anniversary!

  45. I follow you on Twitter, FB, and Google. 🙂

  46. Happy Blogiversary! I’ve enjoyed your blog – you always have such great recipes. I also love your little pie mold. These look and sound delicious! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  47. Flour me with love sent me…Happy Anniversary! I’m a new comer & quite glad I was directed in your direction.

  48. These look yummy!!

  49. Happy Anniversary! I would love to win this! I follow you on Facebook.

  50. Way to go on your Blog
    Reaching far and near.
    Who knew you would
    Already be celebrating
    The special date of one year.
    Each day reading your blog
    I get such a high
    I just love your recipes
    of all the cakes, cookies and pie[s]!
    If only thru your blog we have met
    I certainly would love to WIN the
    Petite “pielette”…….
    I follow you on facebook
    I have invited many to have a look.
    As for the voting
    I surely hope you win
    To overlook someone like you
    Would just be such a sin.

  51. Fall is the perfect time for pies! Thanks for the chance 🙂

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

  52. I’m your newest GFC follower and FB liker (sarah bee)

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

  53. I found this through another blog, and I’m hooked! I love to cook, but baking is my all-time favorite past time – it makes the house smell heavenly and you get yumminess to share with family and friends. I’m following you on Facebook as well now. I Love the mini pies – maybe it will help my husband portion out his share of the dessert… or he’ll have one in each hand!

  54. I want to thank you all for your kind thoughts on my blog and my 1 year anniversary. I wanted to respond each time I got a comment but didn’t want to skew the giveaway. Thank you all again, I couldn’t be doing this without you. 🙂

  55. Congratulations on your first blog anniversary, Dorothy. Wishing you many more happy years in Blogland. So glad to have virtually met you. 🙂

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