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Local Apple & Pear Hand Pies

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple, Pear, Specialty Crop
Author: Sarah Buckman


  • box grater (or other large holed grater)
  • medium sauce pan
  • Baking Sheet
  • round cookie cutter (approx. 3-4" in diameter)


  • 1 package frozen pie dough or homemade pie dough
  • 3 local apples
  • 2 local Asian pears
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Make your homemade pie dough or thaw frozen pie dough.
  • Using a grater, grate the local apples and pears and place into a sauce pan with a lid adding one cinnamon stick. Make sure to stop grating before you hit the core and seeds. If you don't have a large-holed grater, you can always dice the apples and pears into small pieces.
  • Heat the grated apples and pears in a sauce pan with a lid on medium heat and continually stir fruit until softened approximately 15-30 minutes.
  • Remove cinnamon stick from filling and let cool slightly before assembling hand pies.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Using a cookie cutter or ring from a mason jar lid, cut out circles from pie dough. You’ll need two circles for one hand pie. If you have a decorative smaller cookie cutter, you can cut the middle of the top dough just for decorative and venting purposes.
  • Using a spoon, scoop a small amount of filling on one of the cut pie doughs and place in the middle. Make sure not to get filling on the edges or it will be hard to close up. Cover the filling and first pie dough with the second layer of dough and cinch/press the edges of the two doughs together with your fingers and then use the tines of a fork to press the edges together again.
  • Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes or until hand pies are golden brown. Cool & serve!