Gluten Free Brown Butter Apple Hand Pies

Gluten Free Brown Butter Apple Hand Pies

Peggy D

"Many years ago, a southern neighbor taught me to make fried apple pies. I wanted something similar but not fried. I combined several recipes I found on the web along with a gluten-free pie crust recipe I found. Although there are several steps, these hand pies are simple. Kids will enjoy helping with the assembly. Terrific warmed in the microwave with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt on the side!"
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1 h 25 m servings 372 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 372 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 28 g
  • 43%
  • Carbs:
  • 29.8g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 138 mg
  • 46%
  • Sodium:
  • 533 mg
  • 21%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Pulse 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, xanthan gum, and salt together in a food processor; add 3/4 cup butter, 2 eggs, and cold water. Blend until evenly mixed and crumbly but holds together when pinched; add more cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed. Form dough into a ball, place in a bowl, and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Mix apples, 1/4 cup white sugar, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  4. Melt 6 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat until foamy; continue cooking and stirring until butter is brown with a nutty aroma, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour browned butter over apple mixture; stir to coat.
  5. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness; cut into 4-inch circles. Whisk 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water together in a bowl; brush egg wash over each circle of dough. Spoon about 2 tablespoons apple filling on 1 half of each circle; fold the other half over the filling. Crimp the edges of each pie together using a fork. Place pies on a baking sheet; brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon white sugar.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until pies are lightly browned, about 30 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • If you don't need it to be gluten-free, you can use any pie crust recipe, pre-made crust, or a can of refrigerated biscuits. Roll each biscuit out to form your crusts.


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I am not much of a baker -- so keep that in mind. I had trouble with the "crumbly but holds together" description; I added lots of extra flour to get the dough as described, then after chilling ...

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