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Caramel Apple Hand Pies (Giveaway is now Over)

Living the Gourmet is happy to announce the winners of MUG CAKES GIVEAWAY are...

Cindy of Little Miss Celebration  and Rose of Randomcreative Art

Congratulations ladies and thank you to everyone who entered!!

175 Best Mini Pie Recipes is a deliciously written cookbook that is sure to please with its diverse collection of sweet and savory palm-sized delights!

Julie Anne Hession is a true inspiration for any aspiring foodie blogger.  She combined her passion for food with her love of words to become a successful chef, food writer, competitive cook and food blogger.  Her creations have been featured in many articles, most notably O, the Oprah Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens and Food Network Magazine.

What a pleasure it was to review her new book, 175 Best Mini Pie Recipes.  Each recipe is perfectly detailed and meticulously thought out.  It’s an easy guide for preparing party favorites like her Pork Empanadas with Salsa Verde or her Blueberry Lemon Pie Pops.  Pie Pops are a favorite amongst the kids!

There is a beautiful array of pie dough recipes from whole wheat to vegan, tart shells and galettes, flaky pie crusts to shortcut puff pastry.  Needless to say, there is something for everyone. 

Today I bring you Julie’s Caramel Apple Hand Pies.  Since fall is just around the corner, I thought it would be a nice recipe to feature.

These hand pies were soft and flaky, but it’s the caramel sauce that really makes this treat great.  A hint of salty sweetness perfectly balances the subtle tartness from the apples.

Not only are they wonderful after dinner, but they’re best warmed in the morning with a cup of coffee.
Please enjoy this wonderful recipe and join us for another fun giveaway!

Living the Gourmet is not only happy to present Julie Hession’s new book, but we are also pleased to offer a copy to one of our readers.

**I was given this product for review.  I was not financially compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
Caramel Apple Hand Pies
(pg. 100)


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoon AP flour
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 recipe All-Butter Pie Dough (recipe given below)
1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
1 recipe Beth’s Salted Caramel Sauce (recipe given below)

All-Butter Pie Dough:

3 cups AP flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
9 oz. cold unsalted butter, cubed
¾ cup ice water
2 teaspoon cider vinegar

Beth’s Salted Caramel Sauce:

1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup water
2 tablespoon corn syrup
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
2/3 cup heavy or whipping cream
1 teaspoon coarse or flaked sea salt


All-Butter Pie Dough:

In food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse flour, sugar, and salt to combine.
Scatter butter over flour mixture and pulse several times, until butter is the size of peas.  Transfer to bowl.
In a small bowl, stir together ice water and vinegar.
Add half of the water mixture to flour mixture, stirring with a fork to combine.  Add more of the water mixture 1 tblsp. at a time, just until dough begins to hold together in moist clumps (you might not need all the mixture).
Shape dough into a ball, then transfer to a large piece of plastic wrap and flatten into a disk.  Wrap tightly in plastic.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Beth’s Salted Caramel Sauce:

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, water and corn syrup.  Bring to a boil whisking constantly until sugar dissolves.  Continue to boil, whisking occasionally, until deep amber in color, 5-6 minutes.
Remove pan from the heat and carefully stir in butter, cream and salt (mixture will bubble vigorously).  Return to low heat and continue to whisk for 2-3 minutes, until caramel is smooth and thickened.  Cool until warm.  Reheat before serving!

Apple Hand Pie Filling:

In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter.  Add apples and lemon juice and cook, stirring, until softened, 3-4 minutes.  Drain and discard excess liquid.  Transfer apples to a medium bowl.  Set aside to cool completely.
In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add to apples and toss to blend.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to slightly thicker than 1/16 inch.  Using cutter, cut into rounds and place on prepared baking sheets, spacing apart.  Reroll scraps as necessary.
Brush edges of rounds with egg wash.  Place about 2 tablespoons apple mixture in center of each round and top with 1 heaping tsp. caramel sauce.  Fold in half, enclosing filling.  Pinch edges together to seal, and crimp with the tines of a fork.
Place pies, on baking sheets, in freezer for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Using tip of a sharp knife, cut 2 or 3 slits in top of each pie.  Baked in preheated oven for 25 -30 minutes, switching positions of baking sheets halfway through, until pies are puffed and golden brown.  Cool on sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes, then drizzle with remaining caramel sauce.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy with Love,




  1. I have to say they look great - yummy!

  2. Catherine these look absolutely delicious!

  3. Catherine, These little 'pies' look great to me. Thanks for the recipe! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  4. Oh!! Yummy! I can just imagine the Salted caramel sauce. Those would be amazing.

  5. Wow, this book has been on my wishlist! The apple hand pie looks wonderful and I am very sure they are delicious too!
    Would really love to win this book!
    Thank you and wish you a lovely week!

  6. Your hand pies look delicious and I'm sure the cookbook has additional delicious recipes.

  7. Mmm, I can imagine dipping this into the sauce and devouring it :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Congratulations to the winners. I wish I'd been one of them. Bugger.

    These look good too. You do the most amazing things on this blog Catherine.

    Have a fabulous day. Big hugs honey. ☺

  9. Congratulations to Cindy and Rose!!

    Looks yummy!! Hope you are having a wonderful day, dear Catherine! blessings ~ tanna

  10. Catherine, these hand pies are beautiful! Perfect to welcome autumn!

  11. Wow, your hand pies look fantastic (apple desserts are some of my favorites)! And what a wonderful cookbook (and giveaway :)).

  12. Catherine these hand pies look very delicious. perfect for the fall weather we are experiencing here in Upstate NY already. I'd love to get my hand on this cookbook :)

  13. The hand pies look great as does the book.

  14. They look really yummy

  15. Those lucky ladies, Kudos to them! Your hand pies look lovely, Catherine. I absolutely can not show these to Marion. She will want me to make them immediately, lol...I will save the recipe though. Apple season is right around the corner!

    Thank you so much for all your kind words, prayers and this recipe...

    P.S. I read your Newsday interview. Great job!

  16. These looks really yummy. Love mini pies!! Easy serving sizes:):) For those of us who would be tempted to eat them all up!

  17. these mini-pies look perfect for fall!

  18. These portable pies looks absolutely good:)

  19. These hand pies are so pretty. Best of all, they are the perfect size for parties or get-togethers.

  20. these little hand pies are just too cut!! They are the perfect size and i could see us dunking them into a bowl with the caramel.. lol

  21. Nothing better than pie you can walk around with!

  22. I love the combination of apple pie with caramel. These little hand pies look great!

  23. Catherine, the pies are just beautiful. Apple and caramel...there are few combinations that are more amazing! These little pies say "FALL!"

    Thank you so much, and thanks for the giveaway!

    Love, Joy

  24. Dear Catherine,
    These pies look and sound so delicious that my mouth is watering already!
    Cheers darling,

  25. The caramel apple pies are perfect for fall! Thanks for hosting another great giveaway. I look forward to getting the mug cakes book.

  26. I'm so ready for fall and caramel apples! These little hand pies look delicious.

  27. 0hh se ve muy ricos tus pasteles mi querida Katy especial para una fiesta,saludos y abrazos

  28. Hi Catherine,
    It is nice to meet you! I have enjoyed reading your blog posts. All of your photos are amazing, and the little hand pies look so tasty. I am friends with Louise (Months of Edible Celebrations) and Nee (Nee's Place). I have posted their link on the sidebar of my Italian food blog called "Family Plus Food Equals Love" and they have posted mine on theirs. Your blog is there too. Just wanted to say hi and I am looking forward to all of your new posts and recipes. Blessings...

  29. You're welcome, dear Cate! Thnaks for your visit and congratulations for your beautiful blog! :D It will be a pleasure to follow you, your recipes are wonderful and you are an amazing photographer!<3 Kisses, I wish to have one of this pies.. they seems delicious! :D

  30. I happen to stumble upon your lovely blog through Fooddonelight and can I say, You had me at Wowza! I am wiping my mouth literally with a napkin as I browse through all your delicious looking recipes. The only hard part for me is What To Make First!!! Thank you for your yumminess!!!

  31. WOW! I love anything 'single serving' style...and caramel sauce too. What a wonderful book to inspire us to bake up some special treats.

  32. I am in love with hand pies. Any pie you can walk around with is a friend of mine. This book sounds like something I should have.

  33. Love this book, it would be perfect for my husband and I!

  34. These little hand pies are such a great idea and so convenient. Thanks for introducing me to them! I will give the caramel apple a try for sure.

  35. This looks like an awesome book! I'm a caramel lover so the pies you made are just delicious looking=)

    Lethea B
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

  36. I love love love pie. Hope I win.

  37. My husband is going to love these.


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