Warm, flaky Mini Apple Pies are easy to make with puff pastry and apple pie filling. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel on top.
These individual pies are so easy to make, and they are irresistibly good! There’s no need to pick up a McDonald’s apple pie when you can make these instead. Store the extras in the freezer and warm them up whenever you want one.
Everything You Need To Make Mini Apple Pies
Why We Love This Recipe
A trip to an apple orchard is such a fun fall activity, and it is something we do every fall. We love picking fresh apples, and they always have the best apple desserts at the bakery! These mini apple pies are inspired by one of the desserts we had at the apple orchard. They are so easy to make with only three ingredients, and everyone loves them.
Ingredients For Mini Apple Pies
You only need three ingredients to make mini apple pies! It doesn’t get easier than that. We used puff pastry for the pie crust, apple pie filling, and an egg (plus a little water) for the egg wash.
- Puff Pastry: Flaky puff pastry makes the perfect crust!
- Apple Pie Filling: We used homemade apple pie filling, but canned would also work.
- Egg: Use an egg and a little water to make an egg wash.
Puff Pastry vs. Pie Crust
We chose puff pastry to make these mini pies because we love how puffy and flaky they are! Plus, using store-bought puff pastry saves time and makes this recipe super easy. That being said, you can swap the puff pastry out with pie crust if you prefer. Your mini apple pies will have the traditional look and flavor but will be delicious in their own way.
How To Make Apple Hand Pies
Once the puff pastry has thawed, roll it out into a large rectangle.
Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into twelve squares or rectangles if you want them to look more like McDonald’s apple pies.
- Circles: If you want your hand pies to be circles, cut out twelve circles of dough using a cookie cutter or by tracing around a small bowl.
- Semicircles: If you want the mini apple pies to be a semicircle, also known as apple turnovers, cut six large circles from the dough.
Fill the center of six of the squares with apple pie filling. I used my homemade apple pie filling, but you can use canned pie filling as well.
Brush the outside edges of each pastry square with egg wash. Top with an additional square of pastry dough, and use a fork to crimp and seal the edges.
- Circles: Follow the same steps when making circles instead of squares.
- Semicicles: For apple turnovers, put the filling on one side of the large circle of dough, fold the plain side up over the pie filling, and crimp the edges to seal.
Bake the mini pies until golden brown; then serve with vanilla ice cream and top it all with hot caramel sauce.
Other Ways To Make It
Copycat McDonalds Apple Pie Recipe
You can make a copycat McDonald’s apple pie with this recipe by making a couple of small changes.
- McDonald’s uses pie crust, but we definitely prefer puff pastry.
- Cut the pieces of puff pastry into narrower rectangles.
- Make slits into the top pastry dough.
- Sprinkle the tops with sugar before baking.
Now that you’ve got this recipe for mini apple pies down, you can try adding other ingredients to make different variations. Here are a few suggestions:
- Apple Pecan: Add chopped pecans to the pie filling
- Cranberry Apple: Add dried cranberries (or raisins if you prefer)
- Apple Blueberry: Add fresh blueberries (or chopped strawberries)
- Caramel Apple: Add chewy caramel baking bits
Mini Apple Pie Toppings
Apple hand pies are delicious just as they are, especially when served warm, like at McDonald’s. But why not take them to the next level by adding some toppings? Here are a few of our favorites:
- Caramel: Drizzle with caramel syrup
- Ice Cream: Top with vanilla 3 ingredient ice cream or marshmallow ice cream
- Glaze: Drizzle with powdered sugar glaze
- Whipped Cream: Top with a dollop of whipped cream
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can store mini apple pies in the freezer in an airtight container for up to two months.
The egg wash helps hold the two crusts together and makes the top crust turn golden brown while baking.
No, fresh apples would not work well in this recipe. But you could use the apples to make homemade apple pie filling and then use the filling to make mini pies.
More Apple Recipes
- With these Caramel Apple Recipes, you can make gourmet apples at home!
- Apple Cider Doughnuts are fried cake donuts that are packed with apple flavor.
- Fried Apples are like apple pie without the crust!
- This Dutch Apple Pie has a fabulous crumble top and is super easy to make.
Mini Apple Pies
- 1 sheet puff pastry thawed
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- ¾ cup apple pie filling
- Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Beat the egg and water until foamy. Set the egg wash aside. Roll out the sheet of puff pastry on a floured surface to about 10×15 inches.
- Cut the puff pastry sheet into 12 squares by making two horizontal cuts and then make three vertical cuts. *See notes for additional methods.
- Brush the edges of one rectangle with the beaten egg and fill the center with apple pie filling.
- Top with an additional rectangle of puff pastry and crimp the edges. Place on a parchment-covered baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining pieces of puff pastry to make 6 mini apple pies in total.
- Bake at 400˚F for 16-19 minutes, until golden brown. Serve with caramel syrup and vanilla ice cream.