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Seven Heart-shaped Apple Spiced Hand Pies on top of a red cloth napkin

There are three very special things I love about hand pies.  One, hand pies are so easy to make. You get the satisfaction of eating a delicious pie without all the fuss.   Another thing I love is the fact that you don’t need a plate and fork.  Just pick them up and eat them with your hands.   The third thing I love about this particular recipe for hand pies is that there is no need to make a dough crust.  I went the easy route and used Pillsbury’s pre-made pie dough.  This delicious dough gives these pies a light and flaky crust.  Simply open the package and roll out the dough which is then ready to cut into shapes and fill.

Twelve heart-shaped Apple Spiced Hand Pies on a red cloth napkin in a long serving dish

These cute little pies are perfect for a Valentine’s Day dessert.  I found an adorable heart shaped pastry cutter from Sur la Table after Valentine’s Day last year and have been waiting all year to finally use it.

Using the pre-made pie dough makes this dessert so easy to make.  Simply unroll the dough and cut the shapes out.

Start out by unwrapping and unrolling the dough.

Three packages of rolled dough on a cutting board

Use your cookie cutter to cut shapes out of the dough.

Eight heart-shaped pieces of dough on a cutting board next to a heart-shaped cutter

Prepare a delicious mixture of chopped apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, flour and lemon juice.

Chopped apples coated in cinnamon sugar in a large mixing bowl with a spoon

Place a heaping tablespoon of the apple spiced mixture in the center of the dough

Chopped apples coated with cinnamon sugar on top of a heart-shaped piece of dough

 Place another piece of dough over the top and seal the ends with the tines of a fork.

Another piece of dough on top cinnamon sugar apples with a fork marks on the outside of the dough

Place the pies on a lined baking sheet and brush an egg wash over each pie.

Twelve heart-shaped Apple Spiced Hand Pies on parchment paper on a baking sheet

Sprinkle a little sugar over the tops and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Six heart-shaped Apple Spiced Hand Pies fresh out of the oven on parchment paper on a baking sheet

Transfer the pies to a rack to cool.

Heart-shaped Apple Spiced Hand Pies on a cooling rack

There’s a perfect amount of sweet filling stuffed inside each flaky pastry.  This dessert would be perfect to make for your Valentine’s Day celebration.

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    1. Mindy, Thanks so much for pointing out that I forgot to note the oven temperature. The pies should bake in a 375 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.