Brandy Apple Hand Pies

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Fall is my favorite season by far.

Vibrant fiery colors blanketing the slopes, crisp air, jackets… I love jackets.

I also love all the fall activities… Hay rides, apple picking, corn mazes.

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Ever been through a corn maze? Oh, you should! Although I must say, I had a little toughening up to do the first time we tried it.

You see, I have this irrational fear of corn fields. It’s silly, I know. Maybe it stems from watching too many scary corn field movies at junior-high slumber parties.

It’s also the noise they make. I bet you know exactly what I’m talking about, if you’ve ever walked down a country road with corn fields on either side.

Towering over you.

Impenetrable.

Crackling in the wind.

Murmuring, rustling… Is someone moving through them, watching? You’ll never know. The haunting sound covers a multitude of sins.

They creep me out to say the least!

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However, when wide well-planned walkways have been cut through, and I have a map, and a hand to hold, I can enjoy them… In the daylight.

In the Asheville area, the Eliada Corn Maze is the best we’ve visited. It is massive, with areas sectioned off for children and beginners. There are also elaborate mazes that may take over an hour to get through. The kids, who have no irrational fear of the stalks, look forward to the corn maze every year.

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When you return home from the corn maze, a fresh fall treat is well deserved. Try these Brandy Apple Hand Pies with CORNmeal Crust as your reward!

These little Brandy Apple Hand Pies are as close to perfect as any pie I’ve ever made.

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The cornmeal crust has a hearty flavor, but delicate texture. The Brandy syrup saturates the apples and wafts through the house with an intoxicating perfume. If only you could bottle the aroma!

Brandy Apple Hand Pies would be a great dessert for fall parites, or even your Halloween party this year. Just use a spooky cookie cutter for the tops!

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Brandy Apple Hand Pies

Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Brandy Apple Hand Pies made with crispy cornmeal crust! These boozy mini apple pies are so enticing you will make them again and again!
Servings: 14 pies
Nutrition Facts
Brandy Apple Hand Pies
Amount Per Serving (1 pie)
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 91mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 14g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 2.4%
Vitamin C 2.2%
Calcium 1%
Iron 6.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

For the Cornmeal Crust:
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teapoons salt
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3-5 tablespoons ice water
For the Filling:
  • 3-4 large tart green apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 5 teaspoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons Brandy liquor
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. For the crust: Add the flour, cornmeal, powdered sugar, and salt to the food processor. Pulse a couple times. Then cut the shortening into cubes and pulse it into the dry mixture. Add 3 tablespoons of ice cold water and pulse until the dough comes together. Add a little more water if needed.
  2. Dump the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and divide it into a large and small piece, about an 80/20 split. Shape the dough into two disks, then wrap both pieces and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Peel and dice the apples.
  4. For the filling: In a small sauce pan, add the butter and remaining six ingredients over medium heat. Stir and bring to a simmer. Then pour the syrup over the apples and toss.

  5. Take the larger disk of dough out of the fridge. Roll it out on a well-floured work surface to approximately 1/8 inch thick. Using a drinking glass with a 3 ½ -4 inch wide rim, cut out dough circles. Press the dough circles into muffin tins. If you gather the extra pieces and re-roll, you should be able to get 14-16 circles.
  6. Fill each crust with an equal portion of apple mixture. Roll out the smaller piece of dough. Using a 2-3 inch decorative cookie cutter, cut out tops for each pie. Place each top on the pies and brush them with the remaining syrup from the apple bowl.
  7. Bake the mini pies for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F, and bake another 15 minutes. If the tops are already golden after the first 15 minutes, lay a sheet of foil over them. Allow the pies to cool completely before trying to remove them from the muffin tins.

Recipe Notes

NOTES: Silicone muffin pans make it extremely easy to extract the pies. If using metal muffin tins, run a small sharp knife around ONE rim at a time, and gently dump one pie out into your hand, before moving on to the next.

If you would like to make this as a whole 9 inch pie, make the crust as directed and split the dough into equal pieces. Then DOUBLE the amount of apples and syrup mixture. Bake the pie for 30 minutes at 425, then 30 minutes at 350.

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61 comments on “Brandy Apple Hand Pies

  1. Emily @ Life on Foodposted August 31, 2016 at 8:47 am Reply

    I laughed about the corn mazes. I am a bit freaked out by them too. So scary. These little pies sounds delicious and they are oh so cute.

  2. Fork on the Roadposted August 30, 2016 at 8:18 am Reply

    Simply lovely, Sommer. There’s nothing like a good apple pie, and these are the perfect handhelds, with a little kick.

    Well done.

    -Glenn K.

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  4. Tricia @ saving room for dessertposted October 4, 2011 at 8:31 am Reply

    Fantastic! I can smell them now :). I’m with you on the corn fields. So many movies come to mind!

  5. Brenposted October 27, 2010 at 11:38 pm Reply

    nice finding your site! lovely apple treats. how awesome to have during a great rainy day during tea time!

  6. Pretty. Good. Food.posted October 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm Reply

    Mmm, these are so cute and look so yummy!:)

  7. Cristina @ TeenieCakesposted October 19, 2010 at 4:56 am Reply

    Oh! I just luv the portion-controlled size of these little pies and the cornmeal crust sounds like great texture. Definitely trying this and saved to recipe file!

  8. Dimahposted October 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm Reply

    These look amazingly delicious! Beautiful photos!

  9. daphneposted October 16, 2010 at 2:53 am Reply

    what a lovely presentation! this apple mini pies looks delicious :)Your kids looks very nice. They're so adorable-=)

  10. Loriposted October 14, 2010 at 12:54 pm Reply

    I just saw a recipe for cornmeal crust and had it clipped out. It sounded delicious and interesting. I love what you have done with it hear. You are a creator!

  11. The Mom Chefposted October 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm Reply

    I'll be saving this one! I'm helping with the preschool Thanksgiving feast and this is a perfect dessert (not a peanut in sight!). Thanks for sharing it.

  12. Meganposted October 13, 2010 at 10:59 pm Reply

    This looks dangerously delicious! Brandy + apple pies, yum!

  13. Pattyposted October 13, 2010 at 10:51 pm Reply

    Oh wow!!! These are adorable and would also make a very lovely snack for my daughter's lunch box! She would go nuts over the decorative tops and the crunchy cornmeal! Yummy! We are going apple picking this weekend, so will plan on making these shortly thereafter!

  14. Stellaposted October 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm Reply

    Hey Sommer! I am trying this concept for sure;) I can whip up a crust in no time. Plus, I love the way the remaining syrup makes them look on top-that's so pretty…

  15. Suchitraposted October 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm Reply

    super sumptuous mini pies…love the recipe

  16. blackbookkitchendiariesposted October 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm Reply

    i love mini pies:) they look really gorgeous. i will have to give this a try soon. thank you for sharing.

  17. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagelsposted October 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm Reply

    Oh my do those look delicious?! And then you went and added brandy, I love you! :) Those mini pies are just incredible and what a great idea to make them also for a Halloween Party. Since I'm Halloween obsessed, I'm definitely taking your suggestion on that. :)

  18. Devakiposted October 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm Reply

    Such a wonderful post in every respect Sommer. Wonderful with the corn, apples and spice. Perfect after a run through the corn maze….wonderful children, yours!

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  19. Quay Po Cooksposted October 13, 2010 at 10:54 am Reply

    Creative indeed! I am so glad I found your blog! So many wonderful recipes and lovely pics.

  20. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted October 13, 2010 at 10:41 am Reply

    Just adorable! Love the brandy syrup idea. Corn mazes sound like immense fun but I've seen enough scary movies (with corn fields) to know how terrifying it can be to have to run through one, for your life, especially at night *Eeeeeek*!

  21. Victoria K.posted October 13, 2010 at 2:46 am Reply

    How cute! I love the stars on top!! Why is it that everything that's individually sized looks so much cooler than the normal-sized stuff? haha

  22. Reeniposted October 12, 2010 at 11:42 pm Reply

    Those couldn't be any cuter! Love the little hit of brandy you put in them. And corn fields do have a certain creepy factor to them – remember the Children of the Corn movies? That's what I think of.

  23. Rosa's Yummy Yumsposted October 12, 2010 at 5:55 pm Reply

    I also love fall! I guess your irrational fear of corn fields comes from watching those scary movies…

    What gorgeous pies! Droolworthy…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  24. Chef Beeposted October 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm Reply

    I love corn meal crust and these look great. I would be proud to have these on my table. Super job.

    Plan B

  25. Sprinkled with Flourposted October 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm Reply

    These look so delicious! I've never tried a cornmeal crust before, I'll have to give this a try:)

  26. 5 Star Foodieposted October 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm Reply

    The mini pies are adorable and sound so good with the addition of brandy!

  27. Biren @ Roti n Riceposted October 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm Reply

    These mini pies are such a great idea! I can almost smell the aroma. Looks like you guys had fun at the corn maze. It's a good thing kids have no fear or they would not experience a lot of things.

    BTW, I love jackets too ;) I need to stay away from the stores…

  28. Carolynposted October 12, 2010 at 11:26 am Reply

    Cute little pies! Why are bite-sized things so much more tasty-looking??? I've refused to watch Children of The Corn my whole life, but I can imagine how much more scary that would make a cornfield seem!

  29. Loraposted October 12, 2010 at 6:09 am Reply

    These are adorable little fall treasures! Great flavors. Love them.

  30. baking.serendipityposted October 12, 2010 at 3:34 am Reply

    I love fall too…primarily because of great recipes like this one! I love the star cut outs on top…it's the perfect touch :)

  31. motherrimmyposted October 12, 2010 at 3:30 am Reply

    So cute! You are so creative!

  32. Sanuraposted October 12, 2010 at 3:24 am Reply

    I love fruit pies with tons of crust. The use of cornmeal and brandy makes this an unique apple recipe.

  33. Joyposted October 12, 2010 at 1:31 am Reply

    I love the crust recipe.

  34. Julie M.posted October 12, 2010 at 12:50 am Reply

    Those look really delicious! Love them!

    I love the look of your corn maze. We have a pretty fun one down this was too that we've made a tradition. We were supposed to go this weekend, but somehow 85 degrees and a pumpkin patch just didn't mesh.

  35. Heather I.posted October 12, 2010 at 12:38 am Reply

    Fall really is magical! And anything with cornmeal crust will draw me in :) And apples. yum, I really need to make these!

  36. [email protected]posted October 12, 2010 at 12:33 am Reply

    These little piea are so cute! I love them – what a great treat!

  37. A SPICY PERSPECTIVEposted October 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm Reply

    Nirmala~ Absolutely on the butter! I was out when I made these, and decided they didn't NEED it for extra flavor because of the cornmeal. But butter would be lovely!

  38. Nirmalaposted October 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm Reply

    Sommer, I hear you on the corn fields. I think of Signs and The Village. Do you think you can substitute butter in place of the shortening? These are so cute and I love the individual servings size.

  39. Chow and Chatterposted October 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm Reply

    wow I love these, and your kids are adorable

  40. A Little Yumminessposted October 11, 2010 at 9:28 pm Reply

    Cute little apple parcels. This gives me something to do with all the apples we picke dthis past weekend

  41. lauraposted October 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm Reply

    So pretty and they sound intoxicatingly delicious (; Sommer! I've never been through a corn maze and it sounds like I've been missing out.

  42. Emily Malloyposted October 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm Reply

    Freakin' adorable.

    …the kids, too ;-)

  43. Pacheco Pattyposted October 11, 2010 at 7:29 pm Reply

    I like the idea of these little tarts for a Halloween dessert, now to figure out the rest of the menu:)

  44. sara @ CaffeInaposted October 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm Reply

    I love small desserts! These are so beautiful. Can I have one?

  45. claireposted October 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm Reply

    first, your kids are too cute!

    Second,those are such a fun little idea- such a perfect fall dessert! Any suggestions for other fillings?

  46. Sophieposted October 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm Reply

    Beautiful pictures,…oooh,..Aaah,..the little apple pies look amazing & must taste so flavoursome!

  47. Susiposted October 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm Reply

    You had me at Brandy! These look fantastic and I love the cornmeal in the crust. They would be a hit served at any get-together! I have to admit I've never been in a corn maze but would love to go :o)

  48. sweetlifeposted October 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm Reply

    How cute…we just went to our first corn maze this Saturday…I was freaking out the whole time, I kept hearing things and hubby thought it was super funny…lol I love these treats and they would go over well after a trip to the corn maze, lol

    sweetlife

  49. Jennifurlaposted October 11, 2010 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Those are adorable, One of my favorite old time horror movies is Children of the Corn

  50. Monetposted October 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm Reply

    These are just stunning…I would be so happy with about 5 of those right now. I loved seeing all of your fall photographs too. I always got scared in corn mazes when I was a child, but I'm sure they would be more fun for me now. Thank you for sharing; what a beautiful, beautiful job!

  51. Magic of Spiceposted October 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm Reply

    These look delicious… Funny about the corn fields, I have never been up close but have seen all those scary movies, lol :)

  52. Annaposted October 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm Reply

    The little pies look adorable, loved the star on top. And how fun was that…I should check if there is something similar around here. ( LA ). Have a great week Sommer.

  53. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted October 11, 2010 at 2:59 pm Reply

    Oh, they look very delicious. I like the idea with the cornmeal instead of flour.
    Your kids are so cute. They look a lot like you. I am sure they had a blast in the maze.

  54. Island Vittlesposted October 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm Reply

    These look delicious — and the tops are so cute! Theresa

  55. Katerinaposted October 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm Reply

    I am sure these treats were excellent for your cute children. They sure have worked for me.

  56. Belinda @zomppaposted October 11, 2010 at 12:25 pm Reply

    These are so gorgeous! I LOVE LOVE LOVE corn mazes! Especially at night with a flashlight.

  57. alwayshungryposted October 11, 2010 at 10:14 am Reply

    yum.
    will try soon.
    thanks!

  58. Sanjeeta kkposted October 11, 2010 at 7:49 am Reply

    Love these cute baked goodies. They look gorgeous, kids are surely going to love them.

  59. vasile (marcedvr)posted October 11, 2010 at 7:23 am Reply

    Looks so yummy! your kids are cute…

  60. Priya Sreeramposted October 11, 2010 at 4:56 am Reply

    this is my first time in your blog. i must say the blog is very impressive , has a funky approach and the recipes are amazing!!!! very very well done. keep it up !

  61. Eileenposted October 11, 2010 at 4:16 am Reply

    Those are such trendy little apple pies! I'd like one right this second… I think I saw Children of the Corn years ago. I can understand you fear – lol!