For me, the backbone of any delicious pie is a rich and luxurious pie crust. Flakey, golden, buttery, and slightly sweet, it should be just as flavorful as the filling…


When making hand pies, the crust makes up a good portion of the sweet, so having a really great crust is even more important. In this crust recipe you will grate frozen butter. Doing so will keep the butter from melting while you’re making the crust, and the cold small shards of butter in the dough will melt while baking in the oven, creating little pockets of butter and air that create the textural sensation we know as flakiness. I added some rosemary to the crust and inside the pies as well, the result was a wonderfully sweet and spiced array of little pies, perfect for a picnic or a bit of pie-on-the-go! – eva

Apple & Rosemary Hand Pies
By Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking
Makes about 12 hand pies



• 2 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into roughly 1/2-inch pieces
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


• 4 cups flour
• 1 and 1/3 cups unsalted butter, frozen
• 2/3 cup water
• 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
• 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
• 1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Egg Wash:

• 1 egg whisked with 1 tablespoon water

• First make the pie crust. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Grate the frozen butter over the bowl on the largest hole setting, stopping every couple minutes to stir in the grated butter bits so that they don’t form one giant butter shard clump. Add the water in small increments, stirring, until all the water is added. Knead the dough for about 30 seconds to help disperse the moisture, then grab a handful of the mixture and squeeze. If it generally sticks together when you let go, it is fine. If it completely crumbles apart, it needs another tablespoon
or two of water. Once the dough holds its shape, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.

• To prepare the filling, toss the apples with the honey, sugars, rosemary, and cinnamon until the apples slices are coated in the mixture. Set aside.

• Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. To assemble, roll out the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut 5-inch diameter circles out of the dough and place them on the baking sheet. Add about 2 heaping tablespoons of the filling to one side of the circle, keeping it away from the edges. Dip your finger in water and run it along the edge of the side without the filling. Fold that side over the filling and press the edges together with your thumb and forefinger to seal. Repeat until all the dough or filling is used up.

• Lightly brush the hand pies with the egg wash. Use a small sharp knife, such as a paring knife, to cut 3 slits in the top of each hand pie to allow steam to escape. Place the pan in the oven and bake in the center rack for about 45-55 minutes or until the hand pies are golden brown and hard when you poke them. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before serving.

thanks for another beautiful recipe, eva!

(recipe + photos by Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking for designlovefest– want more food posts? go here!)


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    If these just aren’t the most delicious, and gorgeous hand pies I’ve seen, I just don’t know what is. Such an amazing recipe too!

    kristin says:

    would never think of pairing apple and rosemary but now that you suggest it, it sounds delicious!

    brita says:

    Apple and Rosemary is a combination that I have never tried before. Sounds great though!!

    I love eva’s recipes. Nice to see one over here 🙂

    Eva’s beautiful photography and delicious recipes continue to amaze me. This one is yet another example.
    This is a great recipe to help us use the juicy apples that the autumn will bring our way.

    204 Park says:

    I love apple anything, especially for fall! These look too good! xo, Sarah

    This looks incredible. So ready for apple season.

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    Angela Price says:

    Great recipe! Rosemary and apples are a perfect fall combination. I also want to try these with 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 all purpose.

    Teri says:

    Delicious combination of sweet with rosemary!! I loved it! The crust didn’t turn out great for me, a little tough and too thick. Totally my fault though as I didn’t use the egg wash.

    Peggy says:

    Beautiful photography. The apple pie/rosemary combo sounds interesting. I have some rosemary in my garden. I may have to give this a try. I really like the idea of the rosemary in the crust.

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