Bourbon Apple Hand Pies

Eat your pie without a fork…

Bourbon Apple Hand Pies by Nutmeg Nanny

Bourbon apple hand pies. Yeah, say that 5 times fast.

After looking at these pictures I realized that I really need to work on my hand pie making skills. Obviously they are not bakery worthy but they are totally fine for me, myself and I. Oh and the husband. He is a pretty big fan of pie. But then again who isn’t?

That’s why you’re going to LOVE this week. It’s pie week!

Bourbon Apple Hand Pies by Nutmeg Nanny

This week Audra from The Baker chick and myself are co-hosting Pie Week! Both of us (along with a few other bloggers) are bringing you nothing but pie. Hand pies, sweet pies, savory pies…you get it. Plus we are giving away LOTS of pie themed prizes. Today’s giveaway is sponsored by King Arthur Flour and Cabot. Both companies I love and have talked about numerous times. Just wait till you see whats up for grabs! {Giveaway portion now closed}

Bourbon Apple Hand Pies by Nutmeg Nanny



Bourbon Apple Hand Pies

These sweet apple hand pies are spiked with bourbon and are the perfect size for snacking. Eat alone or smothered in ice cream. It's your sweet choice.

Yield: 8 hand pies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


Pie Crust:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup cold lard, cut into small cubes*
  • 5-6 tablespoons ice water


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2-1/2 cup chopped apples
  • 2 tablespoons Truvia Baking Blend*
  • 1/2 teaspoon molasses*
  • 3/4 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon

* If you're not a fan of lard you can substitute by using more butter, crisco or butter flavored crisco.


For Pie Crust:
In a large bowl whisk together flour and kosher salt.

Add butter and lard and blend into the flour using a pastry blender until the flour resembles wet sand with little pieces of pea size butter/lard pieces.

Add in 3 tablespoons ice cold water and mix. Add in more water until you reach a consistency that will hold together and roll out.

Flour your rolling surface and rolling pin. Cut the dough ball in half, and roll out both halves of the dough into a 9-inch circles.

Cut each dough circle into quarters, add to a silpat lined baking sheet and chill while you make your filling. You may need to use 2 baking sheets.

Note: This recipe makes TWO 9-inch pie crusts and can be cut in half.

For filling:
In a skillet add butter and melt over medium heat.

Add in apples, Truvia baking blend, molasses, apple pie spice and bourbon.

Cook for about 7 minutes until the mixture has thickened a bit and apples are soft but not falling apart.

Remove from heat and let cook to room temperature.

While the apples cool preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Once the apples are cool add about 2-3 tablespoons filling in the middle, fold over and press together the edges with a fork and cut an X into the middle of the top.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes until lightly browned and fully cooked.

Note: *You can also use 1/4 cup brown sugar

Disclosure: Truvia has provided me with compensation to create recipes using their products for the The Truvia Kitchen Cabinet

20 Responses to “Bourbon Apple Hand Pies”

  1. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — November 18, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Look at that flaky crust, these look super delicious! I’ve never made hand pies but that needs to change. And I think yours look perfect:-)

  2. #
    Candace @ Cabot — November 18, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I just knew you’d come up with something irresistible for Pie Week and with these gorgeous little hand pies, you’ve outdone yourself! Thanks for including Cabot in the Pie Week fun!

  3. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 18, 2013 at 8:42 am

    This flavour combo is perfect! Plus, pie week is awesome!!

  4. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — November 18, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Thanks for hosting Pie Week with me Brandy! I love the ease of hand pies- these are adorable and so perfect for pie on the go!

  5. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver — November 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Your hand pie baking skills look totally legit to me!! These are so fabulous, and bourbon – girlfriend, you know the way to my heart!

  6. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — November 18, 2013 at 10:18 am

    You had me at bourbon & apples! I think I may need to forgo the traditional apple pie for 100 of these hand pies this year!

  7. #
    Tracey — November 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    These look amazing – apples and bourbon were meant to be together! Can’t wait to join in on Pie Week with you guys later this week 🙂

  8. #
    Joanne — November 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Digging into a pie that doesn’t even require a fork sounds good to me!! That means there’s less getting in the way of me and my slice.

  9. #
    willie Wonka — November 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    are you really using lard?

  10. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 19, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Bourbon. Pie. Molasses. Apples. WINNER! Pinned 🙂

  11. #
    Yankee Kitchen Ninja (Julianne) — November 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I love hand pies! (And coincidentally just posted about some, too.) For some reason, I just don’t like regular pie but a portable hand pie seems like more of a snack. With bourbon. 🙂

  12. #
    grace — November 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    i find myself slipping bourbon into a lot of stuff these days. not sure if that’s good or bad… 🙂

  13. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — November 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Such an amazing pie week. Thank you so much for including me in Pie Week! These hand pies look amazing! I actually have some left over bourbon from making vanilla extract. These may have to happen. 😀


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