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Churro Apple Hand Pies

Susan Hougui |

Fun to make and fun to eat, these gluten-free churro apple hand pies make tasty desserts or special snacks!




  • 2 tablespoons (half stick) butter, unsalted
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten for egg wash


  • 1/4 cup sanding sugar or sparkling sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Optional Equipment

  • sandwich sealer


  1. Bring puff pastry dough to room temperature. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add apples, both sugars, lemon juice, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Dust counter with gluten-free flour. Take puff pastry dough and roll it out to approximately 1/4-inch thick.
  4. Cut into rounds or squares. Then take about 1 to 2 tablespoons of filling and put in the center of the dough. Brush edges with egg wash and place another round on top. Press edges tightly. You can use a cut and seal press as well.
  5. Place on a sheet pan with parchment paper. Brush tops with egg wash, and then top with sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  6. Bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

You can freeze and reheat as needed. Heat oven to 375°F and bake until internal temp of 165°F is reached, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Makes 10-15 pies

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