This is a bit of a loosey-goosey recipe, so if that worries you, I’d try a different one. I based it on two recipes that had very different instructions. I’ve made this one twice, following the instructions I came up with below, but because I’m not working from my home kitchen, the ingredient amounts aren’t exact.


  • Enough pie dough to make one crust. (I recommend Trader Joe’s or make your own. If you have two crusts, double the apple filling amounts.)
  • 2 or 3 crisp, tart apples
  • 1/8-1/4 cup white or brown sugar (or a combination of the two) plus more for sprinkling
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg or a few tablespoons milk or cream

Make the Filling:

  • Mix sugar(s), cinnamon and spices in a medium glass or metal bowl.
  • Peel, core and dice apples.
  • Toss apples with sugar mixture and taste. Add more sugar as needed.
  • Brown butter in a large skillet.
  • Cook apples in butter about 5 minutes, until soft and sticky but not mushy. Transfer back to the bowl to cool.

Prepare crust:

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface or between sheets of waxed paper until about 1/8” thick. Cut into 4-5” circles or squares, as desired. Don’t re-roll more than twice. Chill cut pieces on the baking sheet for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Beat egg (if using) in a small bowl with a dash of water or milk. Brush a small amount of the egg mixture (or cream) along the edges of each piece of chilled dough.
  • Spoon ¼ – 1/3 cup of apple mixture into the center of each piece of dough, leaving any liquid behind. Don’t overfill.
  • Fold dough over (into a half-moon or triangle) and crimp edges to close. Brush each pie with egg mixture and sprinkle with sugar. Poke a few vent holes in the top of each pie.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until crust is golden brown. Let cool slightly before filling.
This is why you want parchment paper. Especially if you, like me, tend to overfill.
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