Tailgate Hand Pies

Tailgate Hand Pies

Your next tailgate will be a little bit sweeter with these adorable football-shaped hand pies!
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  • Serves: 10 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Step 3

    In a large skillet, melt the butter and add the chopped apples. Cook and stir for 5 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Add the brown sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon to the skillet. Cook and stir until the apples begin to soften, about 7 minutes longer.
  5. Step 5

    Remove the apples from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Cool completely before assembling the hand pies.
  6. Step 6

    On a lightly floured surface, roll one sheet of the frozen puff pastry dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut 10 footballs with a floured 4-in. football-shaped cookie cutter.
  7. Step 7

    Transfer the 10 footballs to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  8. Step 8

    Spoon about 2 tablespoons filling onto center of each football.
  9. Step 9

    Brush edges of the pastry with the beaten egg.
  10. Step 10

    Roll and cut the second sheet of puff pastry and top each football to form the hand pies.
  11. Step 11

    Press with a fork to seal, poke holes to vent, and brush with remaining egg.
  12. Step 12

    Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Let pies stand 5 minutes before removing to wire racks.
  13. Step 13

    Meanwhile, whisk together powdered sugar with the milk, one teaspoon at a time, until thick enough to pipe over the hand pies.
  14. Step 14

    Using a pastry bag or plastic zip top bag with the corner snipped. Pipe the strings over each football. Serve warm or at room temperature.