5 from 1 vote
Apple Caramel Hand Pies/Tarts
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Delicious mini hand pies filled with a creamy apple filling with caramel, wrapped around crispy puff pastry.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appple, dessert tart, hand pies
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 879 kcal
Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
  • 2 puff pastry sheets thawed
  • 2 large apples peeled, cored, sliced
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 heaping spoons of dulce de leche or cooked sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
Egg Wash
  • Sprinkling Sugar
  1. Place 2 sliced apples, 2/3 cups sugar, 2 tsp lemon juice and 1 Tbsp vanilla extract in a pot over medium heat. Cook with lid off, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes, or until soft and tender. Add 2 spoons of dulce de leche and stir. Allow to cool (place on a flat plate, cover with plastic and put in the freezer for 15 minutes).

  2. Cut out circles big enough to fit inside the molds and coming up (higher than the edges) the sides about 1/4 inches (use whatever round objects you might have around the house, that are the right size and go around them with a knife). Place the cutout circles inside the mold and press against the sides.
  3. Leave the lined molds in the freezer while you make the lattice for the top of the pies.
  4. Turn oven to 375°F. Place the rack in the middle.

  5. Cut the other pastry sheet into 1/2 inch strips. Make lattice pattern with the strips (see video below). Use a round cutter to cut out circles to match the tops of the tarts, or use another round object (smaller than the first one) and go around with a knife.
  6. Fill the tarts with the apple filling.
  7. Transfer the lattice circles, using jar lids (slide the lid under the lattice circles), to the tops of the filled tarts.
  8. Pinch together the edges of the tart and the edges of the lattice circle. Cut off excess edges, or just crimp them with your fingers.
  9. Beat 1 egg and 1 Tbsp water together to make egg wash.

  10. Brush the egg wash on the pie tops. Sprinkle with sugar.
  11. Place the tarts on baking sheet and cover with foil. After 15 minutes, take the foil off and allow the tops to golden up.
  12. Remove from the oven. Carefully invert each tart into the palm of your hand (lined with folded paper towel) and place it on a cooling rack or plate.
Recipe Notes

Serve hot with vanilla ice cream or chilled heavy cream. Alternatively allow to cool and serve warm as is.

Nutrition Facts
Apple Caramel Hand Pies/Tarts
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 879 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 323mg14%
Potassium 187mg5%
Carbohydrates 102g34%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 44g49%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 5.1mg6%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.