2pie crustsI like to buy a store made crust for ease, 1 pack that has a top and bottom crust
M&M's, Reese's Pieces, or Chopped Nutsfor topping
Apple Pie Filling
Prepare apples by drizzling peeled and chopped apples with lemon juice and set aside.
Mix corn starch and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl to make a slurry.
In a saucepan, heat water on medium heat. Add the cornstarch slurry to the water. Add all of the ingredients of the apple pie spices to the water and whisk to combine. Cornstarch should start to dissolve as it heats up.
Stir the mixture often. It will start to boil. Allow to boil for about 2 -3 minutes.
Add chopped and peeled apples to the mixture. Stir to evenly coat. Cook the mixture with the apples for about 5 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes. As the mixture cools, it will thicken even more. Once the filling is cooled, you can spoon the filling on the pie crust rounds.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
As the filling is cooling, roll out the pie crust and cut the dough into 4 inch rounds. Make sure you have an even number of rounds. Place half of the pie crust rounds on the parchment lined baking sheet
Spoon about 2 tablespoons of cooled apple pie filling on to half of pie crust rounds. Take the other pie rounds and place the tops on the filled rounds. Use a fork to seal around the edges of the pies and then pierce the top crust with the fork to allow the steam to escape as they are cooking.
Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool before topping.
While the pies are baking, make the caramel sauce. Melt the caramel in a small saucepan.
Once the caramel has melted, whisk in heavy cream. Stir in sea salt. Remove from heat and set aside.
Decorate the Hand Pies
Spoon caramel sauce over the apple hand pies.
Sprinkle candy or chopped nuts over the caramel sauce