DIY Sweetie Pie!

February 9th, 2009

As promised, I have a a Valentine freebie project for you to make your special someone this week. These little hand pies can be made with your favorite Apple Pie recipe or simply with some store bought pie crust and apple pie filling. (I chose to go the easy route for the sake of time.) *Don’t have a favorite recipe? Try this Cranberry-Ribbon Apple Pie from Epicurious. The cranberries would be a lovely hit of red for the occasion! Just be sure to follow the baking directions that I included, as cooking time will be less with the smaller pies. Below are the instructions for these pies and a printable PDF for the boxes to put them in. Click “Continue reading…” for the instructions and template.


Click here to download the template and instructions for the Pie Box.


Apple Hand Pie Cooking Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat (a nonstick baking mat).

2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough to about 1/8 inch thick. Using a 5-inch cookie cutter, cut out rounds. Transfer rounds to prepared baking sheet.

3. Place about 2 tablespoons of apple pie filling onto one-half of each round. Fold dough over to close. Brush the tops of each pie with egg whites. Using a fork, press edges together to seal shut. Sprinkle tops of pies with sanding sugar.

4. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer pies to a wire rack to cool. Let cool completely before placing in boxes. These can be stored in an airtight container up to 4 days.


I hope you have as much fun making these as I did! I have another Valentine freebie coming tomorrow too so be sure to check back.

63 Responses to “DIY Sweetie Pie!”

  1. Melinda Says:

    love this! I’ll be linking.
    Thank you so much.

  2. Lori R Says:

    This is such a cute idea! Thanks for the download. I’ll be sending these to school on Friday. Also tweeted it to my tweeps! Thanks again.

  3. tracie Says:

    definitely linking this!!

  4. cari Says:

    so cute. can not wait to do this on friday. . .i am going to share this, everyone will love it. thank you!

  5. Rachel Says:

    WOW! I think this is my favorite Valentine’s gift yet. I just love this! Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll be linking to this as well.

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  7. rachel Says:

    Yum, yum, yum! These look so delicious.

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  9. Pam Says:

    Very cleaver! Thanks so much for making these so easy for all of us! Love the box.

  10. Cyndy Says:

    I just made these up and they are soooooo good. My little grandson loved them!! Great idea.

  11. Christy Says:

    This is super sweet! Thank you!

  12. kirsten Says:

    So darling and clever! I can’t decide which charms me most–the sweet little pies or the pretty striped box?

  13. Elizabeth Says:

    Where is a list of the ingredients?

  14. Kathleen Says:

    I cheated a little for the sake of time and used chilled pie crust that I found in the the refrigerated section of the grocery store and canned apple pie filling. You could also reference this Cranberry-Ribbon Apple Pie recipe from Epicurious:
    The cranberries would be a lovely hit of red for the occasion! Just be sure to follow the baking directions that I included, as cooking time will be less with the smaller pies. Happy baking!

  15. Jenna Says:

    i LOVE these! i am so making them. easy and delicious and the box is adorable! thanks for the inspiration! :)

  16. Jodi Says:

    I came over from Design Mom. This is a great idea and the recipe looks delicious. You have a great blog. I enjoyed looking around!

  17. Lavender Says:

    This is so sweet! But what size card stock is the template for? The box in the photo looks like something larger than 8.5 x 11 was used.

  18. Kathleen Says:

    Nope, fit’s perfectly on an 8.5 x 11! I think my shots are just super close up so they look bigger than they actually are :)

  19. Brooke Says:

    SO thoughtful of you to share this.. I love it! Thank you!

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  21. Leanne Says:

    You are one super talented woman! Thanks so much for this great valentines idea. I’ve been looking for the right kinda homemade gift to give to friends and this is definitely it. Absolutely divine! Many thanks.

  22. Rachel Says:

    I am not crafty – but some how – I was sent this link and I think it is a GREAT idea.. I am hoping to pull it off this weekend.. UGGG can I do it? Well.. only days will tell! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Looking for some ideas for teachers appreciation week – that we can make – so bring it on – you seem to be very very good at these little gifts! :)

  23. dinny Says:

    this is SO sweet and the box is gorgeous… think I would HAVE to keep the box :)
    -thanks for your inspiration

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    I had to thank you for sharing this sweet and perfect gift. I have been thinking about it ever since seeing it yesterday. Such an outstanding idea… I can’t wait to make some. Thank you so much!

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  27. Dariela Says:

    excellent idea, thanks so much!!! I think I might make these for my husband and kid and everyone else!! The easy route is good with me!

  28. Audrey Says:

    The box you designed is just delightful! You are too sweet for sharing the template with us.

  29. Meredith Says:

    thank you SOOO much for this and the brownie bag template/idea! they’re perfect additions to my basket for my valentine. I did the box today and it is SO cute! loves it!

  30. Stephanie Rice Says:

    I am all about some cute packaging, so I knew I had to make this for my fiance. I made it today & gave it to him after work, and he loved it! Thanks for the great idea!

  31. Give LDS Gifts Says:

    LOVE this idea! I’ll be linking. Thanks for the printable!

  32. Mary Says:

    I love this! So cute and creative. Not only does it make a great valentine gift but a fantastic idea for my fall wedding. An apple pie favor in a cute, custom box… can’t beat it. I’ll definitely be sending some visitors your way!

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  34. Amy Says:

    This is a fantastic idea and is so beautifully presented. I love it! Thanks!

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    I LOVE this idea!!! I have been searching for a fall-themed wedding favor and had half=heartedly decided on caramel apples but this is perfect! My mom and I can bond and channel our pre-wedding jitters by baking together. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing!!!

  38. Marta Says:

    What a lovely photo! They look so cute!

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    Great site this and I am really pleased to see you have what I am actually looking for here and this this post is exactly what I am interested in. I shall be pleased to become a regular visitor :)

  41. Huntsinger Says:

    That was a great post…I love this site.. Thanks

  42. Dallis Says:

    Thanks for the share. Degenerate

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  44. liz Says:

    thanks to you:

  45. Jenn Says:

    Hi. I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your blog and that I mentioned this entry in my recent blog post.Thanks so much for your great ideas and free printables. I hope you will take a look at my blog when you get a chance.

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  48. Ashley Says:

    LOVE this idea – my husband grew up always eating those little pies from the bread store (the ones that hostess makes)and this is a perfect way to bring back a sentimental childhood memory and make it into a new one!

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    Apple Pie is my hubby’s favorite dessert. He will love these!

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  55. Holly Says:

    These look amazingly delicious and so darling! Just love it! Featured them on my blog this week! Have a great weekend!

    Blessings to you,

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    Love these!! What a great gift they would make for anyone!!

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