Brown Sugar Frosted Apple Hand Pies
1 recipe double pie crust
1 cup chunky applesauce*
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Heat oven to 400 degrees
In a small bowl, whisk together sugar cornstarch and cinnamon. Add applesauce and set aside.
Roll out pastry and using a round cutter or ring from a mason jar cut out an equal amount of circles.
Place circles on parchment lined baking sheets. Place a small amount of Apple mixture on top. Brush edges lightly with water. Cover with an additional circle and press around edges to seal. Cut vents, and brush tops lightly with water or milk, and sprinkle with granulated sugar if desired. Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
Cool slightly and frost with brown sugar buttercream.
Brown Sugar Buttercream:
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
4 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
In a small saucepan melt 1 tbsp butter, stir in brown sugar and cook until mixture comes together and is bubbly. Set aside and cool to room temperature.
With an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth. Add 4 cups of the confectioners sugar and milk. Beat until smooth. Add vanilla and cooled brown sugar mixture. Beat until well blended. Add remaining sugar and beat until fluffy.
Recipe by Amy Richardson
*Trader Joe’s Chunky Applesauce