Apple Gouda Cheese Hand Pies

Apple Gouda Hand Pies

Sweet and savory apple Gouda hand pies in a flaky, golden Gouda cheese crust.
Course Baked Goods, Desserts
Diet Vegetarian
Occasion 4th of July, Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Game Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day
Time 60 minutes or more
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 pies
Calories 266kcal
Author Sarah Bond



  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour 300 g, +more for rolling
  • ½ tsp salt 2.5 g
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter 170 g, cold and cubed
  • ¼ cup shredded gouda cheese 56 g
  • 1/4-1/2 cup ice cold water 60 to 120 mL
  • 1 egg whisked


  • 2 apples tart variety, like Pink Lady or Granny Smith
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 mL
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar 100 g, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 5 g
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg 1.5 g
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour 7.5 g, + more as needed
  • A few small thin slices of Gouda
  • A dash of coarse sugar


  • In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. With a pastry cutter or forks, mix butter and shredded cheese into flour until dough is crumbly and pea-like.
  • Add water, 1 Tbsp at a time, just until dough holds together.
  • Shape dough into a ball, wrap loosely in plastic, and flatten gently with a rolling pin to form a thick, pancake-like disc. Set plastic-wrapped dough in fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
  • Peel, core, and chop apples into small chunks. Into the apples mix lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour. Add more flour if filling is runny.
  • On a clean, well-floured surface, roll dough to ⅛ inch (.3 cm) thick*.
  • With a 3 to 4 inch (7.6 to 10 cm) wide circle cutter**, cut out as many circles as possible. Shape leftover dough into a ball, roll out, and cut out more circles
  • On one half of each circle, set a small, thin slice of Gouda cheese. Top with a spoonful of apple filling.
  • Brush whisked egg around the edges of each circle, then fold each circle in half. With a fork, seal the edges.
  • Place hand pies on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Brush each pie well with whisked egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F (204 C) for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.


Use a mature Gouda cheese. The younger cheeses will be too gooey for this recipe, while the deep flavor of the extra old cheeses will overpower these pies.
*If you’re like me and don’t actually have a rolling pin, use a bottle of wine! Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the dough and roll away.
**Unless you’re a pastry master chef, you may not have one of these. Use a wide mouth cup of mason jar!


Serving: 1pie | Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13.9g | Sodium: 238mg