Cinnamon Roll Apple Hand Pies

Do you ever get insomnia? I do at least once a week. I wake up in the middle of the night because one of the dogs needs to go out, or one of the kids woke  up. If it's past 2 am there is no chance I will be returning to sleep.

Most nights I am in bed by 11,  but there are nights like last night where I crash because I haven't been sleeping well in the days before. I was conked out before my kids at 8:30 on a Saturday. 2am rolls around and one of my dogs woke me up. Then one of my kids got me up.

After I'm done doing the "Mama I need a cup of milk", or "I lost my stuffed tiger I need it to sleep" I return to bed and restlessly lay there for what seems like hours. I get up pour myself a drink. Get a snack (tonight it was an oatmeal cookie... recipe tomorrow!) . Then back up to bed I go... round 2.

I lay there and lay there, think about all the things I need to get done, worry about if there will be time in the week to do this or that. Then I start to count. I always count to try and put myself to back to sleep. Sometimes it actually works. There are nights I lay there and count sheep. I actually visualize the sheep jumping over a white picket fence....Then are nights like this (yes it's 2:45am!) where I counted "1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi....." Then my mind wanders into...

"Oh man the Mississippi, those poor people in the path of Hurricane Issac, I hope I don't know anyone down there.... I wonder if I have any blogging friends who do..."Then I run through the list of bloggers who I know and where they live. Just double checking to see if I know anyone in the south.

Which then turns my brain into blog mode... I start thinking of everything I have scheduled or need to do this week on the blog front.

Then I'm like "OH SH** SUNDAYS WITH JOY" I forgot to write Sundays With Joy.

So here I am at what is now 2:52 AM editing photos and writing my blog post.

On another note..... I have FOUR posts written and ready to go for next week... why I didn't complete the one that was due the soonest first is beyond me.

Me and my unorganized chaos of a life!

So this week for Sundays With Joy we made her Apple Pie Crosttas. They are the perfect hand held pie/tart ever!

I started the recipe off with every intention of following along. But then I got side tracked as I often do. Just like tonight my brain got side tracked from sleeping and is now writing this blog post!

Here's what I changed with Joy's recipe. First I double the pie crust. She had enough for 8 very small crostatas. Basically a single pie crust recipe. I doubled it because I knew I wanted larger hand pies. I also added 1 tsp of cinnamon to her dough recipe. As for the apples, I added in nutmeg, ginger, and vanilla extract. And I decided to nix the streusel on top and do a double crusted version.

So yeah.... basically I did a whole new recipe....

Cinnamon Roll Apple Hand Pies


For the crust:

3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs of cinnamon
1 cup cold butter cup into cubes
1/2 cup ice water
*additional 4 tbs of cinnamon divided for crust filling

For the apple filling:

4 apples
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbs King Arthur Flour Pie Filling Enhancer
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger

*1 beaten egg for egg wash


In a large mixing bowl add all of the dry ingredients (except for the additional 4 tbs of cinnamon) for your crust together with the butter. Using a pastry blender cut butter into flour. Or using your hands work butter into flour creating small crumbles. Slowly pour in water  until the dough comes together. You want it to be kind of shaggy. It may look a little dry. But that's a good thing. Kneed dough just enough to form a ball. Form into 2 disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

To prepare your filling

Peel and slice apples, toss with filling ingredients. Set aside until crust is ready.


When your crust has chilled on a floured surface roll each disk of dough out to 1/8 inch thick. Sprinkle each with 2 tbs of cinnamon. Roll dough into a large log. Mine was about 12 inches long. Cut each log into 1/4 inch thick slices. They should look like mini cinnamon buns.

On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet place circles together forming a larger circle about 6 inches across. Piece it together, then press and form dough until you have a circle about 1/4 - 1/8 inch thick.

Arrange 1/4 of your apples in the center of the crust. Repeat dough process and top it with a 2nd cinnamon roll pie crust.

Repeat entire assembly process.  Recipe should make 4 6-8in hand pies.

Brush each with egg wash.

Bake at 400 for 10-20 minutes. Or until golden.




  1. I'm very similar to you, when I wake up, I'm up, although I don't do much cooking. The house I share isn't too large, so cooking would wake up someone else.

    However, I do my best writing and research during those hours, and when the household does wake up, the food starts rolling. :)

    This recipe looks like the perfect breakfast accessory, sweet, flaky, and just plain delish!!

    1. It's rough! I hate days like today when I have no choice but to function on little to no sleep. Oh well. At least I got a lot of writing and photo editing done for the week!

  2. I've had terrible insomnia for years and am slowly working my way through it with a doc. It's a very frustrating problem to have. Those rolls look wonderful.

    1. If it keeps going on I think I'm going to need to consult my Dr. So frustrating!

  3. So THIS was the teaser on Instagram! LOVE IT! I'm obsessed with apple pie and anything cinnamon roll is totally meant for me. Perfect Hayley breakfast, I think so! As for your insomnia, I don't personally suffer but my boyfriend, mom and dad do, so I know how difficult and tiring (mentally and physically, or er, lack thereof?) it can be. I wish I could offer some sort of wise, hearty advice right here ____ but unfortunately, I can't! However, I DO understand what it's like to have your mind racing ten miles a minute on a normal basis, so that I can sympathize. I'm sorry you have to deal with it, girl!

    1. Yes this was! Thanks so much, I'm a huge fan of apple pie ANYTHING... and cinnamon rolls. That's a bonus!

  4. I'm loving the idea of this treat! Cinnamon with apples is one of my favorite things.

  5. I'm SO sorry your brain has been struggling to shut off at bedtime, Sweetie! Wishing you LOTS of good shut eye time this week :) xoxo

    1. It'll be an early bed time hopefully for the kids so I can hit the sack as well. Thank goodness for coffee to keep me on my toes today!

  6. Sorry about your lack of slumber! That's rough. But your crostata looks AMAZING. I want it in my face so bad!

    1. It's a major bummer! BUT that's what we have coffee for right?! Thanks so much... though I'm not sure I can call it a "crostata" lol hand pies? Yeah... whatever this pastry is called it's dang good!

  7. I remember those days when my kids were little and my dogs were pups, not much sleep was going on at my house, playing musical beds every night, now my kids are teens and I stay awake to know that they are home safe, it never ends! I love your Cinnamon Roll Apple Hand Pies, looks spectacular! I have linked up my Apple Crostata! Nettie from Moore Or Less Cooking

    1. I'm sure that staying up thing with kids never goes away haha! Thanks for stopping by and participating in Sundays With Joy, Nettie <3

  8. Gah. I hate insomnia. Doesn't happen often, but when it does it happens for days in a row... TERRIBLE. I am so sorry. But at least you remembered the post, albeit at almost-3-in-the-morning! Turned out good, even if it wasn't planned!

  9. Ha, we are a lot alike. My mind wanders like that too, really befuddles my husband. I totally spaced on Joy this week and I'M SO MAD at myself because it was PIE-like. I mean, really? ;) This is an amazing adaption of her recipe!

  10. After I had Tiffany I had some serious insomnia problems, even now, almost three years later I still wake up in the middle of the night. I talked with my doctor and she advised me to have Magnesium. For me it's working like a charm. I manage to go back to be after 10-25 minutes and don't feel overly-tired in the morning
    Cinnamon and apples is a great combo!

  11. My mind is always going 100 miles a minute too. I don't suffer from insomnia...just night owl syndrome:-) I rarely get in bed before 2 am. The 7 am wake ups to get kids out the door for school are killer! These rolls look amazing!!! I wish I had some to snack on tonight!

  12. I'm so glad I'm not the only one whose nights wind up like that (and I don't even have kids)...oy.

  13. OMG! Just love these "Cinnamon Roll Hand Pies" they are so cute! How far in advance can they be made? Can you make the dough and freeze? Thanks Aviva

    1. You can freeze the dough first and then thaw in the refrigerator until ready to roll. The pies can be baked a day ahead of time. Any long than that and they won't be as good. I personally think these are best served warm.

  14. I hear you - I have trouble sleeping too, I don´t wake up and can´t get back to sleep, though - I simply lay awake all night, some nights! I keep thinking I should try to get up and bake something, because I know I won´t fall asleep, so it´s kinda waste of time just to lie there! Maybe I´ll try these next time! I mean, a combination between cinnamon roll and apple pie? My favourite stuff!!! YUM!