Watermelon Rind and Apple Hand Pies

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Store-bought pastry makes these nicely spiced apple and watermelon rind hand pies a snap to make. Save the scraps and surprise your family with these sweet and gooey treats. Watch the recipe video below.


For the Blanched Watermelon Rind

For the Watermelon Rind Filling


Blanched Watermelon Rind

  1. In medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring 2 cups water, sugar, vinegar and salt to a boil; cook, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Add watermelon rind and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes or until just tender. Drain well and let cool completely.

Watermelon Rind Filling

  1. In large skillet set over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add apples and watermelon rind and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes or until starting to soften. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and nutmeg; stir to coat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 8 minutes or until apples are tender.
  2. In small bowl, stir together 1 tbsp water and cornstarch.
  3. Add cornstarch mixture to apple mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Let cool completely, then stir in toffee bits.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F with a rack set to the bottom third of oven. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. In another small bowl, whisk together egg and 1 tbsp water.
  6. Unroll pastry crusts on lightly floured work surface. Cut out sixteen 4-inch squares, rerolling scraps as needed.
  7. Brush outer edges of 8 pastry squares with egg wash. Place a heaping tablespoon of filling in center of the 8 squares, leaving 1/2-inch border around edges. Cap with remaining pastry squares. Using fork, crimp edges to seal.
  8. Transfer hand pies to prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Brush tops with more egg wash. Cut 2 small vent holes in center of each hand pie and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  9. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.


  1. Add a splash of bourbon, whiskey, rye or brandy to filling in Step 2 if desired.

Recipe Video

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Delish delish delish! So easy to make. And I had all the ingredients except the pie crusts, which I really appreciated. Stretching my pantry and budget dollars even further. Next time I might up the rind to 2 cups. Also, there was enough filling to make 20 pies! And I did!