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How to Make Creepy Halloween Hand Pies

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Win Halloween by serving a buffet of haunted hand pies. Take a shortcut using store-bought dough to leave more time to focus on the festivities. Featuring a severed hand meat pie, a creepy eye calzone, and shrunken head apple pies, you'll have an assortment of savory and sweet snacks to please a (costumed) crowd.

Three Halloween hand pies

Severed Hand Meat Pies

Severed hand meat pie

Things You\’ll Need

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1/2 cup onions, diced

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 packet taco seasoning

  • 1/2 cup salsa (or tomato sauce)

  • Shredded cheddar jack cheese

  • Paper, pen and scissors

  • 1 box pre-made pie dough (2 crusts)

  • Flour

  • Egg

  • Hot sauce

Step 1

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup diced onions and cook for a few minutes until softened. Add the ground beef, taco seasoning and salsa. Stir to crumble the beef and cook until brown, about ten minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Browning beef and spices

Step 2

Preheat oven to 425° F. Create a hand template by tracing your hand onto a sheet of paper and cutting it out with scissors.

Tracing hand on paper

Step 3

Sprinkle flour over your work surface and roll out one sheet of pie dough to 1/4-inch thick. Place the hand template onto the dough, and use a small knife to cut out two hand shapes. Re-roll the scraps, and repeat to make additional hands. You should be able to get eight hand pieces for a total of four hand pies from both sheets of dough.

Cutting hand shape out of pie dough

Step 4

Place one hand onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and spoon one tablespoon of the taco mixture into the palm of the hand. Add a pinch of shredded cheese on top.

Meat and cheese filling on top of dough shaped like hand

Step 5

In a small bowl, prepare an egg wash by beating one egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Use a pastry brush to brush the egg wash around the edges of the hand, and then place the other hand on top. Press the edges lightly together and then use a fork to crimp around the entire hand to seal.

Crimping edges of hand pie with fork

Step 6

Brush more egg wash on top of the hand pie and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Check at the halfway point to make sure the fingers aren't getting too brown, and cover with foil if needed.

Brushing severed hand pie with egg wash

Step 7

Once cool, chop the hand in half diagonally. Put salsa or hot sauce around the cut to look like blood.

Severed hand meat pie with hot sauce

Creepy Eye Calzones

Creepy eye calzones

Things You\’ll Need

  • 1 box pre-made pie dough (2 crusts)

  • Pizza or marinara sauce

  • Shredded mozzarella

  • Pepperoni

  • Green olives

  • Egg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425° F. On a floured surface, roll out one sheet of pie dough to 1/4-inch thick. Use a cereal or soup bowl to cut out circles from the dough.

Cutting circles from dough with bowl

Step 2

Place the circles onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spoon a tablespoon of pizza or marinara sauce onto one side of the dough, leaving the other side empty. Put a tablespoon of shredded mozzarella on top of the sauce, followed by two or three pepperoni slices. Top the pepperoni with a pinch more shredded cheese.

Sauce, pepperoni and cheese filling on top of dough

Step 3

Fold the empty side of the dough over top of the cheese, forming a half moon shape, and pinch the edges together. Crimp the edges with a fork to seal.

Crimping edges of calzone with fork

Step 4

Slice a green olive in half, and wrap a thin piece of pie dough around it, forming it into the shape of an eye.

Green olives cut in half and wrapped with dough

Step 5

Place the olive on top of of the calzone, and smooth the bottom of the dough into the calzone to secure in place.

Pressing eye-shaped olive onto calzone

Step 6

In a small bowl, beat one egg with a tablespoon of water, and brush the top of the calzone with the egg wash. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Brushing creepy eye calzones with egg wash

Shrunken Head Apple Pies

Shrunken head apple pies

Things You\’ll Need

  • 1 box pre-made pie dough (2 crusts)

  • 2 cups apples, peeled, cored & diced

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 2 tbsp flour

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Butter

  • Egg

Step 1

In a mixing bowl, combine the diced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Mixing apples and spices

Step 2

Roll out one of the pie crusts on a floured surface until 1/4-inch thick. Use a small bowl or glass to cut out circles in the dough (no smaller than 3 inches in diameter).

Cutting circles out of dough

Step 3

On half of the circles, cut out eyes and mouth shapes to look like shrunken heads. No need to be perfect, as the more distorted the features, the better. Then pinch some pie dough into nose shapes and secure onto the faces. Lastly, roll small logs of dough and place them around the mouth to form lips.

Shrunken head features shaped into dough

Step 4

Scoop about a tablespoon of the apple mixture onto each pie dough circle. Top with a small pad of butter. In a small bowl, beat one egg with a tablespoon of water. Brush the egg wash around the edges of the dough.

Apple pie filling on top of dough

Step 5

Place the pie dough circles with faces on top and pinch the edges together. Crimp the edges with a fork to seal.

Crimping edges of shrunken head pie with fork

Step 6

Brush more egg wash on top of the faces, and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Brushing shrunken head pies with egg wash

Fast, easy, and super spooky — not to mention, delicious. No slight of (severed) hand here. We're pretty sure your ghostly goodies will be gobbled up in the blink of an eye!

Three halloween hand pies Shrunken head pies, severed hand pie, and creepy eye calzones

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