Matisse bakes a simple, portable version of the all-American classic.
Credit: Photo: Johnny Autry

We asked Matisse Reid, our favorite 11-year-old foodie, to bake some bite-sized pies. Here's her report. —Phoebe Wu

"Tonight I made Apple-Toffee Hand Pies, and they were GOOD! I would suggest buying double the ingredients because you are going to want to make these again. If you can't find toffee chips (or maybe that's just my mother), you can buy toffee candy. Put the candy into a zip-top bag, place the bag on a chopping board, and carefully use a hammer to smash the candy into tiny pieces. This worked great for me in this recipe, and it was pretty fun to do. Rather than mixing it in with the other ingredients, I sprinkled the toffee on the pies right before I sealed them to make sure every pie got some candy. Be sure also to cut the apple into really tiny pieces—you don't want it too big because you can't get as much filling into each pie. You can serve these with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, but they are delicious by themselves."


  • Fraanz (age 7) He loved these and gobbled them all up. He said, "They are sooooo yummy!" 10 out of 10
  • Chris (age 9) He would have said 10 out of 10, but he doesn't like cinnamon. 9 out of 10
  • Matisse These pies are so easy to make and a really tasty dessert. 11 out of 10