Apricot Tarragon Hand Pies

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Back in 2014, I came out with my first cookbook, The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook. In that book I presented lots of recipes for what was at the time an almost brand-new protocol for the autoimmune community. It gave me a chance to try all kinds of creative AIP takes on old favorites, including Pop-Tarts! In developing recipes for the book I discovered that the grown-up version of a Pop-Tart is called a “hand pie” and I came out with an avocado stuffed hand pie (not as weird as it sounds!).

Recently I was thinking about those hand pies again and decided to try a new flavor, apricot with tarragon. So, here it is… you have my permission to eat this hand pie for breakfast (as long as you include a sausage patty too!)!

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Apricot Tarragon Hand Pies
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  1. Place all of the filling ingredients, except the tapioca and water, in a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken.
  3. Remove from heat. Mix tapioca and water until tapioca dissolves. Quickly stir tapioca into filling mixture.
  4. Transfer into a heat-proof blender and blend just to a chunky consistency. Allow to cool while working on crust.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put all ingredients in a food processor and process until dough forms.
  6. Roll out dough between parchment paper to ⅛ inch thickness. Using a large round cookie cutter, cut out as many rounds as possible.
  7. Set aside. Reshape dough and cut again, repeating until all dough is used.
  8. In center of 1 round, place 1 generous spoonful of filling. Place second round on top of first. Press around edges to close crust and then flute with a fork.
  9. Poke top of round with a fork.
  10. Repeat until all rounds are filled. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake 20–25 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Depending on humidity, dough may be too dry. If so, add 1 tablespoon full fat coconut milk (more if necessary, 1 tablespoon at a time). Dough should be soft and pliable.


About Angie Alt

Angie Alt is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness. She helps others take charge of their health the same way she took charge of her own after suffering with celiac disease, endometriosis, and lichen sclerosis; one nutritious step at a time. Her special focus is on mixing “data with soul” by looking at the honest heart of the autoimmune journey (which sometimes includes curse words). She is a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy Consultant through The Nutritional Therapy Association and author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for All Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. You can also find her on Instagram.


  • Pam says

    This looks delicious. I can’t have coconut. Can you recommend an alternative to the coconut flour and coconut palm sugar? Thank you for all that you do!

    • Angie Alt says

      Pam, you’ll have to experiment, but I might try cassava flour & turbinado sugar. You may need more or less liquid for the crust.

  • Kelly Chatterton says

    Hi I can’t find palm shortening is there something I can replace it with? Perhaps coconut oil?

    • Angie Alt says

      Coconut oil is probably not going to be a good sub. It will end up too oily. If you click on the palm shortening word in the recipe you’ll be taken to a brand you can order on Amazon. Hopefully that will be a good solution!

      • Michele says

        Palm shortening doesn’t work for me. Do you think duck fat would work?

        • Angie Alt says

          The best thing to do here is give it a shot & experiment. I would probably try lard over duck fat though. Good luck!

    • Emily K Barker says

      I used coconut oil because I don’t use palm. Worked fine for me. I specifically used Dr Bronners brand.

  • Mary says

    Hi! I like your recipes. They look delicious and seem very doable for newbies!:) Can I use this dough to make empanadas? Or do you have a recipe for empanadas?

    • Angie Alt says

      Mary, you could sure try it w/ empanadas. As to other recipes for them, just google “AIP+empanada” & you’ll find lots of ideas from our fellow AIP recipe bloggers.

    • Jillian says

      I use an empanada dough recipe from Laylita.com. It is not specifically an AIP recipe, but since it has only green plantains, some coconut oil (and I substituted a gelatin egg with great success), it’s easily adapted. I use this dough for empanadas and as a flatbread – it’s great! Here is the link, but obviously no cheese filling! https://www.laylita.com/recipes/green-plantain-empanadas/

  • June says

    The recipe calls for fresh apricots, right? How about dried apricots? I assume they would have to be hydrated. Do you know what the ratio of fresh apricots to dried apricots would be?

    • Angie Alt says

      Dried apricots might work if you soak them in hot water first, but I don’t know on the ratio. You might need to experiment.

  • kellie bennett says

    Hi, can these be made in advance and eaten over a week? I have breakfast really early.

    • Angie Alt says

      They might get a little dry, but could work for at least half the week.

  • Susan says

    Can you recommend a banana substitute? I’m allergic to bananas.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Susan! My recommendation is to select a recipe without banana, as it is tricky to replace.

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