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'Hand pies' make tasty treats for Halloween

by Tami Hoey

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 10:20 PM

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Fall is in the air and that means it's the season for pie. But on Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, we found out about "Hand Pies," which provide a whole new take on the pie concept.

AZ Food Crafters in Chandler focuses on locally sourced, in-season ingredients to create unique pies just big enough to fit in your hand. And naturally, they're called Hand Pies.

"They're all pocket pies," says owner Eddie Castillo. "They're filled with all sorts of different things."

The pies come in 16 different flavors. Fillings include meat, veggies and dessert ingredients.

The baked hand pies are both savory and sweet-filled pocket pies that are frozen for easy heat-and -serve consumption.  They're ready in 20 minutes.

"They're really easy to make," says Castillo. "They're a lot of fun to eat because it's a hand held food."

Hot sellers this fall are the pumpkin, spiced brown butter apple and cranberry-orange-walnut pies.

AZ Food Crafters is located at 961 West Ray Road in Chandler. The store delivers free within five miles. The pies are also available by calling 602-692-4129 or by ordering online.