Cherry Hand Pies have a tart cherry filling that’s been sweetened with sugar then tucked inside a heart-shaped crust! These baked handheld desserts showcase a beautiful golden-brown crust with tiny hearts that have been sprinkled with sugar!
When craving a fruit pie, I normally reach for my Berry Pie recipe but I’m trying to switch it up more! These Cherry Hand Pies along with my Apple Hand Pies add a fun twist to traditional pie while still delivering the same great dessert!
These Cherry Hand Pies make a great Valentine’s Day dessert with their deep red filling and heart shaped crust! But just one bite into them will make you realize you’ll be making these more than just on Valentine’s Day!
These hand pies are ready in 35 minutes using just 5 ingredients! To make this recipe even easier I use pre-made pie crusts but you can definitely use your favorite homemade pie crust recipe instead!
If you love cherries then my Cherry Pie Dip recipe is one you don’t want to miss either! It’s everything you love about the classic pie just served in dip form with cinnamon chips!
Cherry Hand Pie Ingredients
Canned Red Tart Cherries – The base of the cherry filling, these are typically found in the canned fruit section instead of the baking aisle. We used Oregon brand in this recipe.
Corn Starch – This ingredient is used to thicken the filling, giving it the perfect ooey-gooey consistency we all love!
Granulated Sugar – Used to top the crust as well as in the filling to offset tart or sour cherries and sweeten it up!
Premade Pie Crusts – Grab your favorite refrigerated brand or homemade pie crust if you’re not a fan of premade pie dough!
Egg Wash – An egg beaten with water for brushing onto the dough before baking will ensure you get a beautifully golden-brown crust!
How To Make Cherry Heart Hand Pies
Don’t be let the thought of making 10 individual pies scare you off! Making them is as easy as the ingredients used in this recipe, short and sweet!
Filling: Cook the cherries with half of the liquid from the can, sugar, and cornstarch until it becomes thick and bubbles. Then allow the cherry pie filling to cool.
Crust: Roll the crust out on a floured surface. Then, use a 3-inch heart-shaped cutter to cut the dough for the pies. Use a smaller one for the hearts on top.
Assemble: Place half of the hearts on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spoon the filling onto one large heart then place another large heart on top and crimp the edges together with a fork. Place the smaller heart cutouts on top of the filled hand pies.
Brush: Use a pastry brush to coat the crusts with the egg wash, then sprinkle with sugar.
Bake: The pies will be golden brown once they’re finished cooking, allow them to cool slightly, and then enjoy!
Storing Cherry Heart Hand Pies
Store these hand pies in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Can I Eat These Warm Or Cold?
Either! We love them fresh out of the oven but they’re just as good after they’ve cooled down to room temperature as well!
To reheat leftovers, place them in the oven at 325 degrees for 15 minutes so the pie crust stays crispy.
Instead of using canned cherries, you could easily make your own filling using frozen cherries, or even fresh! Then combine them with lemon juice, water, almond extract, sugar, and corn starch.
You could also make these hand pies using the filling from your very own cherry pie recipe!
RECIPE TIP: These pies would also be fantastic with a glaze on them. Simply omit the sprinkled sugar and whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 oz. water until smooth, then spoon or brush over the baked pies and let set.
Whether you’re enjoying a treat at home or delivering something sweet to a friend, pies have always been a go-to! Check out these other great pie recipes that will satisfy you as much as these Cherry Hand Pies!
- Chocolate Cream Pie – The rich, chocolatey classic dessert that everyone loves!
- Strawberry Jello Pie – Juicy slices of fresh strawberries buried under a layer of strawberry jello!
- Easy Mini Apple Pies – An apple and cinnamon filling piled into individual pie cups!
- Peanut Butter Pie – Made in a pretzel crust and topped with peanut butter cups!
- Meyer Lemon Meringue Slab Pie – Lemon lovers gather around for this tasty, silky pie!
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Cherry Hand Pies
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can red tart cherries
- ¼ cup corn starch
- 1 cup granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons divided
- 2 premade pie crusts or favorite homemade recipe
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- Heat the oven to 425°F and remove the pie crust from the freezer to soften.
- Mix the cherries along with half of the liquid in the can with the sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring often, for about 10 minutes, until it becomes thick and bubbles.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie crust and use a 3-inch heart shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts out of the pie dough.
- Transfer the hearts to baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
- Fill half of the hearts with the cherry pie filling, leaving room around the edges of the heart.
- Use a smaller heart cookie cutter to cut tiny hearts out of the remaining heart shapes.
- Cover each cherry filled heart with another of the larger heart pieces and seal the edges with a fork. Add the tiny hearts to the top heart if you like.
- Brush each hand pie with the egg wash before sprinkling with sugar.
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the pies are golden brown. Allow the pies to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
- Red Tart Cherries are typically found in the canned fruit section (not the baking aisle). We used Oregon brand.
- Not a fan of premade pie dough? You can certainly substitute your own homemade pie crust recipe for the store-bought stuff. I just like using it to make things quick and easy.
- You can store the hand pies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- These pies would also be fantastic with a glaze on them. Simply whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 oz. water until smooth, then spoon or brush over the baked pies and let set.