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Heart shaped hand pies in a basket with a pink and white striped napkin.
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Cherry Hand Pies

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!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 pies
Calories: 279kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg