Heart-Shaped Cherry Hand Pies

During this past 12 Baking Days of Christmas, I received lots of positive feedback about the mini caramel apple pies (thank you!). I thought it only fitting to follow up with a cherry variety.

Love from the oven! Darling heart-shaped cherry hand pies are just the right size of sweetness!

These darling little heart-shaped pies are just the right size of sweetness. They’re especially delightful accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a hot cup of coffee.

Love from the oven! Darling heart-shaped cherry hand pies are just the right size of sweetness!

As much as I enjoy baking from scratch, I understand not everyone has the skills, means, time or desire. My baking philosophy is if you’re making something with love, that’s all that really matters. Oh, and the taste — that matters, too! So for these hand pies, I saved a ton of time without sacrificing any flavor by using ready-made ingredients.

Love from the oven! Darling heart-shaped cherry hand pies are just the right size of sweetness!

I’ve detailed the assembly process in the printable instructions below, and it is exactly the same as the mini caramel apple pies. I tend to get a little over zealous with the filling and it seeps out when sealing — which isn’t a huge deal — but restrain yourself if you’d like a neater pie.

I finished these cherry hand pies two ways:

(1) sanding sugar, which is like the baking world’s glitter. Sprinkle it all over the tops after brushing with egg wash and before baking for a little shimmer.

(2) simple sugar glaze, which reminds me of the Hostess pies of my youth. Brush the glaze on after the pies have cooled a bit and allow it to set before serving.

Both ways, you’ve got love straight out of the oven!

Love from the oven! Darling heart-shaped cherry hand pies are just the right size of sweetness!

Are you a pie fan? What’s your favorite flavor?
Wishing you a wonderfully sweet Valentine’s Day!  — v.

 

HEART-SHAPED CHERRY HAND PIES

Yield: 10 pies

HEART-SHAPED CHERRY HAND PIES

Ingredients

  • 1 box of refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • sanding sugar, optional
    Simple Sugar Glaze
  • 6 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • 2. Remove pie crusts and unroll on lightly floured surface or mat. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut hearts out of the dough.

  • Gather scraps into a ball and roll flat with a rolling pin. Continue cutting hearts until dough runs out, making sure to end with an even number of hearts.

  • 3. Place hearts on baking sheet and spoon a small amount of cherry filling onto the centers. Take care to leave space around the edges to seal.

  • 4. Place another dough heart on top and gently crimp the edges together with a fork.

  • 5. Pierce the tops with the tip of a sharp knife to make 2 vents. Beat egg with 1 Tbsp of water and brush each pie with egg wash.

  • 6. Sprinkle with sanding sugar, if desired. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.

  • For the simple sugar glaze: combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Allow pies to cool about 10 minutes, then brush tops with glaze. Allow glaze to set before serving.
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