Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pie

Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pie for Valentine’s Day

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Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pie for Valentine’s Day

Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pie

Cherry hand pies are delicious any time, but they’re especially perfect for Valentine’s Day when you shape them into hearts.

Here’s my recipe for a heart shaped cherry hand pie, adapted from my all-time favorite cherry pie recipe.

Heart shaped cherry hand pie recipe

Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pie

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Mix the cherries, half the liquid from the can, sugar, cornstarch, and almond extract in a heavy-bottomed pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring regularly, for 8-10 minutes or until the liquid turns thick, gels, and bubbles. Remove from heat and let cool.

Hand Pies with Canned Cherries

2.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Also, bring the pie crust dough out of the fridge to soften slightly (15 min).

Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pie dough

3.  Roll out half of the pie crust on a floured surface. Use a 3 inch, heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts out of the dough. Transfer to parchment-paper-lined cookie sheets.

Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pie filling

4. Spoon a couple tablespoons of cherry filling onto the center of each heart.

Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pie on baking sheet

5. Cover each with a second dough heart. Press the edges closed with fork tines.

6.  Use a sharp knife to cut an X (for a kiss) in the top crust.

(Alternately, use a tiny heart cookie cutter to punch a heart out of the center of the top crusts, before placing them over the filling.) Brush each hand pie with egg wash, then sprinkle with sugar.

Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pies on baking sheet

7.  Bake for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown at edges.

Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pie

8. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Printable Recipes

1. Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pie Recipe

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Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pie for Valentine’s Day

  • Author: Jean Van't Hul
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 1 dozen 1x

Description

This heart shaped cherry hand pie is a delicious little treat. Filled with homemade cherry pie filling, they are perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any day!


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Ingredients

  • 1 can red tart cherries in water; reserving half of the liquid (I buy Oregon Fruit Products, usually sold in the canned fruit section rather than with the canned pie fillings in the baking aisle)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Scant 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 1 recipe pie crust (see below, or buy if you prefer)
  • Egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 tablespoon water)

Instructions

  1. Mix the cherries, half the liquid from the can, sugar, cornstarch, and almond extract in a heavy-bottomed pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring regularly, for 8-10 minutes or until the liquid turns thick, gels, and bubbles. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Also, bring the pie crust dough out of the fridge to soften slightly (15 min).
  3. Roll out half of the pie crust on a floured surface. Use a 3 inch, heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts out of the dough. Transfer to parchment-paper-lined cookie sheets.
  4. Spoon a couple tablespoons of cherry filling onto the center of each heart.
  5. Cover each with a second dough heart. Press the edges closed with fork tines.
  6. Use a sharp knife to cut an X (for a kiss) in the top crust.
  7. (Alternately, use a tiny heart cookie cutter to punch a heart out of the center of the top crusts, before placing them over the filling.) Brush each hand pie with egg wash, then sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown at edges.
  9. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

2. Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

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Homemade PIe Crust Recipe

  • Author: Jean Van't Hul

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour (I use half white whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour) or pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), sliced into tablespoons
  • 12 tablespoons ice water

Instructions

  1. Mix dry ingredients in a food processor. Add half the butter slices, pulse a couple times, then add the other half. Pulse several times. Or, you can cut the butter into pea-sized pieces with a pastry cutter or knife and fork.
  2. Pour flour mixture into a large bowl. Add ice water, 3 tablespoons at a time, using a sturdy rubber spatula to alternately mix and press it in between water additions. Use the spatula or your hands to bring the dough into a loose ball.
  3. Divide the dough in two and wrap each section in plastic wrap. Knead slightly within wrap to create a more cohesive ball. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Katie Munnik
    February 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I do love your hand pies! Thanks for the cherry heart version, Jean.

  • Reply
    Besquirrely
    February 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Perfect timing – it’s also National Cherry Month! And coming from the “Cherry Capital” (Traverse City), this is a big deal!

  • Reply
    molly
    February 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Love TC. :)

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    molly
    February 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    How do you keep the filling inside? I have tried and tried but it always gets everywhere and then looks like hot lava seeping out as they bake. I’ve tried lessening the amount inside but then there isn’t enough filling. I’ve tried making the crust very thin but then it splits. Maybe I’m just not meant to make pies in the “hand” format! :)

  • Reply
    Lily
    February 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    The pies are fine but you need at least a four inch cookie cutter not 3.

  • Reply
    Donna
    April 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I was always taught never never knead pie crust dough because it makes it tough.

  • Reply
    Hadas Zaetz
    May 26, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    how many pies does this recipe make?

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      June 2, 2019 at 4:26 am

      Depends on the size and how efficiently you cut out the hearts!

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