Feb 14

Cherry Hand Pies for Valentine’s Day

Cherry Hand Pie Recipe

Coming up with a recipe using Great Value refrigerated pie dough wasn't difficult. Pretty much from the moment I heard it would be this month's challenge, I knew that I wanted to make a sweet cherry hand pie recipe I've been working on.


Developing a delicious homemade sweet cherry pie filling for it was another story -- but I think I've hit on a winner! This tasty filling uses a combination of frozen sweet cherries and dried cherries that are complemented by the addition of pure almond extract. I know this may not be an ingredient you have on hand, and you can certainly substitute vanilla extract if not.

Simple Cherry Hand Pie Recipe

But be sure to pick up some almond extract for next time. I just love the pairing of the sweet cherries and almond flavoring!

Cherry Pie Filling

Making the cherry hand pies is really simple. First I pulled the Great Value refrigerated pie dough out and let it sit on the counter for about 10 minutes to warm up and become more pliable. Then I unrolled it and cut it using a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

You should be able to get four hearts per round initially (there are two rounds in a package), and if you re-roll the dough, you should be able to squeeze out at least another two, for a total of six hearts from each round.

Place a bottom heart on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and top it with a couple of room temperature spoonfuls of the cherry pie filling, making sure to leave room around the edges for sealing. Lay another heart on top, and use a fork to crimp the pies shut on all sides. After all of the hand pies are sealed, place them in the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes.

Egg Wash Cherry Hand Pies

After 30 minutes have passed, pull the hand pies out and cut an X-shaped slit in the top of each one. Brush with the egg wash mixture and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 400-degrees for about 18 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.

Easy Cherry Hand Pie Recipe

These are such a cute little treat for Valentine's Day and beyond!

Cherry Hand Pie Recipe

Yield: 12 hand pies

Cherry Hand Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

    For the cherry pie filling
  • 1 (12-oz. pkg.) frozen sweet cherries
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure almond extract (or vanilla extract)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • For the cherry hand pies
  • 2 packages Great Value refrigerated pie dough
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • coarse sugar

Instructions:

    For the cherry pie filling
  1. Mix the sugar and cornstarch together, and add all of the cherry pie filling ingredients to a sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  3. When the mixture thickens, turn the burner off and allow to cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
  4. For the cherry hand pies
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Pull the Great Value refrigerated pie dough out and let it sit on the countertop for about 10 minutes to warm up and become more pliable. Unroll it and cut it using a heart-shaped cookie cutter or any desired shape.
  7. Place a bottom shape on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and top it with a couple of room temperature spoonfuls of the cherry pie filling, making sure to leave room around the edges for sealing.
  8. Lay another heart on top, and use a fork to crimp the pies shut on all sides.
  9. After all of the hand pies are sealed, place them in the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes.
  10. After 30 minutes have passed, pull the hand pies out and cut an X-shaped slit in the top of each one.
  11. Make an egg wash mixture by whisking together one egg white and one tablespoon of water. Brush each cherry hand pie with the egg wash mixture and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  12. Bake at 400-degrees for approximately 18 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.

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While the cherry hand pies were baking, I let my youngest boy play with the extra dough. If you have little ones, you may already know where this is going...

Sugar Cookies 1

Things started out well enough.

Sugar Cookies 2

But quickly progressed to this...

Sugar Cookies 3

And then we started to see clouds forming...

Sugar Cookies 4

And finally we progressed to just chucking flour and dough every which way. So I spent the rest of the afternoon wiping down every horizontal surface in my kitchen and then some -- but it was fun while it lasted!

Stained Glass Candy Cookies

We still managed to squeeze in a batch of the stained glass sugar cookies using the Great Value refrigerated sugar cookie dough as well. I found that the Great Value dough has a tendency to spread a lot more than my recipe for sugar cookies, but it it still worked reasonably well. And of course the kids will eat them either way!

Are you planning to bake anything fun for Valentine's Day?

Disclosure: I received compensation from Ralcorp and The Motherhood for the time and effort spent creating this post. However, my participation in this program is voluntary and my opinions are my own -- always have been, always will be.

by Tara | 5 comments

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Paula - bell'alimento February 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

Tara these are super cute!
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Angie February 14, 2013 at 10:04 am

So pretty! I love the course sugar on top!
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Cassie | Bake Your Day February 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

These are so pretty, Tara. Great for kids too, cute pictures!
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JulieD February 14, 2013 at 11:33 pm

I love making hand pies! These are so cute!!

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Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs February 18, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Tara, these are adorable and look delicious! Perfect for anniversaries, too! I made cookie butter truffles for V-Day!
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