Cherry Handpies

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These Homemade Cherry Hand Pies – or as my daughter calls them, “Cherry Poptarts,” are such a fun Valentine’s Day breakfast or an easy dessert recipe and a great recipe for kids to help make for a special someone!

Buttery, flakey cherry hand pies in a fun heart-shape, perfect for anniversaries or Valentine's Day. This simple 4-ingredient recipe is easy enough for kids to make, too!

Baked Cherry Hand Pie Recipe

Does this ever happen to you?

I remember something as being absolutely delicious in my childhood and get really excited seeing it at the grocery store thinking how awesome it will be to share with my daughter… only to get it home and be so disappointed in how flavorless it actually is!

Most recently, this happened with Poptarts. I remembered them as being so delicious in my childhood!

I didn’t want to put out a ton of time making homemade poptarts with from-scratch pastry and filling, but I still wanted something delicious and flavorful to share with my daughter. This 4-ingredient homemade cherry pie recipe fit the bill perfectly!

The pie crust is buttery and flakey and gives way to a burst of real cherry flavor. Plus I love the crunch and hit of sweetness from the sprinkle of cane sugar on top.

It’s a great option if you’re looking for something quick and easy to serve for a Valentine’s Day Breakfast, include in a lunch box, or serve as dessert!

Buttery, flakey cherry hand pies in a fun heart-shape, perfect for anniversaries or Valentine's Day. This simple 4-ingredient recipe is easy enough for kids to make, too!

You can swap out the pre-made pie dough for homemade (I love the easy pie crust we use for our Apple Pie recipe) or even use a butter puff pastry and you can switch out the cherry filling for apple, or even cream cheese if you’d prefer.

We used this fun heart-shaped cookie cutter to make these, and it would also be great for making savoury hand pies – like a heart-shaped version of our Ham and Cheese hot pockets.

Rather than frost the homemade poptarts, we sprinkled a tiny bit of sugar on the pastries before baking to get just a hint of added sweetness and crunch without the extra step of frosting. You could alternatively add some sprinkles instead of the sugar – and of course you could opt for a light frosting.

Cherry Hand Pie Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: swap out the pre-made pie crust for a homemade recipe, if desired.

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How to Make Cherry Hand Pies

Preheat oven 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Fit a small glass or measuring cup with water and set aside.

Rub some flour all over a cutting board or clean surface, then rub flour on your rolling pin.

Unroll the premade pie crust and use the rolling pin to flatten and even out the edges.

Use the heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out as many hearts as you can, re-rolling the dough as needed. (Keep the dough the same thickness as the original when re-rolling.)

Transfer a heart cut-out onto your baking sheet.

Spoon about a Tablespoon of the cherry pie filling or cherry fruit topping onto the center of the heart.

Place a second heart cut out on top of the first.

Dip your fork in the water and use to crimp the edges, sealing in the fruit filling.

Repeat with all heart cut-outs.

Sprinkle a bit of sugar on top of each heart hand pie, then bake for 8-10 minutes.

Allow to cool briefly while on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

 

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How to make heart-shaped cherry handpies. A fun Valentine's Day breakfast or dessert recipe that the kids can help make - before they devour them! Just 4-ingredients and less than 10 minutes of prep time for perfect, flavorful cherry pies

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Yield: 16 hand pies

Homemade Cherry Hand Pies

Homemade Cherry Hand Pies

Buttery, flakey cherry hand pies in a fun heart-shape, perfect for anniversaries or Valentine's Day. This simple 4-ingredient recipe is easy enough for kids to make, too!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package pre-made Pie Crust
  • 1 cup cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Fit a small glass or measuring cup with water and set aside.
  3. Rub some flour all over a cutting board or clean surface, then rub flour on your rolling pin.
  4. Unroll the premade pie crust and use the rolling pin to flatten and even out the edges.
  5. Use the heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out as many hearts as you can, re-rolling the dough as needed. (Keep the dough the same thickness as the original when re-rolling.)
  6. Transfer a heart cut-out onto your baking sheet.
  7. Spoon about a Tablespoon of the cherry pie filling or cherry fruit topping onto the center of the heart.
  8. Place a second heart cut out on top of the first.
  9. Dip your fork in the water and use to crimp the edges, sealing in the fruit filling.
  10. Repeat with all heart cut-outs.
  11. Sprinkle a bit of sugar on top of each heart hand pie, then bake for 8-10 minutes.
  12. Allow to cool briefly while on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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I hope your family loves these cherry hand pies as much as mine did – they definitely went over much better than our store-bought poptarts!

For more fun pastry ideas, check out our Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers or our Heart-Shaped Strawberry Cream Cheese Danishes.

Original image from 2015:

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