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!
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!
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.
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.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Rolling Pin
- Baking Sheet
- Heart Cookie Cutter
- Spatula, optional
- Cooling racks <– I have and love these tiered cooling racks, they save so much counter space and are also oven-safe
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.
Grab your free printable for our homemade cherry hand pies recipe:
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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.
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!
Original image from 2015: