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Sweet Cherry Hand Pies

These sweet cherry hand pies are a delicious, portable treat, perfect for picnics and bag lunches.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert and Sweet Stuff
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hand pies
Servings: 10 hand pies
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Sarah


  • 2 cups pitted fresh or frozen sweet cherries halved
  • 1/3 cup sugar (you can also adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 11 tablespoons butter (about 150g)
  • 4-5 tablespoons ice water
  • Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Stir together the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Set aside.
  • To make the dough, pulse the flour, sugar, salt, and butter in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Add the water and form into a dough. Add a little more water if needed.
  • Roll out the dough to a large rectangle about ΒΌ inch thick and cut out circles or squares (for circles, I used an inverted circular Tupperware container). Re-roll the dough and continue cutting until you have 10 circles. Place five of the circles on a baking sheet and divide the cherries among them (reserve the excess juice). Cover with the other five circles, crimp closed, and cut vents in the top. Spoon the cherry juice into the pies through the air vents. Brush with egg wash.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until golden.


Makes 5 hand pies, 10 servings.


Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 227mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1.3mg