For the past several years I’ve been seeing sweet hand pies popping up here and there.  They look delicious and fun and imperfect.

Maybe it’s their rustic imperfection that has me drawn to them.


Sweet Heart Hand Pies for Valentine's Day Treats ::

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After playing around with a few butter pie crust recipes, I settled on this one.  It provided the most wonderful envelop for our savory chicken pot pie, so I thought I would sweeten it and try my hand at…yes…hand pies.  Sweet hand pies to be exact.   But, now that I’ve made these…I see some savory hand pies on the horizon.


Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Cherry Hand Pies ::


With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I decided to shape my hand pies into hearts.  And because cherry seems so February, I chose it for the pie filling.


Heart Shaped Hand Pies for Valentine's Day Dessert ::


For all you true bakers and fruit filling purists….I didn’t have all day to make these pies,  I wanted to keep the cost down, and because I wanted you to know you could make these too, I chose to buy my cherry pie filling rather than cook it from scratch.   I purchased my pie filling from Aldi and it was good and not too sweet.   Lately I’ve been having fun making my own pie crusts, but you can just as easily pick up pie crusts from the store to use for your heart hand pies.


Hand Pies for Valentine's Day ::


My good friend just happened to have a set of heart-shaped cookie cutters that she let me use.  That made the pie creating experience a wee bit faster than if I had hand cut all the pies into heart shapes.  Yay!

Okay, now that we’ve gotten all those details out-of-the-way….

Let’s make heart hand pies for Valentine’s Day!

Here’s what you need to make your own sweet heart hand pies:

Baking Instructions:


 To assemble your hand pies…

Note:  I chose to make all my pies look a little bit different, so I used different sized hearts.  For reference, the larger hand pie was cut with the largest heart cookie cutter which is about 5 inches.  When it’s all said and done…the men liked that size.  The ladies preferred the smaller size which was about three inches.

I was able to make six 5 inch and four 3 inch hand pies from a double pie crust recipe.


Assembly Directions for Making Heart Hand Pies ::


Assembly Instructions:

  1. Lay out your refrigerated pie crust, or roll out your hand-made pie crust.  I used half the pie crust from the recipe for the bottoms of these six large hearts.  If your crust is purchased you will use one crust.
  2. Cut your heart shapes into the pie crust.  These will be your pie bottoms.
  3. Lay your cut hearts out on the Silpat covered cookie sheet.
  4. Cut more hearts from the second half of the pie crust recipe or one crust from your packaged crusts.
  5. Using the smaller heart-shaped cookie cutters, cut heart designs into your crusts.  You can free hand some if you wish, I made an “X” in one of mine.
  6. Prepare all the crust tops with designs as you wish.
  7. Place your cherry pie filling on your prepared pie bottoms.  Be careful to allow room for the crusts to come together and seal.
  8. Lay your decorated crust tops over the cherry filling.
  9. Using a fork, press down around the edge of your heart pies to seal the edges.
  10. Brush an egg wash (one egg with a tablespoon of water, whipped) lightly on your pies and sprinkle sugar on top.  Pop your pies in the oven for 18-20 minutes and watch to see that they don’t get too brown.  Cool on a rack when they are done.


Pour a glass of milk or make a cup of tea and enjoy a delicious heart hand pie.  Yum!!


Vintage Ruby Red Glass of Milk and Two Small Heart Hand Pies :: Mouthwatering


I had more fun making these hand pies than you will ever know.

Aren’t they beautiful?


A tray of heart-shaped hand pies ::


This just might become a regular thing at our house.  Hmmmm….what flavor should I make next time?

Have you made hand pies?
What shapes were they and what was the filling?

Sweet heart hand pies….not just for Valentine’s Day!!


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  1. Jenna says

    These are adorable Diane! I have that very same tray and just love it!! I love the way your heart pies look on it, I will have to make some!

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet, Jenna!! You must make some hand pies….they were soooo fun!!
      Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Those are so pretty and they look delicious!

    • Diane says

      Thanks Stacey…they were yummy!!
      Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Those look so cute!!! Amazingly done.

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks Susie!!! Most fun baking I’ve ever had.
      Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. Pinned the pic w/the pies and milk on the tray. :O)

    • Diane says

      Thank you LuAnn!! I hope you try making some for your family!!

  5. Mel says

    Amazingly cute treat. Perfect to let any special someone feel even more special!
    But you’re good at doing things like that…..

    • Diane says

      Thank you!!! I’d love to place a gluten free one on your desk. 😉

  6. These are beautiful and they look delicious!

    • Diane says

      Oh they were so yummy along with a cup of real homemade cocoa!!
      Thanks for popping over Rhonda! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  7. Mmmm…these look so delicious! My husband loves cherry pie. I think I’ll make some for Valentines day.
    Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays.

    Have a happy day!

    • Diane says

      My husband LOVED them, Deborah. I’m pretty sure, yours will too!
      Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. These are such a sweet idea! They are almost too pretty to eat. I can see many different fillings that would work for these lovely little pies.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Pieced Pastimes

    • Diane says

      Suzanne…I think the possibilities are endless for these little hand pies. Hope you get a chance to whip up some for your favorite people. 😉

  9. Joey says

    Wasn’t sure what a hand pie was. What a cute and delicious idea!

    • Diane says

      Joey…I guess we call them hand pies because we pick them up to eat rather than use our fork. That can be dangerous. Forks slow down the time it takes to indulge. A pie in hand is like two on the fork. LOL! Hope you try making some…they are delish!!
      Thanks for popping by! Hope your day is Extraordinary!!

  10. These are adorable little pies. I just pinned them 🙂

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet! Thanks for stopping by and for pinning too! [hugs]

  11. These are pretty and delish Score!!!! ♥ Hugs P.S. I hope you will share at the hop

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Katie!!
      I did pop over to the hop and left this post as my calling card. 😉
      Best wishes for An Extraordinary Day!

  12. These are so pretty and they look so delightful! These would be perfect for a tea party anytime!

    • Diane says

      Oh yes, Heather, the small ones are perfect for a tea party!
      Thanks for popping over with your kind words!

  13. I LOVE THIS! You made it look easy and doable for me! I want to make it for my family this weekend. Thanks for sharing on the Thursday blog hop!!

    • Diane says

      Yay!! Mission accomplished! I do hope you make some…they really are so fun to make and everybody LOVES them. So worth the little bit of effort!
      Best wishes for an Extraordinary weekend, Pam!!

  14. Jen says

    Since my hubby is the chef…pinning this for him!

    • Diane says

      He might be the chef…but you would have fun making these too!!!

  15. These are just beautiful and I bet they taste great also. Thanks for sharing at TTF!

    • Diane says

      They were a hit at our house!!!
      Happy Valentine’s Day, Linda!

  16. Gorgeous pies and pictures!! Signing up to follow you and pinning these great pics!! Have a wonderful day!

    • Diane says

      Lori…you just made my day! Thank you sooo much!!
      Happy Valentine’s Day!

  17. Sarah says

    What a sweet treats! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Diane says

      Thank you! 🙂
      Happy Valentine’s Day to you too, Sarah!

  18. Sonia says

    So pretty and I can imagine so delicious! Love your little hand pies!
    Miss Bloomers

    • Diane says

      Thank you Sonia! Yes, they were a hit here at the house. My husband mentioned today that he hoped I might make more. 😉
      Thanks for popping by! Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  19. Cindy says

    Your pies not only look yummy, but are beautiful. Almost to pretty to eat after all your work.

    • Diane says

      Haha!! Yes….I agree….it was hard biting into them…I just wanted to enjoy looking at my pie. Isn’t that silly?
      Thanks Cindy for popping by and leaving you kind words!
      Hope your week is extraordinary!

  20. These are adorable! Who doesn’t love pie you can take on-the-go! Thanks for sharing~

    • Diane says

      I love that, “pie-on-the-go!”
      Thanks so much for popping by Brandyn. 🙂
      Hope your new week is Extraordinary!

  21. Diane says

    Diane – what beautiful pies! I love how you made each one unique!

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Diane! It was the most fun I’ve had baking, ever. Maybe it was because I could play around and make each pie a bit different.
      Thanks for stopping by today! Hope your new week is extraordinary!!

  22. Linda says

    Beautiful! I’ve made some cherry handpies this season. Wow. They were super yummy! I’ll bet yours are yummy, too. Best wishes, Linda

    • Diane says

      Yes, they were yummy Linda! Glad you had fun making some too!! [hugs]

  23. Yummy! These look great!

    • Diane says

      Oh Leslie…they were deeeelish!!
      Thanks for popping by! 🙂

  24. These look terrific. Love all of the detail in your post.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

    • Diane says

      Thank you soooo much!!
      Hope your week is extraordinary!

  25. These are adorable. Remind me of something we might have done camping (little hand meat pies), but much nicer!

    • Diane says

      I was thinking of making some savory/meat pies, too.
      Thanks for dropping by with your warm thoughts, Deborah!

  26. Marti says

    They are so cute! I love how you did the hearts. Thanks for sharing them with us at Sewlicious Home Decor! Pinned to the party boards!


    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks Marti!! It was soooo fun!!

  27. Love this – thanks for sharing it with the SITS link-up. I am going to pin this for Valentine’s Day next year. 🙂

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks Jenny!! It’s really a “must-do” for sure!!

  28. These look delicious – and so fancy! Yum. #SITS

  29. These look delish & so pretty! I have pinned but I don’t know when I will have time to be this creative. Maybe soon though. Thanks
    found the recipe from the SITS Girls linkup

    • Diane says

      When you find the time Tamara….you’ll truly feel like you’re playing. I had the best time making these little pies. 🙂
      Thanks for popping over and for your kind thoughts!!

  30. I love these! They are so pretty! Pinning to Pinterest and stopping by from SITS linky!

  31. Hi Diane, Thanks for sharing this with us at our Marvelous Monday Party! Pinning!

  32. Love the cookie cutter idea!

    • Diane says

      Christine….they were so much more fun to make than sugar cookies! 😉
      Thanks for popping by!

  33. Stopping by from the SITS girls link party. These are just adorable! Thanks for sharing!

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Denise!!! Hope you try your hand at making some too!

  34. Tammy says

    Oh my goodness are these so ever adorable…and look so yummy! Thank you for Sharing at One More Time Events….:)Tammy

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet, friend!! They were deeeeeelish!!

  35. Sounds amazing, never thought of making my own! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, hope to see you back tonight!

    • Diane says

      I hope you give them a try! The fam will love your for it, I’m sure. 😉

  36. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    Gosh these are so adorable Diane! And wouldn’t they make a wonderful gift idea any time of the year!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Sharon! 🙂 I think they would too.

  37. Rena says

    What a fun recipe! I made them as soon as I could get to the store! Couldn’t find the sugar either, so I just made a Confectioners Sugar drizzle, it was all good. I imagine you could use any fruit or pie filling you choose, wonder how Lemon would be? Ok back to the store!

    • Diane says

      Rena…you just made my day!! I’m so excited that you made some sweet hand pies too! Funny you should mention lemon. I have a can of lemon in the pantry. Hmmmm…..They would be delightful I think. Thanks so much for popping by and sharing today!
      Hope your week is extraordinary!

  38. Cindy says

    They are beautiful! Such a sweet idea for Valentines Day, or any time you’d like your sweetie to feel special! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY…

    • Diane says

      Thank you Cindy! I agree….plus, a few of these packaged up for a friend would be truly special as well.
      Hope your week has been Extraordinary!!

  39. Thank you so much for all the details on how to make these! I saw the feature at Elizabeth and Co. and had to come visit. Cherry pie is my very favorite. 🙂 Pinning this post to save and make soon!! Thank you!

    • Diane says

      Denise…I’ve been so busy that I missed the feature at Sharon’s…thanks for the heads up….and thank you for the kind words. I hope you have fun making yours, too!


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