VALENTINE HEART HAND PIES

sweet small hand pies shaped line hearts.

Aren’t these Valentine Heart Hand Pies adorable? They are even more delicious and easy to make. And they are the perfect way to say Happy Valentine’s Day to anyone you love! Let’s make Valentine Hand Pies!

Today’s Valentine hand pies are sour cherry and blueberry/strawberry! So yummy! But you can add your favorite filling! And they are shaped like scrumptious hearts you can hold in your hand! How fun!  

Edible LOVE, what could be better…  

sweet heart hand pie tied up with baker's twine

As many of you know, I am not a baker. But I have a thing for single-serve foods. And little heart hand pies were on my “must try” list. I’m so drawn to any food that is personalized!

These darling little pies are edible love for sure! I’ll be making them to give as gifts! How cute, right? 

Because I have never made a hand pie before I turned to the expert of all things domestic, Martha Stewart. I just love all her doughs. They are perfection! And the dough for this hand pie was no exception. It was wonderful to work with and perfect to hold all that yummy filling!    

You can see Martha’s original recipe HERE.  I just tweaked it ever so slightly to make Valentine sour cherry and blueberry/strawberry pies.

berry filling on a heart hand pie dough

Don’t let the directions scare you! They are VERY detailed to help you successfully make these darling little pies!

5 from 2 votes

VALENTINE HAND PIES

A scrumptious heart-shaped hand pie filled with berry goodness! EAsy to make and a sweet treat for anyone on your Valentine list. 
Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 TBS sour cream
  • 1 TBS fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 TBS ice water more if needed
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 STICK cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup fresh fruit this can be a mix of fruit
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBS cornstarch
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2 TBS sanding sugar can use regular sugar too

Instructions

  • DOUGH
    Put sour cream and lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside.
    In a food processor, add flour, salt, and sugar. Whirl until mixed… just a couple of seconds.
    Add cold butter to flour mixture and pulse until butter is incorporated into the flour, about 15 seconds.
    Add ice water to sour cream and lemon juice. Whisk together. Add to processor and pulse until it makes a crumbly dough. Press the dough between your fingers to see if it sticks together. If it does not, add a few drops of water to the processor while it is running to mix.  Check if the dough sticks together. The dough should not be wet or too “shaggy”.
    Shape the dough into two equal discs. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30~ 45 minutes. The dough must be chilled to work with.
    Roll out each disc one at a time, to an average dough thickness, about 1/8″, and cut out 16 hearts with a large heart cookie cutter. My cutter was 3 1/3 inches tall and 4 1/2 inches at the widest part of the heart.
    Put the dough hearts onto 2 parchment-lined baking sheets and chill for an additional 15 minutes.
    Preheat oven to 375.
    FILLING
    Meanwhile, make the filling.
    (Fruit that is very large, like strawberries, need to be cut into smaller chunks)
    Add the fruit to a bowl. Add sugar and corn starch. Mix and let sit for at least 5 minutes.
    *My cherries were frozen, thawed and the excess liquid squeezed out. I used fresh strawberries and blueberries and found them to be a much better filling. Use fresh fruit if possible.
    ASSEMBLY
    Mound 1 TBS of fruit mixture in the center of a heart cut out. This is a judgment call. The more fruit, the better the hand pies taste. But too much fruit make the hand pies hard to work with.
    Put water in a cup and using your clean finger, dip it into the water and run it around the edge of the heart cut out.
    Put a dough heart on top of the bottom heart with the filling and match up the edges. Using a fork, press the edges together so they are secure.
    Cut little x’s into the top of the heart to vent steam.
    Continue making the remainder of the little pies.
    Put the 8 hand pies on 2 parchment-lined baking sheet. Whisk the egg and water in a small bowl. Brush it over the pies. Sprinkle with sugar.
    Bake pies on two racks in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Watch them very carefully… don’t let the crust get too dark!
    Remove the little heart hand pies to a wire rack and cool completely
Servings: 8 hand pies
heart hand pie ready to bake

The dough can be made up ahead and kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

I’m such a fan of making desserts in stages. I can find time in my busy day to make the dough and it’s a great feeling to know that is ready!

Then I can easily whip up the rest of the recipe! Oh, yum! I love these heart hand pies!

I hope you will give these little hearts filled sweets goodness a try!

sweet small hand pies shaped line hearts.

Here’s another hand pie idea…

HAM CHEESE AND BROCCOLI PUFF PASTRY HAND PIES

47 Comments

  1. Yvonne, you should stop saying you are not a baker because these delicious looking pies are proving you wrong. They not only look delicious but they are so cute. Hope you are on the mend concerning your knee problem.
    Linda

  2. Oh my gosh. These look amazing. I would definitely be the one eating them hot right from the oven! (Or for breakfast. Both work for me. lol.) I’m honored to share the day with you on the Valentine Tour. Hope you are well!

  3. Yvonne those look so delicious! I wish I lived close enough to come on over for a taste! Okay I have never made a pie either but I think I could try and make these! You did a beautiful job photographing these sweet pies!
    xx
    Anne

  4. Hello Yvonne, or any of you other ladies, I wonder if you could tell me what is meant by

    Roll out each disc one at a time,” to an average dough thickness” ?

    Thanks to any replies

    1. When you make the dough you will split it into 2 parts and form them into 2 discs. After chilling them, roll them out with a rolling pin… just like you would regular pie dough. And roll them out to a thickness you would when you make pie dough. I did not measure them. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

  5. Do you know if this works with gluten free flour? I would love to make these for my husband and my daughter but my daughter is extremely allergic to wheat.

  6. Great job! Just beautiful! I bet they were delicious! I just love pie!!! I’m going to try these! Thanks for the Martha recipe!! I’m a big baker and for someone who dosent bake much ,you did a fantastic job! Your pies look perfect!!!

  7. Cela a l’air d’être très bon et présentation originale.
    J’ai testé cette présentation pour la fête des rois avec des galettes individuelles garnies avec une préparation crème pâtissière et frangipane.
    Nathy

  8. Oh Yvonne, I’m making those precious heart pies for all my peeps! Thanks for a great and beautiful (probably delicious) idea!

  9. OH, these look darling. I’m going to make these for Valentine day. Thank you, Yvonne, for sharing your favourite recipes

  10. I saw your blog about Valentine Hand Pies and thought they were so cute. So, on Tuesday, Valentine’s Day I made them for gifts. Mine were cherry. The project itself was a little time consuming but they turned out wonderful. Everybody loved them and they were yummy. Thanks for the great idea!

  11. 5 stars
    Thanks, Yvonne, for another wonderful recipe! We love “Hand Pies”! I am definitely going to make these for Valentine’s Day. I have tried so many of your recipes and everything is so delicious. And, Yvonne, you ARE a FABULOUS COOK! Please think about putting a cookbook together for all of us! We would love to have YOUR cookbook! Blessings!

  12. 5 stars
    I’ve made these twice. one stuffed with apple filling, and one with sweet-potatoes. both was amazing. Thank you so much for always sharing your amazing dishes. Yummy!!!

  13. Wouldn’t this be a good treat to share with coworkers? Meg sometimes takes treat in her retail store for her fellow workers. She loves to bake and likes sharing her goodies. An sweet alternative to cookies.

  14. 5 stars
    These look so yummy! I am going to make these real soon. Thank you so much for all your awesome home decor ideas and your recipes Yvonne,,hugs xo

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