Cherry Hand Pies – Teaspoon of Spice

Publish replace: I used these Mason Jar lids (affiliate hyperlink) to chop the pastry dough. Additionally they work nice as mini tart pans as seen on this How you can Make Mini Fruit Pie With Mason Jar Lids video!

These mini cherry pies are fun to make and have built in portion control! Recipe at

It’s Secret Recipe Membership Reveal Day – every month, we members get assigned a fellow meals blogger and are charged to make one among his/her recipes. In flip, somebody is assigned to every one among us and all of us reveal on the identical day our thriller bloggers together with some mouthwatering recipes (as seen in thumbnails beneath.)

Cherry Hand Pies – enjoyable to make and built-in portion management! @tspbasil Click on To Tweet

This month, I had Jess @ Life’s Easy Measures. As soon as I began stalking exploring her weblog, I couldn’t cease. It was such enjoyable to be taught extra about her – she acquired engaged this 12 months to her very long time faculty boyfriend (wedding ceremony in September 2014) and simply moved to Chicago from Omaha per week or so in the past (I consider the day of this reveal is her first day at her new job – good luck, Jess!)

And man, can this gal prepare dinner. I wished to make her Blueberry Pie Bars and Mama’s Challah Bread and Brazilian Cheese Puffs and so many extra. Plus, you have to try the beautiful cupcakes she made for a marriage reception not too long ago.

In the long run, Jess’s Cherry Hand Pies received out as a result of a) cherries are my absolute favourite fruit and b) they’re in season now (albeit a means means WAY too quick season.) (I got here shut to creating these Mushy Pretzel Bites for my publish, being a Philly gal who loves her pretzels. However these will likely be for an additional day…)

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I made some tweaks to the pies, together with including in some lemon zest and almond extract to the cherries. I additionally used some white entire wheat flour and butter with coconut oil rather than the shortening. And I opted for a turbinado sugar topping rather than the easy icing.

Seems Mason jar lids make glorious mini pie cutters (particularly for tattooed 6-year-olds to deal with.)

Cherry Hand Pie |


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Have a good time the summer time cherry harvest with these completely portioned cherry hand pies. Or swap in your favourite summer season fruit.

For cherry filling:

  • 2 kilos (4 cups) cherries, pitted and quartered
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all function flour
  • Zest of half of lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the dough:

  • 1 2/3 cup all function flour
  • 1/3 cup white entire wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup nonfat milk
  • Cooking spray
  • Turbinado sugar

  1. For the filling, in a small bowl, combine cherries, sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, lemon zest, almond extract and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Put aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 levels F.
  3. For the dough, in a big bowl, combine collectively flours, baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt. With pastry knife or your fingers, combine in coconut oil and butter till dough turns into crumbly.
  4. Slowly combine in milk till dough begins to come back collectively.
  5. On a floured floor, roll dough till it turns into a clean dough ball. With rolling pin, roll out into 1/3-inch thickness. Reduce into 3-inch spherical circles after which roll every circle into about 5-inch circle (dough will likely be skinny.)
  6. Place every circle on parchment paper on a cooking sheet. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of cherry filling onto every circle. Fold over and seal edges. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  7. Bake for about 25 minutes or till dough turns into barely golden brown. Cool barely and serve.

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The dietitian in me loves the inbuilt “portion management” of hand pies and the foodie in me loves the versatility of with the ability to swap in no matter contemporary fruit you’d like! You might additionally experiment with totally different fruit & herb/spice combos like peach & thyme, strawberry & basil, lemon & ginger, plum & lavender – countless prospects.

Do you ever make mini or hand pies? What’s your favourite summer time pie?

These mini cherry pies are fun to make and have built in portion control! Recipe at

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