Heart Shaped Strawberry Hand Pies

Somewhere between the certainty of grade-school rock throwing and the rise of the text message, love became complicated.

3 Ingredient Heart Shaped Strawberry Hand Pies. Perfect easy recipe for Valentine's Day!

Is the three-day “no call” rule really a rule? Is it a bad sign if a man doesn’t punctuate his text messages? What does it mean that my husband bought me a toaster for our anniversary? Do the pink Valentine M&Ms demonstrate more affection than the regular colored ones? COMPLICATED.

This Valentine’s Day, I say we take a deep breath, set “the rules” aside, and say “I love you” with one of the least fussy and most sincere forms of affection: pie.

3 Ingredient Heart Shaped Strawberry Hand Pies. A sweet and easy recipe for Valentine's Day!

Easy Heart Shaped Strawberry Hand Pies

Pie is homey. It’s sweet. It’s at its best when at its messiest, when the crust so flakey it litters the plate. More than any other dessert, pie, to me, expresses tenderness and caring. While this sentiment applies to pie in any shape, for Valentine’s Day, these little heart-shaped strawberry hand pies are especially dear.

Easy Heart Strawberry Hand Pies

To keep things as simple as possible, I used a basic pie crust (I like Ina Garten’s recipe made with half whole wheat pastry flour, but feel free to use your family favorite or sneak in store bought) and Lucky Leaf Premium Strawberry Pie filling, jazzed with a bit of lemon zest. It contains no high-fructose corn syrup and is a decidedly uncomplicated and tasty way to bring this pie love story to life.

Use premade pie filling to make easy strawberry hand pies

Crust is rolled, then stamped into Valentine hearts. I can feel the romance already.

Use a heart cookie cutter to make Valentine Strawberry hand pies. Strawberry pie filling makes this super quick and easy

A brush of egg wash creates a nice seal, then a dollop of strawberry lemon filling goes in the center of each for a fruity, Valentine’s surprise. The second set of hearts sits on top, pop-tart style.

Use a cookie cutter to make heart shaped Strawberry Hand Pies

The finishing flourish is a shower of sparkling sugar. Even the simplest Valentines deserve a little glitter.

Valentine Heart Strawberry Hand Pies

Heart-Shaped Strawberry Hand Pies: because I love you.

No texting or rock throwing required.

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Heart Shaped Strawberry Hand Pies

The best and cutest strawberry hand pies. Use a cookie cutter to make them heart shaped, then give them to everyone you love! Perfect for Valentine's Day or any special occasion.


Yield: about 14 pies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:


  • Prepared pastry pie dough (enough to yield 2, 9-inch rounds)

  • 1/2 cup Lucky Leaf Premium Strawberry Pie Filling

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • Coarse (turbinado) sugar


Directions:


  1. Place racks in the upper third and center of the oven, then preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line to baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

  2. In a small bowl, stir together the pie filling and lemon zest. Set aside.

  3. Place the first pie crust on a well-floured surface and roll into a 1/8-inch thickness. With a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut 12 to 14 hearts from the rolled crust. Transfer the hearts to a plate or baking sheet and place in the refrigerator, then roll and cut the second crust. After cutting both crusts, you should have 24 to 28 hearts total.

  4. Beat the egg in a small bowl to create an egg wash, then lightly brush over half (12 to 14) of the hearts. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of the strawberry filling in the center of each egg-washed heart, ensuing that you place a piece of fruit in each.

  5. Gently stretch each of the remaining hearts with your fingers to make them slightly larger, then set them on top of the filling-topped hearts. With your fingers, gently press the edges together. With the tines of a fork, press around the edges of the hearts to seal, then use a small knife to cut two small vents in the top of each heart. Brush the tops of each complete heart with the beaten egg, then sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

  6. Place the hearts 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes, until golden and bubbling, rotating the pans’ position half way through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


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About Erin Clarke

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42 comments

  1. I am defs way late to the game, but I ADORE your new look girl! So fresh and fun!
    And, I agree. Love has become MUCH too complicated. Pies aren’t complicated. They’re just delicious. Pinning these adorable little things!

  2. I love how uncomplicated pie is! These look adorably delicious. I just want to eat them all but then things might actually get complicated. Pinning these beauties! 

  3. Oh gosh, these are too cute – and they look absolutely delectable! Also, I love those plates. They’re perfect for these hand pies!

  4. Gorgeous! I love pie, and these little versions seems super simple. Nice work :)

  5. Just gorgeous! Great job! And I love the plates, too!

  6. These would be perfect to show anyone that you care about them.  

  7. These are so cute, Erin! And nothing says love like pie. Or M & Ms, which you also brought up. But these are seriously happy hearts!

  8. These are just too cute, Erin, and I love how quickly they come together! With my busy schedule, I need quick but special dessert recipes like this. 

  9. No punctuation in a text message is always a bad sign! hahah. These pies are soo cute!! I want pie right now! its 10 Am, is that too early to eat pie? 

  10. Wow, these are super cute. I want this little hearts for Valentine’s Day! 

  11. Hand pies are my absolute favorite!!!! Perfect and Yummm!!!!! 

  12. I’d take pie over flowers any day and these are gorgeous, Erin! 

  13. Hahaha yes, somewhere along the line dating and love did get quite complicated, didn’t it?!  The whole dating scene is so tiring… SO happy I don’t have to deal with that crap anymore!  Being married is so much more straight forward haha.  And these pies… yes.  Heck yes.

  14. I can’t wait to try these this weekend!!!  My little girl will love making these with me.

  15. Wow, talk about great minds think alike! I posted heart shaped strawberry pies today too! That’s so funny. Yours are adorable! I love them!

  16. I love these! Who wouldn’t love a little heart-shaped pie in the palm of their hand though? :)

  17. I’m so glad my dating days were over before text messages! And my wedding was over before Pinterest! The pressure nowadays, sheesh! These pies are so stinkin’ CUTE! 

  18. Oh yes the confusion…well, ours turned into a happy ending, so there is hope for love after all :)
    And I know my sweetie pie would just love these sweet pies too! Perfect Valentine’s Day dessert indeed!

  19. Aw, these are so cute! Nothing says ‘love’ quite like these sparkly little pies :)

  20. YES…. Pie totes says I love you, I care about you, I think of you. Gorgeous they are, I shall whip up a batch and gift those I care about. I wondered how I was going to get around allllllll the rules this year, I am so outta the loop, so I thank you for assisting with that. Hope you are well loveliest lady. :)

  21. These are so cute and pretty! Love how uncomplicated pie is and these are totally the perfect way to show someone how much you adore them :) 

  22. I couldn’t believe it when this came into my inbox yesterday. I was just prepping a RASPBERRY heart-shaped pie for v-day. I will definitely need to try this version though. :)

  23. When DID love become so complicated?? I can remember being all sorts of crazy trying to decipher “signs” and body language when dating my husband — I definitely don’t miss that.

    These cuties are the perfect V-Day treat, easy to put together, adorable and (I’m sure) downright delicious.

    P.S. Digging your instagram updated on your trip! Keep ’em coming!  

  24. These are the best Valentine treat I have seen on any blog…..these are wonderful Erin…….your husband is so lucky :) who wouldn’t want these lovely and wonderful heart pies for Valentines Day ? Sick of chocolate……what a great idea…….love your blog……

  25. Those are seriously too darn adorable!! And I love that they are strawberry (and of course shaped like a heart), PERFECT for V-Day! Pinned :)

  26. So much less confusing than texts and late phone calls. Just an amazing flaky pie and yummy filling! Love is in the air :)

  27. These are THE CUTEST! Tiny pies = love to me!

  28. Not only are these pies unbelievably ADORABLE, but I love the way you write about love. I always love your writing, but when you combine it with pie, I’m just over-the-moon happy! And you know cherry is my fave!

    XO

  29. And that is definitely strawberry, not cherry–sorry! oh well, I’d just sub cherries :)

  30. Made these today for Valentine’s Day and they turned out great! I even served them on a pretty floral plate like yours. Super easy, super yummy, and totes adorbs! ;)

  31. I saw these on pinterest this morning & I’m making them right now!

  32. I’d love to make these for a Bridal Shower I’m hosting! How far in advance do you think I could make them, while still keeping them fresh? If made the day before, should I store them in the refrigerator or keep on the counter? Thanks!!

  33. How would you store these after they’ve been baked in a Sunday but don’t need them till Friday?

    Thank you!!

    • Hi Lisa! I would suggest letting them cool completely, then freezing them. You can reheat them directly from frozen in the oven whenever you are ready to serve. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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