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Cherry Hand Pies are the epitome of personal pie goodness! Flaky pie crust and sweet cherry filling in a portable pie form – what more could you ask for?

Cherry hand pies arranged on a wire cooling rack

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If you’ve been around here for a while, you might have figured out that I love individually sized desserts.

They’re just so cute, fun to eat, and are great for parties or taking to potlucks and cookouts.

Mini pecan pies? Better than a full pecan pie. 

Mini pumpkin pies? So much cuter and more fun than a regular-sized pie.

Mini s’mores cheesecakes? Well, I think you get the idea.

And is there a more summer-perfect pie than cherry pie? I feel like there has to be a cherry pie or cherry crisp at every summer barbecue. It’s just the rule!

The minute I see fresh sweet cherries on sale at the store I have to buy them up and pack all of their goodness into Cherry Hand Pies for a portable version of this summer fave.

Ingredients for cherry hand pies arranged on a light countertop


One of the best things about making these Cherry Hand Pies is that your friends and family will be super impressed with them. After all, they’re little individual pies! 

But the truth is that they’re really easy to make. I’ll show you how!

Ingredients you’ll need

You really only need a tiny handful of ingredients to make these hand pies:

I like to use a pre-made refrigerated pie crust for these little pies. It makes it easy to unroll, cut, and assemble without the fuss of making a pie crust from scratch.

My homemade cherry pie filling is also a staple here. I like to make several batches of this pie filling and freeze it for later use. 

These hand pies are one of the perfect ways to use about ½ of one batch! Use the other half to make and freeze some cherry turnovers.

Circles of pie dough on a marble slab, with cherry pie filling in the center of one of the circles

Tools you’ll need

The main piece of equipment you’ll need to make these hand pies is a rolling pin to roll out the crust.

You can cut the crust into rectangles or cut it into circles. I like to use the 5-inch cutter from my biscuit cutter set to make the circles, but you can also trace around a bowl or plate with a sharp paring knife to do this.

Making this recipe

Prepare your pie crust by rolling it out on a lightly floured surface. You want it to be in about a 12×20-inch rectangle. 

If you’re using a refrigerated pie crust, piece the two circles together to turn them into a rectangle shape.

Once your crust is to size, cut the dough into 8 5–inch circles or cut it into 8 rectangles, about 5×6-inches each. 

Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the cherry pie filling into the center of each piece of dough. Whisk together the egg wash, then brush it along the edges of the dough and fold each dough piece in half over the pie filling.

Egg wash being brushed on the edges of a circle of pie crust with cherry pie filling in the center

Use a fork to crimp the edges closed, then place each hand pie on a lined baking sheet.

Use a knife to cut 3 small slits into the top of each of the pies. Brush a bit more egg wash on the tops, then sprinkle them with some coarse sugar or turbinado sugar. This will lightly sweeten the tops and add a lovely crunch. 

Bake the pies for about 20 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly.

Let them cool for about 5 minutes before serving or before moving them to a wire rack to finish cooling. 

Fork crimping the edges of a hand pie sealed shut on a marble surface


You don’t have to make and eat all of your Cherry Hand Pies right away. You can freeze some for later!

That’s right – just like when we made Apple Turnovers, you can freeze your unbaked hand pies and enjoy them later, any time you get a craving for a little bit of pie.

To freeze the pies, assemble them as written, up through cutting the slits in the top of the pies. Don’t brush them with the egg wash, though.

Assembled cherry hand pies on a parchment-lined baking sheet, ready to be baked

Place the assembled pies onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, then place the entire baking sheet in the freezer until the pies are solid. This will probably take 1-2 hours.

Once the hand pies are frozen, you can take them off the baking sheet and put them in a zip-top freezer bag or an airtight container for up to 3 months. Always make sure you label your frozen treats with the recipe name and the date when you froze them!

Baked cherry hand pies cooling on a parchment-lined baking sheet

Baking hand pies from frozen

Baking frozen Cherry Hand Pies is as easy as…well, pie!

When you’re ready to bake, place as many of the hand pies as you like on a lined baking sheet. Now is when you can brush the tops with the egg wash and sprinkle with the coarse sugar if you’d like.

Bake the pies at 400°F for 20-25 minutes. They’ll be golden, bubbly, and perfectly delicious once they’re done!

Overhead view of baked cherry hand pies cooling on a wire rack


There are a few different ways you can change up this recipe to fit your wants and needs.

Don’t want to use a pre-made pie crust? You can always use a homemade pie crust.

If you aren’t a fan of the coarse sugar on top of the pies, leave it off or swap it out for a simple powdered sugar icing after the pies cool.

Cherry hand pies on two plates. One of the hand pies is cut in half to show the filling

Not a cherry person? That’s ok! Use your favorite pie filling instead. Peach pie filling would be delicious, as would blueberry pie filling!

You could even go more fall-themed and make apple hand pies.

Once you have the method down, you’ll come up with all sorts of ways to make these Cherry Hand Pies your own and make them your most-requested recipe at all of your parties and cookouts.

Two cherry hand pies on parchment paper next to a glass of milk. One of the hand pies is cut in half
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Cherry Hand Pies

By: Jamie
4.48 from 17 ratings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 hand pies
Cherry Hand Pies are the epitome of personal pie goodness! Flaky pie crust and sweet cherry filling in a portable pie form – what more could you ask for?


For the egg wash:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. 
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll pie crust out to a 12×20-inch rectangle. Cut the dough into 8 rectangles, about 5×6-inches each. Alternatively, cut the dough into 8 5-inch circles.
  • Place about 2 tablespoons of cherry pie filling in the center of each piece of dough. Brush the egg wash along the edges of the dough and fold in half. If cut into rectangles, fold so the short ends meet, creating a 5×3-inch packet. Use a fork to crimp the edges to seal.
  • Carefully place the pies on the prepared baking sheet. Use a knife to cut 3 slits into the top of the pies. Brush the tops with the egg wash, then sprinkle with the coarse sugar or turbinado sugar.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

To freeze:

  • To freeze the pies, place the assembled hand pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut 3 slits into the top of each pie but do not brush with the egg wash.
  • Place the baking sheet with the pies into the freezer and freeze until solid. Store frozen hand pies in a zip-top freezer bag for up to 3 months. 
  • When ready to bake, place the frozen pies on a lined baking sheet; optionally brush with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar before baking. Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes. 



I like to use a refrigerated pie crust for these hand pies, but you can use your favorite homemade pie crust recipe instead.


Serving: 1hand pie, Calories: 173kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.003g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 105mg, Potassium: 90mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 0.02g, Vitamin A: 151IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. mary says:

    I’m not buying cherries this season as they are too expensive locally. But I have a couple of pounds stashed in my freezer in vacuum bags from last season. What, if any, changes might I need to make for the cherry filling part if I use my frozen stash. Geeze, I didn’t know I was buying cherry futures last summer!

    1. Jamie says:

      Mary, I don’t think you’d need to make any changes so long as you defrosted the cherries first and pressed out any excess water with a paper towel.
      – Jamie

    2. DUTY1ST says:

      @mary, if you have a Dollar Tree or a Dollar General nearby & don’t have an aversion to cherry pie filling, it’s $1.25 in the USA.

      I LOVE FRESH CHERRIES but like pecans, too expensive!

      Happy baking!

  2. Kim says:

    They look amazing! I was wondering if they can be frozen after they are baked. I like to prep and freeze breakfast items for my family to eat on the go.

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks, Kim!

      I think you could probably freeze them before or after baking. If you do it after baking, they’d just need a little time in the oven or toaster oven to warm up again.

      – Jamie

  3. Kajal says:

    hey Jamie, thanks for sharing! i love cherries and this looks soooo good! i dont have any puff pastry in hand, so am going to try it with phyllo. Duh, u think? :( let’s see.. will let you know how it goes!

  4. D. Harley says:

    Do you think it’s okay to freeze the pies after making them, but before cooking them?

  5. YayaOrchid says:

    Jamie, thank you so much for getting back to me. I’m on my way to check out that link. :)

  6. Katrina says:

    I made these tonight with your other cherry pie filling and they’re sooooo good! Thank you! Hubby says thank you too :)

  7. YayaOrchid says:

    Wonderful recipe, thank you so much for sharing! Your photos are always stunning, as the one above of the pies. I would love it if you could share where I can find the little milk jug in the photo? I am not crazy about milk, but drinking it out of such a lovely container may just change that! I need more calcium in my diet.

    Please pretty please do let me know where I can purchase them :)

    1. Jamie says:

      The bottle seen in the photo is vintage, so I do not have a source for that exact shape. I’d recommend checking out flea markets, antique shops, ebay or etsy. You can also purchase new ones at Bake It Pretty. Here is the link

  8. Diana @ a girl, a dog and an oven says:

    Beautifully scrumptious!! I love hand pies…anytime the deliciousness of a pie can be eaten without a fork, I’m on board. Who wants to take the time to slice, plate and eat dessert? Grab it and eat it is so much better. :)

  9. Maureen says:

    These look beautiful! I have to admit I didn’t think you could outdo the frozen cherry mojito but I think you have.