Cherry Cheese Hand Pies

by heidi on August 28, 2012


Cherry Cheese Hand Pies from FoodieCrush.com
Back to school, back to reality.

This past weekend made gearing up for the first day back to school an especially rough one. We took advantage of our last summer road trip by languishing in late night swims under starlit skies, lots of outdoors music amid the red rocks of Utah’s spectacular natural scenery and plenty of play time skipping about and acting like kids.

And then the alarm went off. And just like that, summer was over.

Suddenly it was all about getting breakfast on, where are her shoes, oh man we’re out of yogurt, oh wait there’s one at the back, but I don’t want mustard, hair ties, wait no hair ties, pull it over to the side. No! Pull it back. But I don’t want my hair to be poooooooffffyyyy, where did your backpack go??

After she somehow successfully traipsed off to meet her new teacher and continue to grow into someone other than the bald little baby I snuggled in my arms, I baked her a special first-day-back after school snack. 

Cherry Cheese Hand Pies from FoodieCrush

When I was in college I worked at a Hostess plant. Yep, I was a Twinkie packer, and proud of it. It was the most grueling job I’ve ever had and yes it did look a lot like this especially when the old lady veterans thought they’d show this newbie temp a thing or two and speed up the line so Twinkies or Ding Dongs went a flyin’.

I hope they got their laughs.

Cherry Cheese Hand Pies from FoodieCrush

But one of the best parts was the pie cooling line, a conveyor cooling rack that snaked its way through the ceiling of the entire plant. It started at the Hostess Pie deep fry line. Cherry pie, apple pie, lemon. And it wound its way right past the stairs that led to the women’s break room.

Once in a while a pie may have made its way right into my weary little hand. Weird how that happened.

Ham & Cheese Hand Pie FoodieCrush

A few weeks ago I made Ham and Cheese Hand Pies that Smudge went gaga over. They’re definitely going to be making their way into her lunch bag.

They were so easy, I figured they’d be super tasty with fresh cherries and cream cheese.

Cherry Cheese Hand Pies from FoodieCrush

Smudge likes everything mini. Especially small food she can carry about. And since her favorite thing these days is pie, I knew a spin on cherry pie would be a treat we could both dig into.

And this time I didn’t even have to swipe them from the line.

Cherry Cheese Hand Pies

Serving Size: makes 12-15 pies

Cherry Cheese Hand Pies

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into chunks
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4-5 tablespoons water
2 cups or about 10 ounces cherries, pitted and halved
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 ½ tablespoons water
8 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon almond extract
¼ cup decorative or large crystal sugar

Instructions

  1. In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, pulse flour, butter, salt and sugar 10-12 times or until butter is consistency of small peas. Add water and pulse 5-7 more times or until dough starts to come together. Turn out onto a floured surface and shape into 2 round discs. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring water, cornstarch sugar and cherries to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. With a handheld mixer, mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and almond extract until smooth.
  4. Preheat oven to 450°F. Roll out dough to ¼-inch thick and using a 5-inch biscuit cutter, cut round discs for pies. Layer each round with a slather of cream cheese mixture and mound with about ¼ cup cherry mixture. Lightly brush edges of circles with egg, fold in half and crimp edges.
  5. Place pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with egg wash and sprinkles of decorative sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until crust is golden. Serve immediately or eat at room temperature.
http://www.foodiecrush.com/2012/08/cherry-cheese-hand-pies/

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 28, 2012 at 4:39 am

I love how they’re oozing! Delicious!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 28, 2012 at 5:04 am

Mmm these sound awesome!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks August 28, 2012 at 7:10 am

They’re just oozing with goodness….mmm, soo messy, soo good!

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Lori @ RecipeGirl August 28, 2012 at 7:47 am

Adorable…both the pies and smudge. Wait ’till she goes to middle school. You’ll be in puddles of tears! My baby… off to middle school. Argh! Lovely little pies you made :)

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heidi August 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

Oh Lori, I am NOT looking forward to that day. Middle school and all the drama that goes with it!

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Maria August 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

I can’t believe summer is over already! Smudge is so adorable! I hope she has a wonderful school year! I love making and eating hand pies too! Such a fun treat!

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Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate August 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

Love these.. hand pies are so much fun–great for a snack for kids and adults.. terrific recipe and photos.

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Liz@HoosierHomemade August 28, 2012 at 7:51 am

I hate how fast Summer goes! Wishing you a great school year! Love the pies!
~Liz

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marla August 28, 2012 at 7:51 am

Heidi, this post is so beautiful and really touches the heart. Our girls are the same age ~ my daughter starts school tomorrow. Smudge is just precious (LOVE those stylish black glasses) I have no idea where the time is going.
I am not ready for summer to end in a *snap*
Thank goodness for homemade hand pies. They look amazing!

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heidi August 28, 2012 at 11:07 am

Isn’t it just terrible that they have to grow up? I can’t stand it! Wouldn’t it be great to get our two babies together sometime? XO

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Kelley August 28, 2012 at 8:34 am

Will you come make these for E’s first day of school? They look amazing. In fact, I want them both for breakfast. I’m diggin the ham and cheese one. I love a savory pie. And I spy mustard in the background!!

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heidi August 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

We should totally make hand pies together! I miss you!

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Emily August 28, 2012 at 8:34 am

I’m so making ham & cheese hand pies this weekend!!!!

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Jennifer August 28, 2012 at 8:48 am

These look great! I can’t wait to try out the dough :)

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heidi August 28, 2012 at 11:07 am

The dough is so easy thanks to the food processor, and rather forgiving too :)

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Meg August 28, 2012 at 8:49 am

These look amazing! My little girl started 5th grade this year and I have no clue how we got here. I must have had a 4 year long blink of an eye. *sigh* I am always looking for special treats to have waiting for her when she returns home and I will be adding a gluten-free version of these to the list! Thanks!

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heidi August 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

Would love to hear how you adapted the recipe for gluten-free if you’d like to post the link here!

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Kalyn August 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

Oh my, she is so darn cute! What a great treat for after school!

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Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa August 28, 2012 at 8:54 am

Yum! What a delicious treat – perfect for breakfast or a late afternoon snack. I can’t believe the summer is almost over – we have to celebrate these fruits as long as we can!

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Melissa // the faux martha August 28, 2012 at 8:56 am

You are one good mamma! And Smudge has some mad cool style. Can she help me?

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heidi August 28, 2012 at 11:05 am

All she needs is an infiniti scarf. *hint :)

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Susan August 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

Our cherries are just so wonderful here in Washington and these pies look amazing! You’re such a great mom baking a special treat for that first day of school. BTW, your daughter has a great fashion sense…something I bet she got from you! XOXO

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking August 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

I am going crazy over those little ham and cheese guys! They look great! One pie for lunch and one for dessert!

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Brooke August 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

Umm yum! Thank goodness we are neighbors, I’ll be right over! Do I follow this recipe to make the ham and cheese pies? Obviously omitting the cherries and cream cheese for ham and cheese.

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heidi August 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

The recipe for the ham and cheese hand pies is here http://goboldwithbutter.com/?p=1366. I need to bold my links :)

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

What adorable little pies, love!!

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

These are both delicious and adorable! What a fun treat!

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Kathryn August 28, 2012 at 10:33 am

I never really thought how weird the first day of school must be for parents – pie seems like an excellent solution for her and for you!

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Delishhh August 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

Oh they look so good and your daughter is ADORABLE. Ella just turned 6 months :)

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

Awwww what a good mom :) I love hand pies

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Mother Omega August 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

Sweet Pea!!!!

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Julia August 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Making her mini hand pies on her first day of school, you’re fantastic!
I love the filling oozing out of the pies!

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Heather @ Heather's Dish August 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm

what a sweet momma she has :) these handpies look delicious!

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Jen @ Savory Simple August 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Oh yum! I wish we still had fresh cherries here. Might have to hit the freezer section so I can make these!

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JulieD August 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Ooh these look great, Heidi!!

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carrian August 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

3rd grade!! Can you believe it? I feel like time is flying by and I have to keep reminding myself to take it all in. Loverly recipe too. Probably should pin it. :)

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Julie @ Table for Two August 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm

uh, i love your daughter’s glasses!! and her style!! and these cherry pies are the perfect on the go meal!! love it

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Audrey Graham August 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I can’t wait to try out the dough. They look really awesome, and delicious. http://www.maxworkoutsexposed.com/

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Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting August 29, 2012 at 12:21 am

I’ve been a fan of you for quite some time… but I have to admit, I have the utmost respect for you after learning that you were a Twinkie Packer. I love it! PS. Those pies look delicious!

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Annalise August 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Holy yum! These are right up my alley!

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sarah August 30, 2012 at 7:30 am

These are beautiful! I love that first picture.
Your daughter is gorgeous. We start preschool here next week…anxiety is already at an all time high. Fingers crossed. :)

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angie w d'lish August 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

she is adorb! cute hand pies too….

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Daniela @ food recipes HQ September 4, 2012 at 3:27 am

Simply adorable.

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Jessica March 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Thank you, Heidi, for sharing. I made these last weekend and they were incredible – it was hard to stop licking my fingers as I filled the pockets. Everyone raved about them, from crust to filling. I’ll definitely be making them again!

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J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats May 14, 2013 at 7:45 am

As much as I love pictures of just pristine food whenever it looks a little messier – like with this outrageously dark red cherry juice oozing out of the breakfast pastries – it just looks that much more irresistible :)

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Mervin January 29, 2014 at 2:25 am

I couldn’t agree more! I mentioned the same thing to my
husband and since many people that would listen.
I do not have an engagement or wedding ring. I get the notion
I want a ring in any way offensive. I am married. I made a
vow! I’m not going to overlook. I love my husband and I gave myself to
him willingly, however he fails to own me and have to brand me.
Generally people understand I’m married, since I’m a
stay at home mom with three youngsters in tow. On some occasions, I’ve been approached
by someone I only say I am married.

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