Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pies with Bonne Maman

Shortcut Cherry Hand Pies

Can I be honest here? I’ve been avoiding posting a cherry pie recipe. I know, I know, my name is Sweet Sherry Pie. But guys, the phrase “easy as pie” is a total lie. Pie is hard, and when I share a real pie recipe with you I need it to be absolutely perfect. But in the meantime, do you know what’s easy? These shortcut cherry hand pies. They are so simple, technically still home made, and just as delicious as a pie you made from scratch.

So Where Do We Start?

We will make these shortcut cherry hand pies with simple, high quality ingredients.

  • Pre-Made Pie Dough
  • High quality fruit jam.

The Importance of Ingredients

Because there is such a limited amount of things in these short cut cherry hand pies, our choices matter. Store bought pie dough is one of those things that can be very hit or miss. As the basis of our recipe we want to be sure to invest in a good one, It will be worth it to spend that extra 50 cents you would have saved on a store brand product. I usually use Pillsbury for this. It will come in two pre-rolled circles, and you can cut your desired shapes. I got about seven 3 inch hearts from one circle.

The star of these shortcut cherry hand pies is obviously the cherry filling, and I beg you to make a good decision about what kind you use. I almost exclusively use Bonne Maman when I need jam. Their products are amazing.

Note: I would seriously avoid using anything labeled “canned pie filling” They are usually filled with tons of sugar and very little fruit.

Heart Shaped Cherry Hand 
pies with jam and crystal sugar.


Putting together these hand pies is pretty easy, but there are just a couple key things which you will want to keep in mind.

  • Hand Pies take less filling than you might imagine. It’s usually just about heaping table spoon in each one.
  • You must seal your your edges with an egg wash, otherwise the dough will separate and your filling with ooze out.

Heart Shaped Cherry Hand 
pies with jam and crystal sugar.
Heart Shaped Cherry Hand pies with jam and crystal sugar.

Shortcut Cherry Hand Pies

Sherry Reuter
Quick and easy hand pies, made with high quality short cut ingredients.
Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 7


  • 1 Package Pillsbury Pie Crust

    ** Highly reccomend this and not a storebrand.

  • 1 Jar Bonne Maman Cherry Preserves **My preffered brand.
  • Coarse Sugar ** Optional

Egg Wash

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 TBSP water


  • Preheat Oven to 350°.
  • Since we are using premade pie crust, you will need to take the time to defrost it. Sit it at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Unroll the crust and with your choice of shape, cut out as much as you can. I got 7 3" hearts from one round.
  • Beat your egg with water to create egg wash. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of preserves into the center of your dough, and then brush the edges with egg wash.
  • With a fork, press all along the edges of your hand pie to seal.
  • Freeze the hand pies until solid, this will help prevent both spreading and leaking during baking.
  • After the pies are frozen, brush with your remaining egg wash and then sprinkle with course sugar (if desired).
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
Keyword Fruits, Pie

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