Mini Berry Hand Pies

For Debbie and Phil’s Great 8 Renaissance Faire themed dinner last year, Lord and Lady Van Boom were asked to bring fruit hand pies with vanilla ice cream. Although I think the pie crust recipe already posted on our blog is one of the best, I decided to try a different recipe for the hand pies. Either recipe would work just Gr8!

I thought I would challenge myself and make two different fruit pies using two different shapes.

Berry Hand Pies~

and Apple Hand Pies~This is a fun and delicious ending to a meal. And yes, why not eat with your hands!  Enjoy!

Edited since the last publication on January 10, 2016.

Fruit Hand Pies

Start the recipe early enough to refrigerate the dough for an hour before rolling out. 

One recipe of dough will make about 12-14 hand pies.

Course Dessert
Author Kyle


Hand Pie Crust (makes enough for 12-14 mini hand pies)

  • 1 Tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons ice water plus more if needed
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for rolling
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces

Berry Hand Pies (makes enough for 12 - 14 mini hand pies)

  • 3/4 cup fresh blackberries
  • 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • decorative sugar for sprinkling optional

Apple Hand Pies (makes enough for 12 - 14 mini hand pies)

  • 2 cups Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and diced small
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • decorative sugar for sprinkling optional


Hand Pie Crust Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine the flour, salt, and sugar.

  2. Add the butter pieces and pulse with the food processor on low until the mixture resembles coarse meal with a few clumps of butter remaining.

  3. In a small measuring cup with a spout for pouring, combine the sour cream, lemon juice and ice water. 

  4. Gradually add the sour cream mixture to the food processor and process just until combined.

  5. The mixture will be crumbly. Test by pinching a small amount of dough together to see if it holds. If it does not hold together, add more water 1 teaspoon at a time.

  6. Divide the dough in half into two disks and wrap each disk in plastic wrap.
  7. Refrigerate the disks for 1 hour.

Berry Hand Pie Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. While the pie dough is chilling, combine the berries, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl. Gently fold together until combined.
  3. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.

  4. On a floured surface, roll out pie dough to 1/8 inch thickness
  5. Cut out circles using any size cookie or biscuit cutter. (I use a 2 3/4" round biscuit cutter. For the apple hand pies, I cut around the edge of a bowl to get a larger circle.)

    Fruit Hand Pies
  6. Place the bottom circle of dough onto a baking pan covered with parchment paper or Silpat pad.
  7. Fill the center of this dough circle with the berry filling (~2 Tablespoons). The amount you can fit inside will depend on the size of your dough circle and the size of your berries (sometimes the berries need to be cut in half if too large). Be sure to leave a border around the filling. If using a large circle, place the fruit on one side of the dough leaving the other side available to fold over.

  8. Prepare your egg wash by whisking together the egg with the tablespoon of water.
  9. Brush egg wash on the edges of the dough circles.
  10. Place the second dough circle atop each filled circle or if using a large circle shape, fold over the filling.

  11. Use a fork to crimp the edges together, sealing each pie.

  12. Re-roll the scraps and continue cutting out the circles until you run out of dough.
  13. Brush the tops of the pies with remaining egg wash.

  14. Sprinkle with sugar.
  15. Cut a small slit in the top of each pie.
  16. Bake 13 – 15 minutes until the pies are just beginning to turn golden brown.

  17. Remove the pies from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  18. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Apple Hand Pie Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar and flour. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

  2. Follow Berry Hand Pie Directions above, #2 through #18.

    Fruit Hand Pies

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  1. Brenda Perlin | 10th Jan 16

    This one is special. Everything on this blog looks great but this one is driving me crazy. A must have recipe!!!! Thank you.

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