Friday, February 5, 2016

Cherry Chocolate Hand Pies


Cherry Chocolate Hand Pies | Cooking on the Front Burner


Soon love will be in the air so today I'm sharing a super easy Valentine treat that only needs five ingredients.  These mini Cherry Chocolate Hand Pies would make a perfect treat for your sweetheart (young or old)!  Flaky crust, tart cherries, a dab of chocolate almond spread (nutella) with a drizzle of glaze make an impressive dessert that is sure to please.  These are simple and simply amazing.  Just what cupid ordered!

Earlier this week we were expecting a blizzard - luckily it was on a day that I didn't have to work but I wasn't quite prepared to make this dessert so I ran out to 2 stores and picked up pie crust and paint before the snow started to fly!  Yes, I could have made my own crust but I really love the crust I can get in the frozen section of Trader Joe's.  It's the closest I have found to homemade and it works like a charm every time (and no, I'm not getting compensated to say this).  I already had on hand a jar of their cherry preserves and nutella so once I got back home, I was all set.

I surprised the DIY Guy (who works from home) by going down to his office and having him sample the treats.  He is always a willing taste tester and he thought they were amazing.  Besides having these as a dessert after a meal, they would be perfect for your younger sweethearts as well by placing them in their lunch box as a surprise.  They are also good as a grab and go treat and if they are a hit like our place, they'll disappear in no time.

You could always personalize your own hand pies by making them into circle shapes and cutting out a small heart of pie crust and placing on top.  Experiment too with other fillings you might like - lemon curd comes to mine so next time I'll try that!


Cherry Chocolate Hand Pies

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 15-20 minutes
Yield about 12
Ingredients 
  • 2 pie crust rounds (I used Trader Joe's)
  • Cherry Preserves
  • Nutella
  • Powdered sugar
  • Water
  • Egg white
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. Using a large cookie cutter, cut out shapes from one pie crust and place on lined cookie sheet
  4. Place about 1 teaspoon nutella on each and use your finger to smooth out leaving about a 1/4" edge
  5. Place about 1 1/2 teaspoon preserves on top of nutella and use your finger again to smooth out to the edge of nutella
  6. Cut out matching shapes on the next pie crust then place on top of bottoms
  7. Using a fork, chrimp edges
  8. Combine the egg white with a tablespoon of water then brush tops
  9. Cut a small X in dough
  10. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until crust is getting golden brown
  11. Remove and cool
  12. In a small bowl add about 1/2 cup powdered sugar with a bit of water to get a glaze consistency.
  13. Drizzle over pies
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Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies | Cooking on the Front Burner

Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies | Cooking on the Front Burner

Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies | Cooking on the Front Burner

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Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies | Cooking on the Front Burner

39 comments:

  1. Deb,
    The pies look adorable. Lovely for Valentine's Day.
    Annamaria

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  2. What a lovely little dessert. Chocolate and cherry....Yum! You got the crust perfect!

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  3. I just love chocolate and cherry. These look so decadent but sound easy to make!

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  4. These are so cute!! Why do I never go simple?! Why?! :)

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  5. Yes, yes, a million times yes! -- Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

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  6. Nutella and cherry preserves sound like a heavenly combo! I love handpies (pies of any sort, really), and these are just perfect for Valentine's Day.

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  7. These look so pretty and perfect for Valentine's Day!

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  8. What a fun and easy recipe! My girls would love to help bake these!

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    1. What a great idea! I'm sure they would be great helpers!

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  9. These look delicious! And who doesn't love Nutella? Thanks for sharing!

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  10. What a fun idea! My family would love these little pies!!

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  11. These are so cute! Everything is way more fun when it's miniature ;)

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  12. Oooo, these little hand pies look so yummy, pinned! Thank you so much for sharing this drooling recipe!

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  13. These look perfect for Valentine's Day! I love nutella. Yum!

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  14. These are so cute! I bet it is something I could make with the kids!

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    1. Yes Nancy - for sure - they would love to help and sample :)

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  15. These are so pretty and perfect for Valentine's Day. I love how easy they are too!

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  16. These sound super easy to make, love it!

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  17. This is so awesome! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing this at our party! I always love your amazing creations. I hope to see you next Monday because we love to party with you! Happy Tuesday! Lou Lou Girls

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  18. These are just perfect, Deb! I love the flavors and, of course, the fact that you made them into hearts! :)

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  19. Such a perfect treat! I need to try them out - I mean, Nutella!

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  20. Such a perfect treat! I need to try them out - I mean, Nutella!

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  21. Deb, these are gorgeous! And Nutella and cherry preserves sound like the best filling ever!

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  22. Yum, these look amazing! Thanks for linking them up to The Creative Collection Link Party!

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  23. Oh Yummy! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

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  24. Coming over from the Foodie Friends Friday Linky and I am so glad I did! Totally pinning, have a great week! xo

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  25. These are darling! They're like chocolate-covered cherries (one of my childhood favorites) in pastry form! I've never tried (or actually even noticed) Trader Joe's pie crust, but I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

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