Homemade Hand Pies: Secret Recipe Club

It’s hard to believe how fast time goes. I am already on the second month of the Secret Recipe Club that was created by Amanda’s Cooking to bring together food bloggers. Last month I shared Chocolate Doughnuts. We are assigned another food blogger, we dive into their blog and “try” to decide what to bake, cook and share with our readers.

My secret blogger this month is Jen from Beantown Baker! Jen and I have actually met in real life, last Fall when while in New York City for the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Holiday Bake-off. Jen is an amazing baker! Did you see the Snitch Cake Pops that I shared last week? Yep, those were Jen’s! When I spotted these Strawberry Hand Pies I knew right away I wanted to give them a try.  I followed Jen’s recipe for the pastry dough, and I agree with her, the dough is easy to work with and taste really good too.

One of the reasons I wanted to give the Hand Pies a try, besides the fact they looked amazing, is that I received some Oregon Fruit last week. I first found out about Oregon Fruit when I attended BlogHer Food Conference in Atlanta a couple months ago. They sell lots of different fruits, Blueberries, Blackberries and Cherries to name a few.

Let’s make some Homemade Hand Pies

After mixing the pastry dough {recipe below}, roll it out and cut with a 2 or 3 inch round cutter. I used an antique cutter that has a scalloped edge, but a plain round cutter works perfect too. The dough should be 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick.

After the circles are cut, roll each of them as thin as possible, trying to keep them as round as you can.

I made Cherry and Blueberry filling. This filling is also REALLY good on french toast, pancakes or even on your ice cream sundae! Jen made her Hand Pies with Strawberry filling. If you happen to have extra strawberries, grab her recipe for Strawberry Hand Pies.

Homemade Hand Pies
  • Pastry Dough
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 beaten egg mixed with 1-2 teaspoons water
  • Filling
  • 1 can Oregon Fruit {cherries, blueberries or other fruit}
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ⅓ - ½ cup sugar
  1. Pastry Dough Instructions
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients
  3. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or your hands
  4. Make a well in the middle and add the milk, mix with a spatula until combined
  5. Turn dough onto floured table, and knead about 10-20 times
  6. Roll out, turning often so it does not stick, until dough is about ⅓ - ½ inch thick
  7. Cut with a round cookie cutter
  8. Roll each circle until thin
  9. Cherry or Blueberry Filling
  10. Drain fruit, and pour juice or water into a heavy saucepan
  11. Whisk in cornstarch
  12. Add fruit and cook until thick and bubbly
  13. Use a potato masher to break down fruit
  14. Let filling cool {you can put it in the fridge to hurry up the cooling}
  15. Add 1-2 tablespoons of fruit to middle of pastry dough circle
  16. Brush with egg and water mixture
  17. Fold over and seal with a fork {dip fork into flour if it gets sticky}
  18. Brush outside with egg and water mixture
  19. Using a sharp knife, cut 2 or 3 small slits in pie
  20. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown

Disclosure: Oregon Fruit sent me some fruit to try. They did not pay me to post or require that I share with my readers. The opinions are all my own.

Gratitude Journal: I’m thankful for my safe return from Colorado, where I attended the Savvy Blogging Summit and learned a TON!!

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Now comes the fun part…


  1. I recently made Jen’s hand pies too. So easy an delicious!
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  2. Lisa~~ says:

    I saw these before and have been wanting to make them and you’ve inspired me further.

    I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

    Cook Lisa Cook
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  3. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Oh…these homemade pies look gorgeous..have to try this out. Lovely SRC entry.
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  4. chris says:

    These look delicious. Have eaten many hand pies but never ones I have made…think its about time!

  5. Thanks for the kind words! So funny you got paired with someone you knew. Every month (this is my 3rd month doing SRC), I’ve gotten a blog that I’ve never even heard of. Love you pics!
    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com recently posted..Blueberry Cheesecake BarsMy Profile

  6. Your homemade pies look amazing! Found this from the The Secret Recipe Club blog hop :)
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  7. Kate says:

    These look fabulous and sound amazing!! I can hardly wait to make them. Great SRC entry!
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  8. Tami says:

    Love the first picture of the pies in the basket! I want to try my hand at making these. I think that they would go over well in lunchboxes this school year.
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  9. These look delicious! I will definitely have to try them! This was so much fun doing the SRC – I am really looking forward to doing it again next month!
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  10. BigFatBaker says:

    Yum! I have seen these on Jen’s site and I have been wanting to give them a try for a while now. Great job, they look fabulous!
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  11. Shelby says:

    These look yummy! I’ll take a blueberry one please ;-)

  12. These hand pies are so fun for picnics!
    So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. This looks amazing :)

  13. Peggy says:

    Dessert on the go! My kind of thing for sure =)

    I love reading Jen’s blog and this was a perfect choice for SRC!
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  14. Carolyn says:

    Beantown Baker is a fun blog and your pies are gorgeous. How much fun is the SRC???
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  15. Lisa says:

    These pies are ADORABLE! They make me smile. :) Also, you asked about the Matchbox ice cream truck. It is Matchbox brand and I found it at Wal Mart! I’m sure Target would have it too. Good luck. <3
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  16. Taylor says:

    Individual miniature pies?! Yes, please! The fruit filling looks so tasty!!
    Taylor recently posted..secret recipe club: southwestern quinoa casseroleMy Profile

  17. Kate says:

    Hand pies have been on my short list for a while – looks like I need to move them to the top of the list! These look delicious.

  18. Wow! Your photos are simply amazing… and I’m loving the individual pie servings all wrapped up and easy to transport. Nicely done! And excellent SRC post!
    Kim – Liv Life recently posted..Confetti Corn Salad – Secret Recipe ClubMy Profile

  19. Those look so good! I’ve been meaning to attempt hand pies lately; going to have to give this recipe a whirl.
    Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy recently posted..SRC: Roasted Banana Ice CreamMy Profile

  20. How yummy! We call them “Fried Pies” – even when they are baked and not “fried”. These are always so good :) Wonderful recipe that I will “pin”
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  21. Delishhh says:

    This looks fabulous. Nice work on the Secret Recipe Club. Isn’t it fun. I love finding new blogs and reading through them.
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  22. Heather says:

    these look adorable, love homemade pies, not to mention mini ones. No sharing involved :) glad to see you are part of the SRC with us all.
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  23. What lovely little treats. I think it’s great that you can customize the flavor.

  24. We’ve always wanted to make hand pies. Thanks for the inspiration.
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  25. Wow Liz, these are fantastic! Thanks for using our fruit to make them. I saw a version of these at Tiwa Kitchen on the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico while on Vacation and I was happy to see your clear recipe and instructions! Your photos are great too!

  26. Love those antique cutters…such character!
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  27. Amanda says:

    Liz these look so good! I’ve had Oregon fruit and it’s wonderful. I made some cherry hand pies a while back with my homemade cherry pie filling. I love how many yours made. So glad you are still participating in SRC!
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  28. These look incredible. I can’t wait to try them. I love the Oregon fruit. It has a great flavor.
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