How to Make Hand Pies: An Easy Christmas Dessert

These individual blueberry hand pies are an easy Christmas dessert. Adorable mini blueberry pies with a rich golden crust and a juicy blueberry filling are perfect for serving as a Christmas dessert or even as a treat on Christmas morning.

closup up of hand pie

Fresh pie crust and juicy blueberries come together for an individual serving of yum. Coated with a glaze of powdered sugar these holiday treats are just the right size and will look super cute on your holiday dessert table.

These Pioneer Woman blueberry hand pies are a great alternative to traditional blueberry pie and bake up quickly and easily. Serve with some ice cream or gelato on the side. Or just grab one to eat on the run. They freeze well too so don’t hesitate to stash a few in the freezer.

three blueberry hand pies on buffalo plaid towel

Are you looking for other Christmas treats? Check out this 3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge, 3 Ingredient Grinch Fudge or this recipe for M&Ms Holiday Chocolate Bark.

Why You’ll Love These Christmas Blueberry Pies

  • quick to prepare – using store-bought dough takes a lot of the work out of making these pies• fun and festive treat – these individual pies make an easy Christmas treat
  • customizable – these individual pies allow you to customize them with your favorite fillings
three hand pies stacked

Equipment You Need To Make Hand Pies

  • measuring cups and spoons
  • whisk
  • saucepan
  • baking sheet
  • cookie cutter
  • fork

Blueberry Pie Ingredients

  • 1 box refrigerated pie crust
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 TBS cornstarch
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Optional: 1 egg for egg wash
blueberry hand pie ingredients

Icing:

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tsp milk
ingredients for powdered sugar glaze

How To Make Handheld Blueberry Pies

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk sugar and cornstarch until there are no more lumps from the cornstarch.

Place blueberries, sugar and cornstarch mixture, and lemon juice in a medium-sized saucepan.

blueberry filling ingredients in mixing bowl

Cook on medium heat stirring frequently until the mixture is bubbling and thickened.

Once thickened, sprinkle in cinnamon, stir to combine, and set aside.

Roll out both pie crusts and lay them on top of each other. Cut out Christmas trees using a 2-inch cookie cutter.

christmas tree cookie cutter for dough

Lay cut pie crust on the prepared baking sheet and add 2 teaspoons of pie filling to the middle of each tree.

adding blueberries

Whisk egg to make egg wash, lightly brush the outside of the bottom crust with egg wash and lay the other on top.

adding butter to edges of hand pies

Using a fork gently press together each side of the pie crust carefully to keep the Christmas tree shape.

adding fork marks to seal hand pie

Poke holes in the top of each pie, brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake pies for 5 min or until golden brown and then place on a cooling rack to cool.

hand pies on cooling rack

While pies are cooling add powdered sugar and milk to a bowl and whisk until desired consistency.

whisking glaze

Drizzle cooled pies with icing.

close up of glaze on hand pies

Keep leftover pies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Variations Of Blueberry Pies

  • make pumpkin hand pies with canned pumpkin pie filling
  • try an assortment of different fruit pies by picking up different cans of pie filling at the grocery store.
  • prepare your own pie filling by chopping up some fresh fruit and cooking with some sugar and cinnamon.
hand pies on a plate

Tips and Tricks For Making Handheld Pies

  • You can use fresh or bottled lemon juice but fresh will taste best.
  • You do not have to use egg wash. I have prepared these pies without the egg wash and the pies work out well. If you do want to brush the pies with an egg wash you can use just the egg as the egg wash or mix the egg with some water.
  • It’s okay if some of the pie filling seeps out when pinching the pie closed. It will still bake into the crust.
  • To get a full 12 pies you will need to take the excess dough and roll it back out and cut until there is no more dough left.
  • Don’t forget to pierce the dough with a fork to let the steam escape.
three christmas tree hand pies

FAQs

Can I make my own pie dough?

Yes, you absolutely can make your own pie dough. However, if you want to pull these pies together in a pinch, pre-made dough is really best.

Do I have to put blueberries inside?

Anything goes with these handheld pies really. If you are not a fan of blueberries you can substitute fresh fruit that has been cooked or buy canned pie filling at the grocery store.

Can I use fresh blueberries instead of frozen?

Fresh blueberries would work just as well as frozen so go ahead and use them.

stacked blueberry hand pies

How To Store Handheld Pies

These handheld pies should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep for a few days. If you want to warm them up, you can pop them in the toaster oven. These blueberry pies will also freeze well so if you have more than you think you’ll eat over the next few days throw them in the freezer.

closup up of hand pie

How to Make Hand Pies: An Easy Christmas Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box refrigerated pie crust
  • 2 cups blueberries frozen
  • ½ cup sugar white granulated
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Optional: 1 egg for egg wash

Icing

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tsp milk

Instructions
 

Pie

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk sugar and cornstarch until there are no more lumps from the cornstarch.
  • Add blueberries, sugar and cornstarch mixture, and lemon juice to a medium size saucepan.
  • Cook on medium heat stirring frequently until mixture is bubbling and thickened.
  • Once thickened, sprinkle cinnamon and stir into pie filling and set aside.
  • Roll out both pie crusts and lay them on top of each other. Cut out Christmas trees using a 2-inch cookie cutter.
  • Lay cut pie crust on the prepared baking sheet and add 2 teaspoons of pie filling to the middle of each tree.
  • Whisk egg to make egg wash, lightly brush the outside of the bottom crust with egg wash and lay the other on top.
  • Using a fork gently press together each side of the pie crust carefully to keep the Christmas tree shape.
  • Poke holes in the top of each pie, brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake pies for 5 min or until golden brown and then place on a cooling rack to cool.
  • While pies are cooling add powder sugar and milk to a bowl and whisk until desired consistency.
  • Drizzle cooled pies with icing.
  • Keep leftover pies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Icing

  • Mix powdered sugar and milk together until smooth.
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