Blueberry Cinnamon Hand Pies

Blueberry Cinnamon Hand Pies

There was a decent portion of my life where I avoided making homemade pie. I certainly didn’t attempt hand pies.

I left that task to my older sister, who is known as the pie expert in the family. The crust intimidated me, and my crimping skills were lacking.

And by lacking, I mean nonexistent.

Blueberry Cinnamon Hand Pies

I’m all for chocolate desserts and the occasional slice of cake, but fruit crisps and pies are my one true love.

Give me a slice of homemade pie and a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, and I’m one happy girl.

Blueberry Cinnamon Hand Pies

My pie-crimping skills could still use some work (that’s why the word ‘rustic’ was invented, right?), but I’m happy to report that I’m no longer afraid to pie. Yes, I just turned the word pie into a verb.

To pie. It seems right to me.

Blueberry Cinnamon Hand Pies

And if there is anything better than regular pie, it is portable pie!

Pie that you can hold in one hand while you sit at your computer and get sucked into the vortex that is Pinterest. Or pie that you can hold in your hand while mingling with friends at a fun Memorial Day get-together (see what I did there?).

Does it get better than that?

Blueberry Cinnamon Hand Pies

These blueberry cinnamon hand pies fit that criteria and so much more. I know that blueberries aren’t quite in season yet, but I just couldn’t resist this time. [Hello! Perfect Memorial Day dessert!]

The pie dough has just a touch of sweetness and is perfectly buttery and flakey, and the filling is fresh and vibrant. The addition of lemon zest and warm, ground cinnamon add that special touch.

Technically, this recipe makes six hand pies, but be prepared for everyone to want at least two….or six.

Is it summer yet?

Blueberry Cinnamon Hand Pies

Yield: 6 Servings

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes (plus two hours of resting time)

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Pie Dough:

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4" cubes
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Blueberry Cinnamon Filling:

  • 9 ounces (roughly 2 cups) fresh blueberries
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 whole egg, plus one teaspoon water
  • 1 tablespoon demerara (or other raw) sugar


Prepare Pie Dough:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a large food processor. Pulse several times to mix thoroughly.
  2. Add the butter, and pulse several times until the butter is thoroughly incorporated and the texture resembles that of a coarse meal---you want the butter pieces to be in varying sizes, some small and others slightly larger. This will result in the flakiest crust.
  3. While pulsing, slowly add the water and continue to pulse until the dough just begins to clump together loosely.
  4. Remove the dough to a clean counter top, shape together with your hands into a square disc, and cover tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, or until firm (dough can be prepared up to three days in advance).

Prepare Hand Pies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, combine the blueberries, lemon zest, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt. Mix thoroughly. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg and water. Set aside with a pastry brush.
  3. Remove the pie dough from the fridge, and allow it to rest at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes. Once it has rested, place the dough on a lightly floured counter top. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 12" x 15" rectangle (don't worry if the edges are not perfectly straight). Using a pastry cutter or knife, cut the dough into six rectangles.
  4. Brush the edges of the pie dough rectangles with water. Distribute the blueberries evenly into the center of each rectangle, and fold the dough over. Use a fork to seal the edges.
  5. Place the hand pies onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Brush the the tops of the pies evenly with egg wash, and sprinkle with demerara sugar. Using a sharp knife, cut two to three small slits into the top of the pies (to allow steam to escape during baking).
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes (rotating halfway), or until the golden brown. Do not worry if some of the filling spills during baking, this is to be expected.
  7. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Pies can be wrapped tightly and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Recipe lightly adapted from Bon Appetit.

Blueberry Cinnamon Hand Pies

54 Responses to “Blueberry Cinnamon Hand Pies”

  1. #
    Baby June — May 20, 2014 @ 7:15 am

    Those look like pop tarts, so they’re okay for breakfast right? :) Love the blueberry + cinnamon flavors, it’s like the perfect combination of coolness and warmth.

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 8:14 am

      Oh…DEFINITELY! :) And they are so much better than pop tarts, don’t worry! Thank you!

  2. #
    Abigail Hoppen — May 20, 2014 @ 7:48 am

    these look amazing!

    I feel like after a long harsh winter here in michigan we deserve a nice long berry season which should be starting in the next few weeks. you best believe i’m cooking these babies up!

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:11 pm

      I can’t wait for berry season to be in full swing! Best season of the year!

  3. #
    jenna @ just j.faye — May 20, 2014 @ 8:03 am

    Hand pies! That is a perfect Memorial Day picnic food. I may have to make these this weekend…

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

      Do it, do it, do it! :)

  4. #
    Sues — May 20, 2014 @ 8:19 am

    I love the idea of hand pies and these are so gloriously beautiful! Love that last photo, too :)

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

      Thanks Sues! Blueberry art FTW.

  5. #

    OMG! These look so delicious. I must have one right now. Do you ship to the UK?!! I will be making these in the near future, for sure!

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:09 pm

      Wish I could!!!!! Thanks Alice! :)

  6. #
    Tieghan — May 20, 2014 @ 8:47 am

    Haha! I sort of talk about crisp and things today. If you ask me, the rustic look is better than perfect anyway! These look awesome. Bring on summer!

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:09 pm

      I know! I read that! Too funny. Thanks Tieghan!

  7. #
    Meg — May 20, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    I’m sort of obsessed with hand pies — I love the name, for one, and they’re just so CUTE! Like you, I’ve been afraid to pie . . . but I’m going to make it my mission to craft a pie or two in my new kitchen this summer. Seems necessary. These look awesome!

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:07 pm

      Oh my gosh, you have to make pie from scratch! It’s the only way. And yeah, I’m a huge fan of the word hand pie, or any portable mini dessert in general. Super cute.

  8. #
    ATasteOfMadness — May 20, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    Me too!! That is why I only have ONE pie recipe on my blog. Sad, sad days. I should really get over my avoidance of making homemade pies and make some freaking hand pies! They sound fantastic!

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

      Yes!!! Do it :)

  9. #
    molly yeh — May 20, 2014 @ 9:50 am

    so rustic and beautiful :) :)

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

      Thanks friend!

  10. #
    Liz@Virtually Homemade — May 20, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    I used to be scared of pie too! But the crust is actually easy to make and you just need some practice crimping (mine still comes out rustic too). LOVE the combination of blue berry and cinnamon.

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

      I definitely agree! I tend to be impatient when it comes to the crimping part, simply because I want to get it in the oven and eat it already, haha! But I do love a good lattice top every now and then!

  11. #
    cheri — May 20, 2014 @ 10:21 am

    These are now on the menu for this week since we are in full swing with blueberry season out here in California…. Thank you

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:02 pm

      Oh yay! Wish I lived in California! Haha! Let me know how they turn out!

  12. #
    pippa@popovertopippas — May 20, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    my crimping skills are awful!!

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:02 pm

      Pretty sure mine are!

  13. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — May 20, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

    Looks beautiful and delicious! Perfect for summer! I’ve made pie crusts a few times, but they still intimidate me.

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:01 pm

      I definitely find that food processors are the way to go (I know there are a million methods) but I seem to work the dough less that way!

  14. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — May 20, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

    I’ve been craving blueberry pie ever since the weather turned warm and this is not helping! And yes, I am all about using “pie” as a verb. I would like to pie right now!

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:00 pm

      I know!!!! Me too! I think that’s why I couldn’t resist making these :)

  15. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — May 20, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

    I’m so with you Laura, I love a good flaky butter dessert filled with gooey fruit and topped a la mode! these handpies are adorable, delicious, and you’re making them sound so easy!! def pinning these for a rainy day :)

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 11:00 pm

      I promise they are easy! :)

  16. #
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — May 20, 2014 @ 3:18 pm

    I love hand pies. They’re portable. No dessert plate to wash afterwards. I could go on but I’ll just say your pies are gorgeous and I want one now!

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 10:58 pm

      Haha! No dishes to clean–that itself is a good enough excuse for me!

  17. #
    CakePants — May 20, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

    Beautiful!! Man, I’m gonna have to practically quadruple this recipe because I know I’ll eat at least fresh out of the oven (just, you know, to “check” that they’re edible to serve to other people), and probably about three more waiting for people to arrive. How do you think these would hold up if frozen after baking?

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 10:58 pm

      Oh that is totally acceptable. Pretty sure all pie recipes should be quadrupled…for taste testing purposes of course. I definitely think you could freeze them (although I haven’t tried with this particular recipe)–I’m thinking it would be better to freeze them pre-bake, I have a feeling it will result in a flakier/more evenly baked crust. Let me know if you try them!

  18. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — May 20, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

    I’m definitely going to want all 6 of these hand pies for myself :) These are seriously amazing!

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 10:53 pm

      Yeah, unfortunately my other half eats leftovers even faster than I do, so I definitely need to make them again!

  19. #
    Helen @ Scrummy Lane — May 20, 2014 @ 5:08 pm

    I’m so happy that you’ve learnt to pie, Laura, because these particular specimens look beautiful and I’m definitely pinning for later. Especially love that bright purple colour of the blueberries all leaking out. It’s rustic all the way for me!!

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 10:53 pm

      Haha! Thanks Helen! These are definitely rustic, but I think it makes them that much more fun!

  20. #
    Matt Robinson — May 20, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

    Love these so much, Laura! The pictures!!! Wow.

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 10:52 pm

      Thanks so much Matt! Means a lot! :)

  21. #
    DessertForTwo — May 20, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

    I want to pie with you sometime soon. For sure.

    Love that last photo with blueberry stains. I feel another food photo wall coming on…

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

      That almost sounds dirty…hehe! But yeah, we need to pie together for sure. Yay for food photo walls!

  22. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 20, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

    Fruit crisps and pies are my one true love too. SO. GOOD.

    • Laura replied: — May 20th, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

      I knew I liked you! :) Thanks Katrina!

  23. #
    Ami@naivecookcooks — May 21, 2014 @ 12:09 am

    Looks so good and btw I love your blueberry art;) !

  24. #
    Laura Dembowski — May 21, 2014 @ 8:42 am

    It doesn’t get better than a freshly baked pie… except maybe hand pies. I make pies all the time and they always look a bit rustic but I think that makes them taste even better!

  25. #
    25 — May 21, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    Totally yummy looking! Can’t wait to try with other fruits too! Thanks Laura!!

  26. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 21, 2014 @ 9:57 am

    These are simply stunning!! Definitely can’t wait to make these!!

    • Laura replied: — May 23rd, 2014 @ 8:24 am

      Thanks friend!

  27. #
    Los | The Man, The Chef, The Dad — May 22, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    I loooove me some hand pies, and these look fantastic! Absolutely perfect for a summer outing.

    There’s something about blueberries that I just love seeing them in pictures (which btw, these pics are awesome!).

    And describing Pinterest as a vortex is so spot on it’s not even funny. I hate how I lose hours of my life by uttering to myself “just a few more scrolls..”

  28. #
    Joanne — May 23, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    Pie-ing is one of my favorite activities! And obviously by that i mean eating pie, not making pie. Such a multi-purpose verb. :)

    Your hand pies are adorable!

  29. #
    MB @ Bourbon and Brown Sugar — May 31, 2014 @ 6:24 am

    I just make blackberry-goat cheese handpies, but wimped out on creating the perfect pie crust and used puff pastry… your blueberry version has me inspired to try again with an actual pie crust! They look amazing :)


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