Indulge in the delightful goodness of Strawberry Lemon Hand Pies, the perfect handheld dessert great for little hands! Bursting with juicy strawberries and a hint of refreshing lemon, these easy-to-make treats are a satisfying delight for any time of day.

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Why I Love This Recipe

  • Kid-Friendly Delight: Treat your kids to the sheer joy of Strawberry Lemon Hand Pies—they’re an absolute hit! Kids go crazy for these adorable handheld pies that they can enjoy all to themselves.
  • Easy-Breezy Prep: Busy parents, rejoice! These pies are a breeze to make, allowing you to have a blast with your little ones in the kitchen. It’s the perfect chance to bond and teach them the basics of cooking. My kids love using the cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes!
  • Bursting with Deliciousness: Brace yourself for an explosion of flavors in every bite! The luscious combination of juicy strawberries and tangy lemon creates a tantalizing taste sensation that will leave everyone wanting more.
  • Versatile Snack: Strawberry Lemon Hand Pies are versatile and can be enjoyed at any time of day. They work well as a grab-and-go breakfast, a lunchbox addition, an afternoon snack, or even a delicious dessert after dinner.
  • Portable and Shareable: These hand pies are portable, making them ideal for picnics, school parties, or as a treat to share with friends and family. They can be easily packed for road trips or enjoyed during outdoor activities, adding a touch of sweetness to any occasion.
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Strawberry Lemon Hand Pies Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients to whip up these delicious morsels, which is another reason why I love them so much! I usually always have these ingredients on hand, especially during the summer. Here’s what you need:

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How to Make Strawberry Lemon Hand Pies

  1. Prep the oven: Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mat.
  2. Make the Filling: Toss the sliced strawberries, strawberry preserves and lemon juice in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Prep the Dough: Roll pie crust on a parchment-lined or floured surface. Take one 4-inch round cookie cutter (or the top of a drinking glass) and cut out circles out of the pie crust. Or use whatever shape cookie cutter you want!
  4. Spoon the Filling: Place a heaping tablespoon of the strawberry mixture in the center of half of the cut outs. To prevent the juice from seeping out the sides of the pastries add less of the juice and more of the pieces of strawberry.
  5. Seal the Hand Pies: Dip your finger in a bowl of water and brush just the outside border of each cut out. Place a cut out of dough over the strawberry mixture and press to adhere or use the tines of a fork to press and seal the dough to each other. 
  6. Bake: Transfer the hand pies to the prepared baking sheet. Use a toothpick to poke 3-4 holes in the top of each turnover and brush with the egg wash. If anyone in your home has an egg allergy you can skip the egg wash. Bake for 15 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes and then serve.
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Hand Pies FAQs

  • Can I use frozen strawberries? Sure! If frozen strawberries are what you have on hand, go ahead and use those. Just be sure to thaw and drain them before you use them.
  • Can I make these in advance and freeze them? Absolutely! Unbaked Strawberry Lemon Hand Pies can be placed on baking sheets in the freezer for one hour and then put in labeled containers for freezing up to 3 months. When ready to bake, bake for 20 minutes in oven at 425° F.
  • Can I use store-bought pie crust instead of making it from scratch? Yes, if you’re short on time or prefer the convenience, you can use store-bought pie crust. If you want to go above and beyond, here’s a recipe for homemade pie dough you can use!
  • How long do these hand pies stay fresh? These hand pies are best enjoyed within a day or two of baking for the freshest taste and texture. However, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • Can I make hand pies into any shape I want? Sure can! I have a drawer full of cookie cutters so I get super excited when I get to use them for a recipe like this one! Yes, the top of a glass will work if you don’t have any cookie cutters, but how cute are these heart, flower or (like in the photos) strawberry shaped ones?!
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More Easy Hand Held Desserts

Strawberry Lemon Hand Pies have everything you love about pie – delicious fruit filling and golden brown crust – in a hand held version, which is great for little ones! I love the ease of not having to slice a piece of pie and just being able to grab one of these for a quick mid-day treat. Anytime you’re trying to figure out what to do with extra strawberries, this recipe should definitely be on your list!

Let me know in the comments what you think! And as always, tag me on social media so I can see all of your creations.

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Strawberry Lemon Hand Pies

Strawberry Lemon Hand Pies are perfect hand-held goodies! Filled with juicy strawberries and just a touch of lemon juice, this easy to make dessert is a satisfying treat any time of day.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Servings: 12 hand pies
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 3/4 cup fresh strawberries, tops removed and sliced
  • 1/4 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 package pie dough or homemade dough (recipe linked in notes)
  • 1 large egg, whisked (for egg wash)

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat. 
  • Toss the first 3 ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  • Roll pie crust on a parchment-lined or floured surface.
  • Take one 4-inch round cookie cutter (or the top of a drinking glass) and cut out circles out of the pie crust. Or use whatever shape cookie cutter you want!
  • Place 1 heaping tablespoon of the strawberry mixture in the center of half of the cut outs. To prevent the juice from seeping out the sides of the pastries add less of the juice and more of the pieces of strawberry.
  • Dip your finger in a bowl of water and brush just the outside border of each cut out. Place a cut out of dough over the strawberry mixture and press to adhere or use the tines of a fork to press and seal the dough to each other. 
  • Transfer the hand pies to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Continue to make the remaining hand pies.
  • Use a toothpick to poke 3-4 holes in the top of each turnover and brush with the yolk wash. If anyone in your home has an egg allergy you can skip the egg wash.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes and then serve.

Notes

  • To Freeze: Unbaked Strawberry Lemon Hand Pies can be placed on baking sheets in the freezer for one hour and then placed in labeled containers for freezing up to 3 months. When ready to bake, bake for 20 minutes in oven at 425° F.
  • Here are Homemade Pie Dough and Strawberry Preserves recipes if you want to make everything from scratch!

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Comments

    1. Apologies! It should have just said lemon juice, the additional lemon was a typo! Thanks for commenting!

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