This adorable, homemade, heart shaped Valentines treat was the perfect way to celebrate National Pie Day on January 23. Simply put, this is one dessert that checks all the boxes for the season of love. Irresistably cute? Check! Easy to make? Check! Tasty? Check! Healthy? Probably … ? The recipe has a delicious berry filling that can’t be terrible for you, right? Let’s walk through step-by-step how to impress the ones you love with this heart shaped Valentines treat …
HEART SHAPED HAND PIES
Two packaged pie crusts
1/4 pound strawberries, chopped
1/4 pound raspberries
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp. almond extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
Course sugar, for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a mixing bowl, combine berries, almond flour, sugar, cornstarch, salt, and almond extract. Unroll dough and place on floured work surface. Cut out dough with heart shaped cookie cutter, making six total. Re-roll the dough and cut as needed.
Place the six hearts on to a parchment lined baking sheet. Spoon one tablespoon of fruit mixture onto the center of each heart. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and water to make the egg wash. Lightly egg wash the edges and place another dough heart on top of the filled heart. Press edges with a fork to seal and create a decorative look.
Slice an X into the center of each heart to help heat escape while baking. Lightly brush the egg wash again over the top. Shake red sugar sprinkles on top of the hearts.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow pies to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire cooling rack. Serve pies warm or at room temperature. The six servings are the perfect amount! You won’t be tempted with leftovers for week! (Recipe courtesy: My Baking Bliss)
To make the hand pies even cuter, I spruced them up with a few simple tricks:
This red bucket was ideal to add some height to the presentation.
I simply placed a styrofoam block at the bottom of the bucket, tucking a cloth Valentine’s Day napkin in to cover the block and add some interest.
Tissue poms in red and pink were an easy way to surround the bucket and add interest.
Did you try this idea? Share it on Instagram with the hashtag #makeeverydayanevent and tag @makeeverydayanevent! Looking for other fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, check out: We “Heart” Chocolate Cake on its National Day!