Apparently, I’m craving pie. On Monday I shared my recipe for Mixed Berry Pot Pies, and today I’m back with these Purrrfect Berry Hand Pies. This isn’t a bad thing, though. I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing as “too much pie.” Right?

A delicious and easy handheld treat - Purrrfect Berry Hand Pies

These cat-inspired pies, or as I like to call them, Purrrfect Berry Hand Pies, sort of happened by accident. My first idea was to make tiny pie lollipops. However, I decided they weren’t something you’d want to serve or gift. They looked kind of cute but tasted blah. The reason: I couldn’t get much filling in them because they were small and the stick took up space. (Yes, I do have kitchen fails you never see on the blog!)

These Purrrfect Berry Hand Pies are as cute as they are delicious.

That’s when I remembered this cat face cookie cutter I purchased last year when I bought the sweater cookie cutter for my Sweater Weather Sugar Cookies. Problem solved. I would make cat-inspired hand pies instead. Which, to my delight, turned out even cuter.

If you’re new to pie baking, these are actually quite easy. Just keep in mind a few simple tips.

How to Make Purrrfect Berry Hand Pies

First, you can use my pie crust recipe, your favorite recipe, or even a store-bought pie dough.

Second, you’ll want a cookie cutter that’s fairly large without a lot of detail. I chose a cat face, but you can use any shape you’d like.

How to Make Purrrfect Berry Hand Pies

Third, before adding filling to your base pie crust, brush a bit of egg wash around the edge. This will help seal the top and bottom crusts together.


Purrrfect Berry Hand Pies are a sweet and delicious as they are cute!

And finally, bake your hand pies on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silicone mat. You’ll notice I didn’t do this. You’ll also see I started with 12 unbaked hand pies and finished with 9 baked hand pies. Don’t make the same mistake.

It doesn't get cuter than this! Purrrfect Berry Hand Pies

Other than that, these are pretty straightforward. I opted to finish my pies with a sprinkle of coarse sugar, but you could top them with a simple confectioners’ sugar and milk glaze if you like something sweeter.

No matter how you make them, they are the purrrfect handheld treat. Don’t you agree?

It doesn't get cuter than this! Purrrfect Berry Hand Pies

Purrrfect Berry Hand Pies

Makes 10-12 hand pies

Here's what you will need:
1 batch IBC's Go-To Pie Crust (or 1 box store-bought pie crust)
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups mixed fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Coarse sugar to garnish

Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F.

In a bowl, mix together the berries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Mix to combine and mash up the berries into smaller pieces with a fork.

Then roll out your pie dough to a 1/8-inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out 20-24 shapes. Set half of the cut pie pieces to the side.

Brush the border of the remaining pieces with egg wash. Then spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the berry pie filling into the center of each.

Next top them with the remaining pie dough pieces. Press the edges together with the tines of a fork to seal. Place the pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake the pies 20-22 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before eating.

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These Purrrfect Berry Hand Pies are as cute as they are delicious.

I hope you enjoyed this tasty and fun recipe for my Purrrfect Berry Hand Pies, if you give them a try, please share the results via Instagram! I love seeing your creations. Just tag @inspiredbycharm so I get a notification.

A delicious and easy handheld treat - Purrrfect Berry Hand Pies

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Comments

  • JoEllen Giani at

    Such a great idea to use a cookie cutter for hand pies! I can’t wait to give these a try! As always, your photography is amazing and makes me drool all over my work desk. ha! Thanks for sharing.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re so welcome! And yes – a cookie cutter works SO well. The possibilities are endless!

      xo Michael

  • Sharon at

    These could not be any cuter, or delish looking! thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks, Sharon! You’re so welcome!

      xo Michael

  • Elaine F at

    Cutest thing ever! And genius!

  • tiffany c at

    I am SOOOO inspired to make these! I have to get some lemon juice and berries and I’m going to try this out! SO excited 😀

  • Diane at

    These are purrrfection! I’m guessing our kitty approved. 😉 Thanks, Michael, for the tip to coat the edges with egg wash before filling. When I made my sweetheart hand pies for Valentine’s Day I just used water and had mixed results.

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