Easy Cherry Hand Pies
One of my favorite days on the calendar is President’s Day. As a foodie, it is fun to go back through history to learn what our Founding Fathers enjoyed at their dining tables. Last year I highlighted President Lincoln’s favorite Almond Cake, which I would like to hope would have made Honest Abe proud. This year, I decided to start with President Washington and immediately thought Cherry Hand Pies!
Did you know that the story passed down through the ages of little George chopping down a cherry tree has been debunked by historians? Where he may not have yelled timber to this fruit- ladened tree, he did like to eat cherries, so I sought out a cherry pie recipe that he would have enjoyed way back when.
What I found interesting is Washington liked cherry pie as well as many other fruit pies, but his favorite dessert was a cake made by his wife Martha called Great Cake. The recipe includes a variety of cherries in the batter and as decorative garnish, but was very involved and also called for a lot of alcohol. I didn’t have the time to invest in making it and decided to stick with an easy cherry hand pie instead.
My family loves pie, so this recipe for Easy Cherry Hand Pies works great for a quick dessert or a nice surprise to sneak into the school lunch bag. I like that they are small (great portion control) and portable. Enjoy topped with ice cream, a little half and half, or just plain with your coffee or tea. I made these with cherries, but you can substitute with any pie filling and of course if you have time, can make your own pie crust or use puffed pastry dough.
Easy Cherry Hand Pies
1 box (14.1 oz) ready made pie crust, thawed
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Between two pieces of waxed paper, roll out dough disc to a larger circle- enough to cut 6 4-inch circles. Repeat with other dough disc.
In cut 4” circle, place 2 Tbsp. of pie filling. Top with another cut circle. Seal with fork. Repeat with remaining dough circles.
Place mini pies on parchment lined baking tray. Cut 4 small slits in tops and bake for 12-15 minutes.
What would be your filling of choice for these tasty treats?