Try out this Christmas hand pie recipe for an easy, portable, perfectly shareable holiday dessert! Nothing says the holidays like pie!
Nothing is better than a sweet and delicious slice of pie after a holiday meal, right? Well now you can have your slice of pie in a portable hand pie instead.
You’ll get all the best things like the ooey gooey filling, flakey buttery crust, and crispy edges. This delicious Christmas hand pie recipe is simple to make too!
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If you’ve been here before you might have tried our Pumpkin Hand Pies, Cherry Hand Pie Recipe, or the Apple Hand Pies with Canned Pie Filling! Hand pies are super simple to make and they are great for all the holiday events we have throughout the year.
What is a hand pie?
I like to describe hand pies as homemade pop tarts. If you’ve never made a hand pie you might not know what else to expect.
Hand pies can be sweet or savory. Sometimes they’re filled with meat and potatoes or rice for a more lunch / dinner vibe but today we’re focusing on the sweet!
These Christmas hand pies are filled with cherry pie filling and they do come out pretty close to a pop tart for those who are looking for something with which to compare the finished product.
Kids love hand pies. They’re super simple to make and eat and I like that they’re less messy and have more ingredients that I can pronounce than the store bought version 😉
How many servings does this recipe make?
This recipe should make about 8 hand pies depending on how big your Christmas tree cookie cutter is. If you want to make them into squares, circles, or any other shape you can totally do that!
We are using the Christmas tree because it’s cute and festive but obviously you can use whatever shape you want. You will need two ready to use pie crusts for this recipe. They come in twos usually when you are purchasing them from the grocery store so it usually works out well.
One crust will make the tops and the other the bottoms so you’ll want to cut an even number of shapes from your crusts in the end!
If you are worried about not getting it exactly right just lay the crusts on top of each other lightly when you do the cookie cutter bit and cut both crusts simultaneously. Then you’ll just pull them apart so you have the tops and bottoms all ready to go.
What do I need to make these easy homemade Christmas pop tarts?
For this recipe you will need exactly three of the simplest to gather ingredients. This is truly one of the easiest recipes for the holidays which is why I make them all the time and anytime the kids or family members ask!
You will need an egg, some pre-made pie crusts, and a can of cherry pie filling. That is it! Nothing else. It’s crazy how easy these are. You’ll love it once you try it out!
Also add a can of vanilla or cream cheese frosting to your shopping list if you’d like to frost the final pies before serving them. I think they can be served either way but the frosting certainly adds another layer of sweetness if you’d like to decorate the finished Christmas hand pies.
How are we cooking these hand pies?
These Christmas hand pies will be “baked” in the air fryer! It’s the best way to make sure they cook quickly but also an awesome way to get the outsides crispy and flaky without having to actually bake them!
This recipe is specially designed for the air fryer but if you need to use the regular oven I would still stick with the 375F temperature, make sure you put them on a lined baking sheet, and then keep an eye on them. They will be ready to remove when the crusts are lightly browned and flaky.
Kitchen essentials for making pie recipes:
When you head into the kitchen to make some of these great recipes you’ll want to have the best tools on hand.
I like half sheet baking pans that are quality (hello no noisy pops or sloshed cookie dough from twisting), I line my cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. These are great for all kinds of baking and not just cookies! My husband loves them for making biscuits, pizzas, and more!
Of course mixing bowls, a mixer, spatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!
How do I make homemade hand pies?
This shouldn’t be surprising to you, you’ve seen the ingredients list, right? But this Christmas hand pies recipe is super simple to make. Anyone can master this and the whole process takes all of 15 minutes to prep and prepare before they go into the air fryer.
Pre-heat air fryer to 375 degrees.
Roll out the pie crust and cut out Christmas Trees with a cookie cutter.
Place a teaspoon of cherry pie filling on every other Christmas Tree.
Place a Christmas tree on top of the cherry topped Christmas trees & press edges together with a fork.
Lightly coat each Christmas Tree with egg.
Place in air fryer for 5-8 minutes on 375. These fry really quick so keep an eye on them!
Remove from air fryer and smother in frosting when cool.
Serve & enjoy!
Looking for more hand pie recipes?
If you have decided that making hand pies is your new favorite thing…we can’t blame you! It’s addicting. The process is so simple and the end result is something sweet, lightly salty, and perfect for sharing. Check out some of these other easy hand pie recipes for your next treat!
- Pumpkin Hand Pies
- Quick and Easy Hand Pie Recipes
- Cherry Hand Pie Recipe
- Apple Hand Pies with Canned Pie Filling
- Apple Pie Roll Ups
Printable Christmas Hand Pie Recipe:
- Pre-Made Pie Crust
- 1 Egg
- Cherry Pie Filling
- Pre-heat air fryer to 375 degrees.
- Roll out the pie crust and cut out Christmas Trees with a cookie cutter.
- Place a teaspoon of cherry pie filling on every other Christmas Tree.
- Place a Christmas tree on top of the cherry topped Christmas trees & press edges together with a fork.
- Lightly coat each Christmas Tree with egg.
- Place in air fryer for 5-8 minutes on 375. These fry really quick so keep an eye on them!
- Remove from air fryer and smother in frosting
- Sprinkle away.
- Serve & enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.