sweet cherry hand pies

This post’s intention to encourage you to seize the summer, friends. We posted a summer ‘check-off’ list not too long ago, of things to do to keep you young at heart this summer. Click here for that list.

One of our favorite summer to-do’s is to pack an old-fashioned picnic, a vintage tablecloth, and have a quiet couple of hours enjoying lunch with a good friend and yummy treats. The following recipe is perfect for the picnic basket, it’s a pie-on-the-go!

Create & Decorate Magazine / Cherry Hand Pies / Sean O’Brien Photography

sweet cherry hand pies

Preheat oven to 425°.


1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 to 4 tablespoons cold water

Mix flour, oil, and salt until particles are the size of small peas. Add water, a tablespoon at a time, until pastry cleans off bowl sides. Form into a ball. Divide ball into three even portions. Roll out each ball between two pieces of waxed paper to 1/4” thickness. Peel off top layer of waxed paper.


1-1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 16-ounce can pitted, tart red cherries, drained

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Mix sugar and flour, then add cherries and almond extract. Evenly distribute filling onto each dough circle. Fold one side of dough over filling to reach opposite side. Roll dough edges over and pinch to seal. Poke tops with fork two times each and sprinkle with sanding sugar if desired.

Bake for 25–30 minutes; edges will be slightly browned and juice may bubble through tops.

Enjoy the sweet taste of summer!


3 thoughts on “sweet cherry hand pies

  1. We’re off for a drive and a picnic today to enjoy the first official day of summer. Wish we had some of these pies! Thanks for the recipe. Happy Summer to all of you.

  2. Oh, this looks so GOOD!!!!! I love hand pies 🙂 🙂 I’d eat them sweet or savory. Thanks for the delicious recipe 😉 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California,Heather 🙂

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