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Strawberry Hand Pies

Fresh strawberries are available year-round in many regions of the country, but their peak season is from April to June. This recipe for hand pies, or "half moon" pies, offers a delicious way to take advantage of their abundance. Look for evenly colored, bright-red, plump strawberries whose green caps are still attached.

  • yield: Makes 6




  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut in half or quarters, depending on size
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • All-purpose flour, for work surface
  • 1/2 recipe Pate Brisee for Strawberry Hand Pies
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Sanding sugar, for sprinkling


  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat (a French nonstick baking mat). In a medium bowl, add strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch; stir to combine, set aside.

  2. Step 2

    On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough into a large rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. Using a 5-inch cookie cutter, cut out 6 rounds. Transfer rounds to prepared baking sheet.

  3. Step 3

    Place about 2 tablespoons of the strawberry mixture onto one-half of each round. Lightly brush egg around the edge of the covered half of each round. Fold remaining dough over to enclose, forming a half moon. Gently press edges together to seal. Brush the tops of each pie with egg. Using a paring knife, slash the top of each pie. Sprinkle generously with sanding sugar.

  4. Step 4

    Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer pies to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving. Or let cool completely, and store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 4 days.

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Reviews (7)

  • michelle1009 13 Jul, 2010

    These were great! I diced up the strawberries in small pieces so they would fit better in the dough. This is my second time making them. Made them for a dinner party and everyone gave them rave reviews! The pastry dough is light and flaky. So good!

  • katiehomemade 25 Apr, 2010

    Had a lovely picnic today with these.

  • katiehomemade 25 Apr, 2010

    Had a lovely picnic today with these.

  • annahoffman 5 Oct, 2009

    Just baked this up and it was a hit. The crust was so flaky and perfect. The strawberries are juicy. It tastes great warm out of the oven with some ice cream.

  • thehappyhoneybee 16 May, 2009

    Tasty! Strangely, even better on day two, perhaps because the juices all had a chance to meld together.

  • mec405 7 Jul, 2008

    Wow...this is so good. I made it for my dad and he loved it :)
    definetly recommend it

  • o0opinklemonadeo0o 20 Apr, 2008

    THE MOST delicious thing I have ever eaten in my life.. seriously.. the strawberry filling is so juicy and delicious while the crust is flaky and tender.. really. a great recipe.. yummm