Show your love with heart-shaped hand pies as a valentine for any day of the year.

These heart–shaped hand pies from Strawberry Love are the perfect-sized sweet treat to share with someone you love (no need to wait for Valentine’s Day).

This recipe makes about ten 2 ½-­inch hand pies.


  • 1 package (2-count) refrigerated piecrusts
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup finely diced fresh strawberries
  • All-­purpose flour, for dusting the work surface
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Decorating sugar or other large-­grain sugar


  1. Let the piecrusts rest at room temperature for about 15 minutes, or according to package directions. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the granulated sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add the strawberries and toss to coat.
  3. Lightly flour a work surface. Gently roll out the piecrusts. Using a 2 ½-­inch-­long heart-­shaped cookie cutter, cut hearts out of both crusts (about 20 hearts total). Move half of the heart crusts to the prepared baking sheet, spacing them 1 to 2 inches apart. Using a small heart-­shaped cutter, cut out a center heart from each of the remaining hearts. Discard these little centers or sprinkle with sugar and bake along with the hand pies for a cook’s treat.
  4. Place 1 rounded teaspoonful of the strawberry mixture in the center of each heart on the baking sheet. Dampen the edges of the hearts with a fingertip dipped in water and top with the remaining hearts that have the cut-­outs, pressing the edges to seal. Crimp the edges with a fork.
  5. Whisk the egg white and water together in a small bowl. Brush the pies with the egg wash. Sprinkle with decorating sugar and freeze the pies for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  7. Bake the pies for about 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Excerpted from Strawberry Love © Cynthia Graubart. Photo © Keller and Keller Photography.

Cynthia Graubart

Cynthia Graubart is a James Beard Award–winning cookbook author, a cooking teacher, and a culinary television producer whose previous books include Sunday Suppers and Mastering the Art of… See Bio

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