I just LOVE handheld treats! I was inspired to make these Blueberry Hand Pies one Friday evening after cleaning out both my freezer and refrigerator to make room for some fresh groceries for the week ahead. Thanksgiving had just passed and I had some extra pie dough, frozen blueberries, and a lemon just begging to be squeezed. I also had butter, cinnamon, and granulated sugar so I knew by combining everything, that I would be in for a perfect treat. These Blueberry Hand Pies come together in just 20 minutes and bake for 20 minutes. That being said, there is not too much wait time for this dessert.
For this recipe, I used frozen blueberries, which have a lot of moisture. I had to take a couple extra steps to dry them. If you do not want to do this then it is better to use fresh blueberries. Since I was using frozen blueberries, I let them thaw out and then patted them dry to soak up any moisture that might have made the pies too wet. Keep in mind that as the blueberries bake, they create their own juices so it is better to draw out as much moisture as you can before adding the rest of the ingredients and baking.
The pie crust I used here is store-bought. When I do not make my own pie crust from scratch, I like buying the pre-made pie dough from the grocery store that I roll out myself. It is a lot less time consuming than baking from scratch and having to chill in the refrigerator. It is especially great if you are baking on a whim like I was.
Trust me, these will taste delicious so do not worry about making them look perfect. I found that the most important part in keeping them from falling apart was to use my fork to pinch the edges of the top and bottom crust together. I also scored the top of each pie to allow for some ventilation.
These Blueberry Hand Pies are not only delicious, but they can be easily paired with ice cream or whipped cream. Other fruit fillings would go well with this too. If you are making this for a large crowd, you can make different flavored hand pies so people have choices. If you want to eat these while they are warm, then let them cool for 20 minutes after taking them out of the oven so they can set a bit and not fall apart.
These truly are the perfect treat. Hopefully, you make these Blueberry Hand Pies OR maybe this will cause you to clean out your fridge. You never know what dish you will be inspired to create!