Tired of the same old dessert recipes? Try these yummy Blackberry Hand Pies to change up your baking routine. These pocket pastries are flaky, buttery, and have just the perfect level of sweetness. Yum!

If you’re looking for more blackberry dessert ideas, also try these frosted lemon blackberry cookies and this blackberry cobbler.

How to Make Flaky Hand Pie Crust

  1. Combine the dry ingredients. Add flour, salt, baking powder, salt and sugar to a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  2. Add the butter. Add the cubed butter to the food processor and pulse a few times until coarse crumbs form.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients. With the motor running, pour iced water and cider vinegar and pulse a few times until the dough just forms into large clumps.
    Mixing the Homemade Pie Dough
  4. Knead the dough. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and gently knead until it comes together. Flatten the dough into disk.
  5. Refrigerate. Wrap disc with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
    Wrap Dough in Plastic Wrap and Refrigerate

How to Make Blackberry Hand Pies

Prepare a batch or two of these Blackberry Hand Pies and you’re all set for a while. Here’s the recipe:

  1. Combine the ingredients. Add the blackberries, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and cornstarch to a bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
    Mixing Together the Pie Filling Ingredients
  2. Prepare the baking sheet. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat.
  3. Roll the dough. On a lightly-floured surface, roll out disk until it is 1/8 inch-thick.
  4. Cut the dough. Use a 5-inch biscuit cutter to cut out circles of dough. Re-roll any scraps to make more circles.
  5. Add the filling. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of blackberry filling onto each circle, leavening 1 inch border around the rim.
    Adding Hand Pie Blackberry Filling
  6. Seal the dough. Fold the dough in half over the filling. Pinch the dough with your fingers to seal tightly. Place the pies on the prepared baking sheet.
    Sealing the Pie Dough
  7. Refrigerate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  8. Preheat the oven. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  9. Prepare the pies for baking. Brush the pies with beaten eggs. Cut three slits into the top of each hand pie.
  10. Bake. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
  11. Let cool. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  12. Serve. Serve warm.
Blackberry Hand Pies on Cooling Rack

Hand Pies vs. Regular Pies – What’s the Difference?

Hand pies are smaller, individual servings that are perfect for on-the-go snacking or grabbing a quick bite. Regular pies, on the other hand, are larger and more traditionally served as a dessert or centerpiece for a meal. Additionally, hand pies often have a higher crust-to-filling ratio, while regular pies have a more balanced ratio of filling to crust.

If you prefer more crust, then hand pies are about to be your new favorite!

Blackberry Pie on Plate

Can I Use This Recipe to Make Regular Blackberry Pies?

Yes and no. While this particular recipe makes a mean hand pie, you’ll need to make further adjustments if you want to make a regular-sized pie.

The good news is, it’s incredibly easy to use this hand pie recipe as a guide for regular-sized pies.

Choose a baking pan that’s approximately 6 inches across. Make sure the dough isn’t too thin when you mold it to the pan; it must be thicker than how you would roll it for the hand pies since the regular-sized pie will be holding more filling in the center.

Eating the Blackberry Pies

How Can I Store These Blackberry Hand Pies for Later?

One of the benefits of hand pies is that you can easily store individual servings of them without them drying out. Since each pie is encased in crust, it seals in moisture and protects the whole pie even when reheated.

First, make sure your pies are completely cooled before wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap. Then, wrap the plastic wrap with aluminum foil. This ensures that you’re not losing any moisture while protecting your pies from freezer burn.

Next, label your pies with the date they were made and the type of pie, so you don’t forget what’s in the freezer. This is even more important when they’re double-wrapped as it’s hard to see what filling is inside each pie.

When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen pie, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Then, reheat it in the oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes or just until it’s heated through.

More Good Mini Pie Recipes

Flaky Blackberry Hand Pies

An easy blackberry hand pie recipe made with fresh blackberries and buttery, homemade pie crust. Portable, fun and light.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 hand pies

Ingredients 

For the Pie Dough

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup ice water
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

For the Pie Filling

  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions 

  • To make the crust, add flour, salt, baking powder, salt and sugar to a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  • Add the cubed butter to the food processor and pulse a few times until coarse crumbs form.
  • With the motor running, pour iced water and cider vinegar and pulse a few times until the dough just forms into large clumps.
  • Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and gently knead until it comes together.
  • Flatten the dough into disk.
  • Wrap disc with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Add the blackberries, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and cornstarch to a bowl and stir to combine.
  • Set aside.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat.
  • On a lightly-floured surface, roll out disk until it is 1/8 inch-thick.
  • Use a 5-inch biscuit cutter to cut out circles of dough.
  • Re-roll any scraps to make more circles.
  • Spoon about 3 tablespoons of blackberry filling onto each circle, leavening 1 inch border around the rim.
  • Fold the dough in half over the filling.
  • Pinch the dough with your fingers to seal tightly.
  • Place the pies on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Brush the pies with beaten eggs.
  • Cut three slits into the top of each hand pie.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
  • Remove form the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 6gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 399mgPotassium: 126mgFiber: 3gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 846IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Emma Kelly

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