These Air Fryer Cherry Hand Pies are easy to make with just four ingredients. Once baked, they’re dipped in chocolate.
These hand pies cost $7.50 to make six servings. The price per serving is $1.25.
Hand Pies are perfectly portioned mini pies which make the perfect treat. Our recipe for Cherry Hand Pies is made even easier by making them in the Air Fryer! The Air Fryer has quickly become a necessity for us in the kitchen, and we love finding new ways to use it.
The bake time is just ten minutes, and you can make three to four at a time! By using pre-made pie crust and canned pie filling, these shortcuts make this recipe too simple not to make!
Quickly assemble the pies, bake them, and then dip them in melted chocolate. Making these Cherry Hand Pies in the Air Fryer results in golden flaky pie every time without the hassle of trying to bake a full pie perfectly.
Delicious and simple. It is a winning combination. Just like the flavor combo of cherries and chocolate!
These make a special, fun, and festive dessert for Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Christmas, or any other day of the year.
Ingredients & Cost:
- 1 can cherry pie filling – $2.98
- 1 package of two refrigerated pie crusts – $2.78
- Water – $0.00
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips – $1.74
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- First, set the pie crusts on the counter to come to room temperature. Then use a fluted 4-inch cookie cutter to cut out at least twelve rounds.
- Next, place a spoonful of cherry pie filling in the center of six dough rounds. These will be the “bottom” pie crust.
- Then, cut small slits in the center of the remaining six rounds.
- Brush this top crust lightly with water.
- Then place the wet side down, over the crust with the pie filling.
- Seal the pie edges by pressing the edges together.
- Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F and then place 3-4 assembled pies in the air fryer basket.
- Bake for ten minutes or until the crusts are golden and flaky.
- Place the baked hand pies on a wire rack to cool while you bake the remaining pies.
- Next, melt the chocolate chips in a microwaveable small for thirty seconds at a time, stirring between each interval, until smooth and melted.
- Finally, dip each hand pie into the melted chocolate and place onto a sheet of parchment paper to set.
RECIPE VARIATIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS
Feel free to be creative with other pie-filling flavors. For example, apple, peach, strawberry, and raspberry would work well for this recipe.
Serve: Sometimes, we like serving these with a scoop of ice cream.
Store: Store leftover hand pies in an airtight container on the countertop. Hand pies cannot be reheated without the chocolate melting.
Freeze: Place the cooled cherry hand pies on a baking sheet and freeze until frozen solid, about 1 hour. Then transfer the hand pies to a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag. Freeze for 2-3 months.
Thaw: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature for 2-3 hours.
Absolutely! This is one of our favorite things about an air fryer. Besides the french fries, of course! No oil spray is needed, and they bake much quicker than in the oven.
While you will not be able to fit a full-size pie in the air fryer, you can fit several mini pies at a time in it. Then, you can cook them faster than it takes to warm up your oven! We love this easy option for making hand pies in an Air Fryer!
We bake our pies for ten minutes at 350 degrees. Each air fryer is different, so you may need to cook them for a minute or two less or longer until each pie becomes golden brown and flaky.
GET KIDS INVOLVED
Ages 2-3: Guide your child’s hands as they help cut out the dough rounds. A fun counting activity will be to count the cut rounds to practice their counting skills to twelve.
Ages 4-5: Show your child how to spoon the cherry pie filling onto the pie crust bottom. Teach them how to brush the water onto the pie crust top and seal the pie edges together.
Ages 6-8: Your child can prepare the chocolate chips for melting. Teach them how to use the microwave to melt the chips and stir the chocolate between each interval. They can then assist with dipping the hand pies into the melted chocolate.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
We like to stock up on cans of Cherry Pie FIlling when it goes on sale. Then we have it readily accessible to make this yummy dessert and our Cherry Pie Cookies.
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- Copycat Lofthouse Sugar Cookies
- Dr. Pepper Cake
- Mrs. Field’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
- No-Bake Key Lime Pie
- Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake
- Mom’s Lemon Lush
- Raspberry Poke Cake
- Reese’s Stuffed Cookies
- No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake
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Air Fryer Cherry Hand Pies Dipped in Chocolate
- 4-inch fluted cookie cutter
- Air Fryer
- measuring cups
- Wooden mixing spoon
- small microwave-safe bowl
CHERRY HAND PIES:
- 1 21 oz can cherry pie filling
- 1 14.1 oz package of two refrigerated pie crusts
- Water for sealing crusts
CHOCOLATE FOR DIPPING:
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
PREP PIE CRUSTS:
- Set out pie crusts on a sheet of parchment paper and allow them to come to room temperature.
- Use a round or fluted 4-inch cookie/biscuit cutter to cut out as many rounds from each crust as possible.
- Gather any excess dough and use a rolling pin to re-roll the dough so that you can cut out additional crusts. You will need 12 total 4-inch rounds.
- Place a spoonful of cherry pie filling into the center of each “bottom” pie crust.
- Cut small slits in the center of the remaining six crusts. These vents help the steam escape during baking so the seals remain intact.
- Brush the top crust lightly with water and place, wet side down, over the crust with pie filling. Press together the edges to seal the pies.
- Place 3-4 of the assembled pies in the air fryer basket.
- Bake in the basket of the air fryer at 350°F. Work in batches as needed (we were able to fit 4 pies at once in the air fryer.)
- Bake 10 minutes, or until crusts are golden and flaky.
- Carefully remove the pies from the airfryer using a spatula and transfer them to a wire rack.
- Bake the remaining cherry hand pies.
- In a small bowl, melt the chocolate chips by heating them in the microwave oven on the defrost setting (50% power) for 30 seconds at a time. Stir the chocolate chips between each interval. Continue heating until the chocolate chips are melted and smooth.
DIP HAND PIES:
- Dip each hand pie into the melted chocolate, tapping any excess off before placing hand pie onto a sheet of parchment paper to set.
- Chocolate will set if the room temperature is cool. You can also place them in the refrigerator to set quickly.
Store leftover hand pies in an airtight container on the countertop. Hand pies cannot be reheated without the chocolate melting. RECIPE VARIATIONS:
We didn’t add a glaze to the hand pies, but you could mix up a powdered sugar/water glaze and coat the pies. If you do this, allow them to dry, and then dip them in the chocolate.
You can spray the tops of the hand pies with non-stick cooking spray once they are placed in the air fryer, before baking. This gives the hand pies a bit more color while baking, but this is not necessary.
Crimp around the edges of the hand pies with a fork for a different sealing method. NOTES:
Add enough cherry pie filling to achieve a domed “full” hand pie, but be sure that you can seal the top crust onto the bottom without the filling squishing out to the edge. Filling will prevent the edges from sealing.
To cook the hand pies in the oven, bake for 12-14 minutes at 400°F.
If the chocolate is too thick to work with, you can add a teaspoon of melted shortening (or just melt the shortening in the same bowl when melting chocolate chips). This will help thin out the chocolate a bit. Do not overheat the chocolate – it will seize up and become brittle and impossible to dip.