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4 easy cherry hand pies perfect for kids!

Cherry Hand Pies

Looking for a simple treat to make with the kids? With a fresh cherry filling, and pre-made pie crust, these Cherry Hand Pies will have both you and your kids enjoying time in the kitchen.

Looking for a simple treat to make with the kids?  With a fresh cherry filling, and pre-made pie crust, these Cherry Hand Pies will have both you and your kids enjoying time in the kitchen.

easy to make cherry hand pies are perfect for kids!

I’m always looking for ways to bring my kids into the kitchen.  Finding a recipe simple enough to do together, and not leave them (or me) feeling discouraged can be a challenge.  These Cherry Hand Pies are a great way to introduce your child to the step by step method of baking, without being too complicated.  Simply make the cherry filling ahead of time, allow to cool, and bring your kids in for the final assembly.  They’ll love using the cookie cutters for the hand pie shapes, and crimping the edges with a fork, but what you’ll both love is seeing your hand pies come out of the oven, something you made, together.  There’s nothing quite like baking with your child!

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Cherry Hand Pies

easy cherry hand pies perfect for kids!

This recipe can be found in The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 12 Hand Pies

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces frozen cherries
  • 2/3 cup (103 g) dried cherries
  • 2/3 cup (133 g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (8 g) cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (14 g) butter
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packages refrigerated pie dough
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water Coarse sugar, for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place frozen and dried cherries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, butter, vanilla extract, and salt inside a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  3. Stir frequently until the mixture comes to a boil.
  4. After ten minutes, the mixture should be thickened.
  5. Turn the burner off and allow it to cool down to room temperature while coming back to stir the mixture from time to time.
  6. Pull the refrigerated pie dough out and let it sit on the countertop for about 10 minutes to warm up and become more pliable.
  7. Unroll pie mixture and cut it using a heart-shaped cookie cutter or any desired shape.
  8. Place a bottom shape on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and top it with a couple of room temperature spoonfuls of the cherry pie filling, making sure to leave room around the edges for sealing.
  9. Lay another heart on top, and use a fork to crimp the pies shut on all sides.
  10. After all of the hand pies are sealed, place them in the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes. Remove hand pies from fridge and cut a small X-shaped slit on the top of each one.
  11. Make an egg wash by whisking together one egg white and one tablespoon of water. Brush each cherry hand pie with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  12. Bake for approximately 18 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling through the center.

Notes

You can make this recipe with store-bought pie dough or homemade. For my homemade pie dough, click here.

 

4 soft and chewy sugar cookie recipe like the ones sold at the grocery store!

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

These easy to make Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies (no refrigeration required), will change the way you think about baking sugar cookies. The dough comes together quickly, and bakes into a cookie with a crisp outer layer and soft, chewy center.

Looking for a new, simple way to make sugar cookies that compare to the ones sold at the grocery store?

soft and chewy sugar cookie recipe like the ones sold at the grocery store!

Sugar cookies are classic recipe, when it comes to your baking arsenal.  Finding one that is reliable, and even better, not time consuming, can be a challenge.

This easy to make Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookie (no refrigeration required) recipe, will change the way you think about baking sugar cookies. The dough comes together quickly, and bakes into a cookie with a crisp outer layer and soft, chewy center.

They are easily customized by finishing them off with our fresh fruit frosting or a simple sprinkle of sugar to each cookie before baking.  However you choose to making them, you’ll be glad you did!

Check out how easy these cookies are to make.

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Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

soft and chewy sugar cookie recipe like the ones sold at the grocery store!
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 6 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 large egg

Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 6 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 pint raspberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer, cream butter, sugar and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in egg, vanilla and almond extracts.
  5. Add the flour to the mixture and combine until flour is well incorporated.
  6. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball.
  7. Place on baking sheet. Using the bottom of a jar or glass flatten ball of dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges of cookie are golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to sit for approximately 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to cooling rack.
  10. Frost cookies once completely cooled.

To make frosting:

  1. In a medium bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter, cream cheese and vanilla.
  2. Reducing mixer speed, slowly add in powdered sugar and milk.
  3. If frosting seems too thick add additional teaspoon of milk until frosting reaches desired consistency.
  4. Frost cookies once they have cooled completely.
  5. Store any remaining frosting in airtight container in refrigerator.

Notes

For rollout cookies, include the cream cheese, and make the dough with 3 1/2 cups flour; place the dough in a plastic bag, flatten it into a disk, and chill for 1 hour before rolling it out and cutting. Bake the cookies for 8 minutes, until golden brown at the edges. The recipe will make 6 dozen 2″ cookies.

Adapted from King Arthur Flour

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