Cherry Cheesecake Hand Pies




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Introduction

Indulge in the sweet and fruity goodness of Cherry Cheesecake Hand Pies, a delicious and portable dessert that combines the flavors of creamy cheesecake and cherry pie filling in a convenient handheld form. These hand pies are perfect for a quick treat or for sharing with friends and family.

Why Make This Recipe

Cherry Cheesecake Hand Pies are a delightful twist on traditional cheesecake and cherry pie, offering a convenient way to enjoy these classic flavors on the go. Whether you're looking for a fun baking project or a tasty snack, these hand pies are sure to satisfy your cravings.

How to Make Cherry Cheesecake Hand Pies

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 21 oz. can cherry pie filling
  • Refrigerated pie crust
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Vegetable Oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Fill a heavy pot with vegetable oil and heat to 375°F.
  2. Blend sugar and cream cheese in a bowl.
  3. Roll out pie crust and cut into rounds.
  4. Spoon filling onto the rounds and seal the edges.
  5. Fry the hand pies until golden brown.
  6. Brush with glaze and serve.

How to Serve Cherry Cheesecake Hand Pies

Serve these delectable hand pies warm or at room temperature for the best flavor and texture. They can be enjoyed on their own as a snack or dessert, or paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat.

How to Store Cherry Cheesecake Hand Pies

Store any leftover hand pies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving to enjoy them warm and fresh.

Tips to Make Cherry Cheesecake Hand Pies

  • Ensure the oil is at the correct temperature before frying to prevent the pies from absorbing too much oil or burning.
  • Seal the edges of the hand pies tightly to prevent the filling from leaking out during frying.
  • Use a pastry brush to evenly coat the hand pies with the glaze for a glossy finish.

Variation

For a twist on the classic recipe, you can experiment with different fruit pie fillings such as blueberry, apple, or peach to create a variety of flavored hand pies to suit your taste preferences.

FAQs

  1. Can I bake the hand pies instead of frying them? While frying gives the hand pies a crispy exterior, you can bake them in the oven at 375°F for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  2. Can I use homemade cherry pie filling instead of canned? Yes, you can prepare your own cherry pie filling using fresh or frozen cherries for a more personalized touch.
  3. Can I freeze the hand pies for later? Yes, you can freeze the assembled but unbaked hand pies on a baking sheet, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag for up to 1 month. Bake from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.

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