Blueberry Lemon Hand Pies

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Blueberries have always been one of my favorite fruits.

My mom tells stories of me sitting in the blueberry patch as a child with my shirt covered in stains from all the blueberries I ate. Thus, it is no surprise that they are still one of my favorite parts of summer!

Every summer we always go blueberry picking, it’s a family tradition at this point. With so many blueberries, making blueberry pie was definitely one of the treats that were made.

 Blueberry Lemon Hand Pies – With a fresh berry filling and puff pastry crust, these individual pies are a quick and easy twist on a classic dessert. These homemade mini treats are perfect for summer and a fun way to use fresh berries. Click through to get the recipe for these mini desserts and get baking today!
 Blueberry Lemon Hand Pies – With a fresh berry filling and puff pastry crust, these individual pies are a quick and easy twist on a classic dessert. These homemade mini treats are perfect for summer and a fun way to use fresh berries. Click through to get the recipe for these mini desserts and get baking today!

My grandfather’s birthday is over the summer and blueberry pie has always been one of his favorite desserts. I have fond memories of my grandmother and I making this for him.

The filling for these Blueberry Lemon Hand Pies is adapted from the recipe that my grandmother always used and I am excited to share it with you πŸ™‚

This recipe is unique in that half of the blueberries are cooked prior to filling the puff pastry dough. This is the blueberry pie I grew up with so I wanted to stick with it! Blueberries and lemon are a great combination, so the addition of lemon to this filling just makes them even tastier.

Since this recipe uses puff pastry for the dough, it is easy and fairly quick to make.

There may be a few leftover tablespoons of blueberry filling. I love to eat this warm over some vanilla ice cream!

Here are a few quick tips to perfect your blueberry hand pies!

  • When cooking the filling, boil just until thickened. Take off the heat and add the remaining fresh blueberries.
  • Be sure to let the filling cool slightly before filling the puff pastry. The hot filling will start to soften the butter in the dough and you will not get the great rise that we all love in puff pastry.
  • Defrost the puff pastry according to package instructions. I prefer to do this by leaving it out for ~20 minutes. The dough should be cold but pliable.
  • On a lightly floured board roll each sheet of puff pastry into a 12-inch square. While you roll one sheet out you can keep the other in the fridge or stagger when you pull them from the freezer.
  • Cut the puff pastry into 3-inch circles. I used the lid of a mason jar, but feel free to use a biscuit cutter or whatever you have on hand.
  • Place ~ 1-2 tablespoons blueberry filling in the center of each puff pastry circle, as much as can comfortably fit.
  • If the dough gets too soft, place it in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
  • You will need to work quickly with the puff pastry dough to prevent it from drying out and cracking.
  • Crimp the hand pies together with a fork to seal the filling in. If a little juice leaks out while baking do not worry. I did forget to seal a few of mine with egg wash and all the filling came out!
  • These hand pies are best served the same day. The puff pastry dough will soften over time and lose its crispiness.

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Blueberry Lemon Hand Pies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

With a fresh berry filling and puff pastry crust, these Blueberry Lemon hand pies are a quick and easy twist on a classic dessert. These homemade mini treats are perfect for summer and a fun way to use fresh berries!

Course: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Coarse sugar for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400Β°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

  2. In a small saucepan mix 1 cup blueberries, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. In a small bowl whisk the water and cornstarch until incorporated. Add the cornstarch mixture to the blueberries. Over medium-high heat bring the blueberry mixture to a boil, until just thickened. Remove from heat, add 1 cup fresh blueberries and let cool. 

  3. Defrost the puff pastry according to package instructions or by leaving it on the counter for ~20 minutes. The pastry should be pliable but cold. On a lightly floured surface, roll each sheet of puff pastry to a 12-inch square. Using a 3-inch diameter circle cutter, cut out the pastry. Place the pastry circles on a baking sheet. If the dough is warm refrigerate until cold, ~5-10 minutes. This recipe should make 12-15 hand pies. 

  4. Make the egg wash by whisking the egg and milk, set aside. 

  5. With a pastry brush, brush egg wash along the edges of half of the pastry discs. Place ~1 tablespoon blueberry filling in the center of the dough. Place another disc that does not have egg wash on top. With a fork, crimp the edges together. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar. 

  6. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Rotate trays halfway through baking to get an even bake throughout. Remove from the oven and cool. These hand pies can be served warm or at room temperature. They do not hold well and lose their crispiness, so they are best eaten the same day as they are made. 

Recipe Notes
  • When cooking the filling, boil just until thickened. Take off the heat and add the remaining fresh blueberries.
  • On a lightly floured board roll each sheet of puff pastry into a 12-inch square. While you roll one sheet out you can keep the other in the fridge or stagger when you pull them from the freezer.
  • Cut the puff pastry into 3-inch circles. I used the lid of a mason jar, but feel free to use a biscuit cutter or whatever you have on hand.
  • Place ~ 1-2 tablespoons blueberry filling in the center of each puff pastry circle, as much as can comfortably fit.
  • If the dough gets too soft, place it in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
  • You will need to work quickly with the puff pastry dough to prevent it from drying out and cracking.
  • Crimp the hand pies together with a fork to seal the filling in. If a little juice leaks out while baking does not worry. I did forget to seal a few of mine with egg wash and all the filling came out!

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82 thoughts on “Blueberry Lemon Hand Pies

  1. Is it bad that I would wreck these for breakfast?! πŸ™‚ Not only does this look within my skill set, but they look delicious! I have never actually tried baking with pastries yet, and this looks like a good recipe to start!

    1. I would endorse having them for breakfast! As long as you can keep the pastry cold it is easy to work with a good start if you have not worked with any before. Especially since you do not have to make it! If you have any questions just let me know, I would love to hear how you like the recipe!

  2. These are my kind of desserts, just pick up and go without the whole process of cutting slices and serving, plus who doesn’t love blueberries so delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. I have not tried apple hand pies but I assume they are delicious. I hope you enjoy and would love to hear how you like the recipe!

  3. Everyone in my household are great fans of the blueberry also! This does look so good and I think the blending with lemon should really work well. If I am able to replicate this to the standard of the photos you have shared here, I will be a hero to my family! Looking forward to giving this a go.

    1. Thank you so much, the acidity and flavor of he lemon definitely balances very well with the blueberries. I would love to hear how your family liked the hand pies and recipe!

  4. What a great way to remember your grandfather’s birthday and baking with your grandmother. These are some great delights that will always be a treat to make for your family because they come from such love. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Yes definitely! His birthday is coming up next month and I am thinking of a blueberry pie cake πŸ™‚

  5. Looks cute and yummy! I love blueberries but it’s very hard to find them in the market. I would love to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, I love handheld desserts! I have not tried them with other berries, but I assume it would work if those are easier to find, enjoy πŸ™‚

    1. It definitely is! It looks nice as well as provides a great crunch. My favorite part of blueberry muffins have always been the crunchy sugar on top!

  6. I looooove hand pies! It’s so much easier to serve handpies than to struggle cutting a round pie into even slices. The idea stresses me out!

    1. Thank you, it was one of her recipes that she keeps written down on an index card. They are a great way to enjoy the taste of blueberry pie without making a whole pie!

  7. I have been blueberry picking and it is a lot of fun. Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits, I like the sound of your blueberry and lemon pies they sound delicious x

  8. Your blueberry hand pies look so delicious! I could eat a whole batch! Seriously. I am saving the recipe and will be trying my hand at making them this weekend. I will make sure you get all the credits for this delicious treat!

    1. Thank you, it is definitely hard to eat just one! I would love to hear how you like the recipe, enjoy πŸ™‚

  9. This looks delicious!
    My little one just loves blueberries, will try it for her..thanks for Sharing!

  10. Oh! What a beautiful and delightful bite! I like that you cook them before it concentrate the flavor, I’m sure. Another good tip could be: caution “do not wear white while eating those precious blue pastries”. Lovely recipe!

    1. Yes, the blueberry flavor definitely shines through! That is definitely a handy tip that I didn’t think of!

  11. WOW….since I am a blueberry lover (as you can see by my current post)…these are PERFECT. I love blueberry pie, but then I tend to have to eat “too much”. Perfect hand pies would make things so much easier….I could even freeze some (if there were any leftover LOL).

    1. These are perfect for all blueberry lovers, like myself! I like these hand pies for that reason, they are so much easier then a pie and you still get the delicious flavor of blueberry pie without the hassle!

  12. Yum!!! I may have to try and make these but it’s almost blackberry season in Oregon so I think I’ll try with those πŸ™‚

    1. I imagine these would be delicious with blackberries too! I would love to hear how they work with blackberries πŸ™‚

  13. Oh my God, Sarah! What are you doing to me ?? Blueberries are my favourite fruits and this dessert is to die for. What alternative can I use instead of sugar?

    1. Thank you, they are one of my favorites as well! If you want to use a more natural sweetener, you could use honey, agave, or maple syrup. You could also use a sugar substitute, if that is what you prefer. I can do some research on the sugar substitute if you would like, just let me know! But you would want to use less sugar substitute than sugar since the sugar substitutes are much sweeter than sugar. I have not tried any of these substitutions so I would love to hear what you use and how it turns out.

  14. I love blueberry picking too, and blueberry hand pies are my favorite hand pie. I like that you partially cook the blueberries first – I bet it helps keep that filling where it belongs!

    1. Yes, along with properly sealing the hand pies. I have to admit I did forget to put the egg wash between the pastry for a few, oops!

  15. Mmmmm! I love hand pies! We have a great little road side farmers market that makes them fresh every morning and we drive out of our way to go there. I bet these are outstanding.

  16. oh good memories of eating blueberries .. I must still be a kid because I could sooo easily sit in a blueberry patch and eat them while staining my shirt and hands. They are too good to stop eating.. I don’t think I could stop at just one of these hand pies either

  17. I was addicted to blueberries as a kid. I only chose blueberry pancakes or waffles or ice cream, blueberry anything really. It’s one of my favorite fruits! These little hand pies look wonderful and so simple to make!

  18. The hubby and I have blueberries on our oatmeal every single morning. They are sweet enough that we don’t have to sweeten it with sugar and add a nice juicy vibrant burst of fruitiness. Loving your little hand pies and that you used puff pastry in lieu of standard pie crust.

    1. I definitely agree, good blueberries are wonderful just on their own. The puff pastry makes these hand pies easier and quick to make!

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