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Jam Hand Pies

Mini Hand Pies

Looking for another way to use homemade jam? Try this recipe for Mini Hand Pies, they’re a great way to showcase homemade jam. I made these Mini Hand Pies for the Palmer Food Swap the other day. They swapped really well and everyone seemed to like them. I enjoy making Mini Hand Pies to send in lunches or pull out when friends are over, they’re unique but not hard, even kids can make them with you.

Jam Hand Pies

Strawberry Jam Pie in Two Bites

They taste like a Jam Pie but you can eat them in 2 bites. They’re a great way to use fresh homemade jams in your baking. Feel free to mix up the jam filling, Blueberry or Raspberry would work too. I wouldn’t go with a jelly though, it needs the consistency of a jam with fruit to keep it from leaking out. No leaking pies please!

Jam Hand Pies

Homemade Pie Dough–you GOT this!

You’ll have to make what I use as pie dough, a pate brisee or a short crust, basically an all butter pie dough, if you want to make really good Mini Hand Pies, the kind that holds up to being held. I prefer it for pies because I like the way it tastes and flakes. But if you have a favorite pie dough recipe and you swear by it, by all means, use that. I would not recommend a store-bought pie crust dough. While they’re fine to use for a pie I don’t believe they’re really tough enough to hold up without a pie pan. Do not let the idea of making the dough turn you away from this recipe, you can make one easily if you have a food processor, I’ll walk you through it. And if you DON’T have a food processor it’s still totally doable! Seriously pie dough is so much easier than anyone thinks!

Yield: 28 hand pies

Mini Hand Pies

Jam Hand Pies

Looking for another way to use homemade jam? Try this recipe for Jam Hand Pies, they're a great way to showcase homemade jam. I made these Jam Pies for the Palmer Food Swap the other day, they taste like pie but you can eat them in 2 bites and best of all no dirty plates.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes


Hand Pie Dough

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces butter, cold, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 level TBSP red wine vinegar--helps with crust flakiness, you can leave it out

Hand Pies

  • 1 cup jam
  • 1 egg, for an egg wash on the finished pies before baking
  • 1 TBPS water
  • Sugar, sprinkle on top if desired,it looks nice


  1. dough instructions for the food processor:
  2. whirl the dry ingredients in a food processor
  3. drop in half the butter and pulse until it looks like coarse meal
  4. drop in the rest and pulse again until that butter is mostly incorporated, you want a coarse meal with a little bigger pieces mixed through, this will give you a nice flaky crust
  5. don't run the food processor when adding the butter just pulse and release, this will chop it and not mix it
  6. mix the cold water and the vinegar if you're using it
  7. add 8 TBSP of water or water/vinegar to flour butter mixture through the feed tube while the processor is running
  8. run until the dough holds together, about 15-20 seconds, if it's still dry add one more TBSP of water and whirl again
  9. take the dough out of the processor, knead it a few times, divide in half, pat to flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate --remove from the refrigerator roughly 30-45 minutes before you want to roll out the dough so it's actually soft enough to roll out yet the butter doesn't melt--if you live in a very hot climate you may need to adjust this to avoid accidentally melting the butter, I don't have to worry about that up here!
  10. dough instructions for making by hand:
  11. mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
  12. using a pastry blender or two knives, cut 1/2 in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal
  13. then cut in the rest of the butter stopping once you've reached the point where it resembles coarse meal with slightly bigger pieces of butter
  14. stir the water and vinegar together, if you're using vinegar that is
  15. add 7 TBSP to the flour mixture and stir with a fork until the dough comes together, if it's still dry and crumbly add 1 more TBSP of water and stir
  16. knead a few times, divide, wrap and chill as directed above
  17. directions for making the pies: preheat oven to 400˚
  18. get a little water in a small bowl for sealing pies, also whisk the egg with a little water for the egg wash, dust your counter and rolling pin with flour
  19. roll one disk of dough until it's roughly a 1/4 inch thick
  20. using a wide mouth canning jar lid cut dough into circles
  21. transfer circles to a baking sheet
  22. top with a dab of jam, about a heaping teaspoon full
  23. dip your finger in the plain water and run it around half the outer edge of each circle
  24. fold each circle over, seal with with a fork
  25. brush finished pies with the egg wash
  26. poke a little hole in them to vent the steam
  27. sprinkle with a pinch of sugar
  28. bake in a preheated oven for 12-14 minutes until baked through and lightly browned
  29. repeat with remaining dough circles, making sure to place them on a thoroughly cool baking sheet


I used a wide mouth jar canning ring to cut the dough into circles, it works well and I didn't have to run out and buy anything for it. If you don't have one any circle cookie cutter roughly 3 1/2 inches will work. If you change the size be sure to adjust cooking times and amount of pies. If you roll the dough thinner or forget to poke holes in the tops or both, you will probably get a fair amount of jam leakage, it's not a big deal the Mini Hand Pies are still very edible.

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I’ve also got a great recipe for Mini Apple Pies if hand pies are your jam. 

Jam Hand Pies

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Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

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