Have a Heart: Valentine’s Day Hand Pies

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I’m sending hearts your way in the form of Nutella-filled cream cheese hand pies, perfect for Valentine’s Day and to share with your sweetheart!

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I used my favorite pie crust recipe with cream cheese for these heart hand pies. The dough comes together quickly in the food processor and you can make it a day ahead, wrap it in plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to roll out your chocolate or fruit-filled hearts! This cream cheese pie crust bakes up flaky and oh so good, but you can substitute store-bought pie crust or frozen puff pastry if you prefer.

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Fill these hand pies with Nutella or chocolate-hazelnut spread straight from the jar! I was careful not to overfill them and I could have added a little more. I used about 2 teaspoons per heart for my 3 1/2 inch cookie cutters. I was able to get 10 hand pies, rerolling the dough scraps, from one recipe of cream cheese pie crust. You could also top the hazelnut spread with a spoonful of strawberry or raspberry preserves or cherry pie filling. If you’re filling these hand pies with fruit, make sure you cut a vent for the steam to escape like with my Peach Hand Pies

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Place your pastry hearts on a parchment lined baking sheet. Add hazelnut filling in the center of the heart and brush some egg wash (egg beaten with a teaspoon of water) around the edges of the filling and top with a pastry heart. Use a fork to crimp and seal the edges of each pie. Brush tops with additional egg wash and sprinkle with sanding or regular sugar. Bake pies at 400 degrees 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool, the filling will be hot, and serve.

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Cream Cheese Pastry

recipe courtesy of Kraft foods

2 cups flour

½ tsp. salt

1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened (I use light cream cheese)

1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, cut into small cubes

Pulse all ingredients together in food processor until dough comes together.

Divide into two portions, and shape into flat disks. Wrap each tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes – 1 hour, until firm or overnight. Pull out to warm up briefly before rolling out.

You can find a printable recipe, here.

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Serve these Heart Hand Pies with a cup of your favorite tea. I found Rose Petal Tea from World Market.

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You can find heart tea infusers, herefor a sweet gift for your tea drinking friend for Valentine’s Day.

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Stir your cuppa with a Towle Irresistable Heart Demitasse Spoon!

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Here’s hoping your Valentine’s Day is especially sweet! ♥

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  30 comments for “Have a Heart: Valentine’s Day Hand Pies

  1. January 26, 2015 at 5:20 am

    The pies turned out cute Mary, sounds like a nice dough! And I’m lovin’ that great napkin ring:@)

  2. January 26, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Mary, not only are your recipes and tablescapes the best, you always find the greatest things to compliment them. I can just see the Rose Tea being a great gift along with the tea infuser and spoon. The hand pies look so delicious! Have a great day Mary!

  3. Ellen Stillabower
    January 26, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Love the demi spoons! Hearts, how appropriate! Can’t wait for the Valentine Giveaway!!!!

  4. January 26, 2015 at 7:13 am

    My stomach is growling just looking at those yummy Nutella filled hearts, Mary! I’ve made that pastry before and it is a wonderful one, but never with the chocolate inside. The tea sounds fabulous and with the ❤️ diffuser and spoons…the perfect touch.

  5. January 26, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Mary, Yum, nutella and cream cheese pastry! I would love one of your tasty hearts and a cup of rose petal tea today as we are expecting a huge blizzard. These dishes are so pretty and work for so many holidays. Have a wonderful day! Linda

  6. January 26, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Beautiful table, quite heart felt dessert.

  7. January 26, 2015 at 8:24 am

    You even found hear shaped spoons!!!!!!!!! You are the BEST!!! Every presentation is perfection. The hand pies sound scrumptious, I would like some with fruit in them too:):) Have a beautiful week!!!!!

  8. January 26, 2015 at 8:55 am

    How delightful, Mary…so yummy looking & rather easy, too.
    The accessories truly make this treat extra special…♥ those ♥ shaped spoons! You are always so creative with your arrangements! *sigh* I wish I had half your talent.

  9. franki
    January 26, 2015 at 8:57 am

    “HEART!!” franki

  10. January 26, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Yummy! I’m thinking I need to make some heart shaped hand pies with my husband’s favorite filling! Cute idea and I love the tea infuser and heart spoons. That dinnerware looks good with everything! So pretty!

  11. linda kemp
    January 26, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Mary, these are adorable cookies and all the accessories are perfect. I missed the puppies. Do they have Valentines outfits?

  12. Debbie
    January 26, 2015 at 10:42 am

    These look so yummy and easy! My favorite kind of recipes!

  13. January 26, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Mary, your little heart hand pies look as pretty as I know they are delicious. The rose petal tea along with the heart infuser and dainty heart spoons are the icing on the cake so to speak. What a lovely gift this would make for Valentine’s Day. You inspire me!

  14. Janice F
    January 26, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    As always, I L.O.V.E your posts! Will have to try the pies…..since I love to do this sort of thing with my grands. We made dog treat cookies last weekend.

  15. January 26, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Oh Mary this sounds just wonderful! I made the cranberry/pecan/pie crusts crackers last night and they were spot on good! I know I’ll be making these for Family and Friends as well. I too have the Towle Heart Shaped Spoons that I found a couple of weeks ago at our local Tuesday Morning store. Now if I am the lucky winner of the Mikasa dishes, wine glasses and votive holders, then my Valentines Party Table will be jaw dropping as the guests arrive and see the beautiful of it all.
    Thank you for your blog, facebook posts & Pinterest ideas!! I truly love them all!

  16. January 26, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Heart shaped spoons….! Absolutely adorable post!

  17. January 26, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    These like the perfect dessert to go with our 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner February 13th. Thank you for coming up with this idea…..

  18. realsungirl
    January 27, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Hey Mary; You give so many Wonderful ideas to so many people!!! Thank-You so much, as I am in Love with your Heart shaped spoons, tea holder, and the Nutella Hand Pies look just Wonderful!!
    I Pray that I win the Dishes as they are Stunning!!!
    I can not wait to try this Recipe!! :-)

  19. January 27, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Love the heart demitasse spoons Mary! Your pastry looks so good, I need to stop buying the box stuff and try your delicious looking dough~I love how your heart hand pies puff up after baking and look so happy! So pretty and perfect for sweet Valentine treats~
    Jenna

  20. Carol
    January 27, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    You are too much Mary!!! LOVE everything you do!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!♥♥♥

  21. January 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    No let us thank you,for you make our day!

  22. Sheree
    January 28, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Love your tablescapes for all holidays . You showed me
    great ideas for my daughter for valentines . She is a tea drinker and would love the tea and accessories . I found those heart shaped spoons too , I think they said they are ice cream spoons so maybe mine are larger. The dishes are great choice for Valentine’s day . Thanks god the post.

  23. February 2, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Your table is gorgeous and the pies look incredible.

  24. February 3, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Beautiful pies! Gorgeous table!

  25. Kathy Lombardi
    February 4, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Of course everything you do is AMAZING! But I am IN LOVE with the Heat Tea Towel!!! Do you remember where you purchased it? Sur La Table used to have towels like that and now they don’t…

    • February 4, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Thanks Kathy! The heart tea towel was a HomeGoods find last year :)

  26. Kathy Lombardi
    February 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Sorry, got excited – “Heart Tea Towel”

  27. January 26, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    My kids will love these. Thanks for a pastry recipe that seems simple enough for us amateur bakers!

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