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!
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.
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.
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.