Sugar-sprinkled piecrust envelopes deliver a strawberry filling and sweet Valentine’s Day treat that’s quick and easy to assemble!
Valentine’s Day is two weeks away and I have sweet treat
to deliver to your family, sweetheart or Galentine!
These Mini Strawberry Love Letter Pies are quick and easy
to assemble using refrigerated pie crust.
The inspiration for these mini pie “love letters” came from
last year’s winter issue of Southern Lady Magazine.
I ran out of time last year to make them, but saved my issue to refer to this year
and I’m so glad I did!
These sweet “love letters” are quick and easy to assemble,
making them a tasty Valentine to share!
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I used Pillsbury Pie Crusts but feel free to use your favorite
homemade pastry / pie dough recipe if you prefer.
One refrigerated pie crust will make two “love letters”.
In addition your your pie dough, you’ll also need:
♥ 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh strawberries
♥ 1 tablespoon seedless strawberry preserves
♥ 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
♥ Whole milk, half and half or cream
♥ Sparkling Sugar (I used Wilton White Sparkling Sugar)
Start by allowing your refrigerated pie crust come up to room temperature,
following the directions on the box.
Unfold pie crust and roll out on a lightly floured surface.
Cut a 6-inch square from the dough using a fluted pastry cutter.
Cut hearts from your excess dough, using a 1-inch heart cookie cutter.
Reroll dough scraps into 1/8-inch thickness and repeat procedure
for a second “love letter”.
In a small bowl, mix strawberries, preserves and cornstarch.
Arrange dough into a diamond shape on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Spoon half of strawberry mixture into the center of dough.
Fold bottom point over strawberry mixture; fold right and left points
to meet in center, leaving top point unfolded. Brush dough with milk.
Place 1 heart in center where your points meet and place 2 hearts
on either side of center heart for a total of 5 hearts.
Sprinkle brushed dough with sparkling sugar which
adds a sweet crunch and texture.
There will be some excess dough to cut additional hearts to
bake and serve alongside your love letters if desired.
Bake at 375 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown.
The mini hearts will take less time to bake.
After 10 minutes, cover tops of envelopes loosely with a square of aluminum foil to prevent overbrowning.
Allow to stand on baking sheet 10 minutes before transferring
them to a wire rack to cool completely.
This recipe is adapted from Southern Lady Magazine.
The small amount of strawberry filling in these pies prevents the filling from oozing
out of the piecrust while baking so you have a pretty envelope!
Feel free to adjust the quantity or substitute cherry or apple pie filling if you prefer.
Love Letters Mailbox Pillow, Isaac Mizrahi / HomeGoods
Love Letter Mini Strawberry Pies
- fluted pastry cutter (or pizza wheel)
- 1-inch heart cookie cutter
- Rolling Pin
- 1/2 14.1-ounce package refrigerated piecrusts (1 piecrust)
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 tablespoon seedless strawberry preserves
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon whole milk (half and half or cream)
- 1 - 2 teaspoons sparkling sugar
- Garnish: thinly sliced strawberries and sweetened whipped cream
- Bring refrigerated pie crust to room temperature before proceeding with recipe, following directions on box.Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375° F.
- In a small bowl, gently toss together strawberries, preserves and cornstarch; set aside.
- Cut 2 (4-inch) squares of aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 pie crust. Using a fluted pastry cutter, cut a 6-inch square from dough.
- Using small 1-inch heart cookie cutter, cut 5 hearts from excess dough.
- Roll remaining dough scraps into 1/8 -inch thickness and repeat.
- For each pie, arrange dough into a diamond shape on prepared baking sheet.
- Spoon half of strawberry mixture into the center of dough. Fold bottom point over strawberry mixture; fold right and left points to meet in center; leave top point unfolded.
- Place 1 heart in center where points meet and place 2 hearts on either side of center heart for a total of 5 hearts. Brush dough envelope and hearts with milk and sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
- Place baking sheet in oven. After 10 minutes, place foil square (sprayed side down) loosely over the unfolded triangle to prevent overbrowning. Bake until golden brown, about 10 more minutes.
- Let stand 10 minutes on baking sheet and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
- To serve, garnish with additional strawberries and whipped cream if desired.
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Wonderful compliments dear mary
Thank you so much Daniela! ❤️
They really turned out cute Mary! Have a great week:@)
Thank you Lynn! ♥ I know you’re thrilled about your Eagles! 🏈
Who doesn’t want a love letter, or two, ok three, you can devour!
Yes, an edible love letter is the best kind. :) ❤️
So pretty Mary! I would much rather have this letter than a Valentine card!!
Thank you Jenna, me too! ❤️💌
Darling little pies Mary. I have been looking at these all week to get inspired. I think they are perfect little treats for Valentine’s Day.
Thank you Linda, they’re an easy treat to share. 💌
Yummy. I can see baking some hearts alone too.
Don’t you love Southern Lady Magazine ?
Side note: I was on Pinterest last night pinning Easter decorations and two other blogs took credit for your spring drawer with moss and the rabbit in the Shed. One was Hometalk and I don’t remember the other. I made a note in the comments.
Thank you, Mary, for always including links to the items used in your recipes. That is so helpful!
Thank you for your visit and comment Chloe, so glad I can help. :) Enjoy your week!❤️
Mary, these sweet little pies are so pretty and look scrumptious! What a perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Thanks for sharing! Happy Monday!
Thank you Shannon, Happy Tuesday! ❤️
Adorable Mary and easy enough for me to make! Thanks for the recipe, love your new header too! ❤️
Thanks so much for your visit and comment Janet, Happy Tuesday! ❤️
So sweet! Thanks for the easy directions, I can’t wait to try!
Thank you Deb! They’re as fun to make as they are to eat. :) ❤️
These Love Letters are perfect for Valentines Day tea party! Thanks for the step by step instructions! ❤️💌🍓
Thank you Katy, I hope you try them! ❤️💌
Love these, so cute!!❤️
Thank you Sue! ❤️
I love how you embrace the holidays with such fun and festive recipes Mary!
Thank you Teresa, it’s a holdover from my retail career. :) Happy Tuesday ❤️
Way too cute! How did I miss this issue!!!
Thanks Shirley, it’s a beautiful issue. Mine was late arriving last year. Happy Tuesday ❤️
Mary, the love letters are so pretty and perfect for Valentine’s Day! They also look delicious ♥️
Thank you Pam! ❤️
Thanks so much Ellen! ❤️
So sweet and simple, thank you!
Oh Mary, your little pastry love letters turned out so darn cute! ❤️ They are little works of art, and I’m glad you saved that issue, too. I’ve seen other ones in pictures, but yours are the cutest ever! Thank you for sharing!
I love this version. So cute. It is very similar to my original Cherry Pie Pastry Note. Check it out when you can. Liz Bushong.com