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Strawberry Dark Chocolate Hand Pies

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What is better than homemade pie? Homemade pie that you can eat with your hands! I love hand pies. They are fun to make and fun to eat. Plus, hand pies are much more forgiving than regular pies. You don’t have to worry about lattice, fluted edges, or trying to cut the pie perfectly. Just grab a hand pie and go!

Valentine’s Day is next week and to get ready we made Strawberry Dark Chocolate Hand Pies. Strawberries and dark chocolate are a must on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate dipped strawberries are good, but strawberries and dark chocolate inside buttery pie crust, even better!

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Josh and I spent an afternoon making these hand pies together. I was planning on our afternoon being romantic-strawberries and chocolate usually lead to romance, right? :) But Caleb woke up from his nap and wanted to run around. He started walking this week and is constantly on the move. I ended up chasing Caleb while Josh made the pie crust.

I finally got Caleb to slow down by bribing him with strawberries. Caleb will do anything for fruit, including sitting still…for a few minutes:) I helped Josh by chopping up the strawberries and chocolate. We assembled the hand pies together and anxiously awaited for them to come out of the oven.

We shared a Strawberry Dark Chocolate Hand Pie and cleaned up the kitchen. Our afternoon may have not been romantic, but it was fun and let me tell you, a man doing the dishes? Sexy indeed! :)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Strawberry Dark Chocolate Hand Pies. You can’t go wrong with a pie for your sweetie pie:)

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Strawberry Dark Chocolate Hand Pies

Yield: 8 hand pies

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Little pies filled with strawberries and dark chocolate-a fun and sweet Valentine's Day treat!

Ingredients:

For the Pie Dough:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup cold water, plus 2 tablespoons

For the Filling:

2 cups chopped strawberries
1 tablespoon granulated sugar (or more depending on sweetness of berries)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup chopped dark chocolate
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Finishing Touches:

1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon water
Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling on pies

Directions:

1. To make the pie dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the flour, sugar and salt on low speed just to combine. Add the butter, and mix, first on low and then increasing the speed to medium low, cutting the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles small peas. With the mixer on low, add the cold water, beating just until the dough comes together.

2. Turn the dough out onto your work surface. Divide it in half and shape each piece into a disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using.

3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. In medium bowl, combine the strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch. Stir until strawberries are well coated.

4. Remove the pie dough from the refrigerator. Place one of the disks on a lightly floured work surface. Roll into a square about 1/8-inch thick. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces, about 5x5 squares. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of strawberries into the center of each square, then top with about 1 tablespoon of chopped dark chocolate. Brush the edges of the square with the heavy cream. Bring opposite corners together to form a triangle and press the edges together. Use a fork to crimp the edges of the pie.

5. In a small bowl, combine the egg and water with a fork. Brush the top of the pie with the egg wash and sprinkle generously with turbinado sugar. Repeat with the remaining squares of dough. Roll out the second disk of pie dough and do the same.

6. Transfer the hand pies to the prepared baking sheets, you should have 8 hand pies. Using a sharp knife, cut a small vent or two in the top of each pie. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the pies are golden brown. The filling may bubble out a bit and that's ok. Transfer to a wire rack and allow the pies to cool completely.

Pie Crust Recipe from Williams-Sonoma

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64 Responses to “Strawberry Dark Chocolate Hand Pies”

  1. 1
    Erica — February 8, 2013 @ 4:41 am

    These are definitely MORE than Valentine’s day worthy! They look delicious. The mix of chocolate and strawberry is just awesome

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — February 8, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    Sounds like a perfect afternoon to me! Those strawberry dark chocolate hand pies look and sound divine!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — February 8, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    Gorgeous, Maria! And what a perfect afternoon!

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    I love pies like this:)

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — February 8, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    I feel like it’s so funny I had no clue what a hand pie was until a year ago – I’ve been missing out! These look and sound AMAZING Maria!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 8, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    yum- these look great. I was looking for something to make with the strawberries I just bought!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 8, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    Strawberries and dark chocolate are my weakness! Love these!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — February 8, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    What a perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

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    Ashley — February 8, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Love these, and the cute story of how y’all got them made. Little ones do make “romance” a bit more complicated!

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    Caroline @ Pink Basil — February 8, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Oh this just sounds heavenly!!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — February 8, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    There’s nothing better than a treat you can stuff in your pocket for later! :)

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    Jenna — February 8, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    These are so cute. I just love handpies!

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    HeatherChristo — February 8, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    These are so cute Maria! I love these, and your story. There is no way I could get my man baking pie with me- but he sure would love to eat these :)

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    Jenny Flake — February 8, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    Ooooo, so pretty and irresistible! I’ll take a few this morning please :)

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    Marla Meridith — February 8, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Hey, these will be GREAT for Valentine’s day!!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — February 8, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    Oh, yeah….i’m all about a man doing the dishes!!! And, strawberries + chocolate doesn’t hurt, either! ;)

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    Meghan @ The Tasty Fork — February 8, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    I love how easy this recipe is! I made a bunch of pies over the holidays and I’m still over all of the effort pies require…. but this little gem makes me want a handheld pie! LOVE IT!!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — February 8, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    Strawberry and chocolate is a magical combo and these look amazing!

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    Kacie L — February 8, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    I think I just found my Valentine’s Day dessert!!

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    I have a heart-shaped pocket pie mold that I picked up (on clearance, yay!). This recipe is perfect for such. Thanks!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 8, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    The perfect piece of pie. Beautiful!

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    Amanda — February 8, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    I have yet to attempt a homemade hand pie… but I need to now!!

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    Song — February 8, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    This looks so-oo good, I think I’ll make it this weekend. Thank you

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    kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts — February 8, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Sounds like a lovely afternoon.
    Do you think these would work with frozen strawberries? The strawberries I can get in the store look pretty but lack flavor, so I put up strawberries when they are available nearby and have a stash of frozen-but-delicious berries.
    Thanks!

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    Kristen — February 8, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    Love the berries and dark chocolate combo, Maria! Yum!

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    Loretta — February 8, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    Hand pies are the bomb! The last time I made them I had to hide them from myself in the freezer. The problem with not being senile is I remembered they were there :) This sounds like a fantastic combination!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 8, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    these are definitely perfect for a couple!! so cute that Caleb is going all over the place – probably not too fun for you guys but it’s still so crazy how big he’s gotten! love all that strawberry oozing out of the hand pies! so yummy

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    Annalise — February 8, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    These look perfect! Can’t go wrong with strawberries and chocolate.

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    Laura @ The Pgh Kitchen — February 8, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    I just made these (as soon as I saw the recipe) and they are SO good! And really cute. I made some with semi-sweet and some with white chocolate. Also, I used the top of a wine glass to make my circles.

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — February 8, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    These look delicious, strawberries and chocolate are just divine together, I need to make these soon! :)

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    Karly — February 8, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    I love these Maria! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at fried pies lately. These gorgeous photos are making me want to get in the kitchen right now!

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    Becky — February 8, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    These are so fun and a good little challenge for Valentine’s Day. I must admit, Josh still grabs a hand pie from the gas station once in a while :) I’m sure he would love the real homemade version, as would I!

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    Audra | The Baker Chick — February 8, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    What a sweet idea! I love love love hand pies and these are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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    Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More — February 8, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    These looks amazing Maria!! Yum!

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    Maegan @ The BakerMama — February 8, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    These look so cute, so fun, and so delicious for Valentine’s Day!

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    abbie — February 8, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    My god, these look amazing!! :)

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 8, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    These sound so perfect. I always think I’m going to make hand pies but I never get it done!

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    Gaby — February 8, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    I want 1 dozen immediately!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — February 8, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

    Haha Caleb is too fun! And I must agree, a man doing dishes is definitely sexy ;) Love these hand pies! Pinned for sure

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — February 8, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    Just perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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