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Strawberry Hand Pies

Host Zoe Francois' strawberry hand pies, as seen on Zoe Bakes, season 2.

These are the strawberry hand pies I made on the Hand Pies episode of Zoë Bakes on Magnolia Network! When the Minnesota weather turns cold, I stock my freezer with easy, bake-and-take hand pies. In this episode I make both sweet strawberry and savory curry chicken pies, and then visit a local Mexican café called Vivir to prepare empanadas.

Want a savory version? Try these Curry Chicken Hand Pies.

Strawberry hand pies on a cooling rack
Host Zoe Francois' strawberry hand pies, as seen on Zoe Bakes, season 2.
Host Zoe Francois' strawberry hand pies, as seen on Zoe Bakes, season 2.

If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my chicken curry hand pies recipe as well!

Host Zoe Francois' strawberry hand pies, as seen on Zoe Bakes, season 2.

Strawberry Hand Pies

I stock my freezer with these delicious strawberry hand pies for a fast and easy treat. The pies are sweet and just a little tart, making them perfect little homemade breakfast pastries
5 from 11 votes
Course: Breakfast, Desserts



  • 2 cups (260g) all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and well chilled
  • 3/4 cup sour cream


  • 1 lb strawberries, about 3 cups sliced can be frozen, left whole if frozen
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 2 tbsp 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  • Egg wash (whole egg mixed with 1 teaspoon water)
  • Sugar for sprinkling

Strawberry Icing

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 strawberry sliced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice



  • Blend the flour, salt and sugar in a food processor.
  • Add the butter and blend until the flour/butter mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the sour cream and pulse until the dough starts to form a ball in the machine. Turn out onto a slightly floured surface and press into a rectangle. Divide the dough into two pieces, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.


  • Cook the strawberries, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla over gentle heat (you can use a fork to break up the fruit if using fresh strawberries) until they start to break down slightly. Cook until the strawberries are tender and have released their juices.
    Host Zoe Francois makes strawberry filling for her hand pies, as seen on Zoe Bakes, season 2.
  • Whisk together the sugar and cornstarch, then add to the strawberries. Cook over medium-low heat until the mixture starts to thicken and turn translucent. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

To Bake the Hand Pies

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • When you are ready to prepare the hand pies, roll one of the chilled doughs out on a floured surface. As you are rolling, you can straighten out the edges with your hands to create a 10×15-inch rectangle. Using a pastry wheel, cut the dough into 12 equal squares, by cutting 4 strips along the length and 3 strips along the short side.
    Host Zoe Francois rolls out pie dough for her hand pies, as seen on Zoe Bakes, season 2.
  • Put about 2 tablespoons filling in the center of half the squares. Lightly brush the edges of the filled squares with egg wash. Cover with remaining squares. Press the dough together then use a fork to gently adhere them together around the edges. Cut a cross on the top. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. 
    Host Zoe Francois makes strawberry hand pies, as seen on Zoe Bakes, season 2.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. If baking both trays at once, rotate top to bottom after 15 minutes. 
  • In a small bowl, mash the strawberry with the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice and whisk until a smooth icing is formed. Allow the hand pies to cool before drizzling on the strawberry icing.
    Host Zoe Francois adds strawberry icing to her hand pies, as seen on Zoe Bakes, season 2.
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20 thoughts to “Strawberry Hand Pies”

  1. 5 stars
    These were amazing! Easy too. Only tricky part is rolling out the dough to get even size squares – practice will help. I will be making these a lot!!! I’ll try the savory hand pies next.
    I love Zoe and all her recipes!

    1. Hi Karen, whatever your preference is! If you bake and then freeze, you can reheat similar to a toaster pastry. If you freeze before baking, just bake straight from the freezer. They will require a few extra minutes in the oven. Happy baking!

  2. 5 stars
    I made the hand pies and boy are they good, just right on a Sunday afternoon. My 2 grandchildren 5 and 3 just love them. Thank you Zoe! Looking forward to some more recipes to try. 🙂

  3. For frozen handpies – cook from frozen (and if so, how long?) or defrost then follow the recipe instructions? My husband and I are expecting our first baby, so I’m starting to stock up the freezer!

    1. Hi Cynthia, congratulations on your growing family! You could bake them and then freeze and reheat sort of like a toaster pastry. OR you can freeze them before baking and bake from frozen. They’ll just take a few extra minutes to bake from frozen. Enjoy!

  4. 5 stars
    Amazingly flakey crust even after resting in fridge for 2 days. I’m going to use
    it to top my next chicken pot pies! Filling was perfect; not too sweet…I added
    a bit more lemon zest…I could spread this on toast & it would be perfect too.
    I ate one of the frozen hand pies this morning & it was again delicious.

  5. 5 stars
    OMG the crust is so flaky! I combined 1/2 pound of rhubarb with 1/2 pound strawberries, added 1/3 cup more sugar and ended up with a delicious filling. This recipe is a winner for sure.

    1. Hi Carletta, it can be used for a regular pie, but it makes more of a tender, not flaky, crust.

  6. 5 stars
    Loved the Hand pie Recipe, I used cherry’s and they turned out heavenly. Love watching your show and I just purchased Zoe Bakes Cakes ❤️ Best to you and your family

  7. 5 stars
    Lovely recipe! I just watched this episode and had no idea hand pies were so easy! I’ve actually never heard of them before, but I will be baking some now! I can see all kinds of fruit fillings and the possibilities are endless! Thanks!

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