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Cherry-Filled Heart-Shaped Pies

Cherry-Filled Heart-Shaped Pies
  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 2 hr 45 min
  • Servings 6
Make mini heart-shaped cherry pies for the sweethearts in your life with this simple recipe.
Updated May 10, 2021

Ingredients

Filling

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 can (15 oz) pitted dark sweet cherries, drained, 3 tablespoons juice reserved
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 vanilla bean

Crust

  • 1 box (14.1 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Pie Crusts (2 Count), softened as directed on box

Topping

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar or sanding sugar

Steps

  • 1
    In 2-quart saucepan, mix granulated sugar and cornstarch with whisk. Stir in cherries, reserved juice, the orange peel, orange juice and butter. Cut slit down center of vanilla bean; scrape out seeds. Add seeds and bean to cherry mixture. Heat to boiling; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour into shallow container. Remove and discard vanilla bean. Refrigerate until ready to assemble.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, on lightly floured surface, roll 1 pie crust to 1/8-inch thickness. With 5 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out 6 hearts. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat with second pie crust. With 1 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out small heart from center of second batch of hearts. Spread 2 tablespoons filling on each plain heart. Cover with cutout hearts so filling shows. Press edges together with fork. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
  • 3
    Heat oven to 400°F. In small bowl, beat egg and whipping cream. Brush over hearts. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • 4
    Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool at least 30 minutes before serving.

  • To make a homemade crust for your pies, try our Two-Crust Pastry for Pies and Tarts recipe.
  • Sprinkle the pies with powdered sugar after baking for a different look.
  • If a vanilla bean is not available, substitute 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pure vanilla.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Pie
Calories
410
Calories from Fat
140
Total Fat
16g
24%
Saturated Fat
7g
35%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
45mg
15%
Sodium
270mg
11%
Potassium
140mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
64g
21%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
36g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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