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Raspberry-Lemon Hand Pies

A delicious, simple hand pie made with fresh fruit and store bought crust! Depending on crust and cookie cutter size, you can make about 4-6 pies. See gluten free crust options mentioned in blog post above.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dessert, hand pies, lemon raspberry tarts, tarts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 pies


  • 1 Good quality store bought frozen pie crusts, thawed. (use two 9" crusts in a tin, or a single sheet of folded pie crust from a box)
  • 3/4 cups raspberries (preferably fresh although frozen thawed can be used in a pinch)
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon, juice of whole largeĀ  lemon
  • 2 tablespoons organic granulated sugar, plus a little more for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon milk, cream or egg white (for brushing pastry)
  • 3/4 cup organic powdered sugar


  1. Allow pie crusts to thaw on counter according to package instruction

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place oven rack in center position

  3. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside

  4. Use a microplane to zest 1/2 a lemon, then juice the whole lemon, set aside

  5. Place raspberries in a bowl with 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon juice, smash berries with a fork

  6. Dust counter well with flour and turn thawed pie crust out on counter, roll with a rolling pin to about 1/8" thick. If crust doesn't come out of the tin easily, don't panic, just form it into a ball and roll, dusting with flour as needed.

  7. Use a 3" heart cookie cutter to cut 8 heart shapes, reforming and rolling dough if needed (depending on dough and size of cookie cutter you may be able to cut more for additional pies )

  8. Use a spoon to place raspberry filling (about a tablespoon) into center of four hearts

  9. Place the remaining hearts on top and use a fork to gently press and seal the edges

  10. Place hearts on parchment covered cookie sheet, brush with milk, cream or whisked egg white, then sprinkle with more organic granulated sugar

  11. Place in oven and bake for about 18-20 minutes (or until dough is cooked and slightly golden)

  12. Remove. While pies cool make icing:

  13. Place powdered sugar in a small bowl

  14. Add 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and zest to bowl, whisk until smooth (if needed add more lemon juice literally a drop or two at a time until glaze is pourable but not too thin)

  15. Spoon glaze unto warm pies and use back of spoon to spread to edges

  16. Serve warm or cool!