Fourth of July Hand Pies

Peeps… it’s been too long!! It seems like months since I last posted (even though it was a couple of weeks ago – did you see these oatmeal macadamia nut cookies I posted??). That’s probably because my mind has been in a million different places since we’ve moved. Both Brett and I have been running around like crazy and keep dreaming up things that we can do to the house. The past week we’ve been good about taking a deep breath and recognizing that everything we want to work on is going to take time and patience. That being said, I look forward to sharing some of the projects we work on.


But, I’m back with a BANG because the Fourth of July is a couple of days away and I’m all about red, white and blue eats and treats to celebrate Independence Day. I had to get back in the game and share this one because it’s the cutest little treat and perfect for any type of Fourth of July gathering. Bonus, they are one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made! I made this one with store-made pie crust and canned pie filling.



Most of the time, I’m all about homemade, but I find myself rushed during most holidays. Trying to find time to make memories and create traditions with my husband and the kids makes it harder to find time to make something festive. That’s why I love this recipe! It may look like it takes a lot of effort, but it doesn’t and the mini pies are so sweet and flaky.


If you’re still looking for something to bring to your Fourth of July gathering, I hope you’ll give these sweet little pies a try! If you do, don’t forget to tag #marinamakeseats.


Fourth of July Hand Pies

Makes about six mini pies


  • 1 store-bought pie crust dough
  • Medium star cookie cutter
  • 1/4 cup of blueberry pie filling in a can
  • 1/4 cup of cherry pie filling in a can
  • 1/2 tablespoon of butter, melted
  • Granulated sugar


Set your pie crust on the counter to thaw for 15 minutes or so. Preheat your oven to 425.

Using a star cookie cutter, cut stars out of the dough (two for each pie). You may have to collect the extra dough and roll it out to make more pies.

Place the stars on a baking sheet. You’ll be using two stars to make a pie. Add about a teaspoon of the pie filling to the middle of one star (don’t get close to the ends, or it will overflow) and top with the other star. Crimp the edges with a fork to close the pie. Repeat with the rest of the dough and filling.

Place three slits in the top of each star. Brush each pie with butter and top with a sprinkle of sugar.

Cook in the oven for 5-7 minutes, until the edges and top begin to brown. Let it cool for 10 minutes before enjoying.


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