What Is A Hand Pie?
If you take a peek at Wiktionary, you’ll see hand pies defined as: “A semilunar pastry with either a sweet or savory filling, formed by placing a dollop of filling onto a circular piece of biscuit-style dough and then folding it over and crimping it shut. They may be baked, fried or deep-fried. A pasty.” That definition is stretched to include any manner of hand pies, pasties, or party pies. They’re perfect, easy-grab treats or snacks to serve as appetizers, as part of a party tray, or to take to a potluck.
What Do I Need To Make S’mores Hand Pies?
Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients needed to make s’mores party pies, as well as any suitable substitutions that will work.
- Pie Crust: I used the pre-made pie crust that you can find in the refrigerated section of your grocery store – usually near the cinnamon rolls and cans of crescent dough. Each box comes with two rolled pie crust for a 9″ pie, and you’ll need both rolls for this recipe. There’s usually organic/whole food brands of these premade crusts available if you prefer. You can also use a homemade pie crust recipe as long as it makes enough for a top and bottom crust for a 9″ pie.
- Chocolate: For simplicity, I used a Hershey’s chocolate bar that’s separated into little sections. You’ll need 10 sections for this recipe – one per hand pie. You can use any similarly size chocolate that you want. The chocolate will firm up after the hand pies cool. If you want the filling to stay soft, you can use a dollop of Nutella or similar chocolate spread.
- Graham Crackers: I used standard sheets of graham crackers that I broke into 8 pieces per sheet. You could use a Teddy Graham in each pie instead!
- Marshmallows: I used 3 mini marshmallows per pie, as anything more would cause the filling to be too voluminous to fit inside of the pie crust. Similarly, you could use a dollop of marshmallow creme instead.
- Egg Wash: Brushing the pies with a beaten egg lets them get golden and shiny when baked. You can leave this step out if you want and the pies will still taste great. You could also brush them with a little milk or honey instead (be careful with the honey – it will cause the pies to brown up super fast!)
Can I Make These In Advance?
These pies are wonderful when consumed warm straight from oven or at room temperature. If you want to prepare them in advance, go right ahead! Store them in an airtight container at room temperature and they’ll be good for several days.
Okay, but can I freeze them?
Freeze the hand pies before they are baked – and before you add the egg wash – for best results. Make sure you get a good seal when pinching the top crust to the bottom, and then place the hand pies on a baking sheet and put the entire thing in the freezer for about 45 minutes to flash freeze them. Then move the pies to a Ziploc-style freezer safe storage bag and store for up to 3 months. Brush the egg wash onto the frozen pies and bake as usual – just add a few minutes to the bake time and keep an eye on them.
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