This retro recipe is easy to make, impressive looking, and so delicious! You should absolutely make them for your next holiday party!
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THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE
It’s holiday season! For me, that means too many commitments, cooking all the things, and shopping for holiday gifts lets say…no more than three days before Christmas. Ahhhhh, buying holiday gifts is not my strong suit.
I can get overwhelmed during the holiday season, you feel the same way right? There is so much going on, but there is one thing that makes it all worth it. For me, that one thing is making people happy with food.
I LOVE making a beautiful dessert, sharing it at a party, and seeing my friend’s eyes light up when they take a bite. Those moments are at the top of my “Things that Make Michelle Happy During the Holidays” list. I hope you have a list like that, but you know…with your name in place of mine.
IMPRESSIVE AND RETRO
You love those moments as much as I do, I know it. So, you should absolutely make these Ugly Sweater Hand Pies for your next party. They look super impressive and retro (obviously a plus), taste great, and they are SO EASY TO MAKE!
This first thing you need to make this recipe a success is the Ugly Sweater Cookie Cutter Set. Good Cook sent me a set, and I love it. I couldn’t imagine making the sweater shape by hand, luckily Good Cook has your back with the cookie cutter!
As for keeping this recipe easy…using store-bought pie dough! There is no shame in it what so ever. I love Trader Joe’s pie dough BTW, and it works great for these Ugly Sweater Hand Pies. I know…I’m normally all about making EVERYTHING from scratch, but this a great place to use store-bought, I promise. If you do want to do little more and make pie dough from scratch, I’m definitely not stopping you!
I hope you have an amazing holiday season, and when you make these retro looking hand pies for your next party, make sure to snap a pic and share it on my Facebook Page!
UGLY SWEATER HAND PIES RECIPE TIPS
-Plan on using homemade dough? I love this recipe from Serious Eats. You should multiply this recipe by 1.5 just to make sure you have enough dough.
-Trader Joe’s pie dough is my favorite store bought dough. Most of the time it does break when taking it out of the packaging. If that happens to you, kneed it into a big ball and then roll it out yourself. I’ve done it so many times.
-These little guys will last a few days, and it’s best to store them in an airtight container on the counter.
Yields 6 Hand Pies
20 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
50 minTotal Time
- 1/2 cup strawberry preserves (or any other flavor)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 store bought pie dough
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Heat preserves in a small pot over medium heat until it begins to boil, about 2 minutes. While preserves are heating, thoroughly combine cornstarch and 1 tablespoon cold water in a small bowl.
- Once preserves have come to a boil, whisk in cornstarch slurry.
- Whisking constantly, return preserves to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Chill thickened preserves while you work on the dough.
- Roll your pie dough to 1/8th -1/4 thickness. Using the Ugly Sweater Cookie Cutter, cut out 12 sweaters, re-rolling dough scraps as needed.
- Place 6 pie dough sweaters onto the baking sheet. Evenly spoon thickened preserves into the center of the individual pieces of dough.
- One at a time, brush the edges of the dough with the egg wash and top with a second piece of dough. Crimp the edges of the dough together using the tines of a fork. Brush the tops of the dough with more egg wash and cut ventilation holes into the top piece of dough (I used scissors to create a cute design!).
- Bake until the hand pies are golden brown and cooked through, 25-30 minutes.
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