Mini Lemon Hand Pies

Buttery and flaky pie dough is shaped into sweet mini hand pies and filled with homemade lemon curd!

Perfect little bite sized desserts!

Pillsbury pie dough is cut into bite sized circles and filled with homemade lemon curd.  Perfect little pies for spring!

Desserts used to be so simple.  Growing up, dessert choices were pies, chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies and the occasional cake.  Ingredients were simple;  what you saw was what you got.  Desserts didn’t used to be so imaginative.

Pillsbury pie dough is cut into bite sized circles and filled with homemade lemon curd.  Perfect little pies for spring!

There was actually a time when all you could get at McDonald’s was milkshakes (3 flavors), small sundaes (also 3 flavors) and piping hot (literally) apple and cherry pies.  Indecision was a rarity, unlike today.  Today McDonald’s boasts so many dessert flavors and items, how can anyone commit to just one choice?

Pillsbury pie dough is cut into bite sized circles and filled with homemade lemon curd.  Perfect little pies for spring!

Personally, I always went for the cherry pies.  The crust was buttery and flaky.  The cherry filling would seep out and burn my mouth every time.  But I didn’t care, because that cherry filling was the perfect mix of tart and sweet.  I was addicted to them.

Pillsbury pie dough is cut into bite sized circles and filled with homemade lemon curd.  Perfect little pies for spring!

Until I discovered Hostess Fruit Pies.  During many bored summer afternoons, my friends and I would walk up to the local convenience store and spend all our money on candy and chips which we would promptly hide from our parents.  While my friends were busy picking out the Jolly Ranchers, Now ‘n Laters, and Bazooka Gum, I was picking out the pies!  Unfortunately, this was my brush with indecision.  I could never choose between blueberry or the blackberry pies.  Then there were some days I could only think about the peach pie.  Mostly, however, I craved the lemon pies.

Pillsbury pie dough is cut into bite sized circles and filled with homemade lemon curd.  Perfect little pies for spring!

The lemon pies had that tartly sweet filling that was irresistible.  I’d buy them two at a time, sometimes three.  In my mind, I was getting the most value for my money.  My friends were crushing hard candy with their molars while I was biting into a whole soft, flaky PIE!  Suckers.

While I didn’t exactly recreate my favorite childhood pie, these little hand pies are pretty darn amazing.  They were so simple too.  They start with pre made Pillsbury pie crust which I filled with homemade lemon curd.  You could easily use store bought lemon curd, but once you see how simple it is to make lemon curd in your microwave, you will never buy store bought again.  A little drizzle of white chocolate accessorizes these pies nicely.  The only problem you’ll have with these bite sized lemon pies is not eating them all at once.  I’d say that’s a good problem to have, wouldn’t you?


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Mini Lemon Hand Pies
For the pies
  • 1 14.1 package refrigerated Pillsbury Pie Crust
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup Lemon curd (recipe below)
  • ⅓ cup white chocolate chips
  • ⅛ teaspoon vegetable oil
For the lemon curd:
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lemon zested
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  1. In a bowl, combine sugar and eggs. Whisk in lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir in melted butter. Microwave lemon mixture for 1-minute stir. Continue to heat lemon mixture in 1-minute intervals until mixture begins to thicken and easily coats the back of a spoon. Refrigerate to set.
  2. Meanwhile, bring piecrust to room temperature. Unroll one piecrust on a floured surface. Using a 3’ biscuit cutter cut crust into circles and place dough on a cookie tray. You should get about 10-12 circles. Repeat with remaining piecrust. Place trays of dough in the refrigerator to chill about for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 425. Prepare egg wash by lightly beating together the egg and the water. Remove dough from refrigerator and place a spoonful of lemon curd onto the center of one tray of dough. Brush edges with egg wash and place circles from second tray over each lemon topped pie. Using a fork, crimp the edges to seal the pies. Generously brush the tops of each pie with remaining egg wash. Using a pairing knife, carefully cute 3 slits onto the tops of each pie. Bake pies for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Let cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, melt chocolate and vegetable oil together. Drizzle white chocolate over pies. Let set completely before storing.
  5. Makes 12 mini pies.


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52 Responses

  1. Seriously, I could eat this all. I have no will power around lemon desserts.

  2. I love hand pies! These look amazing Tanya!!! Super pretty. Also lemon curd ….. I extra love you for that.

  3. These hand pies look wonderful. I would love to have one with my tea right now. Blessings, Catherine

    • P.S. I will be pinning these for later!

  4. Oh these look so delicious!! I have to say I am so obsessed with lemon dessert, I will definitely be giving these a try. Thanks for sharing.

    • I’m sort of obsessed with lemon myself. Thanks Sarah!

  5. Oh wow! These hand pies look amazing. I’ve been wanting to make some for a while now. I love lemon too, especially this time of year. These are going on my baking to-do list!

    • They are ridiculously easy Shannon! I hope you give them a try!

  6. Tanya,
    Not only are these little pies making me swoon, but those photos are amazeballs! I love that little peek of the lemon curd in that top photo and then the bite out of one of the pies in a following photo. Too much fun! :)

    • Yeah, lemon rocks. Yes, I give you permission to eat the whole tray!

  7. This really sounds fantastic! Saw this at wake up wednesdays and had to come over for a better look.

  8. YUM! These look amazing! I’m sharing on FB later today :)

  9. These look amazing! So so good! Love how its a little pie and stuffed inside with lemon sweetness! Checking this out from pin it Thursday! Yum :-)

  10. Those Hostess Lemon pies were my favorites as well! I’m sure these taste even better Tanya, and I can’t wait to try them. Pinned and Stumbled. :)

    • I’m a sucker for nostalgia! Thanks Lisa!

  11. Oh my lanta, I need one of these gorgeous pies in my hands STAT. Beautiful photos! Love the way you drizzled that lovely icing! pinned.

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  13. The only thing better than pie is pie that you eat with your hands! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  14. Natalie

    I made these today with my sister. Instead of store bought, I made the pie crust from scratch. They are amazingly yummy. Flaky and gooey and tart and sweet! They were easy to make and didn’t take a lot of time. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you for sharing!

    • Oh Natalie, this makes me incredibly happy! They really are easy aren’t they? Thank you so much for trying them!

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  17. I absolutely love these Tanya! I’ll take little pocket pies over a slice any day.

  18. This looks delicious!! I love pretty much everything lemon so I’ll have to try this.

    I couldn’t help but include it in our round up of 14 pies to make to celebrate Pi Day. I’ve included a link to this post for the recipe. You can see it here:


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