Gluten-Free Cherry Hand Pies

Recipe by Megan Horsley



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Serves 08

Tart cherries are the star of these delicious, flaky, and gluten-free hand pies. Packed with polyphenols, cherries can reduce inflammation and boost antioxidant activity for improved long-term health.


  1. 1

    PREHEAT: oven to 425F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

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    PROCESS: the flour, butter, baking powder, salt and 1 tbsp of coconut sugar in a food processor until a pea-sized crumble forms. Slowly add the ice water until a dough forms. Roll the dough into a ball and divide it into 16 equal pieces, rolling each into a flat disk. Place the disk on a baking sheet and refrigerate.

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    SIMMER: the cherries, lemon juice, and ¾ cup of coconut sugar in a saucepan. Make a slurry with the cornstarch and water and add it to the cherries, whisking constantly. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the cherries thicken. Set aside in the refrigerator to cool.

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    ROLL: out each pastry portion into a circular shape about ⅛ - ¼ inch thick. Use a 3-inch cookie cutter to clean up the edges if desired. Place 8 circles on the baking sheets and top with 2 Tbsp of the cherries. Cover each crust with a top crust circle, cutting in a heart or other design. Crimp the pastry edges with a fork, brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with a bit of coconut sugar.

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    BAKE: for 20 minutes.

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    COOL: for 10 minutes before eating.

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    Substitutions: Vegan? Use your favourite dairy-free milk to brush on the crust instead of egg.

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