How to Make Heart-Shaped Pies for Valentine’s Day

In this post, I’ll show you how easy it is to make heart-shaped pies for Valentine’s Day. I share two methods: 1) using a Nordic Ware Heart Pocket Pie Press, and 2) using heart shaped cookie cutters.

Cherry Heart Pies

You all know I’m a sucker for fun kitchen gadgets. While shopping the other day, I spotted this super cute Nordic Ware Heart Pocket Pie Press. I’m going to show you how easy it is to make heart-shaped pies using this pie press (the method I prefer), BUT, if you don’t have one (or want to buy one), I’m also going to show you how to make pocket pies with a cookie cutter.

For my tutorials, I’ve decided to make cherry heart pies, but you can use any pie filling. I kept it easy by using premade pie crust and canned pie filling, but feel free to use homemade, if you wish.

Nordic Ware Heart Pocket Pie Press

First, let’s start with the Nordic Ware Heart Pocket Pie Press.

To use the pie press, you simply roll out pie dough and with the pie press opened, you press the bottom of the pie press into the dough, which will cut out two heart shapes of the pie dough. Carefully lift the pie press and then lift up your heart-shaped pie dough pieces.

Cherry Heart Pies

With the pie press open and on a flat surface, place a heart shaped pie dough piece evenly on top of one side of the press. Place about 2 tablespoons of pie filling on this side. You’ll see in the photo below that I placed the 2nd heart-shaped pie dough on the other side, but that’s actually unnecessary.

Cherry Heart Pies

Brush the edges of the pie crust (that is on the pie press with filling on it) with beaten egg. Take your unused heart-shaped pie dough and place it evenly on top of the piece that is on your pie press.

Close the pie press, which will seal the edges of the pie and give it a nice crimped edge. Carefully remove your pocket pie from the pie press. I pierced the middle of the heart with a few vent holes with a sharp knife, brushed with more egg, and sprinkled with sugar (not shown in the photo below).

Cherry Heart Pies

Don’t have a Nordic Ware Heart Pocket Pie Press? While I think using one makes a better pocket pie, you can also make heart-shaped pocket pies with a cookie cutter.

Here’s how:

Roll out your dough and cut two heart shapes with a large heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place a small amount of pie filling place in the middle of one of the heart-shaped doughs. The amount you use will depend on the size of your cookie cutter, but make sure there is plenty of bare edge space.

Brush the edges of the dough with the filling with beaten egg.

Cherry Heart Pies, made with cookie cutter

The unused heart shape (without pie filling) is placed on top of the pie filling side. With the tines of a fork, press down and seal the edges. Using the tip of a sharp knife, a small vent hole.

Cherry Heart Pie made with Cookie Cutter

Whether you use the Nordic Ware Heart Pocket Pie Press or cookie cutters, you’ll bake them in the oven until they are a nice golden brown. The finished photos below are of the ones made with the pie press.

Cherry Heart Pies

Cherry Heart Pies
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 oz) package refrigerated pie crust dough OR 1 recipe of pastry dough for double crust pie
  • ½ can (20 ounce) cherry pie filling
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Granulated sugar, for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roll half dough into 9-inch circle. Using back of Pie Press or using cookie cutters, cut out heart shapes out of pastry dough -- 2 hearts for each pie.
Pie Press Method:
  1. Place a piece of dough on the crimped side of the Pie Press, pressing down slightly in center. Spoon 2 tablespoons of cherry pie filling in the middle of the pie crust. Brush edges with beaten egg. Top with another cut out pie dough heart. Close Pie Press and squeeze tightly to crimp and seal edges. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Place on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with egg and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and serve.
Cookie Cutter Method:
  1. Spoon a small amount of cherry pie filling in the middle of one of the pie dough hearts. Brush edges with beaten egg. Top with the other pie dough heart. Using the tines of a fork, press down and seal all edges. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Place on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with egg and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and serve.

Cherry Heart Pies #valentinesday

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Comments

    • says

      aww…thank you so much, Sunithi! And the crust was very flaky — I was really happy with how it turned out. This time I froze my butter (rather than refrigerating) for about 10 minutes and I think that made a lovely difference.

    • says

      Thank you, Paula! I still haven’t made cherry pie filling either, but I sure do love fresh cherries. I went with canned filling, which did make them nice & easy.

  1. says

    Thank you, Brandie! Now I’ve got to buy a pie press =) Seriously, your photos and step-by-step instructions really do make me want to replicate your cheery cheery heart tarts…fit for a King or Queen of Hearts =)

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