Nothing taste quite like childhood like a jam filled little hand pie. We used to call them “Patsie Pies” when we were kids. They are just a simple, buttery pie crust filled with jam. We also added some sweet cream cheese to our pies for an extra lovely treat!
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Watch me and my kids making our own little hand pies…
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Ingredient you will need:
For the crust:
1 ¼ C. all purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
½ cup (1 stick) cold butter
4 tsp. cold water
For the filling:
Any kind of jam you like (we used blackberry)
Cream cheese sweetened with sugar or honey (optional)
For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 teaspoons of milk
Quick tips for baking with kids:
Baking with my kids is really fun, but there are always few things I consider to avoid the festivities turning into mayhem. First, I make sure we have all the ingredients before sounding the “we’re baking” alarm!
My bigger kids can get things down from a cupboard, but when I am baking with my toddlers I take time to gather up and set out all the ingredients and supplies, like bowls, mixing spoons, and the pan. Then I don’t have to walk away from the “helpers” and leave room for a potential disaster (or, let’s be honest, a fight over who gets to stir the batter!)
If I’m working with the smaller kids, I will often pre-measure some of more messy ingredients like the flour and sugar, but still let them measure the smaller things like salt and vanilla. That way they don’t get frustrated and it keeps the pace moving.
My older kids can read the directions and know how to measure, so they need much less help. But of course I put them to work “teaching” the littler kids how to mix and measure as well! They LOVE taking on the role of teacher!
I chat through each step of the process and give a really quick explanation of why that ingredient is important! This isn’t a science lesson for us, because the purpose of it is to have fun. But it is AMAZING how much information they will retain when they are getting their hands and brains engaged with the info!
Last, I don’t worry about messes. I do ask them to help me put the dishes away and wipe up afterwards, but I know it’s messy and that’s just ok. It’s worth it.
And of course, if they wish to, I let them serve me the goodies they have made. They love this part, and they are so proud of their creations and being able to serve them to mom and dad. I let them make crooked cuts and be proud of their work!
To make your dough, combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the stick of butter and use a pastry cutter to break it into pea size chunks. Alternatively, you can dice the butter before adding it to the flour. Just make sure that butter is very cold!
When the butter and flour are combined into a crumbly mixture, add the 4 tablespoons of cold water. Work the dough until it is mostly stuck into a ball. You can chill your pie crust before working for the best texture, or you can just roll it out right away!
Next, roll out your dough and cut it into circles about the size of a cereal bowl. Put a spoonful of jam and spoonful of sweetened cream cheese in the center of each circle, then fold it in half with the filling in the middle.
Use a for to press around the edges and seal the filling in. Bake at 400℉ for about 15 minutes.
After you pies have cooled, mix the powdered sugar and milk together to make a glaze, and drizzle it on top of your hand pie.
Then eat it like you mean it! Enjoy!