19 Sweet and Savory Hand Pie Filling Ideas to Get Inspired

Sweet and Savory Hand Pie Filling Ideas
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Without a doubt, pies are one of the most delicious, comforting dishes out there. What I love the most about them is that they can really be made with anything your heart desires. From savory to sweet and beyond, my favorite flavor combinations are endless. Today I’m going to talk about 19 specific ideas for hand pies that will help make your daily meals or special celebrations truly extraordinary.

Hand pies are ideal for any occasion, from an afternoon tea or a picnic to a cozy night in with friends. Whether you’re in the mood for something savory or sweet, these sweet and sour hand-pie filling ideas will tantalize your taste buds. Let’s see which one of these becomes your next favorite!

Sweet Hand Pie Filling Ideas

I’ll start by exploring several sweet filling ideas for your hand pies that are sure to satisfy any kind of dessert craving you may have. With the right ingredients, you can create a delicious combination that will impress everyone around the table. 

So go ahead and get creative – these sweet ideas are just the beginning!

Classic Apple Hand Pies

Classic Apple Hand Pies

Every home baker should have a classic apple pie in their repertoire! This timeless and delicious combination of juicy apples, a hint of cinnamon, and a buttery crust never fails to delight. 

The key to making your hand pies as tasty as possible is to use fresh apples and not skimp on the butter. Before adding the filling, brush the edges of the dough with an egg wash for an extra golden, glossy finish when it comes out of the oven. 

My favorite way to serve these little beauties is warm with a dollop of cold cream for contrast in temperatures that will make your tastebuds sing!


Hostess Fruit Pie [Copycat Recipe]

Spiced Pear Hand Pies with Walnuts

Spiced pear and walnut hand pies are a delightful treat that combines sweet and savory flavors. The combination of soft, juicy pears with crunchy walnuts has a wonderful texture and taste. 

To prepare the filling, you’ll need peeled and chopped pears, some ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, granulated sugar, and brown sugar mixed in one bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together chopped walnuts, flour, and melted butter.

Combine everything and let it cool for about an hour before using it to fill your prepared hand pies. 


Chocolate Almond Hand Pies [Recipe]

Raspberry-Lemon Cream Cheese Hand Pies

Here’s my favorite of all – the combination of sweet, tart, and creamy flavors in one pie filling. To make these pies, you will need the following ingredients: raspberry jam, lemon zest, cream cheese, sugar, and butter. Start by spreading a thick layer of raspberry jam inside each hand pie crust, then top with a layer of cream cheese mixed with lemon zest and sugar. 

Finally, add a thin pat of butter and fold the crust over to seal in the filling. All left to do is bake these delicious hand pies and enjoy!

Peaches & Cream Hand Pies With Graham Cracker Crumble Topping

You only need fresh peaches, sugar, cream, and graham cracker crumbs.

First, dice some fresh peaches into small cubes and place them in a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and set aside 10 minutes until the peaches are juicy and tender. Then drain off any excess juice from the fruit.

Combine softened cream cheese, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl until it forms a creamy mixture. 

Now it’s time to assemble the pies! Place one tablespoon of the peach filling onto half of a pastry round and top it with two tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture. Cover with another pastry round and crimp edges to seal. Brush on egg wash and sprinkle generously with graham cracker crumbs before baking.

Apricot-Ginger Hand Pies

Apricot Ginger Hand Pies

This flavor is incredibly delectable and packed full of sweet and tangy flavors. By combining fresh apricots with a nice kick of ginger, these pies can truly be classified as an indulgent treat.

I begin by precooking diced apricots with a small amount of water and some sugar in a saucepan until the apricots are soft. I then add freshly grated ginger, lemon juice & zest, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove to the mix and let it simmer for a few minutes more before removing it from the heat. 

The combination of apricot ginger also offers a unique twist on an old classic, making these hand pies great for special occasions or everyday treats!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Hand Pies

If you’re looking for a special treat to wow your friends and family, salted caramel chocolate chip hand pies might just do the job. The combination of the sweet and salty flavors is unforgettable!

It’s simple: just fill each pie with a spoonful of melted caramel sauce and a handful of mini chocolate chips. Finally, sprinkle on some coarse sea salt before serving. If you want a bit of decadence, top each hand pie with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

Peach-Blueberry Hand Pies

I’m a big fan of peach-blueberry hand pies because they make a great summer pie. To make them, you just need to start with a simple dough and then fill it with the fresh flavors of summer: ripe peach slices and blueberries.

Adding a little flour to the fruit helps thicken up the filling and keeps it from making your pie soggy. You can also mix in some sugar and cinnamon for sweetness or even add a splash of brandy or orange juice for complexity.

These pies make great desserts, but you can also enjoy them for breakfast or afternoon snacks.

Banana Cream Filling Hand Pie

This hand pie recipe needs just a few simple ingredients: all-purpose flour, white sugar, baking powder, and unsalted butter for the dough, as well as slat mashed banana, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and some salt for the banana filling.

You can serve these tasty pies warm or cold, but they’re best when served with freshly whipped cream.

Cherry-Vanilla Filling Hand Pies

Cherry Vanilla Filling Hand Pies

Not only can you make these ahead of time, but the combination of sweet and tart cherries with vanilla’s creamy and sweet flavor will surely tantalize anyone’s taste buds. 

The smoothness of the vanilla pairs so well with the tartness of the cherries, making this flavor a go-to for any special occasion. Plus, you can customize it by adding flaky sea salt or even cinnamon sugar on top.

Savory Hand Pie Filling Ideas

Now, if you prefer savory pie fillings, let’s continue with 10 savory options that could quickly become part of a main course. Get ready to get creative in the kitchen because these exciting recipes will leave you wanting more!

Spinach-Mushroom-Cheddar Hand Pies

To make these, you just need to saute the mushrooms and spinach in a skillet over medium heat with some oil or butter. Once it’s cooked down and the water has cooked off, stir in some garlic powder, black pepper, oregano, and parsley. Then add salt to taste and set aside to cool.

To fill your pies, place about 1 tablespoon of the filling on half of a dough circle, followed by 2 tablespoons of grated cheese. Serve them hot out of the oven with a generous dollop of sour cream on top.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Hand Pies

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Hand Pies

Have you ever tried buffalo chicken pizza? It has a distinct flavor of Buffalo sauce and mozzarella cheese. Now you can have that same flavor experience in hand pie form! These pies are a delicious way to enjoy your favorite pizza flavor in a convenient, portable package. 

Simply mix the cooked chicken with buffalo sauce in a bowl, then add all the other ingredients like mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste.

Cheese and Onion Hand Pies

Cheese and onion is an all-time favorite flavor combo that’s been around for centuries. It makes for a delicious hand pie too! Instead of buying pre-made filling, why not try making your own cheese and onion pasty? 

All you need is a medium onion, some butter to cook it, and shredded cheddar cheese. Simple and delicious!

BBQ Chicken Pot Pie Bites

Barbecue chicken pot pie bites might just be the perfect hand pie. The combo of sweet and savory flavors, creamy ranch dressing, and crunchy corn chips create an explosion in your mouth. 

Here’s what you need to make these delicious hand pies: chicken breasts, cooked and shredded, your favorite, or maybe homemade barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, and crushed corn chips.

Bacon-Potato-Cheese Breakfast Hand Pies

Bacon Potato Cheese Breakfast Hand Pies

Perfect for savory breakfast pies or a late-night snack, this delicious filling is sure to satisfy your tastebuds. Bacon-potato-cheese hand pies are easy to make and even easier to eat! 

To make the filling, you’ll need some cooked bacon and potatoes into small cubes, as well as some grated cheddar cheese, a pinch of garlic, an egg, some melted butter, and 1/4 cup of half-and-half. You can also swap bacon for another type of cheese if you want a vegetarian version.

Curried Chickpea & Coconut Pocket Pies

When a savory handheld pie is what you’re looking for, then look no further than these Curried Chickpea & Coconut Pocket Pies. A delectable blend of roasted sweet potatoes, curried chickpeas, coconut milk, and shallots, these pies feature a flavorful filling enhanced by the aromatic blend of curry, coriander, and cardamom. 

The roasted sweet potatoes make the filling creamy and subtly sweet. Serve hot from the oven with a dollop of creamy Greek yogurt for an added flavor boost.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Bites

For something a bit different, try out these Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Bites! This classic dish gets an upgrade with the heartiness of sweet potatoes. Prepare your favorite shepherd’s pie filling with ground beef or turkey, onion, and carrots, and spoon it into your prepared hand pies. 

Then top with a combination of mashed sweet potato and cheese. Bake until golden for savory and delicious mini pies that taste even better than the original! The best thing about them is that you can serve them with all the sides you would normally alongside your shepherd’s pie!

Cheesy Spinach & Bacon Quiche Bites

Cheesy Spinach Bacon Quiche Bites

This filling combination is a beloved one, in my house at least. Start by sauteing some minced garlic in olive oil with some fresh spinach until the spinach has wilted and the garlic is fragrant. Then, add some crumbled bacon, diced onion, and shredded cheese. 

When it’s all cooked together, let it cool before adding it to prepared pie crusts cut into small circles. A sprinkle of sea salt over the finished product is the perfect finishing touch – the crunchy, salty-sweet contrast is delicious!

Caramelized Onion & Gorgonzola Pizza Bites

You can never go wrong with these Caramelized Onion & Gorgonzola Pizza Bites Pies. Combining creamy and tangy gorgonzola, sweet caramelized onions, and a flaky crust will make your taste buds sing!

These pies make excellent appetizers or snacks. Serve them warm with your favorite dipping sauce, and watch them disappear!

Baked Mac N’ Cheese Bites

Not only does it come with all the cheesy goodness we all love, but it’s both vegan and vegetarian-friendly if you make an appropriate substitution. To make this easy-to-prepare filling, you’ll need cooked macaroni, cashew cheese sauce, vegan butter, garlic powder, and, of course, salt and pepper to taste.

Try adding some diced onion or bell pepper as a topping before baking for a pop of flavor and color. Perfect for a get-together!

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