Chef’s note: This recipe is cute, easy, and delicious, with flavorful cherries and rich cream cheese. These adorable little pies taste far better than any fast food version, and make a great gift to your friends.
The crust can be made beforehand, or simply store bought, though nothing compares to homemade pie crust. (Check out this link for an excellent pie dough recipe!) You may have extra crust or extra filling, depending on how much crust you use. This recipe, when made using enough crust for one regular closed pie, will produce three or four miniature pies, with extra filling.
This recipe was adapted from this recipe, so be sure to check out their version as well.
pie crust, enough for one to two closed pies, either homemade or store bought
1 14.5 ounce can of pitted sour cherries, packed in water, drained
¼ cup of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
1 ½ tablespoon of water
8 ounces cream cheese
⅓ cup of powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon of almond extract
2 tablespoons of raw (turbinado) sugar
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon of water (egg wash)
Preheat oven to 450F. Line baking sheet with baking parchment. Grease parchment with butter.
In a medium saucepan, bring water, cornstarch, ¼ cup sugar, and cherries to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring often. Set aside and cool.
Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and almond extract together until smooth.
If using your own dough, roll it out to ¼ inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter about 5 inches in diameter, cut out round disks for the pies.
Layer each disk with a thin smear of cream cheese.
Arrange the disks on the prepared baking sheet. Atop the cream cheese layer, add about 2 tablespoons of the cherry mixture.
Brush the edges of the disks with egg wash, fold in half, and crimp the edges with a fork. If any extra cherry filling squeezes out, don’t worry about it.
Cut a small slit in the semicircles using a sharp knife. Brush the tops with egg wash, and sprinkle the raw sugar over top.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden. Serve immediately, or at room temperature.
All photos by Lauren Quinn