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Mini Cherry Pies

These mini cherry pies have all the deliciousness of regular cherry pies but look a lot cuter!

These pies are special mini pies. They definitely were a labor of love but they were oh so worth it. Why?

Because they’re for Megan’s {SURPRISE} Bridal Party!! SURPRISE GIRLFRIEND!! :) I hope you love everything everyone brought and I hope you love the invite I whipped up. I took the colors of your wedding and tried to incorporate it all in there :)

So yes, come one, come all and help us celebrate Megan’s imminent wedding day! She’s getting hitched on August 18th & me and the ladies thought it’d be super sweet to put together a virtual bridal shower for her since we couldn’t all get together for a real one — doesn’t it suck that we all aren’t neighbors?? We’re so happy for her and Benny-Boo-Boo (can you guess the movie??) is a VERY LUCKY guy!!

Mini Cherry Pies
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Recipe type: Dessert, Pies
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Serves: 6 mini pies
 
Ingredients:
  • For the dough:
  • 2½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup ice water
  • For the filling:
  • 1 pound cherries, pitted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Cornstarch slurry
  • For the tops of the pies:
  • 1 egg, beaten
Instructions:
  1. In a food processor, pulse together the flour and salt. Then with the food processor on, drop the cubes of butter through the feed tube, one by one. You'll want the dough to be pea-sized crumbs. Then pour in the ice water through the feed tube and the dough should be ready! If it's still too sticky or crumbly, add a bit more water, but by the tablespoon.
  2. Dump the dough out onto the counter and halve the dough, placing each halve in saran wrap. Place in fridge for 1 hour or overnight.
  3. While the dough is chilling, you can make the filling. In a small pot on the stove, drop in your cherries, sugar, and lemon juice. Cook on medium low heat for 12-15 minutes until the cherries are soft and can be mushed down. The filling will still be too liquidy so make a cornstarch slurry (a few tsp. of cornstarch with some water) and pour it in the pot. Stir until it thickens up nicely. Set aside for it to cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease 6 muffin cups in your muffin pan.
  5. Once dough is ready, roll out one half on the counter top and cut out circles with the largest biscuit cutter you have or use the top of a drinking glass - it just has to be larger than your muffin cups.
  6. Place the circles in the muffin cups and crimp down the sides.
  7. Place the cooled filling into the cups, almost until full.
  8. Take the other half of the dough and roll it out. Using a ravioli cutter, cut thin strips of dough to create a lattice pattern on top of the mini pies.
  9. Once you're done assembling, beat an egg and using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the pies with the egg wash.
  10. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until they're nice and golden brown on top.
  11. Let sit in muffin pan for 10 minutes before trying to remove from pan.
Notes:
Adapted from Adventuress Heart

 

48 COMMENTS

  1. 08/01/2012 at 6:41 am

    So you organised this shindig and then made adorable little pies for us all to eat?! You are the best!

  2. 08/01/2012 at 7:54 am

    Love love love this! You are the sweetest, Julie! Megan is so lucky to have you as a friend. And these pies are just darling!

  3. 08/01/2012 at 8:24 am

    These look delicious, I might make them for my Dad, he loves cherry pie!

  4. 08/01/2012 at 8:25 am

    These are gorgeous Julie! Love the lattice!!

  5. 08/01/2012 at 8:38 am

    These are gorgeous! How sweet of you girls to do this for your friend. That’s just awesome!

  6. 08/01/2012 at 8:57 am

    these are adorable + just perfect for a shower, virtual or real-life! =)

  7. 08/01/2012 at 9:10 am

    These are way too adorable, Julie!!! :)

    And congrats to Megan! Whoo!!

  8. 08/01/2012 at 9:17 am

    Not gonna lie, Julie…. when I saw that first photo of your pies, my jaw dropped. Absolutely gorgeous! I love cherry pie, and your petite beauties are just stunning. Thank you so very much for organizing this shindig with Cassie. You two really rocked this. I wish I could see Megan’s face while she’s going through all of these recipes. More than that, I wish we could have all been in one big room today! That would be one heck of a food table, and the idea of all of us in one room celebrating Megan’s big day brings tears to my eyes. Great job!

  9. 08/01/2012 at 10:19 am

    Julie these are totally adorable. I need to make these asap. Then eat them all by myself. Then fall on the couch in a cherry pie coma.

    Thanks for all the hard work you put into putting this together. It’s been an absolute pleasure being involved.

  10. 08/01/2012 at 10:26 am

    These are so freaking cute! Mini pies are just plain awesome.

  11. 08/01/2012 at 10:33 am

    Girlfriend – You are a rockstar and a half!! Thank you for all of this, like really really. My phone started buzzing about 4 am and I was wondering “Who the hell is blowin’ up my Twitter so early in the morning!?” BEST Surprise EVER!! Thank you thank you thank you! I love all of this. And now that I’m sufficiently starving for pie, cookies, Eton messes, booze and noms at 7:30am I’m going to try and make it through the workday without trying to lick my computer screen…not likely. XOXOXO I luva ya!
    PS – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I do call him Benny Boo Boo on occasion. Krull the Warrior King, never. haha

  12. These pies are too adorable! I’m going to a bridal shower in a couple of weeks and I most definitely will be bringing these. I may even try out a couple of different fruits :) Pinned!

  13. 08/01/2012 at 10:50 am

    Cherry pie holds a special place in my heart. Your mini pies are perfect!

  14. 08/01/2012 at 11:23 am

    These pies are so cute!! And huge congrats to Megan!

  15. 08/01/2012 at 11:28 am

    These are just the cutest little things I ever did see!

  16. 08/01/2012 at 11:30 am

    Those are the cutest little pies ever!!! What a fun surprise party for your friend!!!

  17. 08/01/2012 at 11:55 am

    These are so cute! I’ve seen them around the interwebs and have them on my (long!) list of things to bake. What a great surprise for the virtual bridal shower!

  18. 08/01/2012 at 12:07 pm

    Awww you girls are just too sweet! And these cherry pies are freaking adorable! I love that you put them on mini cake stands = super cute!

  19. 08/01/2012 at 12:09 pm

    These are beyond cute! I can’t even make a normal-sized pie look that delectable…way to go! I love the idea of a pie on the go because it’s so perfect for a party. That way you can hold your pie in one hand and your champagne in another. Brilliant!

  20. 08/01/2012 at 12:10 pm

    Wow, these must have taken quite awhile to make Julie! But they are so worth it! Adorable!

  21. 08/01/2012 at 12:47 pm

    Adorable! So perfect for shower. Congrats Megan!

  22. 08/01/2012 at 1:00 pm

    These are absolutely perfect! Can’t believe you did the lattice top on each one, that must have taken forever!

    • 08/01/2012 at 1:34 pm

      Haha, it did. I think it took me over 2 hours to make 6 of these, but it shouldn’t take others nearly as long if they don’t do a lattice top haha

  23. 08/01/2012 at 1:35 pm

    Love these, they are so cute! And how nice of you to organize this little party. What a fun event! :)

  24. 08/01/2012 at 1:42 pm

    These cherry pies are so freakin adorbs. I want them in my belly! LOVE. Thanks for rallying the troops for Megan’s day. It was a ton of fun!!!

    xo
    Heather

  25. 08/01/2012 at 2:11 pm

    These are so stinking adorable!! I’m so glad we pulled off the surprise. Now, to make these pies!!

  26. 08/01/2012 at 3:10 pm

    These are SO CUTE! You did a beautiful job!

  27. 08/01/2012 at 4:00 pm

    What a fantastic and sweet idea to do a virtual bridal shower! These look soo delish!

  28. 08/01/2012 at 7:59 pm

    these are adorable. the crust looks so buttery good, and the filling is so gooey. yum!

  29. 08/01/2012 at 9:13 pm

    OUR LOVE FERN!! ;) Do i know that movie!!! MY FAVORITE. These pies are dangerous, mini means I will have to eat 3 or 4 ;) Thanks for putting this all together! Congrats to Megan & Benny boo boo whoo

  30. 08/01/2012 at 9:22 pm

    These look so delicate! (and tasty!) I can’t believe how cute they are!

  31. Kat
    08/01/2012 at 10:10 pm

    YOU MADE MINIATURE LATTICES.

    Yes, cherry pie is an all-time favorite. Yes, like most women I have a yen for tiny things.

    BUT YOU MADE TINY CHERRY LATTICES.

    Mind = Blown. And I’m not even ashamed to admit it.

  32. 08/02/2012 at 10:13 am

    This was such a lovely idea! These pies are so cute. Congrats, Megan!

  33. 08/02/2012 at 10:39 am

    You girls are all SO sweet! CONGRATS Megan!

    Julie, these are the cutest darned things I’ve ever seen! Cherry pie is my favorite pie, no one makes it like my mom. But your mini version has me believing I can bake up something just as good AND even cuter ;)

  34. 08/02/2012 at 8:11 pm

    These are so darn cute! And the look so yumtastic!

  35. 08/02/2012 at 9:06 pm

    I’m really starting to regret looking through your recipes. I’ve already had dinner, but now I’m wanting more food. Especially one of these babies. Lovely, lovely.

  36. 08/02/2012 at 9:48 pm

    Why is everything so perfect when it’s mini?! These look fantastic :)

  37. 08/02/2012 at 10:05 pm

    What a fun virtual shower!! These mini pies are absolutely adorable and would be perfect for any party and I love that you can customize the filling based on what’s in season!:)

  38. 08/03/2012 at 12:01 pm

    This is the cutest idea ever! Megan is such a lucky friend to have a large virtual bridal shower. These looks amazing!

  39. Julie
    08/03/2012 at 1:52 pm

    Has anyone tried these in a mini-muffin pan to make bite-size cherry pies? Just wondering how they would turn out.

    • 08/03/2012 at 2:09 pm

      They would still work, I would imagine them being extremely hard to do though because these cupcake sized ones were already difficult to work with since they were small. If you have very skillful hands, though, I’m sure you can maneuver them into the mini muffin pans :)

  40. 08/04/2012 at 7:40 pm

    LOVE the idea of mini pies! These are so cute!

  41. Sarah
    08/13/2012 at 3:37 pm

    These look fabulous!Finally I’ve found a cherry pie recipe without tapioca in the filling. Thanks Julie, you’re awesome ^^

  42. Elisa
    04/14/2014 at 9:27 pm

    Is there a particular reason you only did 6 and not 12?

    • Julie
      04/16/2014 at 7:32 am

      I didn’t want to have a dozen at my house. It’s just me and my husband :)

      • Elisa
        04/16/2014 at 4:59 pm

        Haha! Thanks. We have 9 people in our family and I was hoping I would be able to just do 2 full pans instead of two batches of 2 pans with 6/pan. :-)

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