Nothing beats simple and sweet like Cherry Pie. As a kid, I wasn’t a fan of cherries or cherry pie. Over time my taste buds have flourished and I’ve learned to love cherry pie as much as I do any other! My husband is also a sucker for this dessert and over Valentines I created the most adorable individual heart-shaped cherry pies for him.
These were super easy to make! In fact, even if you didn’t have the time, energy, or desire to make homemade dough or cherry filling, you can still purchase premade pie crust and canned cherry pie filling and get the same effect. And it can just be our secret, no need to tell anyone else about those store-bought ingredients! Haha!
Going homemade is as easy as pie too. (See what I did there?) For my pie crusts, I use a very basic pie dough recipe. Flour, butter, and a tiny bit of salt, sugar, and water. Wa-la, pie dough! Just roll that dough out on a flowered surface and use cookie cutters to create the shape of the individual pies you want (I specifically used a heart cutter for Valentines).
I don’t want to fool you into thinking I hand-pick cherries and de-cored them to make my filling. Who has time for that!? Nope. I buy a bag of frozen cherries. This is just so much less complicated and still the closest thing to fresh cherries. I used this recipe from Texas Homesteader for my cherry pie filling. It makes 1 cup or you can duplicate to make more! I double the recipe for both to make about 6-8 mini pies.
- 1 cup Frozen or canned red tart cherries thawed for 24 hours in the refrigerator
- 1/2 cup Reserved drained cherry juice
- 1/3 cup Sugar
- 1 HEAPING Tablespoon Cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
WHISK together 1/2 cup cherry liquid, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 HEAPING Tablespoon cornstarch in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil until thickened and mixture begins to bubble.
Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Return to a boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Add reserved cherries all at once. Return to a boil, stirring constantly but gently.
Remove from heat, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla.