Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Hand Pies

Looking for a weeknight dessert? Or something to impress your better half? These hand pies (with shortcuts!) give you the indulgence and zest of a lemon-y cheesecake with the simplicity and mess-free nature of a hand pie. Give them a try – you won’t be disappointed ♥

Every year I struggle with a Valentine’s Day gift for my husband. We’ve never treated it as a “gift” holiday, but more of a thoughtful gesture day. My husband knows the way to my heart is chocolate, and I usually make something for him or get him his favorite beer – although now that he has beer on tap at work, that doesn’t feel very special anymore.

Since he loves pie, and I could do without it I decided to go the route of handheld pies for Valentine’s Day – that way he could enjoy it and I wouldn’t have half a pie left over to go to waste. These would freeze great too for a treat now and then. To be honest, they always look a little more “rustic” than I expect but I’ve learned to appreciate it because, really, look at them – you can see right into the luscious swirls of cheesecake and blueberry.

To simplify this recipe, I used store bought Pillsbury pie crust and canned pie filling. Sorry, not sorry, but I don’t feel like standing over a hot stove to make homemade pie filling when I’m 37 weeks pregnant. Maybe next time. Enjoy! Let me know what you think in the comments below ↓ or if you make them tag me on instagram @midwest.mash

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Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Hand Pies
A beautiful, rich dessert that goes beyond a typical hand pie by adding the lusciousness of lemon cheesecake
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
pies
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
pies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl cream together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest. It will be a little bit tough to work with at first but it is best if the cream cheese is cold to start.
  3. Lay out the pie crust (you will only need one of the two in the package) on a light dusting of flour. Roll out about 1" to make the dough easier to work with.
  4. Use a circle cookie cutter of ~6" diameter to cut the dough into circles.
  5. Put 1 tsp of the cream cheese mixture and 1 tsp of pie filling on each circle. Fold the circle in half over the filling and press the edges tightly closed. Then roll up the edges for an extra seal.
  6. Place pies on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet. Cut a small slit in the top of each pie.
  7. Scramble the egg in a bowl and then egg wash the top of each pie. Sprinkle each pie with a bit of sugar, and then bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Do not be alarmed if the tops start to crack.
Recipe Notes

Since you are only using one of the two pie crusts in the package, you could double the recipe for the cream cheese mixture to make 16 instead of 8 hand pies. Otherwise, save the crust and make a yummy pot pie!

These would also be good with cherry or strawberry pie filling if you don't love blueberry ♥

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Cream Cheese & Pepper Jelly Bites (Three Ingredients!)

 

Happy December! Welcome to the land of endless weekend crowds at any shopping venue, 24 hour Christmas music, and “25 Days of Christmas” TV countdowns that cycle through the same 4 movies. Don’t you just love to hate the commercialized Christmas season? This really is my favorite time of the year though. Nothing beats snuggling up with loved ones and watching those repeated movies or singing along to the same old tunes in the car. I’m a little bit ashamed to admit this, but I even put up two Christmas trees this year. I have a child now, so ANYTHING GOES with Christmas, right?

Christmas is also the time for holiday parties, office gatherings, and being with those you love. It’s fun to host get-togethers but it can be stressful. (It can even get stressful to be a guest at all of these events – I’ll get to that in a second). I’m sharing a recipe today that will save the hostess/host some cleanup headache, and save the guests some serious social awkwardness. Let me just say that I am 100% – okay, maybe 90% – introvert. Therefore, at social events, I’m the one who is asking myself things like – do I take a plate for appetizers and a dinner plate? How do you carry all of that and successfully eat it while more than likely standing up to chat? If I am nibbling on appetizers throughout the evening do I carry around the same plate or do I toss it and get a new one every time? See – serious social anxiety questions here. With that being said, one of my favorite Christmas-y appetizers is cream cheese topped with pepper jelly (so festive with red or green jelly or both!) and normally served with crackers. Here is a completely condensed version you can just pop in your mouth and go on about your socializing! No plates, no worrying about jelly falling off the cracker and getting on your dress, and no need to even ask those crazy questions about party etiquette.

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Cream Cheese & Pepper Jelly Bites (Three Ingredients!)
Quick and easy appetizer that guests will love! Turn a traditional party favorite into a grab and go bite.
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Remove cream cheese from refrigerator 30 minutes before using so it softens slightly.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or 375 degrees for dark or nonstick cookie sheets).
  3. Lay out crescent sheet and cut into 18 symmetrical squares. (I used a pizza cutter for this and it worked great)
  4. Cut cream cheese into 18 small rectangles (should only cover about 1/5 of the dough square)
  5. Top each dough square with 1/4 tsp of pepper jelly followed by one piece of cream cheese.
  6. Fold the squares as follows: 1) Make a triangle by bringing one corner to the opposite. 2) Then pinch tight and fold up the two side points toward the middle of the triangle. 3) Pinch and fold up the top point. 4) Press down on all edges to make sure it is sealed.
  7. They should look like little envelopes when done. Spray cookie sheet, place bites on, and bake for 10-13 minutes or until turning slightly golden on the edges. Note: They might ooze a little bit if not sealed fully. That's okay, once they are removed from the pan and on a serving platter, you won't notice!
Recipe Notes

You can use any type of pepper jelly. In the store, you can usually find them right next to the normal jellies and jams. There are some great recipes out there for homemade pepper jelly too!

You can fold these different ways, but this is the way I found the easiest, quickest, and prevented the most leaking. I'd be happy to make a video of how to fold them if needed. Just leave me feedback in the comments!

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