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Baked Hand Pies with Roasted Strawberry Jam

Baked Hand Pies with Roasted Strawberry Jam. Easy to make, handheld pies for summer picnics and celebrations… or just because! A delicious Valentine’s Day treat too!

A crispy golden hand pie, fresh from the oven.

Flaky, golden and filled with richly flavoured strawberry jam.


Happy official summer to you all! Olivia here again, with another baked hand pie recipe I’m excited to be sharing with you. 

You may have seen or tried my recipe for Heavenly Rhubarb Jam Hand Pies, originally posted back in June 2020. As it’s been three years (can you believe it?) I thought I would share another delicious handheld pie recipe that I’ve recently been loving. 

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Baked Hand Pies featuring Heavenly Rhubarb Jam.

Easiest jam EVER!

The star of the show here is our Roasted Strawberry Jam. I make this jam more than any other and use it for all kinds of things: on toast in the morning, in ice cream sundaes, or in desserts like this one. I love it for how easy and passive it is to make: just combine strawberries and sugar in the oven and bake! Can it get any simpler?

Roasted Strawberry Jam

Roasted Strawberry Jam

Naturally, I thought this jam would go beautifully in a hand pie recipe. This version shows another way of folding the pies in half, which makes them a little easier to assemble too. You can bang out these half-moon shapes pretty quickly once you get the hang of it. 

Cutting circles of pastry with a cookie cutter

A homemade flaky pastry makes them so good!

Made for giving and sharing.

I made these Hand Pies with Roasted Strawberry Jam earlier this month for a little bake sale fundraiser. Once a year my block shuts down for a street-wide sale, so I figured it would be a fun opportunity to sell some treats in support of local organizations addressing food insecurity in this community. 

A big batch of freshly baked strawberry hand pies.

Ready to bring to a picnic, bake sale, or beyond!

The first is Parkdale Community Food Bank, which I profiled a few years ago in this online magazine article. They are doing crucial work in this city at a time when food insecurity is at a high, and when more Canadians than ever before are in need of food banks.

I have recurring monthly donations set up with PCFB – and if you have the means, ongoing monthly support even in small amounts really does provide assurance and consistency to your local food bank, too.

Secondly, and especially during Pride Month, I’m highlighting Pieces 2 Pathways: a peer-to-peer substance use support program for queer and trans youth ages 16-29 in Toronto. Among other services like group counselling and support, P2P offers fantastic community dinners for LGBTQ+ kids in need in my neighbourhood. 

Hand pies on a cooling rack, with "Love" written on the centre pie.

The best way to spread love? With hand pies!

These pies were very well received during the bake sale, and I enjoyed one with friends who came to stop by, too. I hope you’ll give them a try, and can appreciate them with family, friends or neighbours this summer!

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A crispy golden hand pie, fresh from the oven.
Yield: 12

Baked Hand Pies with Roasted Strawberry Jam

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Baked Hand Pies with Roasted Strawberry Jam. Easy to make, handheld pies for summer picnics and celebrations… or just because! A delicious use of summer strawberries at their peak.


For the Roasted Strawberry Jam:

  • 2 pounds ripe strawberries, washed and quartered (frozen also works)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For the pie crust:

  • 1/2 cup very cold butter, cut in small cubes
  • 1/2 cup very cold vegetable shortening, cut in small cubes (see note)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup ice water (use only enough to make a dough form)
  • 1 tbsp plain white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 egg beaten + 1 tbsp water, to use as an egg wash
  • 2 tbsp turbinado or brown sugar, to sprinkle on top


To make the jam:

  1. Toss the strawberries, sugar and vanilla together in a glass baking dish.
  2. Roast in the oven at 350 degrees F stirring occasionally until the jam reduces and the juice almost completely boils off.
  3. Watch it closely toward the end of the cooking time because the sugars will be very concentrated and will more easily burn.
  4. Let jam cool completely before assembling the hand pies.

To make the pie crust:

  1. Using a food processor or a pastry cutter, cut cold butter and shortening into flour and salt until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Small pieces of butter should still be visible, about the size of peas.
  2. Pour vanilla and vinegar into ice cold water, then pour over the flour mixture and work in by tossing with a fork until dough begins to form. 
  3. Use your hands as little as possible and work the dough just until it comes together. It’s okay if it looks a little crumbly, as long as it holds together.
  4. Flatten the dough into a round about 2 inches thick, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for a minimum of 30 minutes.

To assemble the hand pies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Remove dough from the fridge and let it rest for a few minutes in order to roll it out.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a large circle about an ⅛ inch thick. Always roll from the center to the edges with even pressure, keeping the dough as level as you can. 
  4. Using a 5-inch round biscuit or cookie cutter, cut out as many circles as you can. Roll the scraps out and cut again.
  5. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of jam onto one side of each dough circle, making sure to leave the edges clean of jam. 
  6. Fold in half to create a semi-circle pie, and press the edges together with a fork to seal. Make a few slits in the top of each pie for ventilation. 
  7. On a parchment-lined aluminum baking sheet, brush the hand pies with the additional egg wash and sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar. 
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, depending on how brown you like your pie crust.


You can also use all butter instead of half and half shortening. Just use a full cup!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 353Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 56mgSodium 75mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 2gSugar 23gProtein 4g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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