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Cardamom Scented Sour Cherry Hand Pies

Sour cherries made into a filling flavored with cardamoms are tucked in a flaky pie crust to make these perfect individual heart shape sour cherry hand pies.

Though chocolate and Valentine’s Day have almost become synonymous in present times, who know where this relationship started. Chocolate has aphrodisiac properties which might explain the connection. During the Valentine’s days gone by, I have made many chocolate desserts (find them here and here). But I have to admit, Dr. A is not a big chocolate fan so I am always on a lookout to try something that steers clear of chocolate but still maintains that romantic and cheesy vibe. These sour cherry hand pies are such an attempt.

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Few months ago, a farmer friend at local farmer’s market gave me some sour cherries from her grandma’s garden. She had harvested the cherries, took the pits out and froze them for me so I could use them whenever and wherever I wanted. How thoughtful! Those sour cherries looked at me with inquiring eyes every time I opened my freezer. I have had my fair share of sweet cherries – bing, rainier – pure candy. But I was not very aware of sour cherries until I moved to Kansas.

So while thinking of making some non-chocolate sweet treat for this Valentine’s day, I was reminded of a sour cherry pie that I had at one of Dr. A’s colleague’s wedding reception. Trusting the memory of my taste buds, I set on this journey to make Sour Cherry Hand Pies. I decided on making hand pies because they are individual serving size (uhmm portion control), and who is with me on crust to filling ratio. Amen! I am more of a lot of crust with a little bit of filling girl.

Recipe Run-down

To add a delicate spicy flavor to the sour cherry filling, I added some cardamom and was pleasantly surprised. It adds a subtle and warm, almost mildly eucalyptine flavor and is commonly used in most Indian desserts. Green cardamom is a stimulant and is said to have considered an aphrodisiac by Arabs. There – you see the connection..ha ha! Bottom line – it adds a great flavor so I would suggest going for it in this pie. I used store bought pie crust for these sour cherry hand pies though this homemade pie crust recipe is my favorite. I used heart shape cookie cutter to give this sour cherry hand pies recipe a more Valentine’s dayish feel. You can make them in regular half moon shape or whatever shape makes your skirt fly up. Hah!

Here is a handy dandy printable

5 from 9 votes

Cardamom Scented Sour Cherry Hand Pies

Sour cherries made into a filling flavored with cardamoms are tucked in a flaky pie crust to make these perfect individual heart shape hand pies.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Vaishali


  • 2 sheets prepared pie dough
  • 1 cup sour cherries pitted
  • 1/2 cup sugar see notes
  • 2 green cardamoms cracked open and seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • Few tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream optional
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sugar optional


  1. Take the pie dough out of the refrigerator

  2. Set a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium high heat. Add pitted cherries, butter, sugar, lime juice, crushed cardamom, vanilla extract to the pan and bring to boil.

  3. Cook for around 8 minutes or until the cherries have softened. Use a fork to mash some of the cherries.

  4. Take about two tablespoon of cherry syrup out of the pan into a small bowl. Add corn starch into this syrup and make a slurry.

  5. Add the prepared slurry back to the saucepan and cook the cherry filling for two more minutes.

  6. Turn the heat off and let the filling cool in the refrigerator. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F

  7. While the filling is cooling, sprinkle some flour on your kitchen counter and unroll the pie dough. Cut out heart shapes from pie crust. If you use a medium sized heart shape cookie cutter, you should have 32 heart shaped pie crust pieces.

  8. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Lay 16 heart shaped pieces on the lined cookie sheets.

  9. Take the filling out of the refrigerator and add about a teaspoon of filling in the middle of each pie crust piece.

  10. Take the remaining 16 heart shaped pie crust pieces and while working with one piece at a time, wet the edges with water and cover the piece with cherry filling in it.

  11. Seal the edges and use a fork to crimp them. Use a sharp knife to make 2-3 cuts in the hand pie (see pictures). Repeat for alll 16 hand pies.

  12. Mix some water with heacy cream (if using) and using a pastry brush, brush each hand pie with this cream and water “glaze”. Sprinkle some coarse sugar on each hand pie.

  13. Stick  the cookie sheets in your pre heated oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

  14. Remove the cookie sheets from teh oven and let the sour cherry hand pies cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.

  15. Enjoy and Happy valentine’s day to all

Recipe Notes

1/2 cup sugar is just enough to offset the tartness of sour cherries. If you want to make the filling sweeter, feel free to add more sugar.

I hope these heart shaped hand pies make your Valentine’s Day a little more sweet.

Love – Vaishali.

Tools Used

Sauce pan: Cookie Sheets: Mortar and Pestle: Parchment Paper: Measuring Cups: Measuring Spoons: Cookie Cutter: Cooling Rack: Pastry Brush:


  1. Ashli

    February 12, 2019 at 9:29 am

    These are SOOOO cute!!! If I could put like, chocolate in there I would definitely make some! haha

    1. Vaishali

      February 12, 2019 at 9:37 am

      Thanks Ashli. You sure can! Just sneak in some mini chocolate chips with the filling..:P

  2. Image Earth Travel

    February 12, 2019 at 10:49 am

    These look absolutely delicious, especially with 2 of my favourite ingredients!

  3. Folabest

    February 12, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    5 stars
    This recipes looks so yummy and delicious. The shapes are so attractive.

  4. Cyndi Buchanan

    February 12, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    These look amazing! I love cardamom and I love cherries. I’ll have to give this a try.

  5. Maria M

    February 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Looks scrumptious, such a “labor of LOVE” with pun intended 😉 perfect for valentines

  6. Tara

    February 12, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    These sound great! Can’t wait to try to make them.

  7. Yonnah M

    February 13, 2019 at 3:36 am

    These are so cute and I love cherry pie. I’ll have to make these for my next get together.

  8. Matija Antonić

    February 13, 2019 at 9:32 am

    These look amazing, and easy to make, with lots of room to add stuff 😀 xD I would probably try it with blackberries and strawberries also 😀 sadly I won’t be able to make them this valentines day 🙁

  9. Lisa

    February 13, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    These are adorable and look tasty too! I’ve never tried cardomom before, it sounds nice!

  10. Adharsh

    February 14, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all couples out there. Nice creative delicious recipe. Will share it with my friends. Thanks for the article.

  11. Keshi ma Richmond

    February 14, 2019 at 5:54 am

    I love cherry pies and would love to try these heart shaped ones with cardamom.

  12. Jolie Starrett

    February 14, 2019 at 6:52 am

    5 stars
    These are so pretty to look at and look yummy!

  13. Jasmeet Singh

    February 14, 2019 at 7:03 am

    These look so delicious. I love the aroma of Cardamom.

  14. Samar

    February 14, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    5 stars
    I am not sure about the taste, but it really looks promising.

  15. Tracy @ Cleland Clan

    February 14, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    These look divine! Can’t wait to try them!

  16. Paula Stewart

    February 14, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    5 stars
    These would be perfect tucked into a lunch box for a special treat.

  17. Elizabeth O

    February 15, 2019 at 2:51 am

    This looks really delicious. Thanks for sharing such recipes. I am not good at cooking but it is mouth watering dish.

  18. Elizabeth O

    February 15, 2019 at 2:55 am

    This looks really delicious. Thanks for sharing such recipes. I am not good at cooking but it is a mouthwatering dish.

  19. Dan @ Style High Guy

    February 15, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Oh My Life!! These look incredible i am definitely saving this recipe, thanks so much for sharing!!

  20. aisasami

    February 15, 2019 at 7:01 am

    5 stars
    Ooooh, these look yummy and super delicious. I have to try this because I’m craving cherry pies!

  21. siennylovesdrawing

    February 15, 2019 at 9:56 am

    This is a lovely recipe sharing, very useful & informative. Learnt some baking tips from your sharing here, thanks 😀 Cheers,

  22. Abu Zaid

    February 15, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Is look like tasty and so delicious.

  23. maria

    February 15, 2019 at 11:56 am

    These are mouth watering! looks so good. I have pinned this and will plan to try making it.

  24. Oscar

    February 15, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    This recipes looks so yummy and delicious. I should try this at home.

  25. Sheena Moncatar

    February 16, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Well, another post, another treat for me. Thank you kitchendocs for constantly spoiling us with great treats and dishes.

  26. Blair villanueva

    February 16, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    5 stars
    This looks like a bleeding heart.. But still cute! Everyday deserves this gorgeous delight.

  27. CARMEN | Wellington World Travels

    February 18, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    5 stars
    Looks delicious! Great alternative for people who are not into chocolates this Valentine’s Day! And the individual size serving makes it easy to pack them! Thanks for sharing

  28. Daydreams of a Mum

    February 21, 2019 at 7:19 am

    These are just super cute !! Would make such a lovely gift!
    Someone loved this post so much they added this post to our #blogcrush linky

  29. Arianne P

    February 25, 2019 at 8:59 am

    What a cute little treat! These would be adorable to serve if you’re hosting an event

  30. Elizabeth O

    February 26, 2019 at 4:42 am

    One more mouth-watering recipe and I am dying to taste it. Thanks for writing down all the recipe step by step. I’m sure it would be delicious.

  31. Mane

    February 26, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Wow! I love your recipe! Perfect for Valentine’s day and it’s super cute. I’d love to have this even if it’s not Valentine. Thank you for sharing!

  32. Jenn

    February 7, 2022 at 10:40 am

    5 stars
    These look so delicious, and so festive for Valentine’s Day with the bright red cherries and heart-shaped pastry!

    1. Vaishali

      February 9, 2022 at 10:20 am

      Thanks, Jenn. I agree…so festive!

  33. Lyssa

    February 7, 2022 at 10:49 am

    These look divine! I can’t wait to try them!

    1. Vaishali

      February 9, 2022 at 10:20 am

      Thank You, Lyssa! I hope you enjoy these..<3

  34. Kaybee Lives

    February 7, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    5 stars
    Love these! Sour cherries for pie are so precious in my family! We will pick and use every single one we can! Thanks for the great suggestion to include cardamom with it, that is a unique flavor that will pair perfectly! Love it!

    1. Vaishali

      February 9, 2022 at 10:21 am

      Thank you. A local friend gave me some sour cherries from her grandma’s garden. I was happily surprised by how well cardamom paired with it as well.

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