Quick & Easy Meals · Sweets & Treats

Homemade Pear Hand Pies

Whether you know these delicious little treats as turnovers or hand pies, you’re gonna love them! Even more so when you hear how quickly these can be made. Easy homemade pear hand pies with a hint of ginger, oven-baked and sprinkled with powdered sugar. They are wonderful to enjoy heated and served with a scoop of ice cream for a dessert, but not too sweet to enjoy with morning coffee. The kids will love them, too!

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The secret to making these so quick and easy is using ready-made pie crust. I shared my freezer-friendly bulk homemade pie crust dough a few weeks ago. Although I used fresh pears in this recipe, frozen pears can be thawed and used, too. Apples can be substituted for the pears.

Homemade Pear Hand Pies

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Prep 10 minutes Cook 25 – 30 minutes Yield 7 or 8 (depending on thickness of dough & amount of filling)


  • 1 double pie crust (or my homemade pie crust dough)
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon butter, grated or finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cups peeled & diced pears, about 1/2″squares
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
Easy to Make Pear Turnover - haphazardhomemaker.com
 Leave a 1/2″ edge all around the edge of the dough circle for the egg mix. The pears will fill out the half circle when the dough is folded over.


Tip: I find it easiest to roll my dough out on a large floured sheet of parchment paper. After all 8 circles are cut out, cut the paper so each dough circle is on a paper piece. This makes it so much easier to fold and transfer the hand pies to the baking sheet.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon and ginger.
  3. Add grated (or diced) butter and lemon juice. Stir with a fork until the mixture looks like cornmeal.
  4. Carefully stir in diced pears until well coated, then set aside.
  5. Mix the egg with 1 tablespoon of water, then set aside.
  6. Roll out the pie crust dough on a floured surface. Cut circles of dough about 5″ in diameter using a bowl or plastic lid as a guide. Knead scraps and re-roll to end up with 8 circles.
  7. Place a couple of spoonfuls of pears in the center of each circle, be sure to leave a 1/2″ edge all around the outer edge of the dough circle.
  8. Brush the egg mix around the outer edge.
  9. Carefully lift the dough on one side to fold over the pear filling.
  10. Using a fork, press the edges together to seal.
  11. Carefully move the folded hand pies to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  12. Brush the hand pies with the remaining egg mixture. Sprinkle with a little granulated sugar, if desired.
  13. Make a couple of small cuts across the top for the steam to escape.
  14. Bake at 350°F/177°C for 25 – 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
Oven Baked Pear Turnover - haphazardhomemaker.com

After baking, use a small strainer to add a little powdered sugar, if desired.

Homemade Pear Turnovers - haphazardhomemaker.com

I know . . . not all of my hand pies turned out pretty. I made these immediately after spending over an hour peeling and cutting up pears. When I apologized to Hubby about them not being very pretty, he said “But they were still good!” And that, my Friends, is what matters most.

A few days after I made these turnovers, I took one dough package out of the freezer and let it thaw for 25 minutes. Then I rolled the dough out on a parchment paper lined (flour coated) baking sheet and cut out 3 circles. I put a couple of spoonfuls of canned blueberry pie filling in the center of each circle. Instead of stirring up the egg/water mix, I used a wet finger to run around the edges (just to see if it would work), then sealed and crimped the edges, followed by a quick spray of butter-flavored cooking spray and a sprinkle of granulated sugar. Not including thawing and baking time, they took only 5 minutes to put together.

I’m happy to report that even without the egg wash, they were a nice little treat! Not too filling and not too sweet.


12 thoughts on “Homemade Pear Hand Pies

  1. This was something I would make when the kids were small. I would use what ever fruit I had on hand. The hand pies look good and with your pie dough you make ahead in your freezer that is a nice quick dessert. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. What a wonderful idea! Why didn’t I think of that?? I am in the mood for apple pie actually and just might make individual ones like this. Do they freeze well?


    1. Thank you! I meant to include freezing directions in the post. They do freeze pretty well. Hand pies can be frozen baked or unbaked for 3 – 4 months. I wrap each one in plastic wrap, then put several in a gallon freezer bag in the freezer. I find it best to thaw unbaked pies in the fridge before baking. I usually freeze baked hand pies, setting them on the counter for an hour or so to thaw before reheating.


    1. Sorry I missed your comment earlier.
      Thank you, so much! It was delicious. I have more pears on the counter ready to use, so I will be making more and putting some n the freezer too. I used canned blueberry pie filling in the last two batches and loved those as well. 🙂

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