Bursting with Peach these juicy Peach Cream Cheese hand Pies are exactly the thing that our taste buds crave right now. Made using homemade crispy, flaky, buttery pie dough, fresh peaches, creamy cream cheese, and a touch of nutty nutmeg and fragrant cinnamon. They look exceptionally cute and these easy hand pies are just so tasty. Most importantly, they are very easy to make!
And, if you don't want peaches, you can swap it with raspberries, cherries, apples, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and they will be just as good and just as juicy. These summer flavors will make your summer morning blissful. You can even enjoy it with your afternoon tea or coffee or even as an after-dinner dessert at night. A little ice cream on top will make it taste even better!
These peach hand pies are something that my kids love, especially when it's warm and fresh out of the oven, and topped with creamy ice cream.
I just love peaches. And, yes, I love berries and have been making a bunch of recipes with berries all summer long, but, finally, during this time of the year, the peaches are at their best.
I knew I want those peach hand pies the moment summer had set in. After all, what are summers without peaches! Though you can of course work with a store-bought pie dough, but, I always make it at home. That way, I perfect the recipe and also learn from my mistakes. Yes, it took me a lot of time to master the perfect pie dough and I kept trying with various fillings. Finally, I got it right. And I was so excited about it. I figured that If I keep the hand pies just 20-minutes in the freezer before baking them, they get that flaky buttery texture that I love.
So, let's jump into the recipe right away.
How To Make the Pie Dough at home?
Yes, its a result of lots of failed attempts, so this is just perfect. It's so so so delicious. And, all my efforts were worth it. The dough is really good. It makes perfectly butter and flaky hand pies.
I don't have a food processor, but still, I made this dough. I love to make it with my hands because, that way I can feel the consistency of my dough. I use a pastry cutter and a little of my hands to mix flour, sugar, cold butter cubes, and ice-cold water. When it comes to a mealy consistency, I know that it's done. Now just let it chill for about an hour and it will be ready to use. You can even freeze them and use them later on. It stays fine up to 3 months when carefully wrapped with a plastic wrap and tucked away in the freezer.
Let's Make the Filling
Making the filling is really easy and it tastes so good.
Take some fresh peaches and cut them into small slices. Make it sweet with some sugar. Add some ground nutmeg and some ground cinnamon for that extra bit of nuttiness and fragrance. Trust me, it makes the filling so much better. The fresh peach works like magic. It makes the hand pies burst with typical summery peach flavor in every single bite. Moreover, the nutmeg and cinnamon add that extra bit of nuttiness that makes the filling so tasty. I just love to add ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon. They simply take the taste of this peach pie filling to a whole new level.
Now once we have made the filling, all we are left to do is assemble. First, add a little creamy cream cheese to the center of each disc-shaped dough. Then spoon peach pie filling on that. Now add another disc-shaped dough smeared with cream cheese and seal that peachy pie filling inside.
When you are assembling, you will notice, some pie filling oozing out from the sides. Do not stress about that. It is totally fine.
Finally, brush some milk on each of these hand pies and sprinkle some coarse sugar on them.
Next, take these pies in the freezer and let them chill out for about 20-30 minutes before you pop them in the oven to bake. This step, exactly this step is a small little secret that makes the pie crust butter, crispy, flaky, and golden.
Easy recipe, right?
They make an excellent breakfast or an afternoon snack. Moreover, with a little ice cream on top, they taste even better. My kids, my husband, and I all of us, like to have them while they are warm and fresh out of the oven. They are so delicious, I can even have this after-dinner.
Every single bite is filled with peachy perfection. Bursting with the flavors of fresh peach, this should your perfect summer weekend baking project.
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Peach Cream Cheese Hand Pies
- 1 Cup All Purpose Flour more for dusting
- 4 teaspoon Granulated Sugar
- 1 Cup Cold Butter cut into cubes
- 2 tablespoon Ice Cold Water
- 2 Large Peaches chopped
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Nutmeg grated
- 2 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
- 6 tablespoon Cream Cheese
- 5 tablespoon Milk for brushing on top
- 2 tablespoon Coarse Sugar For sprinkling on top
- In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, cold butter cubes with a pastry cutter until it gets a bread-crumb like mealy consistency. You can do the same thing in a food processor as well. Take 1 tablespoon of ice-cold water and dry to bring everything together. Do not overwork the dough. Do not add too much water. Add just enough water to get everything together. Cover the dough and keep it in the freezer for 30-minutes or in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
- Chop Fresh Peaches into "C" Shaped halves and keep them in a medium-sized bowl. Add granulated sugar, grated nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. Mix everything well and keep aside.
- Once the dough has cooled down, use a cookie cutter or a glass to cut out circles. Take one teaspoon of cream cheese and smear it all over the circular dough. Spoon 1 tablespoon of peach pie filling over that. Seal it with another circular dough smeared with cream cheese. Use a fork to make patterns on the sides and prick some holes on the top.
- Brush milk on these hand pies and sprinkle coarse sugar onto them. Put them in the freezer for 20-minutes.
- Now, bake them at 350F or 180C for 30-minutes or until the sides are lightly golden brown. Enjoy them while they are warm with a little ice cream on top.