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These creepy Severed Hand Pies are made with ready made pie crust and an easy to make fruit filling.
I love Halloween. It’s one of those holidays where there is a ton of stuff for the kids to do but it can also be fun for adults. While I always make plenty of cute Halloween desserts sometimes I like to make things a little creepy.
I’ve made a few creepy Halloween desserts over the years. My favorite has to be the Brain Cupcakes which have Red Wine shooters in actual syringes. Then I made the Bloody Glass Shard layer cake with sugar glass and blood spatters. The Bloody Eyeball Brownies were an easy to make but creepy treat.
When I saw these Severed Hand Pies I knew I had to make them. I showed them to my son and he was super excited to try them as well.
There are only a few ingredients in the pies and since Melissa’s Produce had sent me some prickly pears I had everything I needed to make them.
- ready made pie crust
- prickly pears
To Make the Hand Pies: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Trace your hands on the pie crust and cut them out. Place two of the hands on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush egg over the edges and the fingers. Spoon half of the pie filling into the center of one hand. Top with second dough hand and press the edges together with a fork. Use a knife and cut details into the hand. Brush with egg. Bake for 16-18 minutes and remove from oven. Let cool 5 minutes then transfer to a plate.
The first thing I want to point out is that prickly pear seeds are edible so you can leave them in there when making the pie filling. If you don’t like them then you can blend the sugar and prickly pear together and strain out the seeds.
The filling with be pretty liquid at this point so you will want to boil it for 20-25 minutes or until it reduces by half. Let it cool then you can use the thickened syrup as your filling.
I don’t love the seeds but I chose to leave them in the filling because it looked cooled when I cut open the hand pies. Plus it wasn’t too hard to pick the seeds out when I was eating the pies.
Can I use regular pie filling?
You can certainly use your favorite red pie filling. Cherry or raspberry or strawberry pie fillings would all work well in this recipe.
Can I make a different flavor filling?
Chop up raspberries or strawberries and toss them in sugar. Add a touch of vanilla. Mix to combine and use in place of the prickly pear filling.
Do I have to brush with egg?
No! Use a bit of melted butter and brush the tops with that instead of the egg wash. It will get nice and brown.
I had my son put his hand down and traced two of his hands and then did two of my own. They both turned out fine so size doesn’t matter when it comes to making these pies.
If you are cutting out your own hands feel free to use a knife from the start if you are comfortable doing that. Since I was with my young son I used the toothpick method which worked well.
These hand pies were super easy to make. We had fun cutting them open and seeing the red “blood” ooze out of the hand pies.
The ridges I cut into the fingers were very noticeable and looked extra creepy. They turned brown and stayed a little white when the hands baked. It made them look even more like hands.
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- 2 packages pre-made pie crust
- 1 c. prickly pears, diced
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Trace your hand with a toothpick and cut out four hands from the pie crust . Place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Brush egg over the edges and the fingers of two dough hand.
- In a bowl toss the prickly pear, sugar, and vanilla.
- Spoon half of pie filling in center of each hand. (I had a lot of leftover filling).
- Top with the remaining two dough hands, pressing edges of hands together with a fork. Use a paring knife and add details to the hands to make it look as realistic as you possible. Brush with egg.
- Bake until golden brown, 16 to 18 minutes. Filling may ooze out and that's ok. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before serving. Chop in half and serve
Recipe adapted from Melissa's Produce