All-butter hand pies filled with dulce de leche and fresh cranberry sauce . The perfect dessert for Thanksgiving! Because you get a whole pie. To yourself. Stuff of dreams here guys.
The other day Eric decided to take Charlotte on a Daddy-daughter date to Target. Because we’re a super classy family. (And because the entire store is like one giant hook for 3 year olds. “Christmas trees! Sparkles! ELSA!!!!”)
While he was in line checking out, Charlotte wandered over to a display advertising the new How to Train your Dragon movie, and he watched her reach a finger up to the cardboard…scratch…and sniff.
Sometimes I wish I could be a kid again. I would really love to go back to the time where I’m checking scratch n sniff capabilities on random objects. You never know, you might get lucky! That’s pretty hardcore optimism right there.
I wish you could scratch n sniff these hand pies. Or better yet, scratch n lick. When are they going to invent that already? Come on tech nerds, I’m looking at you. Get on it. Food blogging would be a whoooole different world. And so would computer screen hygiene.
Hand pies! I made these 3 times. (A new trend??) The first time the filling was too dry. The second time I tried it with refrigerated pie dough and canned whole cranberry sauce. It totally worked and was pretty good. But you just can’t beat this homemade crust. It is so flaky and buttery and perfect, like a puff pastry/pie crust mash up. I prefer the taste of fresh cranberries, but if you want the quick version of these pies, use the canned cranberry sauce! (Instructions in recipe notes.)
I know that dulce de leche and cranberry might seem like an odd combination, but for real you guys, it’s delicious. I’m not going to tell you how many hand pies I have consumed in the last few weeks. (Whatever number you’re imagining, add 5.)
The main problem with these hand pies is that they take foreverrrr to cool off. They are like adorable transportable POCKETS OF LAVA. I tried eating one after waiting several minutes (at least 5) and I thought my mouth was going to combust. Then some dulce de leche dripped onto my finger and burned that too, and my brilliant solution was to lick it off.
Maybe I should slap a warning on these babies: THESE PIES MAKE YOU STUPID.
Other Thanksgiving dessert ideas!
Brown-Butter Cranberry Tart <<– Looove this:
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