Sweetie Pie Pops {Plus Hand Pies, Pie Jars, and Printables!}

They keep saying that in 2011 “Pie is the new cupcake.”  We’ll have to see about that, but for now I’ll add to the hype.  Valentines day is just around the corner and if you need something that is 100% guaranteed to put a smile on someone’s face- I have it right here!  These little sweetie pies are genuinely adorable.  They’re also one of those things that look like tons of work and effort, but in reality they’re pretty quick and easy!  So go ahead and impress people with your skills.  Or just sit in a dark room and eat them all yourself in one sitting.  We won’t tell, I swear.  I have tons of variations shown below, as well as some options for fillings so if you really wanted to, you could make these super fast with store bought filling and dough.

Homemade pie dough really is a cinch to whip up though, so if you’re not used to making your own, give it a shot!   Start by rolling out your dough on a floured surface.  About an 1/8 of an inch works well.  Since you’ll be sandwiching two pieces of dough together you don’t want it too thick.

If you’re making pops, you want to keep your hearts small- if they’re too large, the sticks won’t be able to hold them up.  A 2-inch heart worked perfectly.

You can use any filling you like, store-bought or homemade.  Just keep in mind that these little pie pops are small so you don’t want huge pieces in there.  I’m using canned raspberry filling in the picture below.   Place 1-2 teaspoons on each cut-out, making sure to keep it at least 1/4-inch away from the edges. Otherwise it will all squeeze out and look messy when you put them together.

If you want to be crazy like me, throw a little chocolate in there too.  Nutella-banana pies would be yummy too.  I imagined that when making these with no bananas in my house.

A quick  homemade apple is fantastic too- you only need one apple!  Since these are tiny little pies that don’t bake for very long, grating the apple with a cheese grater works well.

Remember to only fill half of your shapes with filling.  Place a lollipop stick right in the middle, about 1/4 inch from the top.  If you place it at the bottom that little pie will fall right off. Also, try to have relatively clean hands when handling the sticks or you’ll find your finished sticks will have brown spots where the grease baked in!

Keep a little bowl of water next to you and use it to wet your finger and run it along that open edge.
Do the same for another non-filled cut out and place it right on top of the filled one.  Gently press down with your fingers to seal the dough together.  Make sure to press it around that stick.  take a fork and crimp all around the edges.  This is done partially because it helps seal the edges and partially because it’s totally cute.

You have some options for the tops.  For my raspberry pies I brushed the tops with melted butter and sprinkled with sanding sugar.  I decided to leave the apple pies plain so I could brush a glaze on after baking.

Prick a whole in each pie as well, so that steam can escape and then pop them in the oven.  They only bake for about 15-20 minutes and come out looking puffed and golden.

Now..the apple pie.  I wanted this one to have a glaze instead, so that can be whipped up while the pies are cooking.  Super simple: sugar, butter, milk.  These were definitely my favorite.

When the pies are still warm, just spoon it on.  It dries so it’s not wet to the touch so you can package these cuties.

It makes them shiny and sweet and utterly adorable.  How could I NOT make tags that say “Sweetie PIE” on them?!

And if I make tags, how can I not share them with all of you??  See the end of this post for a free download!

I happened to have little 3″ cellophane bags that were exactly the size for these.  Perfect for gifting!  They look super cute in a little tin bucket for party favors too.

Now, if you want to enjoy all of the cuteness of Sweetie Pies but without the Pop part, then fear not.  Make hand pies!  Hand pies are just little pies about the size of your palm.  A darling little snacky pie.  It’s obviously the same method, just without the stick.  I used a 3 1/2 inch cookie cutter and one crust recipe made 6 pies.

The look super cute with a tiny heart placed on top too.

Just stick them in a little cello bag with a ribbon too.  Pretty much everything in life is improved with a cello bag and ribbon.

A Sweetie Pie Pie-in-a-Jar is pretty freaking adorable too.  I just used a tiny 1″ heart cutter and layered hearts all over the top of the pie.

And since I was doing labels already, I whipped some up for those too!  You are going to have the happiest Valentines ever!


CLICK HERE for the “Be My Sweetie Pie” Valentine Labels
CLICK HERE for the “Sweetie Pie” Pie in a Jar Labels {4 different colors!}
Also- if these look fun, you’ll probably love our Valentine Cookie Pops too!
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Questions & Reviews

  1. Seriously could anything be better than Pie on a stick!!!! Oh my goodness you guys come up with the cutest, yummiest, amazing wonderful ideas, and I absolutely love it!!! I can't wait to try these! I am the biggest pie lover and when I saw your pies in a jar you did awhile back I honestly thought to myself "What could be cuter than that!" and I think these pies on a stick come really close! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas and yummy recipes with us!

  2. Jen I think butter crust would be fine. And thanks for the chocolate filling recipe- that sounds amazing!

  3. Could you use the butter pie dough (https://ourbestbites.com/2009/08/galette-panless-pie-any-flavor.html) for this, or would it be too heavy? I never have shortening in the house, but I am sorely tempted to buy some just to make this recipe.

    Also, for whoever said they don't like normal pie fillings, I bet Alton Brown's chocolate filling for his pocket pies would work well:

    10oz room temp butter (that's 2 1/2 sticks, or 20 tablespoons, if I did my math correctly)
    2 1/2 cups sugar
    1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoons cocoa powder
    pinch kosher salt

    Combine all ingredients together in a large zip-loc bag and smoosh together until blended. Snip a corner of the bag and "pipe" the filling onto one piece of dough, then cover with another piece of dough and crimp as directed per recipe.

    It says the filling is enough for 10-15 pocket pies, which are probably about the size of the large heart-shaped pies or maybe a little bit bigger. Also, best to crimp the edges really well and bake on a foil/parchment lined sheet with sides, since some people have complained of leakage during baking. I haven't made this filling before, but I might for Valentine's Day this year…what's a better treat than heart-shaped chocolate pies??

  4. Great idea! I am kicking off my 14 days of Valentine's with these babies! It may be overkill, but I tinted the glaze pink and added a few red sugar crystals on top. I'm so excited for my husband to wake up and find them on the counter in the morning! Hooray for Valentine's Day!

  5. I've been meaning to make this since I first saw it on Luxirare. I just forgot. I am loving the heart shape. Perfect for Valentine's!

  6. The Nutella and Bananas are so good. I made some last weekend but used Crescent rolls (because I use crescent rolls for everything) and made them in heart shapes too. Drizzled chocolate and confectioners sugar on top. Yummy.

  7. These are fantastic! So stinkin' cute! As much as I love cupcakes, pies have always been my dessert of choice, so I love these recipes 🙂

  8. These are adorable! I just happen to have a bunch of sucker sticks too. Awesome. For Michelangelo, I would suggest googling recipes for pasties. Traditionally, Cornishmen would take these meat filled pastries into the mines for an 'easy to eat' meal. Bet you could find a filling that would work out great for a savory Valentine treat.

  9. Ohmigosh these have to be the cutest down-homiest valentine pops I've ever seen. I mean, nuthin' says LOVE like PIE! Man, I was just staring at candy and cake stuff at the store, and wondering if I needed the lollipop sticks. I passed on them because I hadn't seen your post yet. Grrrrr. Now I'll have to go back.

  10. I can't make these right now cause I just know I would eat every last one of them….but when I have some company….I'm gonna try making them. Wonderful presentation. It would make a wonderful table centerpiece!

  11. Hey Sara, I'm assuming that the small ones could work without the stick? I thought I had some, but I can't find them. Just want to double check before I ruin it, lol.

  12. OMG – These are soooo adorable! Crafty AND yummy! I too, was looking for something fun and a little different to make for the family for V-Day! I will be giving these a go – thanks for sharing!

  13. so what filling ideas do you have for someone whose husband doesn't like pie filling? help?

  14. these look sooooo cute! and I can just imagine cherry pie filling with chocolate chips and a white glaze – almost chocolate covered cherry-ish!

  15. Um. Ok. Did you somehow hear the conversation my husband and I had last night?!?! I was JUST telling him how I wanted something new and fun to make for Valentine's Day that is heart-shaped because right now I'm really sick of making sugar cookies. I am SO ready for something new and this is perfect! Seriously, so cute. 🙂 I'll be trying these soon.

  16. It would be fun to add food color to the glaze for some pink pops! This might just have to be an activity for family fun night!

  17. What a fantastic idea!!! And I just bought heart cookie cutters!!! And I love the pie in a jar!!!! Love IT!! Thanks so much! My question is: the sticks don't burn??

  18. Oh my gosh Sara! I am making these today b/c I've been totally wanting pie lately. These look so good. I wish I had some raspberry filling because those look amazing. I'd go out and get some, but something about having 5 kids to take along makes me okay with just doing the apple pies. 🙂

  19. These are probably the cutest things I have EVER seen!You guys are so creative. We will definitely be making these!

  20. This is so sweet…thanks for sharing! It reminds me of the pies we ate as kids and I like that it's so totaly different as a Pop and not just cookies, etc.

  21. Oh my! I made this exact thing! I'm waiting to post my new Valentine's Stuff until Feb 1st hits (tomorrow, yay!). Of course, mine are not as beautiful…and adding chocolate chips. Well, that is just brilliant! I hadn't made pie pops before. I made a few mini pies this time with heart cutouts. Loved them all. I used premade dough and filling. So, I totally cheated but thought it was a good break in, as I've never made a real pie before anyway! As usual, your site totally inspires me, and shows me how to do things just a little more polished and a whole lot yummier! What a delight, finding these this morning! Love the printables too!!


  22. Woohoo for pies on a stick!! Love this idea! I have been trying to think of a Valentine treat to put together for my kids that wasn't candy or the usual cookies…this is perfect! So darn cute too!

    Thanks for the idea and the tags too!