Learn how to make blueberry hand pies the easy way by using an air fryer. Even better, get a super simple foolproof pie crust recipe too! Want to find out just how easy blueberry hand pies can be? Read on for the details!
The Easy Air Fryer Blueberry Hand Pies Backstory
I received an air fryer last Christmas, and I could not have been more excited. The first experiment I tried was a recipe for easy blueberry hand pies in the air fryer. I happened to have a frozen disc of leftover pie crust dough in the freezer. I also had an abundance of frozen berries needing to be used. (See related article about using frozen berries if you are interested in learning more about that subject.) I tweaked the filling ingredients a bit, to make the filling more like true blueberry pie filling. The hand pies were a hit! I could have made them using store-bought pie crust dough, but I prefer homemade pie crust if I have it on hand.
You may have read my previous blog post about my air fryer successes and failures. If so, you know that some of my attempts at cooking food in the air fryer have not turned out well. That’s definitely not the case with these little delicious hand-held treasures! Read on to learn how I made them.
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My Grandma’s Favorite Pie Crust Recipe
I’m the third generation in my family to rely on this easy recipe for foolproof pie crust. I’m not sure where my grandma found this. I’ve seen variations of it over the years. Here’s the secret ingredient: Vinegar. I understand that vinegar helps tenderize the gluten in the flour, so the dough can be rolled and re-rolled without becoming tough. That’s perfect for someone like me, and perfect for these easy blueberry hand pies.
Ingredients for Pie Crust
3 cups of all-purpose flour, plus a little more for sprinkling on the rolling surface (divided)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups vegetable shortening (I use Butter Flavor Crisco)
1 tablespoon vinegar
5 tablespoons ice water
This recipe makes enough for three 9-inch crusts.
Directions for Making Pie Crust
Mix flour and salt together. With a pastry blender, work shortening into the flour and salt until the pieces are about the size of small peas. (My favorite pastry blender is a vintage Androck model, written about here.) In a separate bowl or liquid measuring cup, beat the egg well and mix in the vinegar and water. Drizzle into the flour mixture a little at a time, stirring to combine with a fork or pastry blender. Divide dough into three parts and shape into disks. Cover each disk in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
For the easy blueberry hand pies, you will only need one of the disks. If you wish, you may freeze the other two disks for use at another time. Roll out one of the disks until it is about 10 inches in diameter.
Ingredients for Filling
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2.5 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 pinch salt
Directions for Filling the Easy Blueberry Hand Pies
Mix together all of the filling ingredients in a bowl. Cut out 6-8 4-inch circles from the rolled-out pie crust. Place about 1 tablespoon of filling into the center of each circle.
Moisten the edges of the circle with a little water. Fold the dough over the filling to form a half-moon shape, and gently crimp the edges with a fork. Cut two slits in the top of each hand pie. Spray the hand pies with cooking spray or brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
Preheat the air fryer (my airfryer, by GoWiseUSA , is shown above, and it’s been terrific) to 350 degrees, and place 3-4 hand pies in a single layer inside the fryer basket. Cook for 9-12 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Easy Blueberry Hand Pies in the Air Fryer
- Air fryer
- 3 cups all-purpose flour plus a little more for sprinkling on the rolling surface (divided)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1¼ cups vegetable shortening I use Butter Flavor Crisco
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 5 tablespoons ice water
Ingredients for Filling
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2½ tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 pinch salt
- Mix flour and salt together.
- With a pastry blender, work shortening into the flour and salt until the pieces are about the size of small peas.
- In a separate bowl or liquid measuring cup, beat the egg well and mix in the vinegar and water.
- Drizzle into the flour mixture a little at a time, stirring to combine with a fork or pastry blender.
- Divide dough into three parts and shape into disks.
- Cover each disk in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- For the easy blueberry hand pies, you will only need one of the disks. If you wish, you may freeze the other two disks for use at another time. Roll out one of the disks until it is about 10 inches in diameter.
- Mix together all of the filling ingredients in a bowl.
- Cut out 6 to 8 4-inch circles from the rolled-out pie crust.
- Place about 1 tablespoon of filling into the center of each circle.
- Moisten the edges of the circle with a little water. Fold the dough over the filling to form a half-moon shape, and gently crimp the edges with a fork.
- Cut two slits in the top of each hand pie.
- Spray the hand pies with cooking spray or brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
- Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees, and place 3-4 hand pies in a single layer inside the fryer basket.
- Cook for 9-12 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
If you prefer glazed hand pies, simply mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add enough milk to make the glaze of drizzling consistency, and drizzle over the hand pies.
This recipe could be adapted to work for other pie fillings as well. I’d like to try raspberry filling since we have a lot of raspberries in the freezer. There are many other options. Strawberry rhubarb, perhaps? Maybe blackberry? How about peach? Oh, the possibilities are staggering!
Do You Have Any Favorite Air Fryer Recipes?
I’m always looking for more recipes specifically for air fryers. If you have any favorites, would you mind sharing them? I know my air fryer can do amazing things if I can find the right recipes. I feel as though I’ve barely tapped into its potential.
Other Favorite Fruit Recipes
Do you have any favorite desserts or other recipes? What comes to mind when you think of delicious dessert dishes? I’m always intrigued to read the stories behind the recipes as well. What makes them so special? I’d love to read your recipe stories. If you have an abundance of apples, you might also like to make easy homemade applesauce. Enjoy making fruit desserts? You might like to try my recipes for blueberry rhubarb crisp, easy blueberry cobbler, glazed blueberry lemon scones, or simple oatmeal apple crisp. If you are a fan of home canning, check out the recipes for blueberry syrup, raspberry syrup, and blackberry syrup. I also have recipes for canned blueberry lime jam, raspberry blueberry jam, and a super simple recipe for rhubarb jam.
Are You Now Craving Easy Blueberry Hand Pies?
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Have a wonderful week, and may you have success in all of your efforts to make delicious treats in your air fryer or otherwise!
24 thoughts on “How to Make Blueberry Hand Pies in the Air Fryer (Super Easy!)”
These look amazing! I need to get an air fryer.
I have enjoyed using the air fryer. I just need to be realistic about what it can do. It really is more of an air baker, and I’ve made some wonderful things. Thanks for your comment!
It never occurred to me to use an air fryer for baked goods! Who knew?! :). Thank you!
The truth is, the air fryer is really more of an air baker. It works quickly, which is really nice, especially when you don’t want to heat up your house. Thanks for your comment, and happy baking!
Those look amazing! I definitely am saving the pie crust recipe to use for the upcoming holidays!
The pie crust recipe is definitely a winner! I hope it works well for you. Thanks for commenting, and happy pie-baking!
It looks mouthwatering. I will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing such a delicious post 🙂
I’m so glad you think the hand pies look mouthwatering. I had fun making them, and they were very delicious! If you try it, I’d love to know how yours turn out. Thanks for the kind comment, and happy hand pie making!
These look delicious, pinning for later i can’t wait to try them!
Yes, they were delicious, and they did not last long around our house. If you try them, I’d love to know what you think. Thanks for the comment, and have fun trying out recipes!
I love pie, and hand pie sounds delicious! I must try it!
I had never had homemade hand pies before trying this recipe. I am definitely going to try to make it a regular part of my cooking routine. THanks for your comment, and have fun eating hand pies!
Well these look delicious! I am going to pin this to my Pinterest board for recipes. Thank you so much for the tips.
You are most welcome! I had fun making them (and eating them)! Thanks for taking the time to comment. Happy air frying!
Yum!!! I want to try this; it’s so summery!
Yes, I’m always looking for ways to use my berry crop. I still have way too many berries in my freezer, so I will definitely be making these multiple times! Thanks so much for your comment!
These look amazing! Another handy use for the air fryer!
Thank you for sharing 🙂
Happy to share! If you are still on the fence about getting an air fryer, maybe this will help. Thanks for commenting, and have a super week!
I have yet to successfully make a good pie crust, it’s one of the areas of baking that I have struggled with. I will give this recipe a try next time we are craving pie. Can’t wait to try it. I don’t have an air fryer so I would have to bake these the old fashioned way.
No worries! If you do try my grandma’s pie crust, I’d love to learn how your pies turn out. I usually have to reroll my piecrust frequently when I am making regular pies, so thank goodness the dough in this recipe doesn’t get tough. Thanks for your comment, and good luck making pies!
These sound really good! Lol I may have to get an air fryer!
This was a good thing to make to help me affirm the purchase. If you get an air fryer, I’d sure like to know of anything you try with it. Thanks for your comment, and happy cooking!
Oh my God, those look delicious. I am sadly totally incapable when it comes to making a pie crust. I’d love to have those with my morning coffee though 🙂
I encourage you to give this pie crust recipe a try. I am not very good at making my pies look decorative, but the crust always tastes great, even after I reroll it multiple times. I’m glad you think the hand pies look delicious. They were, and did not last long! Thanks for commenting, and enjoy your morning coffee!