Star-shaped berry hand pies

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One of the sweetest things about summer: berry season! Baking berry pie for Fourth of July is almost as much of a tradition as fireworks. To make them even more festive, create these simple, and adorable, star-shaped hand pies.

Star-shaped berry hand pies

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Step 1: Roll out dough and cut star shapes

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Things You'll Need

Step 1: Make the Dough

In a food processor, pulse flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Add cold butter and shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles small peas. Add ice water gradually, in small amounts, and pulse until just evenly moistened. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and gather into a ball. Divide dough in half and form two disks. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. Note: If you don’t have a food processor, a manual dough blender works just as well.

Step 2: Scoop filling into center of each pie bottom

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Step 2: Make the Filling

Combine berries, 1/3 cup sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

Step 3: Seal pies with a fork and brush with egg wash

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Step 3: Cut Out the Crusts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove 1 dough disk from refrigerator. (You may want to let it sit for 10 to 30 minutes so it’s easier to roll out.) On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough until about 1/8-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out star shapes. Place stars onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat until you’ve used all the dough and have an even number of stars.

Step 4: Assemble the Pies

Remove filling from refrigerator. Place a scoop of filling in the centers of half the stars. Cover each star with the remaining stars and seal by pressing edges together with a fork. In a small bowl, whisk egg. Brush sealed pies with egg. Cut two little slits on top of each pie.

Step 5: Bake and Serve

Bake until berries bubble and crust is lightly browned on top, about 25 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Close up of baked star hand pie

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Close up bite taken out of star hand pie

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For flaky crust, make sure all ingredients and equipment used are very cold.

Letting the baked pies sit overnight helps thicken the filling.

These hand pies are great on the go. Bake a batch to snack on during the parade or fireworks show!