Gluten Free Cherry Almond Hand Pies. (Grain/Gluten/Egg/Sugar Free)

Gluten Free Cherry Almond Hand Pies. (Grain/Gluten/Egg/Sugar Free)

Gluten Free Cherry Almond Hand Pies

Sinful without the sin- thats the best way describe these little babies. And easy to make. I highly recommend adding them to your pile of cookies this year. Freeze and then thaw them as you want. Because they are sugar free its safe to say they are perfect as part of any meal- breakfast included. Throw one into your kids lunch box, they will love you forever.

If you have more than one person in your household triple the recipe if you hope to have a single morsel to yourself. I had to literally hide the last three just to get a picture to share with all of you.

If you haven't experienced the magical flavor combo of cherries and almond. Now is the time.

Gluten Free Cherry Almond Hand Pies

Gluten Free Cherry Almond Hand Pies

Cherry Almond Hand Pies.

Yield: 10 mini hand pies


  • Make one batch of: Grain Free Pie Crust
  • Cherry Almond Filling
  • 1 /2 Cups Frozen Cherries (Or fresh pitted)
  • 3 Tbs Water
  • 2 Tbs Xylitol (Or other natural sugar of choice to taste)
  • 1 Tsp. Almond Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Starch (Tapioca, Arrowroot, Potato or Cornstarch)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan combine all of the filling ingredients. Whisk and heat until thickened.
  3. Using two sheets of parchment paper roll out the pie crust. Using a circle cutter (Biscuit cutter, or the top of a wide glass) Cut the dough into circles. I cut mine at a 4 inch width. Spoon a heaping Teaspoon into the center of a circle of dough. Cover with a second circle and then use a fork to pinch and seal the edges.
  4. Carefully place the mini pies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. (Optional: Brush each pie with a little beaten egg to give the crust some golden color.) The crust will be just fine without the egg- if you choose to skip this step.
  5. Bake 12-15 minutes.


Store room temperature in a sealed bag or container or freeze for another day.

To Make a Glaze: Combine powdered sugar and water. Simple. Even better yet add a few drops of Almond and or Vanilla Extract instead of water.

But what about sugar free? Simple. Throw the natural sugar of your choice (xylitol etc.) into a high powdered blender or into a coffee grinder and process until it becomes a fine powder. Add a pinch of starch (tapioca, potato, arrowroot or cornstarch) and you are good to go.

Remember: Glazes only need a TINY bit of liquid. If you add too much they will become watery.

Recipe Notes:


Brittany Angell

19 comments | Leave your own

  1. Deanna

    Looks beautiful and festive. The apple pie was deemed a hit and the kiddo says I can make your crust any time. :)

  2. Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa

    These are gorgeous! They would be good with any filling, but that cherry almond sounds delicious!

  3. April

    Yum! They look delicious and pretty. :)

  4. Karen

    Those are so purty! And the pie crust recipe looks phenomenal.

  5. Julie Riling

    I got to taste test these beauties YUM so good and the crust is awesome!

  6. bitt

    you are killing me. if i was lazy would cherry jam work? (if I can find sugar-free)

  7. Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    I love these!! What a great and simple recipe. I cannot wait to make some hand pies now. I think this will be a holiday MUST for me :)

  8. Anya

    Oh how exciting!! I have been testing out GF crust recipes for hand pies for weeks now... and all of them crumble and fall apart. (I've used varieties of coconut flour/almond flour so far). Do these ones hold up well while making them? And while baking, transferring to plates, and eating them? I'm going to try your Patee Brisee next (since that is my total fave GF crust recipe ever!!!) but would this one hold up better?
    Thank you so much for your recipes, you are a holiday lifesaver!

  9. Dana

    Is is really just a 1/2 cup of cherries? I made the filling and it seems like not very much? Thanks

  10. Dana

    Okay, thanks. I'm making your Patee Brisee crust (I love it!!), so is that double the amount of crust that is needed for this?

  11. Jason Betancourt

    I think i found the perfect Christmass gift to all my family. thank you.

  12. Jess

    Making this tonight... can't wait to see how it turns out!

  13. bitt

    I tried these with arrowroot as the starch and it was way too gummy. Had to toss and use new cherries. Sometimes arrowroot is like that. Just wanted to note so no one else had a disaster like me.

  14. Layla Falcon

    Oh. My. God. The best thing ever! I did these with mulberries of our tree and omitted the guar gum, and I am serious when I say these are the best. I am making a triple batch tomorrow to take to a party and I know they'll be a huge hit.
    Thanks Brittany!

  15. Layla Falcon

    Update! I made it. Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. Even if I didn't want to I would have been forced to make it again as everyone liked it so much.

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