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Chocolate Cream Cheese Mini Hand Pies

Mini Chocolate Hand Pies on a basket with a floral cloth

I cannot sleep. Facebook is a frenzy right now and, like a train wreck, I cannot look away.

There are several things in life that pretty much make me want to roll over and die.

#1: Confrontations and #2: Discussing Politics. And right about now these things are pretty much one in the same.

My hand holding up one Mini Chocolate Hand Pie

It isn’t that I don’t care about politics. I do.  And I try to stay informed as much as possible about both parties.  But why the heck is it so freaking difficult for people to discuss politics without confrontations and hatred coming out? It just really gets to me.

If there is one thing I have learned from working in the mental health field, it would be the art of trying to see things from someone else’s perspective without passing judgement.  Admittedly this is one of the most difficult skills I have tried to master and something that I struggle with every single day. But there is just something about truly trying to understand, without judgement, why someone has the point of view that is so incredibly different from my own that I love.  Asking myself “why does this person feel so passionately about this.”  And more importantly, “Why do I feel so passionately different about it?”

Mini Chocolate Hand Pie on the rim of a cup of hot chocolate

I wish this dialogue could happen more. I wish I could sit down with a few people who feel passionately different than me and have a few of these pies. We could listen to each other. Ask each other questions. Explain ourselves. Try to understand one another.  Learn from one another. Come up with ideas together! AND eat some pie! Hey, I bet we would even like each other when all is said and done even though we probably will still have different views. Wouldn’t that be neat?!

Or… we could just eat some of these Chocolate Cream Cheese Itty Bitty Hand Pies and avoid politics all together. Your choice.

Mini Chocolate Hand Pies in a basket with a floral cloth

Mini Chocolate Hand Pies in a basket with a floral cloth

Chocolate Cream Cheese Mini Hand Pies


  • store bought pie dough or your favorite recipe
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • chocolate chips (I used 60% bittersweet)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • sanding sugar


  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt.
  2. Heat until cream cheese is melted and the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Let the filling cool before rolling out the pie dough.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Roll pie dough out very thin.
  6. Use a 2 inch cookie cutter to cut out circles.
  7. Place cut out dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  8. Fill each round with 1 tsp cream cheese mixture and about 3 chocolate chips.
  9. Cover each filled round with another pie dough round.
  10. Use a fork to crimp around the edges.
  11. Whisk together the egg and 1/4 cup water.
  12. Brush each filled pastry with egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  13. Cut decorative slits in each mini pie.
  14. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, until lightly browned.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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12 comments on “Chocolate Cream Cheese Mini Hand Pies”

  1. Mmmmmmmmmm……..these looks fantastic!! I must pin them for later. I totally understand how you feel about the vitriol being spewed in political “discussions” on FB. Sadly, those of you who are 35 and younger may never know what a civil election season is. Over the years – the need of Americans to be right and to argue with every single person who doesn’t agree politically (or religiously) with you is one day, going to become more of a health risk than smoking or obesity! Anger is a vicious thing. You know what I do? Those who post things that incite others ire or those who cannot keep from commenting on someone’s post who does – I “hide” them until about 2 weeks after the election and then I “unhide” them again! 🙂 Great job on the hand pies and I promise I’m going to make them soon!

    • Anger and hatred are so vicious. I just don’t see why people let it permeate their lives so much. Why do we love misery?

      I do the hiding thing too. In fact I have a few people that I keep permanently hidden because they keep it going all year round. But like I said, it’s like a train wreck, and I just can’t quit peeking at their pages from time to time. I don’t let it get me upset anymore. It’s actually kind of funny more than irritating. But also kind of sad. I hate seeing people I love spewing so much hatred. It can’t be good for their health, like you said. I truly do believe that attitude and frame of mind have a huge impact on our health. Both physical and mental.

  2. We need an itty-bitty hand pie revolution! Picture it: dozens — hundreds! — of people stationed outside political conventions (and everywhere else people talk about politics), handing out pies. This would be effective because 1) you can’t talk with your mouthful of pie so folks would have to just chew and listen for a bit; 2) pie puts everyone in a good mood, so the animosity would drop down a few notches; and 3) people would find themselves talking about the pies and agreeing how much they like them. Peace through pie, I say!

    (Clearly the problem with Facebook is that there’s no pie.)

    • I could not like this comment any more! Clearly the problem with Facebook IS that there is no pie. Clearly the problem with the world is that there isn’t ENOUGH pie.

  3. If only everyone would view politics the same way as you….I have a “no politcs discussed with friends rule” I find sometimes people are so passionate they refuse to see your point or even hear the other side of the conversation, they are too worried about proving a point and being heard that hey dont always take the time to listen… the pie is a great idea, at least they would have to stop talking once in a while to shove a little hand pie in their mouth 🙂

    which by the way, these little hand pies are beyond super adorable!

  4. Ugh, I know. FB is gettin all kinds of obnoxious with all the political mudslingin’ going on.

    I choose pies!!!!! I could pop like 10 of these into my mouth and be happy 🙂

  5. I categorically refuse to discuss politics on Facebook because it’s not a discussion. It’s just people spewing forth their opinions, sometimes based on fact, sometimes not, without considering any other points of view. That is not a discussion. These little hand pies, however, I can completely support and would be happy to vote for in any election!

  6. I will choose pie over politics anytime! 🙂

  7. Tried this recipe and loved it sooo much I posted pictures of the end result on my tumblr and put your website in the description! Hope you don’t mind, everyone should know about little baby hand pies.

    Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  8. Totally agree with your political sentiments. It’s tiring and a turnoff. I’d rather bake, or cook, or anything else.
    Love this recipe and had a vision of just popping it over one of those ravioli forms, topping it, and running the rolling pin over it. What do you think? About the same size but square.

  9. Hi! I’m making these today and when I melted the cream cheese with the other ingredients, it ended up looking curdled with tiny chunks in it. Is that normal?

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