Easy 4th of July Dessert ~ Patriotic Hand Pies

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I love to embarrass my children.

I think it’s just a parent’s prerogative, don’t you? After the public tempter tantrums, being vomited on, diaper explosions while on an airplane, begging for them to go #2 in the potty, having them tell your neighbors that you are adding lattice to the deck so that you can get some privacy from said neighbors and all of the other mortifying things they have said/done in front of other people, it’s about time that we get to mortify them. Can I get an amen?

One of my favorite ways to do this is to sing very loudly…sometimes opera style…at home…in the car…occasionally in a store. Or dance…like a lunatic. And this is one of my MOST favorite times of the year to do this because I always feel particularly patriotic. So when you least expect it I will belt out “God Bless America” or “They’re Coming to America” or “The Star Spangled Banner” or my personal favorite, James Brown’s “Living in America”.

Oh, they just LOVE it! ;-)

making hand pies

But, I try to make it up to them by keeping the supply of summertime treats flowing and never is that more true than on the 4th of July.

This year I’m making hand pies. Because you have to have one hand free to wave around a sparkler, right?

Now, stay with me here ’cause it’s gonna get tricky while I show you how to make these.

First, you go to the grocery store and buy refrigerated pie crusts and a can of your pie filing of choice. Got that part?

Then you roll out your pie crust and cut out circles using the only thing you can think of which will probably end up being a salad plate. Is it getting too complicated yet? ;-)

apple pie filling for hand pies

Then you put a glob of the pie filling the middle of your salad plate cut out pie crust. Not too much glob though, mind you? You don’t want that glob leaking out of your hand pie.

apple hand pies

Fold the crust in half and crimp the edges. Don’t forget to brush a nice egg wash (one egg beaten with a tablespoon of water) over the top for that perfect golden color. Bake the pies at 375 for 12-15 minutes.

Then, just for kicks, you could cut star shapes out of the extra pie crust to decorate the top of your hand pies.

star pie crust cut outs

I thought it would be fun to make an American flag too. I’ll let you be the judge as to how successful that little moment of creative “genius” was.

hand pie with flag cut out www.atthepicketfence.com

We told the kids that if they ate the American flag they would have to sing “The Star Spangled Banner”.

Of course, they didn’t want to do it.

So, I had to do it instead.

Loudly…with conviction…and a little fake vibrato. I might have also been holding my hand over my heart while I sang. And closing my eyes…and swaying back and forth a bit.

They just LOVE it when I do that! ;-)

patriotic hand pies from atthepicketfence.com

The 4th of July is truly one of my most favorite days of the year. Not just because we get to spend it with amazing friends, eat awesome food and sit in lawn chairs watching things ‘blow up’ in the street.

Those things are great but that’s not really why it is one of my most favorite days.

I love this day because of how it makes me feel inside. It’s such a unifying day. American flags are waving from homes all up and down our street. We hang out on our front porches or driveways or sidewalks and get to know our neighbors a bit better. This day makes me stop and think about all of the sacrifices which were made by the men and women who founded this country.

And now…oh boy…I feel another song coming on…wait…I need to go grab my kids!

And, I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today. Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land. God bless the USA!

I’m not embarrassing you, am I? ;-)



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  1. Those pies look awesome – and especially wonderful photography/styling.

    I love trouble-free foods, and this is a great idea. Thank you!

    And no, you didn’t embarrass yourself. I love your patriotism! : – )

    Have a great weekend.
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  2. Great job, Vanessa! You had explosive airplane diapers, too? My hubby actually got that one!
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  3. I read your post out loud to my daughter. We laughed and laughed. It was so heartwarming. I pinned it to my Fourth of July board so that I can read it every year on the holiday. Keep on singing out loud. By the way, in the Yankee Doodle song, when he stuck a feather in his hat and they called him macaroni–a macaroni in those days was a dapper dresser. I always tell first graders this. They love knowing the secret.

  4. I csn hear you singing from here!

    Happy Fourth of July!

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  5. I was singing right along with ya!!! Have a fabulous fourth and enjoy your pies! They look yummy and easy (a definite plus in my book)!! I’m gonna try em! Thanks, Vanessa!!~~Angela

  6. Oh I love these! Your design infringe is super cute. Yum!
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  7. Loved the smiles and giggles I got from this post. Oh and the recipe too ;) Thanks for a great duo Vanessa!!
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  8. Oh honey… I’ll bet I can out-embarrass you with one arm tied behind my back and a sore throat. I’m what you call a professional child embarrasser. I’ve been at it for almost a quarter of a century.

    You know you have reached the level of master when knowing the correct words to said songs becomes totally optional.

    On a serious note: Loving the pie idea. The anthem is just gravy on the taters.

  9. Thanks for this great post! We must be twins, separated at birth! I do the same things with my twin boys – from their birth to the ripe old age of 26! They laugh along with me as I sing and dance. I, too, love the Fourth of July – not only because I am a patriotic American – but because it is my birthday!

    Enjoy the fireworks!

  10. Amen! It is our constitutional right to embarrass out children and grandchildren where ever and whenever possible! This includes use of speech, song, dance and the dreaded childhood photos! LOL! Of course, if you are going to be running around singing and dancing, you will be required to yourself and post said performances on your blog like Jen does over at Four Marrs and One Venus! Wait, y’all could get together and put on a show! I really like this recipe and think I’ll make some for our 4th. My little grandson loves apple pies, like the ones you get at McD’s that you can hold in your hand. Perfect. He’ll even enjoy cutting out the stars to put on top! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful holiday! Hugs, Leena
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  11. Mmmm…I want one! They look yummy. Have a blessed Fourth ladies!!!

  12. Vanessa, what a great idea to use the store bought crust. And I agree with you about the sentiments of this day. It’s does make me feel all warm and proud inside. Thanks for the post, great styling.

  13. Usually I would not learn post on blogs and forums, however I wish to say that that write-up pretty urged me you need to do therefore! The writing style continues to be amazed myself. Thanks a lot, really good document.

  14. Oh, you made me laugh, and I love your hand pies!
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  15. Amen! Yes. I love to have fun and yes, it does embarrass my daughter sometimes. How can you embarrass someone when we are to only two people in the house??? That makes no sense. But she says I embarrass her. You and my husband are cut from the same piece of cloth…..singing, dancing… goofy voices….. The pies look de-lish and yes, are perfect when you’re holding a sparkler in the other hand. Happy Fourth!

  16. OKAY!!! We totally need an IG video of this… Because I seriously just can’t picture you doing this.. You seem so reserved and poised. LOL!!! Now onto these hand pies, these are what you call, “Pretty Yummy” wish I could have a bite :)
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  17. Oh WOW! These are so so adorable! I think I’ll make these for my family who are coming home for the 4th and weekend! They will love them!!!!
    I can always come to the Picket Fence and be inspired!

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  19. Bravo! on the pies and on the singing! Love your recollections about the reason your kids need paybacks. Ha! You crack me up.
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  20. Hi, I just found this blog from Tip Junkie, and I suscribed immediately (that much I liked it!)

    In Chile, we call “empanada” those hand pies, and yours look delicious!!!

    Have a great 4th of July, girls :)

  21. Oh my gosh, you are hysterical! Thanks for the laugh, oh and the pie recipe! Seems simple enough! Lol!


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