Air Fryer Strawberry Cream Pie: Hand Held Deliciousness!

Strawberries and cream is such a classic combination in all sorts of treats. I love that combination particularly in my air fryer strawberry cream pie recipe, since they’re so easy to make. Sweet, creamy, and delicious hand pies bake up in minutes for a crowd pleasing dessert!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Take a classic pie, add the convenience of the air fryer, and you’ve got these delectable hand pies! They cook in way less time than a regular oven, and don’t heat up your whole house, making it a perfect summer cooking method.

That’s great because this combination of strawberries and cream is the perfect summertime treat! Fresh berries are at their juiciest, so it’s the perfect time to make this dessert.

Hand pies are great, as you can make tons of different flavors easily, and use them to feed a crowd. They’re naturally single serve portions, easy to grab and eat while holding a conversation, and loved by both kids and adults alike!

holding up a slice of strawberry cream hand pie

For an example of another great flavor combination, try out my Air Fryer Blueberry Hand Pies recipe, featuring sweet berries with a kiss of lemon.

Gathering the Essential Ingredients for the Pies

ingredients to make air fryer strawberry hand pies
  • 15 ounce box refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts total)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp strawberry preserves
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 8 ounces cream cheese or neufchatel cheese (room temperature)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Vanilla Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ½ Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • You can swap in your favorite homemade double pie crust recipe in place of the refrigerated dough option
  • Feel free to use strawberry pie filling as a quick replacement for the fresh strawberries and preserves
  • If you don’t like cream cheese, try mascarpone instead. Alternatively, swap it for Nutella for a different flavor profile, or omit entirely and just enjoy plain strawberry hand pies
  • The glaze is optional, but gives it more of that classic “fried pie” feel. You can also use different flavor extracts or fresh citrus juice (like lemon) to give it a different flavor. Alternatively, use coarse sugar instead of a glaze by brushing the top of each pie with egg wash or melted butter, then sprinkle on the sugar before baking

Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing the Pie Crust and Filling

  1. In a small bowl, combine the strawberries with the preserves and the cornstarch. Mix well and set aside
combine the strawberries in a bowl with the preserves and cornstarch
  1. Stir the softened cream cheese until it is smooth, then fold in the powdered sugar and vanilla until fully incorporated
stir the softened cream until smooth and fold in sugar and vanilla
  1. Unroll your pie crusts. Using a cookie cutter or glass, cut rounds from each (usually 6-8 per crust, depending on the specific size of your cutter)
use a round cookie cutter to cut out circles in the pie crust
  1. Place a scant 1 Tbsp sweetened cream cheese and 1 Tbsp of the strawberry mixture in the center of each crust circle, leaving about ¼” clean around the edge
place a small amount of strawberry and cream filling in the center of the cutout dough
  1. Wet the clean outside edge with some water (I use my finger, but you could use a brush as well)
wet the edges of the dough circle to help it seal better
  1. Fold the dough over in half, to form a halfmoon shape (I fold it up like a taco and then pinch the sides). Alternatively, you can fill only half the circles and add another circle to the top for circular hand pies
fold the dough over your strawberry and cream filling
  1. Using a fork, press down along the edges to seal the two crust halves together
seal strawberry hand pie edges with a fork
  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut ½” long slit into the top of each pie for ventilation
slice strawberry cream pies for ventilation
  1. Place the hand pies into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer (work in batches if needed)
place strawberry pies in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 10-12 minutes, or until pies are golden brown. Add additional time in small increments if needed
  2. While pies are cooking, mix the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl
mix the glaze ingredients in a separate bowl
  1. Remove the cooked pies to a cooling rack and brush with the glaze while they’re still warm. I recommend wax paper underneath the rack to catch drips
glaze strawberry cream pies on a wire rack
  1. Allow hand pies to cool completely (which will firm up the glaze) before serving
overhead view of strawberry hand pies lined across a serving plate

What to Serve With Strawberry Cream Pie

Appetizers

  • Fresh fruit
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Charcuterie
  • Bruschetta
  • Jalapeno poppers
  • Caprese salad
  • Burrata salad

Try my crispy Air Fryer Bruschetta recipe for a perfect pairing!

Entrees

  • Spinach salad
  • Cobb salad
  • Pasta salad
  • Risotto
  • Ceviche
  • Gazpacho
  • Pork chops
  • Salmon
  • Duck
  • Chicken breast
  • Flatbreads
  • Grilled cheese
  • Ham and cheese sandwiches

My Air Fryer Chicken Bruschetta is a perfect pairing option, but these Ham and Cheese Bagels in the Air Fryer are delicious and kid friendly too!

Toppings

  • Whipped cream
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Caramel sauce

Make a batch of my easy Microwave Chocolate Sauce to go with your pies in under 5 minutes!

Drinks

  • Red wine
  • White wine
  • Rum based cocktails
  • Lemonade

Try a Strawberry Basil Mojito for the perfect cocktail accompaniment!

Recipe FAQs

Can I Use Frozen Strawberries For the Hand Pie Filling?

Yes, you can use frozen strawberries for the hand pie filling. Just make sure to thaw and drain them before using to prevent excess moisture in the pies.

If you use frozen strawberries with sugar, you may omit the preserves or other sweetener for the berry portion.

How Do I Prevent the Hand Pies from Becoming Too Soggy?

To prevent the hand pies from becoming too soggy, avoid overfilling them with the strawberry cream filling.

Additionally, make sure to seal the edges of the pies well to prevent any leakage during cooking.

Can I Make These Hand Pies With a Store Bought Pie Crust?

You can absolutely make these hand pies with store bought pie crust. It saves time in making, chilling, and rolling the dough.

Of course, you can also make your own if you prefer, but pre-made is a convenient option.

How Do I Ensure the Strawberry Cream Filling Sets Properly in the Air Fryer?

To ensure that the strawberry cream filling sets properly, make sure to use a thickening agent like cornstarch or tapioca starch in the filling mixture.

This will help the filling achieve a desirable consistency during air frying by absorbing excess moisture from the fruit.

Can I Add Other Fruits to the Hand Pies for Variety?

Yes, you can definitely experiment with adding other fruits to the hand pies to create a variety of flavors.

Peaches, blueberries, raspberries, or a combination of berries can work well alongside the strawberries for a mixed berry filling.

What’s the Best Way to Glaze the Hand Pies After Air Frying?

The best way to glaze hand pies after air frying is to brush or spoon the glaze over the pies while they’re still slightly warm. Then, allow them to fully cool so the glaze firms.

Use a cooling rack with wax paper underneath to catch drips for an easy application surface.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • I use a 3 ¾” diameter cookie cutter and am able to make one dozen hand pies folded (or 6 double crust rounds). Other sizes of cutter will vary
  • You can also dip the hand pies in the glaze if you prefer instead of spreading it. However, they are warm, and the color tends to run if any fruit juice has leaked out
  • It is normal for the pies to leak slightly during cooking. I like to use silicone liners or parchment in my air fryer for easier cleanup (but it’s totally optional)
strawberry cream hand pies cut in half and stacked on a plate

Storage Tips

  • Store leftover strawberry cream hand pies in the refrigerator for up to 3 days (unless you used canned pie filling in place of fresh fruit, in which case it should make it 5 days)
  • You may warm strawberries and cream hand pies in the air fryer for about 3 minutes at 350°F to take the chill off before eating, if desired

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Final Thoughts

Air fryer strawberry cream hand pies are the perfect blend of sweet strawberries and cream in every bite. They come together quickly, for an easy dessert, and they’re much healthier than those deep fried fast food pies.

I love using fresh berries in the summer to make these, seeing as the air fryer doesn’t add too much heat to the house like the oven. They pair perfectly with a cookout dinner, and are the perfect sweet treat.

Of course, you can try out various different fillings and toppings to suit your tastes or meet dietary needs. That’s the beauty of these mini pies! They’re versatile and delicious, no matter how you fill them.

If you have some cream cheese filling left over (I always seem to), use it up in my Air Fryer Cheesecake Chimichangas recipe!

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Air Fryer Strawberries and Cream Hand Pies

These air fryer strawberry cream pies are easy to make and perfectly delicious! Fresh strawberries, sweetened cream cheese, and pie crust form the perfect bite.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 12
Calories 295 kcal

Equipment

  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cookie cutter (or glass)
  • Fork
  • Parchment paper (optional)

Ingredients
  

For the Strawberry Cream Pies:

  • 15 Ounce box refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts total)
  • 1 Cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp strawberry preserves
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 8 Ounces cream cheese or neufchatel (room temperature)
  • ½ Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract

For the Vanilla Glaze:

  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ½ Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine the strawberries with the warmed preserves and the cornstarch. Mix well and set aside
    1 Cup chopped fresh strawberries, 2 Tbsp strawberry preserves, 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • Stir the softened cream cheese until it is smooth, then fold in the powdered sugar and vanilla until fully incorporated
    8 Ounces cream cheese or neufchatel, ½ Cup powdered sugar, 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • Unroll your pie crusts. Using a cookie cutter or glass, cut rounds from each (usually 6-8 per crust, depending on the specific size of your cutter)
    15 Ounce box refrigerated pie crusts
  • Place a scant 1 Tbsp sweetened cream cheese and 1 Tbsp of the strawberry mixture in the center of each crust circle, leaving about ¼” clean around the edge
  • Wet the clean outside edge with some water (I use my finger, but you could use a brush as well)
  • Fold the dough over in half, to form a halfmoon shape (I fold it up like a taco and then pinch the sides). Alternatively, you can fill only half the circles and add another circle to the top for circular hand pies
  • Using a fork, press down along the edges to seal the two crust halves together
  • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F
  • Use a sharp knife to cut ½” long slit into the top of each pie for ventilation
  • Place the hand pies into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer (work in batches if needed)
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 10-12 minutes, or until pies are golden brown. Add additional time in small increments if needed
  • While pies are cooking, mix the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl
    1 Cup powdered sugar, 2 ½ Tbsp milk, 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • Remove the cooked pies to a cooling rack and brush with the glaze while they’re still warm. I recommend wax paper underneath the rack to catch drips
  • Allow hand pies to cool completely (which will firm up the glaze) before serving

Notes

  • You can swap in your favorite homemade double pie crust recipe in place of the refrigerated dough option
  • Feel free to use strawberry pie filling as a quick replacement for the fresh strawberries and preserves
  • If you don’t like cream cheese, try mascarpone instead. Alternatively, swap it for Nutella for a different flavor profile, or omit entirely and just enjoy plain strawberry hand pies
  • The glaze is optional, but gives it more of that classic “fried pie” feel. You can also use different flavor extracts or fresh citrus juice (like lemon) for flavoring. Alternatively, use coarse sugar instead of a glaze by brushing the top of each pie with egg wash or melted butter, then sprinkle on the sugar before baking
  • I use a 3 ¾” diameter cookie cutter and am able to make one dozen hand pies folded (or 6 double crust rounds). Other sizes of cutter will vary
  • You can also dip the hand pies in the glaze if you prefer instead of spreading it. However, they are warm, and the color tends to run if any fruit juice has leaked out
  • It is normal for the pies to leak slightly during cooking. I like to use silicone liners or parchment in my air fryer for easier cleanup (but it’s totally optional)
  • Store leftover strawberry cream hand pies in the refrigerator for up to 3 days (unless you used canned pie filling in place of fresh fruit, in which case it should make it 5 days)
  • You may warm strawberries and cream hand pies in the air fryer for about 3 minutes at 350°F to take the chill off before eating, if desired
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any toppings or sides added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 94gCalories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 3.1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6.1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 221mgPotassium: 84mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 155.5IUVitamin C: 8.2mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 0.5mg
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