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Easy Lemon Curd Hand Pies

Easy Lemon Curd Hand Pies are so easy because they are made with premade ingredients (except for the icing drizzle). Trying to figure out a use for that extra pie crust?–make hand pies!

Updated post from October 18, 2018

easy lemon curd hand pies shows a pie split in the middle on a plate


I was looking in my fridge and freezer recently to see what needed to be used when I found a package of refrigerated pie crusts that were not getting any younger and a nearly-full jar of lemon curd. Well, lemon hand pies are the easiest pies ever to make. So here we go!

Here is what makes this a great recipe:

  • It makes no difference if you use lemon curd or lemon pie filling…both are really good!
  • By using prepackaged pie crust, you do not need to make your own.
  • This easy recipe requires 30 minutes of your time.

To make this recipe, you will need:

  • pie crust – refrigerated premade
  • lemon filling – curd or pie filling
  • powdered sugar
  • lemon juice – real or bottled
  • milk
  • salt
  • decorating sugar – yellow

easy lemon curd hand pies shows the ingredients of pie crust, lemon curd, powdered sugar, milk, lemon juice, salt and yellow sugar

Join me as we make lemon hand pies:

A full printable recipe is available in the recipe card toward the end of this post.

  1. Let the pie crusts come to room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Lightly roll out the crusts in order to get 6-7 circles from each crust.
  3. Using a large glass, cup or bowl, press out the round circles.
  4. Fill each circle with about a tablespoon of filling.
  5. Using your finger dipped in water, moisten half of each crust, and fold over and crimp with a fork.
  6. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake.
  7. Meanwhile, combine the powdered sugar, salt and milk to make a smooth drizzle.
  8. Cool the pies before drizzling with the icing and sprinkling with yellow sugar.

easy lemon curd hand pies 5 shows how to cut out the rounds with a small bowl

easy lemon curd hand pies 6 shows how to place the filling in the middle

easy lemon curd hand pies 3 shows the pies on a baking sheet on top of parchment

I like to bake my lemon hand pies on parchment paper because it ensures a more even baking with less dark edges, but you would not have to.

Optional Preparation:

Use any pie filling you wish or a thick jam would also work. Just be sure what you use is thick and not runny, or you will have them leak out during the baking process.

My best time-saving tip:

You could make your own pie crust, but why would you want to. The ready-made ones are pretty darn good.

Storage suggestions:

These lemon hand pies will keep nicely in an air-tight container for a couple of days on the counter. After that, I would store them in the refrigerator for up to a week. They can also be rebaked for about 10 minutes to crisp them up again. Freeze in the same manner.

easy lemon curd hand pies shows drizzled pies on a cooling rack


A light dusting of colored sugar really sets off these cute hand pies. For a quick dessert treat, you cannot go wrong with my Easy Lemon Curd Hand Pies. Country Living (one of my favorite magazines) provides recipes for 14 Delicious Hand Pie Recipes. Also, for another delicious dessert, try my Easy Pecan French Coconut Pie. If you are a lemon fan, you might enjoy my Candied Martini Lemon Cocktail. See my Pies category for more recipes like this.

If you like this recipe, please give it a like and share it–Thanks!

5 from 3 votes
easy lemon curd hand pies shows a split open pie on a clear plate
Easy Lemon Curd Hand Pies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
cooling time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

You can make this recipe with any fruit curd or pie filling that you prefer.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy recipe, pastry, snack
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 310 kcal
Author: Renea
  • 2 ready-made refrigerated pie crusts
  • 10 ounces lemon curd or pie filling
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • pinch salt
  • yellow decorating sugar
  1. Unroll each pastry sheet on a flat work surface. Use a rolling pin to roll out enough to make 6-7 rounds. Using a wide-mouth glass, cut out 6-7 circles from each pie crust.

  2. Fill each circle with about a tablespoon of the lemon filling. Using your finger, moisten the edge of the crust with water. Fold over to make half a circle, and crimp with a fork to seal.

  3. Place the hand pies on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for about 15 minutes.

  4. Allow the pies to cool for about 10 minutes while preparing the icing drizzle.

  5. Mix the powdered sugar, lemon juice, salt and milk until a smooth consistency is achieved. Spoon this mixture in a sandwich bag, snip off the end and drizzle over the cooled hand pies. Immediately sprinkle with the colored sugar.

If you made this recipe, please let me know what you thought, and give it a star*****rating–xoxo Renea

I have been cooking, gardening and DIY/crafting for years to Inspire a Creation.

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Tuesday 26th of January 2021

These lemon hand pies turned out great, except that the filling in the pies disappeared! Do you have any advice so that this doesn't happen again? Thank you for your recipes!!


Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Thanks for the feedback Terry. You might try using a little more next time.

Patricia Hampton

Sunday 17th of May 2020

Made lemon and apple for granddaughters. Had to bake and leave on steps for them to pick up, due to social distancing, they were a hit! Thank you for this easy delicious recipe


Monday 18th of May 2020

So glad you and your granddaughters enjoyed them.


Sunday 1st of March 2020

My family absolutely loved them!!! I'm making them again today using my homemade chunky applesauce.


Monday 2nd of March 2020

Glad you enjoyed them, and hope they turned out well with the chunky applesauce.


Monday 12th of November 2018

Made lemon pies and cherry pies for a family get-together last Saturday ~ they were so easy and so good! Used almond extract in the drizzle on the cherry pies = yum! I will be making more for my Book Club on Thursday. Thanks for this recipe, Renea!


Monday 12th of November 2018

Thanks Sharon--I'm sure the almond extract added something special to them. I appreciate the nice comments!

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