Hot Chocolate Hand Pies
Updated: Dec 12, 2018
Yeah, you heard us ... hot chocolate hand pies. We decided to combine two of the best holiday treats into one (hot chocolate and pie) and ended up with the most delicious dessert ever. We recommend eating these hot because the chocolate melts inside of the pie and fills your mouth with an amazing ooey-gooey marshmallow-y chocolate-y filling.
**Recommendation: Fill the pies with marshmallows AND marshmallow fluff. After making these, we decided this would be the one thing we would change because during the baking process, the marshmallows tend to melt into the chocolate and lose some of their flavor.
We used Pillsbury pie dough, but feel free to be a bit more domesticated than us and use homemade pie dough ;) The box comes with two pre-rolled pie doughs and each roll yields about 6-8 small circles. So, for all you non-mathematicians out there, one box of Pillsbury pie dough will give you about 6-8 hand pies. AKA get at least three boxes...these will go quickkkkk.
We also find that using cookie cutters makes this process a lot easier and look a lot cleaner and neater. Or, just be old fashioned and use a knife.... we promise these will taste just as good regardless of your weapon of choice.
Lay out each piece of pie dough and spread your melted chocolate. **We recommend placing a dollop of marshmallow fluff on top of the melted chocolate (this is completely optional though)** On top of the fluff (or the chocolate if you decide to leave out the fluff), lay as many mini marshmallows that can fit comfortably on the dough. You want to make sure to leave extra room around the edges to close up the pie.
Take another piece of pie dough and lay it on top of the marshmallows. At this point, you can either close up the pies with your fingers by pinching the edges together, or you can take a fork and press down along the edges. The fork technique definitely makes it look a little prettier, and let's be honest people, we all do it for the #gram. Or, in this case, the #blog.
The pies may seem like they aren't sticking together that well, but don't be alarmed...the pies will bake together in the oven. Your last step before you bake them will be to pour melted butter over the top. You don't need TOO much butter, don't get crazy guys... You'll need enough to just cover the tops of the pies. THENNN, sprinkle some sugar on top of the pies. Give em some sugaaa, suga!! Ok, now you can bake.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes. If you like them a little less cooked, take them out a couple minutes early. Twelve minutes will give you a nice golden, flaky crust.
Once these are golden, take them out and finish them off with the rest of the melted chocolate and a few more marshmallows.
These can be eaten literally at any time of day. Honestly, we ate them way too quickly, but if they would've lasted a few more hours I would have loved to get cozy on the couch, put a cheesy Christmas Hallmark movie on, make some hot chocolate, and eat a plate full of these. But unfortunately, these didn't make it past 3pm. But heyyyy, no one said you had to wait till the wee hours of the evening to indulge... feel free to get crazy with it and eat a couple for breakfast. We're not judging...
Pillsbury pie dough (one box of two pie crusts will yield about 6-8 pies total)
Milk chocolate wafers
2-3 tbsp butter
Granulated sugar (just to sprinkle)
Marshmallow fluff (*optional)
1. Unroll the pie dough and cut even circles. (A cookie cutter is best for a more precise and even cut. But if you don't own a cookie cutter, you can just hand cut the old fashioned way)
2. Lay the circles out on a flat surface. Melt the chocolate wafers.
3. Spread a little bit of melted milk chocolate on each of the pie circles leaving enough room on the edges to seal the dough later. Only spread the chocolate on half of pie circles. (If you cut 10 circles total, only spread chocolate on 5 of them.)
4. Place as many mini marshmallows that will fit on pie dough. (As you can see in the picture above, we used about 8-10 mini marshmallows per pie.)
5. Once half of the pies are filled, take the other remaining pie circles, and place one circle on each of the filled pies. Seal the edges shut either by pinching with your fingers or by using a fork around the edges like we did above.
6. Melt the butter and spoon the melted butter on the tops of each pie. You'll need just enough to cover the tops and edges of the pies. (About 2-3 tablespoons worth.)
7. Sprinkle granulated sugar over the tops of the pies.
8. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes. Check the pies after 10 minutes to make sure they don't get too brown.
9. Once the tops of the pies are golden, spread the rest of the melted chocolate on the tops of each pie and place a few more marshmallows too. Feel free to use any decorative sprinkles for a little extra pizzazz.
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