Valentine’s Day has always been my favorite holiday; I’m a sucker for any day that revolves around love. Whether it’s a gesture for your significant other, a friend or a family member- I think people feel the most special when they can tell you thought ahead. I saw some heart cookie cutters at World Market and remembered when I would open my lunch bag and see something special from my parents. I also thought about the first time my husband made me breakfast for my birthday; food and spills from one end of the counter to the other, but boy was that sweet! These little pocket pies are such an easy (literally 15 minutes) way to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day, or any other day of the year.
For the sweet pies I used Pillsbury Pie Crust Dough. For the savory pies I used Crescent Rolls dough. Both containers of pre-made dough will come out of the packaging at the perfect thickness for your pies.
Preheat oven at 350
Use cookie cutter to cut out hearts across the dough. If you run out of room, add flour and roll out scraps. Once you have used all the dough and have an even number of hearts, start spooning a tablespoon of filling into one half of the hearts.
Take the remainder of the hearts and cover the filled half; using a fork to seal the edge the entire way around. Pierce the top heart with your fork once in the middle to avoid a heart murmur.
Place on a non stick baking sheet and bake 8 minutes, or until flakey, golden brown.
For the filling, chances are you don’t need to buy anything special. Raid your fridge and get creative! These are the fillings I used:
Strawberry Apple- Green apple (peeled and sliced), strawberries, sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar, drizzle of maple syrup.
PB&J- I dollop of peanut butter and jelly.
Smores- I spoonful of fluff, sprinkle of cinnamon and a chunk of dark chocolate.
Pizza- Mozzarella cheese, drizzle of sauce, pepperoni.
Taco- I teaspoon of chili or taco meat, mexican blend cheese, black olives and cilantro. (A good example of utilizing what you have in your fridge)
Herbed Cream Cheese & Spinach (MY FAVORITE)- I had amazing herbed cream cheese from our local farmers market and I added a little chopped spinach. You can also add artichokes or sun dried tomato. This pairs deliciously with a warm bowl of tomato soup! Have fun with these and don’t worry about sticking to a recipe! Personalize them for the special people in your life and get creative! I would love to hear what everyone’s planning on using for filling- let me know in the comments below. Happy baking!