Heart Shaped Guava Hand Pies

Heart Shaped Guava Hand Pies

February 12, 2016

These heart-shaped guava hand pies are great for Valentine’s Day. With a crispy crust and a delicious, fresh and tropical filling.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Do you bake or cook something special? or is it just any other day?

Although these hand pies are heart-shaped, you can make them any shape you want. Round, empanada like, rectangular (like pop-tarts), or squares. They are great for any occasion.

Do you enjoy making pastries? I always run away from pie crust.

Paraguay is hot and humid. I can’t seem to keep the dough chill long enough.

So this post is about making the perfect pie crust.

I think the quality of the ingredients is very important to have a flaky crust rather than a hard (yep, I had one like that!) or soggy one.

Frozen shredded butter
Frozen shredded butter

This dough uses butter. It’s very important to keep the butter and then the dough, cold.

Pie dough with little pieces of butter
Can you see the little pieces of butter?

You want to see little pieces of butter before you roll it out.

When the cold dough hits the hot oven, those bits of butter create little pockets in the dough, which then makes a flaky crust, similar to puff pastry dough.

The day I made my dough it was so hot. I had to put my dough in the freezer several times 🙁 made the whole process take so much longer than usual.

chilled dough ready to roll
chilled dough rolled in between wax papers

Almost in each step I say, “put the dough in the refrigerator or freezer.”

I know, it’s a little bit annoying to wait until your dough has firmed, but the result is amazing. It’s worth waiting for.

pie dough rolled and cut with a heart shaped cutter

Of course, if your kitchen is not too hot like mine, you won’t need to put your dough in the fridge as often as I did.

heart shaped pie crust with guava filling
heart shaped hand pies ready for the oven

These pies are filled with guava jam. You can fill them with whatever jam you like.

Heart shaped hand pies baked
Heart shaped hand pies

I think I would like one filled with Nutella and raspberry jam … mmm .. maybe next time!

Crust recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

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Heart Shaped Guava Hand Pies
Heart Shaped Guava Hand Pies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Resting Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These heart-shaped guava hand pies are great for Valentine’s Day. With a crispy crust and a delicious, fresh and tropical filling.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: South America
Servings: 15 hand pies
Calories: 208 kcal
Author: Lizet Bowen
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (312g)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup butter (8 oz. / 227g)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup guava jam
Egg wash:
  • 1 egg beaten mix with
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar mixed with
  • 2 teaspoon milk
  1. Freeze butter. Grate it and freeze it again.

  2. Whisk flour, sugar, and salt together. Add frozen butter. Add 1/2 cup of cold water and mix with a spatula. If the dough hasn´t come together yet, add more water, but only a tablespoon at a time (mine needed 2 more tablespoons).

  3. Knead it gently, only until the dough comes together. You want to see little pieces of butter like the picture above. Divide the dough into 3 equal portions. Chill the dough for about an hour or freeze it for 20 minutes before rolling.
  4. I prefer to roll my dough on parchment paper. It makes it easier to transfer the dough and it doesn´t need as much flour as when done on the counter.

  5. Flour the parchment paper, put the dough in the center, add a little more flour and cover it with another piece of paper. Roll out the dough. If your dough is still firm, you can cut in now. If you see that starts to soften, slide it onto the back of a tray and chill it in the freezer until firm again.
  6.  Cut the dough with a cookie cutter. Put the hearts on a tray lined with parchment paper. Brush the borders around the filling with egg wash. Place a second dough heart on top of each filled heart. Brush each pie with egg wash.
  7. Bake at 425°F / 218°C for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the pies from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before drizzling some icing.

Recipe Notes

Is very important to keep the butter and then the dough cold.

These hand pies keep well at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Heart Shaped Guava Hand Pies
Heart Shaped Guava Hand Pies

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  1. These cute hearts would impress my hubby. He would just have them all. We celebrate 18 years since we’ve met so need to think of something special- these are just perfect. Ang I’ve never made sweets with guava. Just brilliant. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Such a fun treat for Valentine’s Day! I love the way you drizzled them too! I think just about any jam would be great in these! Can’t wait to try them!

  3. I also just discovered recently what a difference it makes by using frozen butter when making pastry crusts and biscuits. You gave very detailed tips which are very helpful. And the pies make a great treat for Valentine’s Day!

    1. Thanks Mireille! Yes. I’ve been enjoying baking more pastries this way. They come out so flaky and delicious!

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