Custard Hand Pies

Recipe for copycat McDonald’s Holiday Pies with custard filling

Custard Hand Pies Recipe by @KatrinasKitchen |

My husband has a dirty little secret…he is obsessed with McDonald’s Holiday Pies. They come out every December-ish and they make him happy. You would think that he is eating the most amazing culinary creation by the look of pure contentment on his face. He is never swayed by their apple or cherry pie offerings throughout the year but the Holiday Pie is where it’s at.

Custard Hand Pies Recipe by @KatrinasKitchen |

I just don’t get it. I mean I’ve had my fair share of the double arches. But my dirty little McDonald’s secret is iced coffee. That stuff is made of rainbows, and puppy cuddles, and happy thoughts. Except sometimes a new employee or someone really in need of a coffee himself makes it and he forgets to put the rainbow extract in it or something. Then it is just watered down sadness in a cup. Anyway, back to the Holiday Pies.

Custard Hand Pies Recipe by @KatrinasKitchen |

This past December my husband was in his happy custard place and I sat across from him thinking how easy this would be to create at home. When I saw these adorable heart hand pie presses I picked one up for myself (and one for you too!). I took a whole lot of short cuts in this recipe by using packaged pie dough and Cook and Serve pudding. You can of course adapt the idea to best suit your family.

Oh- And he liked it! He really liked it! 😉

PS: Will someone please contact me if you get ahold of that rainbow extract? Thank you.

Custard Hand Pies Recipe


Yield: 5 Hand Pies

Prep Time:30 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

Total Time:45 minutes

Copycat McDonald's Holiday Pies with custard filling


1 package of refrigerated pie dough (2 rounds) -or- 1 recipe pastry dough for double crust pie
1 large box (4.6 oz) vanilla Cook and Serve pudding, prepared and cooled
1 egg, beaten
Sprinkles (optional)
Sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Prepare pudding according to package directions. Let cool on stovetop for 20 minutes (or longer). Stir in about 1 Tablespoon of sprinkles (optional).
  3. Using back of pie press, cut 10 heart shapes out of dough.
  4. Cut a small slit or small shape in 5 of the pieces (use for tops to let steam escape while baking).
  5. Place dough onto the pie press and fill with approximately 2 Tablespoons of pudding.
  6. Brush edges of the pie with egg. Cover with a second dough piece and fold in pie press on top to seal and crimp edges.
  7. Brush hand pie with egg, top with sprinkles and sugar (optional).
  8. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400F for 15 minutes or until golden brown.


  • I used Cook and Serve pudding because I had it on hand (same with the pie dough).
  • Be sure to use parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat- there will be some filling seeping onto the baking sheet.
  • Makes 5 hand pies using this pie press- the size of your press may change the yield as well as the baking time.

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Custard Hand Pies from @KatrinasKitchen

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7 Responses to “Custard Hand Pies”

  1. #
    brittney — March 14, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Love the idea too cute!

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    brittney — March 14, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Where can I get a pie press from

    • Katrina Bahl — March 14th, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

      I got this pie press from Target.

  3. #
    Terri — February 8, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Can I use instant pudding?

    • Katrina Bahl — February 9th, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

      I haven’t tried it with instant pudding. I imagine it would work, but the texture just may be a little different than mine. I’d love to know if you try it out!

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    Ruthann Smith — February 12, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    These are so great thank you for the idea. Love your recipes

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    Megan — November 21, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it. Rainbow extract = sugar 😉

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