Air Fryer Lemon Hand Pies Recipe

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Air Fryer Lemon Hand Pies feature homemade lemon curd encased in a crisp and flaky crust. And, because they’re made in an air fryer they’re made with a lot less oil than regular fried hand pies.

Air Fryer Lemon Hand Pies Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Air Fryer Lemon Hand Pies

Looking for a tasty treat to celebrate spring? Check out these Lemon Hand Pies! These tangy treats feature homemade lemon curd encased in a crisp and flaky crust. And, because they’re made in an air fryer they’re made with a lot less oil than regular fried hand pies. Here’s instructions on how to make Air Fryer Lemon Hand pies.

Equipment Needed

  • air fryer
  • medium size saucepan
  • medium size metal bowl
  • whisk
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • large circle cookie cutter
  • cutting board
  • baking sheet
  • small glass bowl


Ingredients

  • 1 package refrigerated pie dough
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup Lemon curd

Lemon Curd Ingredients

  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup oz freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 large lemons)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, sliced

Icing Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 lemon

Air Fryer Lemon Hand Pies Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Add an inch or so of water to a medium size saucepan.

Using medium-high heat, bring the water to a simmer.

While the water is heating up, Place the yolks and sugar into a medium sized bowl and whisk vigorously until smooth.

Add in the lemon juice and salt, and whisk until smooth.

Once the water reaches a simmer, reduce the heat to low and place the bowl over the saucepan.

Cook whisking constantly.

Whisk for 20 to 22 minutes. The mixture look a light yellow color. Do not allow the mixture to boil or it will curdle.

Remove the mixture from the heat and whisk in the lemon zest.

Add butter gradually, one piece at a time, whisking well to combine.

Allow curd to cool.

Transfer to airtight container and refrigerate.

Now it’s time to make the hand pies.

Preheat the air fryer.

Make the filling.

Spread flour on the top of  large cutting board to coat.

Lay the pie crusts and gently roll them out to ¼” thickness.

Use the circle cookie cutter cut out 6 circles.

Place the circles of dough on a baking sheet.

Place 1 tbsp of filling in the center of the pie dough.

Brush the edges of the pie dough with beaten egg.

Fold the dough over, and press the dough down with your fingertips to seal closed.

Use a fork to press around the outside of the dough, leaving indentations on the edges.

Brush the top of the pies with beaten egg.

Sprinkle the top with sugar lightly.

Place the uncooked hand pies into the air fryer two at a time.

Cook on 380′ for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and flaky.

While you’re cooking the pies, you can make the icing.

Add the icing ingredients in a small bowl.

Mix with a whisk until well combined.

Let cool slightly and top with icing drizzle.

Serve and enjoy!

Air Fryer Lemon Hand Pies Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Air Fryer Lemon Hand Pies

Air Fryer Lemon Hand Pies Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 package refrigerated pie dough
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup Lemon curd
  • Lemon Curd Ingredients
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup oz freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 large lemons)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, sliced
  • Icing Ingredients
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 lemon

Instructions

Add an inch or so of water to a medium size saucepan. Using medium-high heat, bring the water to a simmer. While the water is heating up, Place the yolks and sugar into a medium sized bowl and whisk vigorously until smooth. Add in the lemon juice and salt, and whisk until smooth. Once the water reaches a simmer, reduce the heat to low and place the bowl over the saucepan. Cook whisking constantly. Whisk for 20 to 22 minutes. The mixture look a light yellow color. Do not allow the mixture to boil or it will curdle. Remove the mixture from the heat and whisk in the lemon zest. Add butter gradually, one piece at a time, whisking well to combine. Allow curd to cool. Transfer to airtight container and refrigerate. Now it's time to make the hand pies. Preheat the air fryer. Make the filling. Spread flour on the top of large cutting board to coat. Lay the pie crusts and gently roll them out to ¼" thickness. Use the circle cookie cutter cut out 6 circles. Place the circles of dough on a baking sheet. Place 1 tbsp of filling in the center of the pie dough. Brush the edges of the pie dough with beaten egg. Fold the dough over, and press the dough down with your fingertips to seal closed. Use a fork to press around the outside of the dough, leaving indentations on the edges. Brush the top of the pies with beaten egg. Sprinkle the top with sugar lightly. Place the uncooked hand pies into the air fryer two at a time. Cook on 380' for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and flaky. While you're cooking the pies, you can make the icing. Add the icing ingredients in a small bowl. Mix with a whisk until well combined. Let cool slightly and top with icing drizzle. Serve and enjoy!

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    22 comments

    Amber Myers April 13, 2018 - 8:17 am

    Oh my gosh, yes please! I tend to love all lemon treats, and these hand pies look scrumptious. Perfect for the spring and summer!

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    Alli Smith April 13, 2018 - 8:18 am

    I’m making some lemon rolls this morning because I love everything lemon! When I came across these air fryer lemon hand pies, I was so excited. They look amazing! This is the excuse I’ve been looking for to invest in an air fryer. Yum!!

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    candy April 13, 2018 - 8:22 am

    Oh man does those lemon handles look good. You have me wanting one right now and I haven’t even had breakfast. Going to show this to my daughter who has an air fryer.

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    Bohemian Babushka April 13, 2018 - 10:18 am

    BB can make those in an air fryer? ESO!!! Will be adding an air fryer to my Amazon Wish List, hope someone gets it for me soon. BB2U

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    Melissa Chapman April 13, 2018 - 11:25 am

    I am not a regular baker but making those lemon pies is something I wish I could try. I love the way that lemon filling came out it was so creamy.

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    Carol Cassara April 13, 2018 - 1:44 pm

    I’ve never used an airfryer for hand pies before and it’s a pretty cool gadget to have! I love how this recipe turned out! Looks like something that I need to try!

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    Marcie W. April 13, 2018 - 2:40 pm

    Super amazing idea and delicious too! An air fryer is definitely our next kitchen purchase. It’s so versatile!

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    Destany April 13, 2018 - 2:42 pm

    I love love love my air fryer, and I love finding new recipes. This will definitely be a welcome addition! I will have to try these soon.

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    Sarah Bailey April 13, 2018 - 4:55 pm

    Oh my goodness what a delicious sounding pie! I have to admit I do love lemon when it comes to pudding ideas, I may just have to make this, this weekend!

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    Karen Morse April 13, 2018 - 7:54 pm

    That looks super lovely and it’s the perfect dessert for Spring! I’m pretty sure this would go well with a good cup of tea or coffee! YUM!

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    Bonnie G April 13, 2018 - 9:00 pm

    Those look so good right now! They remind me of those tabletalk pies but look way better!

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    Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh April 13, 2018 - 11:43 pm

    It’s almost 11pm, and I wasn’t hungry, but looking at those has my mouth watering. I want one right now!

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    Heather April 14, 2018 - 12:45 am

    Oh those look so good! I’m not that great of a baker admittedly. I’m much more of a cook so I marvel at people who can make wonderful desserts like these. Yum!

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    Sandy N Vyjay April 14, 2018 - 7:24 am

    We don’t do much of baking. But the lemon pie looks so tempting and refreshing too. Something just right for the season.I am sure it would be a hit with the kids too.

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    Peter April 14, 2018 - 11:57 am

    I honestly dont think I could make these fast enough in this house. We all love anything lemon!

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    Terri Steffes April 14, 2018 - 6:33 pm

    Lemon anything is my jam. I love these! I have been wanting an air fryer but I wasn’t sure I’d use it. Sure enough I be making these pies, though!

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    Heather April 14, 2018 - 9:45 pm

    Wow, these sound amazing. What a great unique recipe with fresh lemon! We’re definitely trying these soon.

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    Nikka Shae April 15, 2018 - 1:04 pm

    These pie treats looks amazing! I would love these for a summer party.

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    pat. April 16, 2018 - 1:21 pm

    They look bakery!

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    Nancy October 6, 2019 - 9:30 pm

    Can you use other fillings for the pies, like chocolate or fruit?

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    valmg March 20, 2020 - 12:26 pm

    Other fruits – definitely! Chocolate, I am not sure, possibly.

    Reply
    Michael Nicholls January 31, 2020 - 2:07 am

    What diameter cookie cutter do you use to cut the 6 circles out of a pie crust?

    Reply

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