Strawberry Heart Pie

Strawberry Heart PieIt was Father’s Day this past Sunday and it’s my dad’s birthday today so I wanted to make something special for him.  I had this pear-raspberry heart pie bookmarked for a while and I thought it was the perfect occasion to finally make it.  I used the same heart design but I made it into a strawberry pie and I used ready made pie crusts to save time.  I know you’re not going to believe me but it was really easy to make.  It just looks fancy but that’s the point!  It was so delicious.  The strawberry filling was sweet and the pie crust had a crisp to it that was wonderful.  When you see this pie, how can your heart not melt?


  • 3 – 4 cups of strawberries (cut into chunks)
  • Frozen pie crust
  • Pillsbury pie crusts
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Sanding sugar

In a bowl, coat the cut strawberries with sugar. In a medium saucepan, bring the water, cornstarch, and strawberries to a boil over medium heat (about 10 minutes). Meanwhile, cut out hearts from the Pillsbury pie crusts using a heart shaped cookie cutter.

I used both pie crusts just in case.

Let the strawberry filling cool and then pour into the pie shell.

Brush one side of the hearts with the egg wash and firmly place them on the crust.

This is the first row. Continue to place the hearts by layering them in between the gaps.

Brush the entire pie with egg wash and dust with sanding sugar. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes then reduce the oven to 375 degrees and bake for another 20 – 25 minutes until the filling bubbles.

The crust should be golden brown.

The perfect sweet treat!


  • This is, by far, the prettiest pie I have ever seen. I love the idea! I have some strawberries coming from Fresh Direct this weekend, and maybe a pie is the thing to do with them.

    • Thank you so much Sydney!! I love your blog! I also see you live in BK maybe you can give me some tips as I’m trying to discover the borough 🙂

  • Sarah

    This pie is so cute! it must have taken you forever. just like that apple pie you made one year for Thanksgiving with all those cut out leaves.

    • It was a labor of love. Thanks so much for the support Sarah! xoxo

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  • Nikki

    This is the most beautiful pie I’ve ever seen! I am making it tomorrow!!! Thank you SO much for sharing.

    • Thank you so much Nikki!

  • This just looks too cute to eat! Love it!!

    • Thank you so much Lana!

  • Anna Bennett

    Your pie looks really good Laura,thank you for posting the pictures & the recipe.
    My granddaughter sent the Recipe to me so that I can have my daughter
    pick up in ingredients this week-end & having her bake it for us.

  • Carmen

    Hey! You say you used both pie crusts, how do you mean? both in one pie?

    • Hi carmen!
      Yes because you need one for the bottom crust and the other to make the hearts for the top of the pie. I hope this helps!

  • Hanna

    Okay I feel like this is a silly question, but what exactly is in the “eggwash”? Is it just the egg yolk or is there something added with it? Thanks!

    • Not silly at all. An egg wash is when you whisk an egg in a bowl so the white and yolk should be blended. Using a brush, you brush the egg wash over the top of the hearts. Does this make sense? Good luck!

  • Dear Laura, this recipe was sent to me by a friend and I ended up making the pear+raspberry (which was delicious, such complementary flavours!) for my mother this mothers’ day (UK) however pretty much used your recipe! And the beautiful pictures totally sold it to me too – I’ll be making the strawb one next!
    All the v best

    • Dear Jean,

      This is such a sweet note it made my day! I’m going to try pear and raspberry that sounds delicious! All the best to you!


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  • Bea

    Wonderful idea!! I’ll make it surely!!!! So genius! Regards from Italy! ^_^

  • lila

    I love the recipe! Just in case.. Fahrenheit or Celsius? Thanks sweetie! 🙂

  • Leanne

    Hi Laura,
    Your pie looks delightful!
    I would love to give this a go but am wondering – what is sanding sugar?
    I’m in Australia and I have not heard of it?

    Leanne 🙂

    • Hi Leanne,

      Sanding sugar is sugar that is more course than granulated sugar. I bought mine at William Sonoma in the baking section. It’s labeled sanding sugar. Hope this helps!

      Laura xo

  • This is the prettiest pie I have ever seen. 🙂

    • Thank you so much Jody!

  • Beryl McMillan

    Love the look of this pie recipe and would like to print it, but with all the enormous photos it would use too much ink and probably several pages! Where is the ‘print-friendly version’ for it, please?

    • Hi Beryl,
      Unfortunately at this time I don’t have a printer friendly version. Sorry!

  • laura

    good morning
    am an Italian girl and I want to make the cake Strawberry Heart Pie.
    Could you give me the recipe with the doses Italian? in Italy the Pillsbury is not what can I use instead?
    thank you very much

    • Hi Laura!

      I would suggests doing the conversions on google. That’s how I translate metric to American measurements. Good luck! xo

  • Carmen

    Hello again!
    Do you know how to make the pie crust from scratch? Ive watched several links on this page of pie crusts but they all vary and I’ve ended up totally confused!! I don’t know what kind of crust I should be making… Tips? Also, in one recipe one of the components was ‘shortening’, what is that?
    Thank you! x

    • Hi Carmen,
      This is my favorite pie crust recipe It’s easy and the dough comes out buttery and flaky. Shortening is something that looks like butter but you don’t have to refrigerate it. You can find it in the baking aisle of any grocery store. I hope this helps!

  • Sheryl

    This is such a gorgeous pie! I’m trying this later today for Mother’s Day, thank you for the lovely recipe!

  • Lissa

    Looks cool – thanks a lot for the recipe. I have one in the oven now and my fingers are crossed 🙂

    The recipe specifies an egg yolk but then it’s not included in the instructions – where did it go? I thought it went into the egg wash but in a previous answer you say an egg wash is the yolk and white beaten together, so I’m confused!

    • Yep it’s for the egg wash. Sorry for the confusion! I hope it came out great!

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  • Jéssica

    The strawberries cook without problems? I’m in doubt because I never cooked strawberries, only apples. I’m so interested in making this pie 😉

    • Hi! Yes, they cook perfectly! xo

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  • Jessica

    i was wondering if you can do the same with any fruit other than strawberries but follow the same procedure .???

    • Hi Jessica! I’ve used blueberries and peaches 🙂

  • Antonina

    That looks amazing and super cute! I’ve never made a pie before and was wondering if this could be a make ahead pie? Could I stop once I have put the hearts on and how long will it last before I bake it?

    • You could make it the night before and cover with foil and leave at room temp OR you can make the whole thing before put it in the fridge and then bake it the next morning. Hope this helps!

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  • Elizza

    Hi(: I was wondering if apples would work in this pie or not

  • Kim

    I’m not usually a DIY kinda gal sinus curious if you can use canned fruits instead??? Looks delicious though & maybe something I can do with my 4yo!! She loves helping!!!

    • Kim

      Sry..typo…”so I’m curious”…NOT sinus! Lol

    • Hi Kim. I’ve never used canned fruits but you can try! The only thing I would say is to make sure they are well drained. The extra liquid can make the pie on the bottom soggy. Good luck!

  • Hi! I have a doubt! In the oven, you use ºC or ºF? Thanks! The idea is soooo amazing!

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  • Beautiful pie! I have never made a strawberry pie but I love strawberries so this is on my must bake list now!

    • Thanks so much Cindy!

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  • Leena Smith

    Hi Laura – I am planing to make this for Valentines day for my hubby. I live in Hong Kong and here they have limited baking products and sell the pastry but not the pie crusts. They do sell the brownish ready made ones that look quite firm and are sold in a foil base ? Or is it made from rolling out Pillsbury pastry? Last time I tried to make a fruit pie the base was soggy and horrible. Any tips please would really appreciate it. I have never made pastry from scratch – so I am happy to use the ready made ones.

    • Hi Leena,

      I used the rolled out Pillsbury pastry. Do they have that in Hong Kong? The strawberries weren’t “wet” per se. The cornstarch makes the mixture thick so every time I’ve made this pie, the bottom was not soggy. I hope this helps!

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    Adorable pie, just found it and your lovely blog from Susan at Between naps on the porch. 🙂

    • Thank you so much Erika!

  • raven

    Thank youso much for this recipe!!Im in the middle of making it right now to use to ask my bf to the highschools sweethearts dance because he loves pie more then anyone ive ever met. I came accross this on pinterest and it was perfect. Cant wait to see how it turns out!

    • Your BF is lucky xo

  • Lorie

    This is such a great idea!! I am going to use it to dress up my blueberry pie recipe!! Thank you!

    • Thanks Lorie! Please send photos!

  • We LOVE this recipe! You should enter it into our #iHeartCAstrawberries Valentine’s Day photo contest!

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  • I just loved the heart pie idea. I made it for my husband today for Valentine’s day, except an apple pie, his favorite. Worked fantastic!
    Thank you soooo much!

    • Thank you Patricia! I hope your husband loved it!

  • Liz

    Hi really love this idea!! Very excited to try it out… Quick ? Do u put egg wash on both sides of the hearts or just the tops? I was confused at the beginning it seems like it says that the wash is used to help the hearts stick on the bottom then again on the top.

    • Hi Liz! Sorry for the late reply! I only put the egg wash on the top of the hearts. Did you figure it out? Hopefully you did xox

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  • Hi there,

    I tried your recipe and loved how it turned out! I gave this pie to my gf on White Day (kinda revenge-Valentines-Day where the guys gift their girls in Asia). Unfortunately I apperently should use more sugar and better straberries next time, as the pie was just a bit not-sweet-enough.. Anyways, here is my creation XD

    • Hi there,

      This is so wonderful, your pie looks so cute and delicious! You’re absolutely right. The quality of the strawberries is really important since that’s the main ingredient. I actually don’t like that much sugar but it does need some since strawberries are tart. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Alice

    Thank you so much for this. I made it today and its beautiful and tasty- 2 very important attributes in my book!

    • That’s great to hear Alice!

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  • Lauren

    Hey, I think this an amazing idea! I’m surprising my boyfriend by cooking his favorite meal and I think this is a WONDERFUL idea for dessert! Question though… Do you have to have corn starch? If so, is there anything you can substitute it with? Thank you SO much! Can’t wait to try this!

    • Hi! This is so awesome and your boyfriend is one lucky guy. I suggest corn starch to thicken the berry mix but I’ve also used a little bit of flour as well. Good luck!

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  • Shaili shah

    Hi, its is adorable. Tomorrow is a special day and i want to try this for someone. I am very confused. Have never baked in my enitre life. We dont get pie crusts here . How do i make it from scratch? Also, pure vegetarian so dont use eggs. Anything i can use as a subsititute to the egg wash. Pleaaaase reply soon so i have time to figure out things. My day is tomo 🙂 and THANK YOU FOR THIS POST.

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  • Chrissy

    What size was your cookie cutter?

    • It was pretty small like 2 inches.

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  • Karyn

    Hello and Happy Thanksgiving!! So I’m having a go at this pie but using fresh, delicious cherries instead of the strawberries. It’s in the oven now and I’m so anxious. I used three cups of pitted and halved cherries but i think next time i will probably need about 4-5 because the hearts on the outermost “layer” sunk down to the filling instead of being held up by it. And i hope i haven’t ruined it but i sprinkled some regular granulated sugar on the top (not too much) because i could not find sanding sugar at my store 🙁

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