Cherry Pie Perfect for Valentine’s Day

Yesterday the skies were overcast and I had a feverish boy home from school.  So naturally, I spent the afternoon in the kitchen doing a little baking.  

I love a good pie.  It has taken me a couple of years of practicing, and experimenting to find the perfect crust recipe.  But now making it is like second nature to me.  Thankfully, it’s not hard and with just a few ingredients (that I bet you already have on hand) you can whip one up too.

If you have been reading here for a while, it’s the same recipe I use to make my Slab Apple Pie, and my Mom’s Fresh Peach Pie.  Only this time I filled it with Cherries and cut the crust into a “lovely” shape. 

Valentine Cherry Pie


To make the crust follow my recipe here:

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  1. 3 3/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  2. 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  3. 1 1/2 tsp Sugar
  4. 1 1/2 Cups (3 sticks) Unsalted Butter
  5. 1/2-3/4 Cup Ice Cold Water
  1. Place flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a Food Processor. Process unitl combined. Add butter, and process until mixture resembles course meal. (About 10-15 seconds) with the machine running add the ice water in a slow steady stream through the tube just until the dough starts to hold together. Do not process for longer than 30 seconds. Test dough by pinching a small amount, if it is still crumbly add a little bit more water. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and divide into 2 equal parts. Try not to overwork the dough. Place each piece tightly in plastic wrap and flatten into a disc. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before using.
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 Once your dough is nice and chilled, pull it out of the refrigerator and roll one section out into a nice round circle to cover the bottom of your pie pan.  Place in a 9″ pie pan and flute the edges.  

Cherry Pie

Then fill your crust with 2 cans of cherry pie filling.  (See I told you this was going to be easy!)

Set aside and pull out the second half of your pie dough, again roll it out, but instead of doing a lattice top, I decided to make something a little more festive since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. 

Heart Pie Dough

I took a small 1″ heart cookie cutter ( I found mine at JoAnn’s)  and cut out a bunch of hearts, and then placed them right on top of my pie in a spiral pattern.  

Heart Shaped Pie

Valentine Pie

Place in an oven preheated to 425 degrees.  And bake for 40-45 minutes.  You will know it will be done when the edges start to bubble and the top is a nice golden brown.

Cherry Pie for Valentines

So if you love to bake like me, (or even if you don’t) this is such a fun dessert to make for your Valentine.  I, of course have to have my pie with a big scoop of ice cream!  And if you are a chocolate cherry lover, try adding a dollop of hot fudge on top of that ice cream!





  1. That is the prettiest pie I have ever seen! The heart-top is perfect! And, bonus, it could work for any time of year, so long as you had a cookie-cutter in whatever shape you wanted!

  2. Oh my gosh this is the prettiest cherry pie I’ve ever seen! Love the idea of cutting the crust into hearts. You are such a smartie pants!

  3. wow – this is gorgeous. Using the mini heart cutter made for such a gorg look. Very nice! =)

  4. This is really beautiful and great photography! I’m a new food blogger and found you on a link party. I’ve followed your social sites and hope we can connect on those. Can’t wait to read more of your blog. Becky

  5. Looks super easy! I just have one question. Should the butter be room temp?


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