Mini Strawberry Pies loaded with the most unbelievably delicious strawberry pie filling all nestled in easy soft and chewy, buttery, sugar cookie crusts = the most adorable, crowd pleasing, make ahead dessert!
Growing up it was always a treat when Dad would surprise us with a fresh pie from the Marie Calendars by his work. Everyone had their favorite. I don’t remember everyone’s (after all, there are seven of us), but I do remember my dad’s favorite was the razzleberry pie. And my favorite was the strawberry. Always the strawberry.
Not much has changed decades later. My dad still loves his Razzleberry Pie and I still love Strawberry Pie – but I love it even more with sugar cookie crust!
To do justice to my favorite pie, I wanted to create a filling that was packed full of fresh and sweet strawberry flavor all married with a glaze that wasn’t stiff or bouncy or runny. To create such a Glaze, I pureed some of the strawberries with water then added them to a saucepan along with sugar and cornstarch to thicken – then I added a a splash of lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of Strawberry Jell-O – just enough to infuse the glaze with an oomph of strawberry flavor while still keeping the flavor fresh and natural. Perfection.
And then it was time for the crust. But first, I just have to say it. Although I love pie filling, I am not a fan of pie crust – at all. I know, blasmphemously un-American. But I still love pie – just with non-traditional crusts. Enter Sugar Cookie Pie Crust – you will go crazy over this crust!
These buttery sugar cookie crusts are soft and chewy and super easy to make. Simply cut a package of sugar cookie dough into 12 slices and press them into your muffin tins to bake. Then pile them with sweet, luscious strawberries and you have chewy sugar cookie and glazed strawberries in every melt-in-your-mouth bite. Add some light, airy homemade whipped cream and and try not to eat three, four, five…or don’t try at all.
I didn’t try at all…..
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