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How to Use the Pampered Chef Hand Pie & Pocket Maker

Berry-Filled Hand Pies

Our Hand Pie & Pocket Maker is a game-changer for easily creating baked goods with beautifully round, crimped edges and just the right amount of filling. Keep reading to find out how to use it, how to pick your dough, and great ideas to help you get started.

Pick a Project and Choose Your Filling

Not sure how to get started? Check out these ideas—then start experimenting with different combinations of dough and filling!

  • Make stuffed pretzel pockets or custom-made cheesy pizza pockets.
  • Looking for a fresh take on breakfast that’s easy to eat on the go? Fill some pastry crust with cream cheese and dust it with cinnamon sugar.
  • Try your hand at custom toaster pastries.
  • Bake a refreshingly sweet mini galette filled with summer berries.
  • Honey and walnuts paired with pastry dough make a simple baklava.
  • Need a mid-day pick-me-up? Go for a mini pot pie, pizza flatbread, or tomato-cheddar tarts topped with mushroom and onion!

Choose Your Dough

Using different types of dough will give you different flavors and textures—but some work better than others. Some doughs will give you a good seal, but the fluting won’t be as noticeable. Others will give you a great seal and look amazing. And others…well, we don’t recommend using them with this product.

*If you’re using white bread, roll the bread out so it reaches the edges of the mold.
Best for Sealing & Fluting Good for Sealing Not Recommended
  • Refrigerated pie dough
  • Pierogi dough
  • White bread*
  • Fresh or refrigerated pizza dough
  • Egg roll wrappers
  • Refrigerated crescent dough
  • Puff pastry
  • Cheese wraps
  • Flour tortillas

Two Kinds of Pockets

Full Circles

For hand pies and other full, round pastries, cut two circles of dough, place one of the circles on the foldable base, add two scoops of filling, top with the other circle of dough, and press down.

Half Circles

For half-circle pockets like dumplings or empanadas, cut a circle of dough, place it on top of the foldable base, add one scoop of filling, and close the foldable base.

Tips for Success

  • For sticky doughs, dust the mold with flour or brush the foldable base and mold with cooking oil.
  • If you’re using a filling that may expand or steam as it cooks (looking at you, fruit pies), cut a slit in the top of the dough, so the filling doesn’t ooze out as it cooks.
  • Brush water or egg wash along the edge of the dough before pressing your pie or pocket to help seal it. The egg wash will also give your dough a glossy look and help with browning.

If you’d rather start with a recipe, this is a great one to use. These beignets are made in an air fryer and the flavor will remind you of churros. Delicious!

Air Fryer Beignets

What's in Your Pocket?

Tell us what combination you tried and, go ahead, show off a little bit and tag us at #howipamperedchef!

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