Copycat McDonald’s Strawberry and Cream Mini Pies are the perfect breakfast or sweet treat! Crispy, crumbly pastry encasing a fresh strawberry and cream cheese filling makes a delicious combination.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Hand Pies
I have a slight obsession with those Strawberry Cream Mini Pies from McDonald’s. They’re hot, flaky little pockets of strawberry and cream cheese. What’s not to love?
Luckily, you can make them at home now with this recipe! This copycat version is my take on those addictive hand pies, and they came out tastier and healthier (if you ask me)!
They make the most fun and delicious desserts. The kids will LOVE being able to eat these at home, and you won’t have to make a trip to the drive-thru.
Why you’ll love this Strawberry and Cream Hand Pie Recipe:
- TASTY: This delicious copycat version of the McDonald’s pies is filled with strawberries and cream cheese. It is fruity and sweet!
- EASY: Mini pies are so easy to make, with only six ingredients.
- VERSATILE: These hand pies are great for dessert, a sweet breakfast, or even an after-school snack.
I love this strawberries and cream version, but these mini pies taste great with blueberries, apple, or cherry too!
- Pre-made Refrigerated Pie Crust: I used Pillsbury, but you can make your own (see recipe card for homemade crust recipe).
- Strawberries: Hulled and chopped. You can use fresh or frozen.
- Cream Cheese: I used a low-fat cream cheese. Make sure it is softened.
- Egg: You can use a whole egg (with yolk) or just egg whites. I love Just Whites.
- Vanilla Extract
- Sugar: Divided
Trademark note: In the spirit of transparency, please note that some of these ingredients are trademarked products. McDonald’s, Pillsbury, and Just Whites are proprietary brands that I want to acknowledge and give credit to.
How to Make Strawberry Cream Cheese Mini Pies
You can jump to the recipe card for full ingredients & instructions!
- Blend the strawberries and sugar in a food processor.
- Add to a bowl with cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla.
- Cut the pie crust into rectangles and add a spoonful of the berry mixture onto half of them.
- Top with the remaining pastry rectangles and seal with a fork.
- Bake and serve.
What is a McDonald’s Strawberry and Cream Pie?
If you’ve never seen these mini pies, don’t feel bad. They’re not available all the time or in all McDonald’s locations. This sweet treat from the Golden Arches, is a hand pie, a less-familiar cousin of the classic McDonald’s Apple Pie.
It features a layer of strawberry filling alongside a layer of vanilla-flavored creme. The crust has a light layer of sugar baked on, and they are so addictively sweet, tangy, creamy, and delicious.
Since they can be hard to find, I decided to make my own, and they are awesome!
How Difficult Are These to Make?
The strawberry cream cheese filling is easy as pie! Just combine the filling ingredients and it’s ready to load into the crust. It’s so amazing and flavorful. What more could you ask for in summer, especially when strawberries are in season?
And with the pre-made pie dough, prep is super simple. Just assemble everything and bake!
Can I Use Store-Bought Crust?
You don’t have to make the crust from scratch, though there is a recipe for homemade pie crust if you like. If you use a pre-made crust, go for a refrigerated one rather than a frozen one.
The frozen crust isn’t designed to be removed from the package and rolled out as a pastry. It will crumble if you try to do that, so stick with the refrigerated type!
Serve these little strawberries and cream hand pies fresh and hot! Add a scoop of ice cream for an extra delicious dessert.
- Let the cream cheese sit on the counter for at least 15-30 minutes to let it soften.
- Be sure to cut some sort of vent in the pastry dough. The hearts look really cut, but you can just cut slits if you prefer.
- You can use different fruits to make different flavors! Try blueberries, cherries, or raspberries instead.
- Serve them hot with a scoop of ice cream for a delicious dessert!
- Use a fork to press the two rectangles together to seal the hand pies.
- The egg wash helps to brown and crisp up the pie crust in the oven to create the deliciously flaky texture!
Be sure to try our copycat Egg White Delight too or copycat Egg White Bites!
These strawberry cream cheese hand pies are just as good as (or maybe better) than the McDonald’s pies. And baking these is almost as easy as going out to the drive-thru. The whole family is going to love these!
Check out these other sweet treats
- Apple Pie Cupcakes
- Oatmeal Cream Pie Bars
- Blueberry Pop Tarts
- Cookies and Cream Cookie Butter
- Mini Apple Pie Taco Boats
- Quick and Easy Pear Tart
- Blueberry Pie Bars
If you make this recipe be sure to upload a photo in the comment section below or leave a rating. Enjoy! You can also jump to recipe.
Since I am allergic to eggs, is there anything I can replace eggs with please?
The egg just helps the pastry brown in the oven. You can omit it entirely or brush the pastry with heavy cream instead!
Tried today for first time. Didn’t use enough filling in each one. I think I will add more sugar and a teaspoon of lemon juice to the strawberries.
Modify to your liking!
I to love the McDonald’s Strawberry Cream pies but was wondering has anyone ever tried to make a whole pie instead of individual one
I haven’t, but maybe someone will come through!
Yes. Using slightly different ingredients. Like a homemade glaze for the strawberries & the cream used heavy cream and cream cheese. Delicious! Never have leftovers.
Made these tonight and loved them! Definitely a close enough match to substitute for the fast food version and fix that craving. I ended up making some in tarts and actually liked that better than the hand pies. The only other thing I learned is that the taste of fresh strawberries is strong enough that I prefer a 2:1 ratio of the cream cheese filling to the strawberry filling or the “cream” gets a bit lost.
Oh I bet that was so yummy! I’ll have to try that!
What you mean it gets lost so you saying more 🍓 less cream cheese or vice versa?
So… with summer just starting mcdonalds brought back the strawberry cream pies… and I’m pregnant….well for some reason this time around a high sugar content isn’t working for the tiny growing baby lol. Thank God you posted this recipe. I would have way over complicated a recipe to make them myself. Now I have to convince myself to wait till tomorrow to send my husband to the store for the ingredients lol. Wish me luck :).
This is so awesome. I’m glad you found it too. Congrats on the baby!! :)
Hi becky! Omg are these so good! My daughter and i used to ask how many they had a few times a week and buy them all and Freeze them. I came across this looking for soMething a little different for thanksgiving dessert and used Strawberries(the only fruit i really like) mine are in the oven now! Hope they survive in my house until tomorrow! Thanks for sharing! Great recipe idea!
Yay! SO happy to hear that!
I know I’m a little latest to the game lol! These look scrumptious & I can’t wait to try this recipe! I was wondering if you have tried freezing them after you make them & ifor so, how did they turn out.
Could you do it in a pie dish instead of individually doing these? Like one big pie?
Thank You soooo much Becky!! McDonald’s strawberry custard pie is my weakness too, but I am so glad that I found this recipe and guess what it’s better than McDonald’s!! I Love it!! Thanks!! ?
YAY! Love to hear this. Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hi!!
Thank you! My daughter and I are both addicted to the McDonalds Strawberry Creme Pies and unfortunately a lot of the restaurants around us are doing the yearly discontinuation of that pie in favor of the peach pie. Now, we can make our own at home. She will be so excited!
Ours isn’t selling them right now either!!! I love them. Hope you guys love the recipe, thanks so much for stopping by!
Is the peach pie with cream cheese too bc that sounds yummy as the strawberry ones that im addicted to as well im be doin a peach and a strawberry version like this recipe next time i go shopping on the 8th