I always like to keep pie crust dough in my refrigerator or freezer. It’s such a useful and versatile thing to have on hand for pastries, chicken pie or ham pot pie and of course, pies and other sweet treats.
Like these cinnamon sugar pie crust hearts, which are just what Cupid ordered for Valentine’s Day.
You can bake up a whole batch in less than 10 minutes. And the prep time doesn’t take much longer, as you’ll see in the video below.
Think of these as a flakier version of cinnamon toast. All kinds of buttery, sugary, cinnamon goodness happening here.
Wouldn’t it be sweet to serve these to your sweetheart for breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day?
Just add a dollop of homemade whipped cream and drizzle some strawberry or raspberry jam on the plate.
This same dish also makes a great dessert, or you can serve the cinnamon sugar hearts in so many different way.
- Top one with ice cream and chocolate or caramel sauce
- Add a pastry heart and sprig of mint to a bowl of ice cream.
- Add a homemade heart to a slice of store-bought pie.
- Make an ice cream sandwich with two pastry hearts.
- Whip up some homemade mousse and add a heart as garnish.
So break out those heart-shaped cookie cutters and let’s start baking.
Easy as pie! (I couldn’t resist.)
Here’s a printable version of the recipe, too.
- 1 refrigerated pie crust dough
- 1 stick butter, melted
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- Allow the pie crust to sit out at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes, then unroll.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out heart shapes from the pie dough. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt 1 stick of butter and pour into a shallow bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon and stir until well mixed.
- Dip each pie crust into melted butter, shaking off excess.
- Sprinkle each side of the heart liberally with cinnamon sugar. Shake off the excess and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Pierce each pastry heart a few times with a fork.
- Bake for 5 minutes, then flip the hearts over and bake for 3 minutes more until dough is golden and flaky, but not burned.
- Cooking times may vary, depending on your oven. Watch the pastries carefully to make sure they do not brown too much.
- Cool for 5 minutes, then remove from the pan.
- Serve with whipped cream and jam.