One of my favorite summer desserts is a classic berry pie. I usually go for a combination of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, and I love snacking on a warm slice topped with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream. So why not take that exact thing, but transform it into a milkshake? Yep, a milkshake!!
All it takes is one slice of berry pie or two berry hand pies, some vanilla ice cream, some milk or almond milk, and a blender. Before you know it, you’ll have a delicious drink that tastes like berry pie fresh out of the oven, but in a cold and refreshing way, perfect for those hot summer days.
You can always choose to use a slice of berry pie if you’ve already got it on hand, but I’ve got a simple recipe for some berry hand pies here so you can make the whole thing from scratch. I know, I know. We’re going to bake some beautiful berry hand pies only to destroy them in a blender? The only way to get that authentic berry pie taste is with berry pie. Trust me, all of that goodness will transform before your eyes, and blend beautifully with that ice cream.
A few quick notes before you get started. This pie dough recipe is simple and can be made a day or two in advance, wrapped in plastic wrap, and kept in the fridge. Hand pies are easy to make and don’t require any kind of pie dish, but you can always use this same pie dough recipe to make a full size pie without a top crust (or with a top crust if you double the recipe).
As for the berries, any berries will do! I chose to go with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries, but the choice is all yours, depending on what you prefer. I hulled and chopped the strawberries and chopped the raspberries to be able to fit more berries in each hand pie because the more, the merrier, of course.
When you first roll out the dough, you’ll cut out two small star shapes, coat them in the egg wash, sprinkle them with a little sugar, and bake them while you prepare the hand pies.
Since you’ll get that added sugar from the ice cream once the milkshake is blended together, I chose to not add any more sugar to the berries. The recipe makes three 4 or 4 ½ inch round hand pies, two to blend into the milkshake and one to enjoy with it.
You’ll crimp the edges of the hand pies with a fork. The berry juices may leak out of the hand pies a little as they bake, but that’s okay! As long as you’ve got them on a parchment covered cookie sheet, you shouldn’t have a problem.
Once the hand pies have been baked, it’s just a matter of blending the ice cream and milk together and then adding each hand pie, one at a time. I chose to add in a few more berries at the end to make the milkshakes a little more colorful. If you do this, be sure to only add a few so their fresh berry taste doesn’t overpower the berry pie taste. Just top with whipped cream and your baked pie stars, and you’re ready to go!
Berry Pie Milkshakes
Author: Marisa Guerra
Berry Hand Pies
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- 1 ½ tsp sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
- 2- 2 ¼ tbsp ice cold water
- ⅔ cup berries
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 375º degrees.
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
- Blend the butter into the flour mixture with your hands or a pastry blender until the butter is about pea sized.
- Pour the water over the flour and stir together until it begins to form into a dough.
- Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastric wrap, and chill for 15 minutes.
- While the dough chills, wash and dry the berries. If you’re using strawberries, hull and chop them.
- Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut out two small stars, placing them on a parchment covered cookie sheet
- Whisk the egg together and use a pastry brush to coat them in egg wash. Sprinkle them with sugar and bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
- While the stars bake, use a 4 or 4 ½ inch round cutter to cut six circles, rerolling the dough as needed. Place them on a parchment covered cookie sheet.
- Divide the berries among three of those circles, carefully placing them in the center.
- Top those same three circles with the three remaining circles, crimp each hand pie’s edges with a fork, and cut three small slits in the center of each hand pie.
- Coat each hand pie with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake hand pies for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Berry Pie Milkshakes
- 3-4 scoops of vanilla ice cream
- ½ cup milk or almond milk
- 2 berry hand pies or 1 slice of berry pie
- Puree ice cream and milk together for about 10 seconds until thick and creamy.
- Add one hand pie or slice of pie and puree for 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula.
- Add second hand pie and puree for another 10 seconds.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 ½ tbsp sugar
- Combine heavy cream and sugar in a medium sized bowl. Mix on medium-high with a handheld or stand mixer until somewhat stiff peaks have formed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use, slightly whisking before using if need be.
- Pour milkshake into two tall glasses and chill until ready to serve.
- Top each milkshake with a spoonful of whipped cream and a baked pie star.