Sweet and tart cranberries in a flaky pie crust, topped with a maple glaze. The crust in this recipe includes the unique addition of ground up pecans for a sweet snack that's truly seasonal.

Cranberry Orange Hand Pies [Vegan]

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Ingredients

For the Filling:
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ginger extract, or 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • A pinch of sea salt
For the Crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup finely ground pecans (the consistency of almond meal)
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or maple sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil in its solid state
  • About 6-7 tablespoons cold water
For the Glaze:
  • 3 tablespoons coconut butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons filtered water, as needed

Preparation

To Make the Filling:
  1. Combine all ingredients but the extracts in a medium pot and bring to a simmer. Cook until the cranberries have popped, then remove from heat. Add the extracts and stir to blend. Set aside.
To Make the Crust:
  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, pecans, sugar, and sea salt.
  2. Cut in coconut oil with a pastry blender, or 2 knives, until it is in pea sized pieces. Mix in  just enough water to create a smooth dough that holds together, but isn't too sticky. Add more water if needed, and knead slightly until a smooth dough is created.
  3. Roll out into a rectangle on floured parchment and floured rolling pin.
  4. Cut into 8 circles, re-rolling scraps if needed. If the dough gets too warm and sticky, briefly chill it in the freezer. You want it to be kept cool, or it will tear easily.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F.
To Make the Hand Pies:
  1. Spoon the filling onto the middle of the prepared little crust circles, and fold in half carefully, pressing the edge where it is open, and crimping with a fork.
  2. Bake for about 30 minutes until the crusts are starting to brown lightly. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack until warm.
To Make the Glaze:
  1. Whisk glaze ingredients together until smooth, adding more water if too thick. You want it to be pourable.
  2. Spoon some of the glaze over each pop tart, and smooth it out to cover the top. Let set before serving.

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