Desserts, Recipes

Cranberry Handpies with Chocolate Drizzle

Cranberries are those fruits we often feel people forget about. Yeah, almost everyone will have cranberry sauce on their table at the holidays but that’s it, plus it is usually so full of sugar it hardly tastes like cranberries anymore. One of the best things about cranberries is their unique and interesting tart and sour flavour. This makes them perfect for those who don’t have a big sweet tooth. This is one of the main reasons we love them so much, as two people who don’t generally have a sweet tooth, cranberries make the perfect dessert addition. We know that because of the taste people often shy away from them, however we think that you should be embracing them because of it and we are going to show you how.

One of the best things about a cranberry is its beautiful colour. There is nothing better in the middle of colourless winter, than a beautiful cranberry. The vibrant colour has the ability to just lift you out of a drab funk, and when you cook them down the colour they collapse into may be even more beautiful than their originating colour. So we ask, if you can’t embrace the taste, embrace it’s beautiful colour.

Our cranberry handpies are the perfect combination of sour, tart and sweet. With an amazing hint of citrus coming through from the orange, these handpies are the perfect end to a delicious vegan holiday. Plus look at them, they are cute as heck. Talk about an Instagram-worthy dessert.

This amazing recipe is all a part of a bigger YouTuber collaboration filled with amazing holiday recipes, all vegan of course! From recipes like Vegan Sausage Rolls to Hasselback Potatoes to Sweet Potato Lasagna, this collab ha you covered for a delicious vegan holiday dinner. Be sure to check out everyone else’s amazing recipes in the YouTube playlist here. Be sure to check out everyone in this amazing collab: The Viet Vegan, Sweet Simple Vegan, Caitlin Shoemaker, Cheap Lazy Vegan, Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen, Lisa Kitahara and Vegan Travel Eats.

We also have had an amazing How To Vegan the Holidays Series that has been going on all of December, filled with amazing holiday recipes. You can check out that series playlist here.

Cranberry Handpies with Chocolate Drizzle

Makes: 15-18 Handpies


Pie Dough

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cold coconut oil
  • 3-6 tbsp ice water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla estract


  • melted dark chocolate, for topping (optional)



  1. In a food processor add your flour, salt and brown sugar and process until a grainy combined.
  2. Add in your coconut oil in chunks, it is important the the coconut oil is cold because that is what gives your dough the flaky consistency. Process until you get a texture that is like wet sand.
  3. Add in your ice cold water while the process is on, one tablespoon at a time. Start with three tables spoons and add the remaining slowly as you may not need as many as we did. We ended up needing all six tablespoons. You want to add wanted until your dough just comes together or when you can grab some dough and form a ball that holds together. Pro Tip: The water needs to be ice cold.
  4. Turn out your dough onto a layer of cling wrap and using the wrap help form it into a ball. Then wrap your dough and store it in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  5. Remover your dough from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before rolling it out. Preheat your oven to 375 F.
  6. To complete the cranberry filling add your cranberries, orange zest, fresh orange juice, cornstarch, brown sugar and vanilla to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Mix it all together consistently over the heat until your cranberries burst and the filling thickens. You want a good mix of burst cranberries to whole cranberries still in your mixture.
  7. Set the filling aside to cool for about 5-10 minutes.
  8. On a well floured surface roll out your dough to about a 1/8 inch thickness. If you are finding your dough is a little crumbly, wet your hands and knead for a minute then roll it out.
  9. Using a crimped circle cookie cutter(you can buy here) use that to cut out as many shapes as you can from your dough. These are going to be the tops and bottoms to your handpies.
  10. Place about 1 teaspoon of cranberry filling into the center of all your bottom pie cut outs. Trace cold water around the edge of the pastry to help the dough seal together and not leak.
  11. Before placing your dough on top, roll out your cut outs just a bit extra so they can comfortable go over the mound of cranberry. Place them over and using your finger lightly press all the edges together. Then using a fork press down around the edges to ensure no leakage happens.
  12. Using a sharp knife, create a slit in the top of your handpie to allow a place for steam to escape while baking, without this your pies would burst.
  13. Bake for  20 in your preheated oven and then turn off the oven but don’t them them out for another 2-3 minutes so that they can finish baking in the heat of the stove. Remove from the oven and let cook on baking sheet for about 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
  14. We topped our with a little melted chocolate and some icing sugar, which of course is all optional.