How to Use the Pampered Chef Hand Pie & Pocket Maker

The Hand Pie & Pocket Maker with mixed berry pies

Our Hand Pie & Pocket Maker is a game-changer for easily creating baked goods with beautifully round, crimped edges and just the right amount of filling. Keep reading to find out how to use it, how to pick your dough, and great ideas to help you get started.

Pick a Project and Choose Your Filling

Not sure how to get started? Check out these ideas—then start experimenting with different combinations of dough and filling!

  • Make stuffed pretzel pockets or custom-made cheesy pizza pockets.
  • Looking for a fresh take on breakfast that’s easy to eat on the go? Fill some pastry crust with cream cheese and dust it with cinnamon sugar.
  • Try your hand at custom toaster pastries.
  • Bake a refreshingly sweet mini galette filled with summer berries.
  • Honey and walnuts paired with pastry dough make a simple baklava.
  • Need a mid-day pick-me-up? Go for a mini pot pie, pizza flatbread, or tomato-cheddar tarts topped with mushroom and onion!

Choose Your Dough

Using different types of dough will give you different flavors and textures—but some work better than others. Some doughs will give you a good seal, but the fluting won’t be as noticeable. Others will give you a great seal and look amazing. And others…well, we don’t recommend using them with this product.

*If you’re using white bread, roll the bread out so it reaches the edges of the mold.
Best for Sealing & Fluting Good for Sealing Not Recommended
  • Refrigerated pie dough
  • Pierogi dough
  • White bread*
  • Fresh or refrigerated pizza dough
  • Egg roll wrappers
  • Refrigerated crescent dough
  • Puff pastry
  • Cheese wraps
  • Flour tortillas

Two Kinds of Pockets

Full Circles

For hand pies and other full, round pastries, cut two circles of dough, place one of the circles on the foldable base, add two scoops of filling, top with the other circle of dough, and press down.

Half Circles

For half-circle pockets like dumplings or empanadas, cut a circle of dough, place it on top of the foldable base, add one scoop of filling, and close the foldable base.

Tips for Success

  • For sticky doughs, dust the mold with flour or brush the foldable base and mold with cooking oil.
  • If you’re using a filling that may expand or steam as it cooks (looking at you, fruit pies), cut a slit in the top of the dough, so the filling doesn’t ooze out as it cooks.
  • Brush water or egg wash along the edge of the dough before pressing your pie or pocket to help seal it. The egg wash will also give your dough a glossy look and help with browning.

If you’d rather start with a recipe, this is a great one to use. These beignets are made in an air fryer and the flavor will remind you of churros. Delicious!

Air Fryer Beignets

What's in Your Pocket?

Tell us what combination you tried and, go ahead, show off a little bit and tag us at #howipamperedchef!

34 Responses to How to Use the Pampered Chef Hand Pie & Pocket Maker

  1. Sharon December 31, 2021 at 12:18 pm #

    Do you have any suggestions for a Gluten free dough recipe that will work well?

  2. Mary Beth January 7, 2022 at 8:27 pm #

    I would like the recipe as well. We tried a gluten free dough and it did not work.

  3. Robbin January 8, 2022 at 10:18 am #

    Does it come with recipes?

  4. Jackie Carmona January 13, 2022 at 2:47 pm #

    Pepperoni, cheese, ham, sauce & sausage. Lovely gadget.

  5. Carol Jean Tirey January 14, 2022 at 6:59 am #

    This is so easy to use and kids love doing it because they feel a part of making a meal..Delicious pies with sauces to dip in..

  6. Beth January 27, 2022 at 10:53 am #

    how long do they need to bake and at what temperature?

  7. Hazel Farrow January 28, 2022 at 9:44 am #

    I purchased this and was disappointed with it. I see that I could have purchased a stainless still one for less than half the price. Probably will never use it.

    • Cathy February 25, 2022 at 9:34 am #

      Didn’t work for me. I am going to try again today and see what happens.

  8. Joan Barrette February 3, 2022 at 2:45 pm #

    Just trying out my new hand pie maker. What temp and how long do you bake???

  9. Andrea February 12, 2022 at 12:36 pm #

    How long do they need to bake and at what temperature? (no answer from above)
    Would greatly appreciate links to recipes on this page! I want to try these in an Air Fryer, too.

    • Patricia March 9, 2022 at 10:59 am #

      If you go to the pampered chef webpage, click on recipes, and type in hand pie, it will bring up a bunch of recipes

      • Susan October 7, 2022 at 4:07 pm #

        Can’t find any specific recipes on your website, just ideas

  10. Ginny February 24, 2022 at 8:03 pm #

    What if you don’t have a air friyer?

  11. Wanda February 26, 2022 at 7:45 pm #

    All you have to do is go on YouTube and either type in name of product or hand pies. Or hand pies using Air Fryer. Or how to bake hand pies. Or how to deep fry hand pies. And that is where you will find your answers.

    • Becky May 31, 2022 at 9:39 am #

      I did that, but there was an awful lot to dig through. I found a BUNCH of videos but very few actually mentioned the bake time, etc. I found none that gave me directions for baking in a regular oven.

      For all those wondering…I baked mine in my PC Air Fryer for 14 minutes on “Bake” setting, switching trays halfway through. They came out perfectly.

  12. Judy March 2, 2022 at 9:34 am #

    I love the hand pie maker. But as a purchaser of other Pamper Chef products in the past, I was very disappointed that it did not come with the instructions and recipe cards like the older products did.

    It was so convenient to have those cards to put right into your recipe box.

    • Melissa Deaton March 14, 2022 at 10:37 am #

      I often just either type in the recipe on my computer and then print it out on a 3×5 or 4×6 index card. Can control size and info better than just scanning and printing on a sheet of paper.

    • Rob March 21, 2022 at 3:50 pm #

      Totally agree! Hope you are listening PamperedChef!

  13. Joni Cay Appleton March 2, 2022 at 10:32 pm #

    Nice gadget but should have some recipes along with the product. Used it once and was fun for grandkids!

    • Sharon Walker March 27, 2022 at 12:14 pm #

      I agree! I wish I had read this blog before I purchased it.

  14. Marie Sumpter March 2, 2022 at 11:02 pm #

    Made these with my almost 4 year old red headed grandson❤ blueberry pies picked local last summer. He also likes making cookies with the medium cookie scoop, we always make enough to send home for mom dad and sisers!.💗

  15. Linda D Ciolko March 3, 2022 at 12:25 pm #

    I got the pie maker, and I have used it a few times. It would of been nice to have some basic recipes to follow so you could get an idea on length of time to cook and at what temp. I tried to go online, and all of the videos that I watched had ingredients, but gave no cooking information. I do not do a lot of baking so some direction would of been appreciated.

  16. Kim Brown March 6, 2022 at 2:58 pm #

    Would have been nice to have gotten recipes with this so we would know how to make and cook items. Older Pampered Chef items always had recipes with the products

  17. Judith Mitschele March 19, 2022 at 2:34 pm #

    Would have been nice to have some recipes to go with it. Disappointed that it did not.

  18. Kathy May 15, 2022 at 11:31 am #

    Missing recipe(s) like older products. PC, you messed up with this one!

  19. Jaime September 5, 2022 at 4:05 pm #

    I rarely bake or cook at all. Grilled cheese, mac & cheese, hamburger helper, and frozen pizza is about as advanced as I get. I was invited to a friend’s PC party, so I thought I would older something to help her out. This looked like it would be something that I could use to make pizza pockets or something like that. I assumed it would come with instructions/recipes. I have no clue how to use it or make anything. I found some info that talked about using an air fryer, but I don’t have one of those. How do I use this for my oven?

  20. Vicky Logan October 4, 2022 at 2:36 pm #

    For mixed berry hand pies, the baking time for regular oven is 25 minutes at 375 degrees. I hope this helps give a starting point for those wanting to use a regular oven to bake and not sift through oceans of videos to find the info.

  21. BIRDIE Lieder January 26, 2023 at 1:08 am #

    Oh no no recipes. I am in trouble

  22. Lynda February 16, 2023 at 10:26 am #

    The possibilities are endless, I made cheese/chicken turnovers with mine the first time, used canned cornbread biscuits, cooked in my oven with the directions on the can of biscuits. I’m ready to try fruit in some, just depends on what kind of dough you use. I LOVE mine with I had it years ago. I’ve made them with grbeef and cheese, cut up ham lunch meat and cheese etc.. as for the air fryer, I use the oven feature and watch it so it doesn’t over cook.. sometimes I shorten the time 5or 10 min and check it. I LOVE IT.

  23. Linda March 23, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

    Can you use regular bread with this

  24. Marnie July 7, 2023 at 3:20 pm #

    I bought this hoping I could use it to make uncrustable type sandwiches for my kids but it does a lousy job cutting and sealing bread.

  25. Sheila Beck September 11, 2023 at 12:38 pm #

    How do you cook it. If in the microwave for how long

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