I could have this on repeat and never get sick of it. It’s just so delicious!

Cherry pie bombs encapsulate the delightful burst of tangy cherry encased in a flaky pastry, representing a miniaturized version of the classic cherry pie. The origin of pies dates back to ancient times, but these small, hand-held treats have gained popularity for their convenience and charm at gatherings. They’re a wonderful way to enjoy the essence of cherry pie without the commitment of baking a whole pie.
These cherry pie bombs make an excellent treat on their own or can be beautifully paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a classic combination. They’re also great with a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top. For a festive touch during the holidays, serve them alongside other mini desserts to create a delightful dessert platter.

1 package (14.1 oz) refrigerated pie crusts
1 cup cherry pie filling
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon water
Coarse sugar, for sprinkling (optional)

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a small bowl, mix the cherry pie filling with cornstarch and almond extract; this helps in thickening the filling and enhancing its flavor.
3. Unroll the pie crusts and, using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out circles from the crust.
4. Place a small amount of the cherry mixture in the center of each circle. Do not overfill to prevent leakage during baking.
5. Fold over the dough to create half-moons and seal the edges by pressing with a fork. This not only seals them but gives a decorative edge.
6. In another small bowl, mix the beaten egg with water to create an egg wash.
7. Brush the top of each pie bomb with the egg wash, then sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired for extra crunch and sweetness.
8. Place the pie bombs on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and crisp.

9. Let cool slightly before serving, as the filling will be very hot.
Variations & Tips
The beauty of pie bombs is their versatility. Instead of cherry, try using blueberry or apple pie filling. For a fall twist, add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to the filling. You can also experiment with different shapes, like triangles or squares, to add a bit of fun to the presentation. For a savory version, fill them with a mixture of cooked mushrooms, cheese, and herbs.

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