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A finished plate of golden brown pumpkin shaped hand pies stacked on top of each other on a wooden brown plate

Green Chile Hand Pies

This delicious appetizer is made with only four ingredients and ready in less than 30 minutes! A light, buttery & flaky crust filled with creamy green chile & cheese dip.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Green Chile Appetizer, Green Chile Hand Pies, Hand Pie Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 470 kcal
Author Yvonne



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

  2. Using a circle cookie or biscuit cutter, cut (16) 2-inch circles. Eight will be used for the bottom & eight will be used for the top. If you’ve got a specific seasonal cookie cutter you’d prefer using, you’re definitely welcome to get creative here! With a 2-inch sized cutter you will be able to get enough for eight hand pies with enough extra pastry to create the stems.

  3. Fill each circle with about 1 1/2 tbsp. of La Terra Fina Green Chile & Cheese Dip & Spread. You don’t want to add too much filling as it will ooze and spread out of the hand pie.

  4. Top each circle with a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan cheese.

  5. With the remaining puff pastry scraps cut (8) pumpkin “stems”. This is just a small rectangle shape. Top each circle.

  6. Cover the hand pies with the additional circle, or pastry topper as I like to call it & carefully seal edges using a fork.

  7. Using a sharp knife cut two slices in each pumpkin. 

  8. Create an egg wash by whisking one egg with 1 tbsp. of water. Brush onto each pumpkin, including the edges. This will create a beautifully browned crust.

  9. Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Recipe Notes

  • Puff pastry is sold in the freezer section, so be sure to plan ahead if you're going to make these and thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter until thawed (but watch closely, you wont want it to get too warm otherwise it will be hard to work with). 
  • Always cover your cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This will not only prevent your baked goods from sticking to the pan but it will also make for easy cleanup. 
  • Use a quarter-sheet sized cookie sheet for this recipe. Eight hand pies fit perfectly on one cookie sheet. 
  • Use the cookie cutter of your choice to craft hand pies for just about any occasion! I chose to make pumpkin shaped hand pies, but other festive variations could include Christmas Trees, Hearts, and more! 
  • Don't have cookie cutters? No problem - use a drinking glass, a mason jar ring, or even free hand the shape of your choice. 
  • These are best served warm so don't make them much earlier than right before you're going to serve them. If you do have leftovers definitely pop them in the oven, toaster oven or microwave to reheat before serving again.
  • Be careful not to overfill your hand pies. Doing so will result in extra dip oozing out of the sides and top of your pie. 
  • Sealing the pies gently with a fork keeps the two pieces of pastry together during baking, this is an important step that you will not want to skip! 
Nutrition Facts
Green Chile Hand Pies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 470 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 293mg13%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 515IU10%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.