Hand pies and pocket pies are the same thing by different names: small pies that can fit in your hand and don’t need a knife and fork to be eaten. They can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but are most often made by taking a larger piece of pie dough and folding it over to create a pocket over some filling. The edges are usually crimped down with a fork to seal them. They’re easy to make by hand, especially if you’re not too picky about the exact shape that they come out in.
If you’re going for looks and flavor, Williams-Sonoma makes a set of Pocket Pie Molds. These plastic molds can be lined with pie crust, stuffed with pie filling and, when they’re snapped shut, seal the pie into a heart or star shape. They even punch out a cute little vent in the shape of a heart or star, too! It’s a little easier and less messy than making the pies entirely by hand, and if you have problems with filling leaking out of your hand-sealed edges, this little gadget should eliminate the problem completely. The finished pies can be baked or deep fried and look pretty cute, in addition to being tasty.