This post was created in partnership with Juicy Juice®. All opinions are my own.
I am big on lunches for our girls and I enjoy getting creative with the foods they like to eat. It can be hard to come up with kids’ lunchbox ideas so I try to mix things up and turn some of our favorite things into fun lunchbox additions like these adorable pumpkin shaped turkey and cranberry hand pies.
This time of year as the weather cools off it makes it a lot easier to pack hot meals for lunch. Our nine year old especially enjoys hot lunch but not the kind made from school she wants to take it from home. Hand pies are one of our favorite simple lunch ideas and kids really do love them. As we get closer to Halloween these simple hand pies are an especially fun lunchbox idea.
The hardest part to this recipe is really just making your own cranberry sauce ahead of time. I love to go seasonal with it and create something with apples in it.
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Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- 16 oz bag of fresh cranberries
- 1 cup of Juicy Juice® Organics 100% Juice, Apple flavor
- 1/4 cup diced apples
I am a big fan of keeping things simple. We will actually use this for sandwiches and even a chicken dinner I have planned later this week so I love keeping fresh cranberry sauce around. Plus our kids love it and the Juicy Juice Organics apple juice, which is USDA organic certified and has no added sugar or high fructose corn syrup, makes it perfectly sweet and delicious right from the 100% juice. I just cook this on medium heat until the cranberries burst, then turn it off and let it
In the end you will have a simple and lightly tart cranberry sauce that’s just perfect to go with these mini hand pies. I used a simple pre-made pie dough and store bought turkey lunch meat. I used a pumpkin cookie cutter to cut the pumpkin shape then cut out small eyes and a mouth for a face.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
We just layer the turkey and cranberry apple sauce with a little cheddar cheese on top. Then just added the top of the pie crust then pieced the two sides together to create the pocket. I let these baked for 13 minutes until golden brown.
You can serve these with anything in a simple lunch box. You can also make larger ones for a simple and fun dinner idea. I used a smaller pumpkin cookie cutter for the hand pie shape but I have also done this with my larger shape and it’s wonderful. I wanted the smaller size for lunches so this works perfectly for kid-sized portions.