5 from 2 votes
sweet ricotta pastry with chocolate chips
Sweet Ricotta Hand Pies
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr

You'll love this old world homestyle Italian pastry.  The easy to make pie crust will make my Sweet Ricotta Hand Pies a family favorite for years to come.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian - American
Servings: 16
Calories: 405 kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley
Sweet Cheese Filling
  • 1 cup Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Sweet Pastry
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 oz unsalted butter very cold cut into pieces (2 Sticks)
  • 2 oz ice water
  • 4 large eggs
Sweet Cheese Filling
  1. In a mixing bowl add ricotta, mascarpone, sugar, flour, egg, lime zest, vanilla powder, salt, and cinnamon and blend together
  2. Add in chocolate chips
  3. Refrigerate for two hours*
Sweet Pastry
  1. In the bowl of your food processor, add 4 cups of flour, baking powder, sugar and salt and pulse a few times to mix.
  2. Add the very cold butter slices to the food processor and pulse until all the butter has been incorporated
  3. Add the eggs and pulse until it begins to ball up on the blade of the food processor.
  4. If your dough looks too dry and a ice water a little at a time until it starts to come together.
  5. Place dough on floured surface and roll into two logs.
  6. wrap in plastic and refrigerate until you are ready to use them.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. remove dough from refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour.
  3. Cut logs into 8 pieces each and roll them into small circles, on a floured surface, using a rolling pin.*
  4. Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of the dough and close to make a half moon.
  5. use a fork to seal the edges, cutting off any excess dough.
  6. repeat until all the pies are made.*
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the dough is a golden brown.
Recipe Notes

*I put my mixture into the freezer for about an hour to get it to firm up
*use a french knife to go under the pastry to lift it off the work table
*If dough is too soft, refrigerate for about 30 minutes until its firms back up.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Ricotta Hand Pies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 237mg10%
Potassium 103mg3%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 705IU14%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.