If you don’t have and don't want to purchase cherry juice, you can substitute it with water, though it will have a little less cherry flavor and will be lighter in color.
The cherry filling can be made up to 7 days ahead of time.
Can't find sour cherries or want to use sweet cherries? Use just 1/3 cup of sugar in your filling.
If at any point your pie dough is getting too warm, simply place it in the refrigerator or freezer to chill until it is easy to work with
Filling the hand pies is a delicate balance of not overfilling them, and not under-filling them. If you find that you are having trouble closing the hand pies, then use less filling.
It's best to chill the hand pies briefly before baking as the instructions direct, or you can chill them overnight and bake the next day!
These can be frozen, unbaked, for up to 3 months. Freeze them flat on a sheet tray for 24 hours. Then, transfer to a bag with as much air removed as possible. The pies can be baked from frozen. Follow the instructions, but the total baking time will increase by about 10 minutes.