Mini Pumpkin Pies

I usually don’t start making pumpkin treats until October or November, but here it is early September and I’ve already made my favorite mini pumpkin pies. But I have a good reason! My daughter is pregnant and she was craving pumpkin pie. How can I say no to that?

mini-pumpkin-pie

These are so fun to make, and even more fun to eat! But they are dangerous…you can pop a whole pan of these into your mouth before you even realize it. (don’t ask me how I know this)

But of course, I did take the majority of them to my daughter, who is in the hospital with complications. She NEEDED them!

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I bought pre-made dough to hurry this process along, and used a 2″ circle biscuit cutter to make the perfect sized dough circles for the mini muffin pan. (Don’t mind my saran wrap on the dough plunger…I’m a little conscientious that way…ha!)

prepared-pie-pan

I used two pie crusts, but I could have used more since I was a little short and had PLENTY of pie filling. This is my grandmother’s pie recipe that I grew up on and just LOVE.

Use a Tablespoon to spoon just the right amount of filling into each mini pie crust.

before-and-baked

They come out looking all delicious like this! Try to remain calm as you wait for them to fully cool before adding a bit of whipped cream. But, really…they are still good with melted whipped cream on top, but they don’t LOOK as pretty! (Use the real cream here and whip it up with a little sugar. It’s SO much better!)

add-whipped-cream

Then a little sprinkle of nutmeg (or cinnamon) on top adds just the right amount of yum!

add-nutmeg

Oh these are so good! But be prepared…this recipe makes about 100 mini pies. Which is perfect for a party, or a girls lunch, but not so good if you are just at home waiting for the rain to pass. (Remind me to go for a walk later…)

little-cutie

Aren’t they so cute? If you are looking for the recipe, come back by end of the day…I just have to go dig it out to share with you! It’s live now! Here it is:

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c. canned pumpkin
  • 6 T. brown sugar
  • 2 T. white sugar
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • 1/8 t. ginger
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/3 c. evaporated milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • Refrigerated pie dough, pre-rolled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare the dough by cutting it into 2" circles with a cookie or biscuit cutter. Press into mini muffin tins.
  3. Combine pumpkin, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg & ginger in mixer until well incorporated.
  4. Add 2 slightly beaten eggs, milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Mix well.
  5. Use a tablespoon to spoon the pumpkin mixture into the pie crusts. Bake for 6 minutes at 425 degrees, then turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 13-15 minutes.
  6. Allow the mini pies to cool completely before topping with fresh whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg.
http://www.sunshineinmypocket.com/mini-pumpkin-pies/

So now I am completely ready for fall. And Halloween. And Thanksgiving. :)

And if you like pecan pie, you’ll love these Pecan Tassies!

May your days be filled with sunshine,

Sunshine In My Pocket

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10 Responses to Mini Pumpkin Pies

  1. Lauren September 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    These look great! I am making pies of this size for my cousins weddings and would love to get a perfect uniform look like this. What did you use as a dough plunger and where could I get one? Thanks for sharing these!

    • KariV September 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Lauren, the wooden plunger I used came as a set with my pampered chef mini muffin pans. I’ll bet you can find one at a kitchen supply store or maybe Bed, Bath, and Beyond? They really do make a big difference in how the mini pies turn out! Good luck. :)

  2. Rhonda September 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Where is the recipe for the filling and the crust? Please and thank you:)

    • KariV September 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

      Rhonda, it’s live now! :) These are fantastic little pies…I hope you love them!

  3. Carol November 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Hi,
    Have you ever tried to make this with a regular muffin tin?
    I was wondering how that might change the baking time?

    Thanks

    • KariV November 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      I haven’t made them in a regular muffin tin, but check out this link where Sara talks about her muffin tin pumpkin pies: http://www.momendeavors.com/2010/11/mini-pies.html
      And let me know how they turn out! I might have to try that myself…I just LOVE these bite-sized mini pies so much! :)

      • Carol November 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

        They turned out great! I got lots of compliments on the pies. I followed the instructions on the website you provided and started them at 450 for 15min. Followed by around 30-35 min at 350 like she suggested. I did have some sticking while removing them from the pan but that was probably my fault.

        I will definitely try these again. Have you ever done this with sweet potato pies?

  4. Carol November 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    One more thing – how long can you store these?

    Thanks a lot in looking forward to trying them.

    • KariV November 17, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

      Carol…while these don’t last too long at my house, I have stored them in the refrigerator for about a week with great success. But, if I do that, I will wait and add the whipped cream right before serving. Hope that helps!

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