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Mini Pumpkin Pies for Thanksgiving

November 21, 2011

Makes 12 mini pies

My husband and I are hosting Thanksgiving this year and as I was planning the menu for the 20 of us who will be in our home I thought of the children who will be present. My extended family here in Colorado has been so wonderful and this Thanksgiving I am so thankful to have them celebrate with us. I always get emotional over the holidays. My tears are flowing as I type this post. It is so hard to live away from my immediate family. My brother and dear mother live in El Paso, Texas and my sister is now very far away living in Germany with her family. This Thanksgiving we have decided to stay home and open our doors to my second family — my aunt Vicky and uncle Wolfgang and their children (my 1st cousins) and their children (my 2nd cousins).

This year I’m thankful to have them in our home celebrating with us. Thank you Brenda, Jessica, Krista, and Loraine for being like sisters to me. Gracias Tia Vicky for being my second mom. Gracias uncle Wolfgang for your BIG hugs and never ending whistling background music.

And of course thank you hubby for being so patient with me while I write recipes till’ the wee hours of the morning. And to my children Maya and Blake who without them I would not have the passion to write this blog and our future cookbook.

To my brother Michael and sister Ronnie (Veronica) and our lovely mother – May you have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. Although we will not be together at the dinner table this year please know that our hearts are together. I love you con todo mi corazón and thank all of you for your love and support.

Phew, let me wipe my tears. Sorry! Back to this recipe – I found this cute idea on the Make and Takes blog and thought my children and little cousins will LOVE this dessert. It’s the perfect serving size for children and adults who only want a sliver of pie after a filling Thanksgiving spread.

I made this recipe with fresh pumpkin puree, but you can simplify this recipe and buy pumpkin in a can and follow the pumpkin pie filling recipe for a one 9-inch pie.

To all of you – May you spend Thanksgiving with the ones you love and if you can’t then love the one your with.

Ingredients

2 9-inch pie crust doughs (pre-made from a box)

2 cups fresh pumpkin pulp puree or 1 can (16 ounce) solid pack pumpkin

1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk

½ cup dark brown sugar, packed

1/3 cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon lime zest

Toppings

Whipped cream

Toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds, optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Prep the dough according to package directions.

Use a 4-inch round cookie cutter and cut 6 circles from each of your pie crusts for a total of 12.

In a large bowl, add filling ingredients in order given. Mix well with electric mixer.

Place each mini pie crust into a greased muffin tin. Fold over where necessary creating a creased effect.

Pour filling all the way to the top into each prepared dough cup.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees then lower temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes.

Place baked muffin tin pan on a cooling rack for a few hours allowing the pumpkin in the pies to set.

Add a dollop of whipped cream to each mini pie. Sprinkle with toasted pepitas.

Photography by Jeanine Thurston

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19 Comments
  1. I love this idea of mini-pies. Not everybody around here likes pumpkin pie (no matter how much I try to convince them that they should), so I could make a scaled down version in mini form! Happy Thanksgiving :D

    • Pumpkin pies don’t get any easier or cuter than this! I think I’ll be making some for Christmas and giving them as gifts in tiny little boxes. Wouldn’t that be adorable? Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

  2. Oh how cute are these! I don’t bake but I may do these because they are so cute!

  3. These are wonderful! What a great idea for the Thanksgiving dessert table.

  4. Love the idea and the pictures are lovely! Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving :)

  5. You never to cease to amaze me with your recipes!! Delish!

  6. I love these! If I weren’t already making your pumpkin empanadas, I would have a blast making these. Maybe I will anyway…

  7. Those look fun to make and delicious!

  8. This are so cute, and a great idea to have for dessert. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Love minis & love pumpkin pie! They look great! :)

  10. These look amazing! And mama, you HAVE to tell me where your adorable muffin tin is from. I keep coming back to this post just to stare at it! Happy Thanksgiving :)

    • That muffin pan is one of my favorite finds. The antique store owner had it as a display with jewelry in it. I was so excited when I spotted it and didn’t care what it cost. I was on the hunt to find one. And now it’s mine along with all my other props that I adore. Now I need a new kitchen with more cabinet space for all my treasures :)

  11. que rico tener tanta familia alrededor para Thanksgiving y los otros holidays. nosotros tambien tuvimos lots of gente en la casa. Casi 40! I looove the look of these mini pies! The smaller the cuter, the easier and the healthier! Hope you had a lovely and blessed Thanksgiving!

    • They were a hit for Thanksgiving. I should have doubled the recipe. But between the mini pies, pumpkin flan, fruit salad, and other pies we had plenty of sweets to choose from. Glad to hear you had a houseful of family too. I love the sound of a large family in a home.

  12. Brenda permalink

    Yvette – We are so thankful to have you and your beautiful family in our lives! You are the hostess with the mostess, and you hosted an *amazing* Thanksgiving dinner! I’m constantly amazed by your unwavering dedication to your cookbook, and your passion for culinary perfection shined through your incredible pumpkin flan and mini pumpkin pies. Muuuuuuy bueno!! :)

    I can’t wait until your book is published, and I’m happy to taste test your recipes as often as you need! (hint hint) :)

    Love you like a sister!

  13. What a unique idea. I’m not a big fan of traditional pumpkin pie, but these look so cute and delicious!

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