Mini Pumpkin Pies
Mini pumpkin pies! You know that feeling you get at the end of a big meal, when everyone has eaten way too much? And then someone suggests dessert, but you don’t even want to get up to make coffee, let alone put together everyone’s dessert plate. (Or is that just me?) When you finally do get the energy to serve the 3 beautiful desserts that someone went to tons of effort to make, everyone is so full that they don’t eat more than a few bites. The solution? Mini pumpkin pies! Rather than overwhelming yourself and your guests with too much of a good thing, let them enjoy a bite sized treat. There’s always room for something mini!
This is the combination of spices that my family has always used for pumpkin pie, and it has always been delicious! Tip: Add some pumpkin pie spice to strong coffee with some cream and sugar to make your own pumpkin spice latte. You can add canned pumpkin if you want, but it’s not necessary.
Here’s the recipe:
Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Pies
I know this is cheating, but using pre-made tart shells is so much easier than rolling out your own dough. And they end up looking so perfect in the end! This momma does not have time to be rolling out 30 tart shells.
Pour 2 Tablespoons of pumpkin pie mixture into each tart shell:
Here they are before they went into the oven:
I baked them at 375F for 30 minutes. They puffed up a little bit, but they collapsed really quickly after they cooled off.
Do you remember those pie plates that had the recipe written right on the plate? My mom had one for pumpkin pie, and it was truly the most delicious pumpkin pie I’ve ever had. I’ll be honest though – the past few years (…or ten years…) life has been too busy to make a pumpkin pie from scratch, so we have been buying them from Costco. *gasp* I know…
One of the reasons I stopped making homemade pumpkin pie (besides being
lazy busy of course), is that it makes such a huge amount and such a thick pumpkin pie, that it’s hard to get through the whole thing. I love pumpkin pie, but I find it a very strong flavour and enjoy having it in smaller amounts, rather than a giant piece that makes you so full that you swear you won’t eat anything else for days.
Which is why I love the idea of mini pumpkin pies. These were seriously delicious! Way faster to make than rolling out your own dough, but they still have the homemade taste that you just can’t buy in any store bought pumpkin pie.
These were way easier than I was expecting. I have convinced myself for years that pumpkin pie from scratch was too time consuming to make but these were done in less than an hour, and most of that was baking time. These are unique enough that they don’t have to be limited to Thanksgiving. I love that they could just as well be served at a brunch or dinner party. I definitely recommend giving mini pumpkin pies a try!
These look amazing, where did you purchase the tart shells? These would look wonderful on a dessert buffet. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks! The tart shells were at my regular grocery store in the freezer section, right beside the frozen pie crusts. The store was Loblaws, which I think is only in Canada, but I’m guessing most stores would carry them.
Hi Debbie, Who makes the tart shells? I have not been able to find any in my local supermarket. Thanks
Hi Aggie, Mine were just a no name brand. In fact, the brand might have actually been called “No Name”. Amazon has these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052SJIKI?ie=UTF8&creativeASIN=B0052SJIKI&redirect=true&ref_=as_li_ss_tl you never know, they might arrive in time?
These look great! thanks for the idea…..off to see if my store has tart shells
These look so delicious! I LOVE everything mini 🙂 Saw your link over at Whimsy Wednesday and had to stop by and pin! You’re always welcome to link up @ The Weekend re-Treat that’s going on right now too on The Best Blog Recipes!
Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes
I love everything mini too! It seems to be a theme lately with my posts!! 🙂
I just linked up to your party. Thanks for stopping by!
Looks really awesome Debbie! Thanks for sharing at Foodies & Crafties Soirée!
These are too cute! Perfect size for kid hands. Thanks for sharing and lovely photos.
Your pies look delicious. I didn’t know you could buy tart shells like that. I will give them a try, they are the perfect size especially for my little ones. Thanks for sharing your recipe at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.
Hey Debbie! Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing.
Love these! Pumpkin Pie is one of my favorites! Stopping by from “Thursday Favorite Things”!
Fab pictures and thanks for sharing these yummy miniature pumpkin pie tarts!
They’re adorable and I love that you’re keeping it real with store bought pie crust. Thanks for sharing at the Foodies and Crafties Soiree!
haha… I’m pretty sure I’d go crazy if I had to roll out 30 mini pie crusts. That and my kids would be neglected for almost an entire day. 🙂
I am doing a Thanksgiving Round-Up Series next week on my blog and I would love to share this recipe. Please email me if you are happy for me to include this recipe (and any other Thanksgiving delights you may have to share!) Ruth x
Hi Ruth – As long as you link back to this page, then no problem! I’d be happy to share!
How cute! I was thinking they would be great portion control, but I would just keep popping them into my mouth! So I would probably eat way more than I should! Ha!
Thanks for sharing at the Twirl and Take a Bow Party. Hope to see you again next Tuesday!
I love this! My husband and are having our first Thanksgiving on our own this year, and he has told me that he still wants a bunch of different kinds of pie. I think mini pies may be in my future!
Hi Debbie, Where can i find the tart shells.
Hi Melinda – They were in my grocery store in the freezer section next to the regular pie shells. But I’ve heard from some other people that they don’t have them at their regular grocery store, so you might have to check a few places.
Making these up for our youth group tonight! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!
can these be made up ahead of time and frozen?
I would love to know the answer to that question as well – hoping to make them tomorrow.
I would love to know the answer to this! Any word if they can be frozen?
If using pumpkin pie spice how much should I use instead?
add the spices together…so 1 1/2teaspoons…I add an extra 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
Does anyone know of a grocery store where the mini tart shells can be found in Arizona?
HI Debbie, Can you please tell me the exact brand of the tart shells? I cannot find anything like these in San Diego. I have searched every place that sells any kind of grocery good!
I live in Canada, so it’s probably not going to help you much, but my brand was called “no name brand”. I did a Google search and Tenderflake appears to make mini tart shells too. Mine were just from the grocery store in the freezer section with the frozen pie shells. Good luck!
Hi Debbie, I was able to find ready-to-fill shortbread pastry shells, do you think I can still put them in the oven once I filled them with the mix and get the same result? not sure how to go about this… Thanks!
Making them tomorrow! so one question where did you buy the tarts?
Could I use all spice and if so, how much all spice would I need? Thanks.
Can you make them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge? If so how long will they last in the fridge? Also could they be reheated?
Did you use 2 inch tart shells or 3 inch?
Hi there! This might be a stupid question but did you just put the tart shells in frozen? Or thawed out?
These look so good! I love the idea of individual ones! Cute to decorate with too!
Thanks for sharing! How far ahead of time can I make them?