how to make small pumpkin dessert

Pumpkin desserts are a popular fall and winter dessert. Pumpkin pie is the most popular pumpkin dessert, but there are many other ways to enjoy this flavorful fruit. This recipe for small pumpkin dessert is easy and delicious.
how to make small pumpkin dessert

Mini pumpkin pies in a muffin pan.

Mini pumpkin pies for a small Thanksgiving celebration, made in a muffin pan. Two-bite small pumpkin pie recipe that is perfect for a small Thanksgiving for two dinner menu. Add a squirt of whipped cream on top, along with an extra sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice!

small pumpkin pie for two

I’m updating this recipe from 2013, because I feel like we are all doing small Thanksgiving for two menus this year, and small pumpkin pies are just so fun. The recipe doesn’t need any changes—7 years, going strong on these creamy custard-y pumpkin pies with flaky crust.

This recipe is from the time when my husband and I were living far away from family, and decided to fly out last minute to Los Angeles for a small celebration with his family. There weren’t quite enough adults to warrant a giant turkey (we opted for this small Thanksgiving turkey tenderloin instead), and we wanted a taste of pumpkin pie, but not the whole thing. These bites went fast from the dessert table!

I still make these mini pumpkin pies when we have pumpkin pie cravings. This recipe makes 10 pumpkin pie bites, but can easily be doubled.

mini pumpkin pies for two

How to make mini pumpkin pies:

  1. First, we’re going to make the crust. If you’re using a sheet of store-bought crust, skip right over this step. Eat a cookie while you enjoy saving yourself time! In a bowl, add the flour and salt. Dice the butter and shortening, and add it to the bowl. Use a pastry blender or your finger tips to work the fats into the flour mixture. You’re done when the pieces are evenly distributed-a few lumps are okay. how to make pie crust
  2. Next, add cold water to the dough mixture, and stir with a fork. Is it clumping together nicely? If not, add another tablespoon of water. It should be soft and easy to roll, without cracking much.
  3. Press the dough into a disk, tightly wrap with plastic wrap, and allow it to rest in the fridge for 20 minutes. pie crust from scratch easy
  4. Preheat the oven and have ready your muffin pan. This muffin pan is my favorite.
  5. Make the pumpkin pie filling: whisk together the sugar, spices, pumpkin, milk and eggs. small pumpkin pie filling
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge, and roll it out into a large circle between 1/8” and 1/4” thick.
  7. Use a 4” round cookie cutter to cut out 10 circles.
  8. Press the dough circles into the muffin pan-no need to spray the pan first. Use your fingers to work the dough and bring it up the sides of the muffin cup. You can crimp or flute the edges, but I just leave them plain. I like the rustic look, heh. small pumpkin pie
  9. Distribute the pie filling into the cups and bake for 10 minutes at 400-degrees F, and then lower the oven to 325-degrees F and bake another 10 minutes. Starting at a high temperature gives you perfectly cooked, flaky golden pie crust, and finishing at a lower temperature ensures the pumpkin custard cooks perfectly. Don’t worry about any small cracks-we’ll cover them with whipped cream.

small pumpkin pies

If you look inside a cut-open mini pumpkin pie (photo below), you can see why I opt for using pie crust in muffin pans. There’s a big, thick bite of pumpkin pie in each cup! If you use the store-bought pie shells from the freezer section, they just don’t hold as much filling.

This is the right crust: filling ratio for a pumpkin pie bite.

mini pumpkin pies

Can I use store-bought pie crust?

Oh gosh, YES! Please use any and all store-bought help when making Thanksgiving dinner. My homemade small-batch pie crust recipe results in incredible flaky and delicious crust, completely worthy of eating on its own, but one sheet of pie crust from the store is great, too!

Can I double this recipe to make more mini pumpkin pies?

Yes, this recipe is pretty straight-forward, and I have doubled it successfully in my kitchen, many times. If you’re looking for an incredible full-size pumpkin pie, check out my deep-dish Orange Spiced Coconut Pumpkin Pie.

Can I make these mini pumpkin pies ahead of time?

In our house, we prefer our pumpkin pie cold, so I make these the night before and chill them overnight. I add the whipped cream just before serving, however.

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