Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pumpkin Hand Pies

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The dessert portion of holiday dinners is something I always look forward to. There is always a vast assortment on hand and I love trying new things. Mini or personalized desserts are always my favorite, so I decided to try out a smaller version of one of my fall favorites: Pumpkin Pie. These would be a perfect addition for both Halloween and Thanksgiving!
Mini hand pies are individualized versions of the larger pie. The taste stays the same, but everyone feels a little more special from having their own personal dessert. I even chose to cut jack-o-lantern faces into half of the hand pies I made for a more festive feel. The traditional version is great for adults, but I know kids would get a kick out of a more playful display. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a small bowl, stir together pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. 

Roll out one of the pie crusts using a rolling pin. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter, cut out circles. Take the leftover dough and roll into a ball. Use rolling pin to roll out the leftover dough. Cut out as many additional circles as you can. Repeat with other pie crust.

Place half of the circles on the baking sheets. Scoop a heaping teaspoon of the pumpkin mixture into the center of those circles. Place the remaining circles on top of the circles with the filling. Press down edges and seal by pressing the prongs of a fork around the edges. Pierce four slits on the top of each pie to allow steam to escape. (You can also cut a jack-o-lantern shape into the top circles prior to placing them on top--perfect for Halloween!)

Whisk egg. Brush tops of each pie with egg. Sprinkle a small amount of both cinnamon and sugar over the top.

Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to come to room temperature and store in an air-tight container.

Source: SK Original

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