The Fall season is here and it would not be complete without these adorable easy Pumpkin Hand Pies. These will definitely hit the spot!
If you are looking for an easy and cute Pumpkin Hand Pie look no further. This recipe will satisfy all your pumpkin cravings. And it is simple to make. what better way to celebrate the season than with pumpkin anything!
Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pies
These jack-o-lantern pumpkin hand pies are a fun treat for Halloween or even Thanksgiving. Simply made with puff pastry and creamy pumpkin filling you can whip these little jack-o-lantern pumpkins up in no time!
The looks on the kids (young and old alike) faces is priceless. Everyone loves a fun treat I don’t care how old you are. They are a fun and festive way to celebrate the season.
What you need to make pumpkin hand pies
Here is what you will need to make these easy pumpkin hand pies. Just a few ingredients and mostly staples that we have in our house. Frozen puff pastry, thawed, canned pumpkin puree, brown sugar, eggs, heavy whipping cream, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, granulated sugar and salt.
Easy Pumpkin Pies
These pumpkin hand pies could not get any easier. They are so easy made with puff pastry! Talk about simple this little pumpkin pie is great for little hands and for when you don’t want a whole pie.
Not that anyone doesn’t want a whole pie. I mean I have times where I thought I could eat a whole pumpkin pie by myself! But sometimes it’s better to have a little pumpkin pie that was not only easy to make but portion control!
Mini Pumpkin Pies
So why make mini pumpkin pies instead of a big ole pie? Well little people love these mini pies. Not just pumpkin ones but any flavor.
But these mini pies have that cute pumpkin face. These mini pumpkin pies are hand-help and perfect for school lunches. Or after school snacks.
I don’t know about you but we like homemade treats better than store bought. And although it’s not always possible I think it’s important to try to make homemade treats as often as possible.
Mini Hand Pies
Who doesn’t love a min hand pie? Pumpkin hand pies are mini pumpkin pies. The kind you can grab when your walking out the door. The kind you can grab when you need a little sweet treat. An easy puff pastry with a spiced up pumpkin puree and a funny pumpkin face. That’s all you need.
These mini pies are treats you can possibly have some fun making with your kiddo’s. They can have a little fun cutting out the pumpkin faces with your help. If it’s not Halloween time then
Can you use pie crust instead of puff pastry?
Yes you sure can. You just have to adjust the cooking time and that of course depends on how big you make your pies. Pie crust can come in handy if you cant find puff pastry. But we always have several boxes of puff pastry in our freezer. And we love how these look when they cook and they are puffy!
But you can always use pie dough if you can’t find puff pasty. If your going to use regular pie crust I would use store bought crust. First it is easier and second I would not make a homemade crust for these mini hand pies. There are many ways to enjoy pumpkin and in our book no way is wrong! We just happen to love the golden puff pastry along with the spiced pumpkin filling.
How do I store these mini pumpkin hand pies?
Store any mini pies in an airtight container on the counter the day they are cooked. After that the I would store the pumpkin hand pies in the fridge. You can store them for about 5 days and reheat in the microwave for about 15 to 20 seconds if you want them a bit warm.
You can also freeze them also. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap. Put them in a in a freezer bag making sure you don’t squish them because this is a flaky dough. They will break so if you have room in your freezer you can use a freezer container. We don’t usually have that many leftover so a bag works well for us.
What is the difference between pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling?
Canned pumpkin is 100% pumpkin and only pumpkin. Pumpkin pie filling has not only pumpkin but all the spices that go along with it such as cloves, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
Don’t make a mistake and buy the wrong can. You definitely need pumpkin puree for this pumpkin hand pie recipe. Pumpkin pie filling is very loose and liquidy and needs to be baked in a pie or something that can hold it.
Can I make these into regular hand pies?
Yes you can. You don’t have to make these into pumpkin shapes. We do because they are super cute. And they are perfect for the fall season. But you can make these into a regular shape hand pie. Make them into a square shape, half moon or a round shape. When it comes to hand pies anything goes. This is one of our favorite hand pie recipe and it’s also so easy! Give it a try. Easy Apple Hand Pies.
What to serve with these mini pumpkin hand pies?
Ice Cream – These pies go well with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or any of your favorite flavors. Our favorites for this is butter brittle or pumpkin flavored iced cream. But we really don’t have a flavor we don’t like.
You can turn this into a whole dessert by adding a scoop of ice cream on the side then adding a big drizzle of Caramel sauce or Butterscotch Sauce!
If your looking for something a little more on the simple scale try this! Whipped Cream – Try serving these little jack-o-lantern pies with freshly whipped cream, or Cool Whip.
No matter how you eat these little jack-o-lanterns I’m pretty sure you will fall in love with them. The pumpkin lovers will enjoy every last bite and the family members who might not be so sure about pumpkin will become lovers!
So bake up a batch of these adorable pumpkin hand pies and watch everyone smile!
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Pumpkin Hand Pies
- 2 packages frozen puff pastry, thawed (4 sheets of pastry total)
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs, divided
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 400F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Unroll the thawed puff pastry and use a rolling pin to roll out each sheet to about 8-inches by 14-inches.
- Use a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to cut out pumpkin shapes from the puff pastry.
- . Lay half of the pumpkin shaped pieces of puff pastry on the prepared cookie sheets. Reserve the second half of the puff pastry pumpkins for later in the recipe.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree (be sure you’re using 100% pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling), brown sugar, 1 egg, heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, and the vanilla extract. Spoon the filling into the center of each of the pumpkin-shaped puff pastries on the cookie sheets.
- Dip your finger or a pastry brush in water and lightly brush water around the edges of the puff pastry.
- Use a small sharp knife to cut out jack-o-lantern faces on the second half of the pumpkin puff pastries, then top each pumpkin on the cookie sheets with a jack-o-lantern puff pastry top. Gently press around the edges to seal closed (the water will help the two pieces stick together).
- In a small bowl, whisk together 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water. Use a pastry brush to gently brush this egg wash over the top of the puff pastry pumpkins.
- In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar with the remaining 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle the mixture over the pumpkins.
- Bake at 400F for 13-15 minutes, until the jack-o-lanterns are puffed up and golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool before serving.