Monday, September 28, 2009

Pumpkin Pie Bites

Pumpkin Pies

I’ve been in a mini-mood lately when it comes to baking and these bite-sized pies met my big craving.

They are really, really easy. Let me show ya.

Pumpkin Cutter

Of course, it didn’t hurt that I used ready to roll refrigerated pie crust. It comes two to a box and if you roll each round pie crust a little bit thinner with a rolling pin, you can get 24 mini pumpkin-shaped pie crusts out of them. Make sure you use all the dough scraps and re-roll to maximize quantities.

Dough

Then, stuff each one in a mini muffin baking pan. This one holds 24.

Pumpkin Shells

Press the dough down, in and around the edge of each muffin cup. Make sure the stem for the pumpkin stays sticking out. You’ll notice I alternated cups above. I did this mainly to make sure the pie crusts didn’t touch each other. So I ended up baking these in two batches.

Pre-baked

Fill each pie crust with pumpkin filling all the way to the top.

Puffed Pumpkin Pies

When they come out of the oven, they’ll be puffed up like this. Too bad they didn’t stay that way. That would be pretty darn cute.

Pumpkin Pies

But no, after they cool for a few, they’ll fall and be flush with the pie crust.

See… easy mini pumpkin pie bites. These would be really cute at Thanksgiving.

Drizzled Pumpkin Pies

You can even drizzle them with melted chocolate to jazz them up a bit. Just melt some chocolate in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave on medium. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. You can also add a little bit of vegetable oil to make the chocolate more fluid. Then, transfer the chocolate to a re-sealable plastic bag and cut the corner off and drizzle away.

But wait… you say you don’t want to wait until Thanksgiving.

I don’t blame you.

So… pipe some chocolate faces on and make them in October.

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Cute!

And I’ll say it again… easy!

Pumpkin Pie Bites

2 refrigerated ready-to roll pie crusts

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter

Optional
1/2 cup chocolate morsels
vegetable oil
re-sealable plastic bags

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use cookie cutter to cut 12 pumpkin shapes from each pie crust. You will need to roll the dough thinner than it comes out of the box.
Press dough shapes into a 24 cup mini muffin tray. (Make 12 at a time, alternating cups to make sure pie crusts don’t overlap each other.)
Apply egg whites from one egg to the top edges of each pie.
Mix cream cheese, sugar, canned pumpkin, remaining 2 eggs, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice together until thoroughly combined.
Spoon mixture into each pumpkin-shaped pie crust.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Remove pies to cool and repeat with second pie crust. Place the muffin tray in the freezer to cool it quickly for re-use.

Makes 24 pies. Keep refrigerated.

To decorate, melt chocolate in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave on medium. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until melted. Add a little vegetable oil to make the chocolate more fluid. Transfer to a re-sealable plastic bag and cut the corner off. Drizzle or draw faces on pies.

Note: The cutter I used was 3 3/4 inches wide, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry. Just use a round cutter around that size or slightly smaller to cut circle shapes out of the dough. Then make stems with the scraps. Press each stem over the edge and down the side of the dough before filling.

Pumpkin pie spice is a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice.

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pies

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Robin said...

These are sooo cute. .I can’t wait to make these for my son’s special Boy Scout night this Wednesday.

September 28, 2009 02:09 AM
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cookienurse said...

Genius!

September 28, 2009 02:15 AM
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Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

These look FANTASTIC and cute as always! You are so talented!

September 28, 2009 02:18 AM
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ashleycupcakes said...

These are SO CUTE!!!!! I’m totally making them for work

September 28, 2009 02:21 AM
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littlebitscupcakes said...

you’re killing me here! i am not suppose dot be baking until halloween and now I want to run out and make these. so adorable!!!!

September 28, 2009 02:23 AM
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lisa said...

Those are awesome! I have been craving pumpkin pie for weeks. I think I’m going to give these a try and I never, ever bake.

lisa

September 28, 2009 02:30 AM
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Baking Monster said...

Thats such a cute idea, I really needed something new for this halloween and with having so many pumpkins this year I need to bake a lot so this is the perfect idea. Thanks!

September 28, 2009 02:32 AM
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Cindy E. said...

Bakerella, you never cease to amaze me with all your genuine creativity. I always look forward to your posts. I will definitely give these a try.

September 28, 2009 02:33 AM
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nicoleigh @ Farmgirl Chaos said...

Fun! Keep the fantastic ideas coming. And thanks so much for sharing what pumpkin pie spice really is. Now if I could just find more pumpkin…since the stores are lacking it.

September 28, 2009 02:36 AM
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Candi said...

I LOVE pumpkin pie and will definitely be making these soon. So cute!

September 28, 2009 02:36 AM
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Sara-Cupcake said...

Those are so cute! I bet they’re really good!

September 28, 2009 02:37 AM
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Leigh Anne said...

i dont even like pumpkin but these are just too cute to pass up!!

September 28, 2009 02:44 AM
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Conversations With A Cupcake said...

Oh dear. Those little piped faces are too ridiculously adorable.

ADORABLE, I say!

Pumpkin Hugs, you brilliant gal, you!

September 28, 2009 02:50 AM
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Deb said...

What a clever and sweet idea! I’m hosting Thanksgiving for my family this year and I’m definitely going to make these. Thanks for the inspiration (and the recipe)!

September 28, 2009 02:54 AM
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sarah said...

adorable! what a great idea!

September 28, 2009 03:00 AM
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madalina said...

AHH I LOVE IT! this is my favorite so far.

September 28, 2009 03:09 AM
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Aulii said...

I love this! I will definately make this for my son’s class….plus a little extra for Mom! Thanks what a great idea!

September 28, 2009 03:11 AM
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Wizzythestick said...

Absolutely adorable. Gosh I’m afraid if I made these I might not be able to stop noshing!

September 28, 2009 03:16 AM
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Lisita said...

You are so fantastically brilliant, did you know?

September 28, 2009 03:18 AM
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The Chocolate Lady said...

As usual, totally adorable!! Ill be copying them this Fall FO SHO!

September 28, 2009 03:23 AM
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tj said...

…These are kinda like lil’ pumpkin pie poppers – love ‘em! And those lil’ pumpkin faces are to die for!

…Thank you and blessings too… :o)

September 28, 2009 03:24 AM
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Gracie said...

Those are adorable. I can’t wait to make them for my nephews and niece…for me too!

September 28, 2009 03:37 AM
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Celeste said...

Oh my gosh! Those are so stinkin adorable!! You are so creative! LOVE IT!

September 28, 2009 03:37 AM
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kristen said...

Very creative!

September 28, 2009 03:40 AM
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Shannon from bakeandbloom.com said...

They’re smiling at me!

September 28, 2009 03:45 AM
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Erin said...

I have that same cookie cutter! Great idea!

September 28, 2009 03:53 AM
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Amanda said...

Question:

canned pumpkin OR canned pumpkin pie filling?

They are two different things but you mentioned both. The pie filling has stuff added. But canned pumpkin is just pumpkin.

September 28, 2009 03:54 AM
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Krystin said...

So adorable!!! I already bought tart shells so I could do pumpkin pie tarts for halloween, but did not even think about drawing jack-o-lantern faces with melted chocolate. I LOVE that idea…so gonna do it :)
I was just telling my husband about how brilliant you are and how jealous I am of what ideas you come up with.
LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog.

September 28, 2009 04:00 AM
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Panya said...

I showed the first picture to my husband and he said “Oooooh!” I scrolled down a few pics and he said “Is that one of those little muffin pans?” Then “Does it tell you which size pan to use?” I said “Of course, but it doesn’t matter because I won’t be making them.” [I've had awful experience, so I rarely make things that need to be rolled out.] I got down to the pic with the drizzled chocolate and he said “But they keep getting better!!” I scrolled to the pic with the faces and he made a primal grunting noise and said “That is SO COOL!”. LOL. His reaction was so cute, I guess I have to buy a mini muffin pan and make these soon.

September 28, 2009 04:02 AM
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kathy said...

oh my gosh! I’m a pumpkin pie fanatic anyway..
and these…are TOO stinkin’ cute!!!
Thanks for sharing…and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!!
kathy

September 28, 2009 04:10 AM
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Lauren said...

Two of my favorites combined… pumpkin pie and halloween :) Thank you for another great recipe!!!

September 28, 2009 04:18 AM
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paula said...

I was just thinking about making mini apple dutch pies because I am freezing apples this week. Tomorrow I am doing pumpkin puree so I think these might be in order. Think they will freeze well? What am I saying they will probably not make it to the freezer. Thanks too cute.

September 28, 2009 04:37 AM
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Anonymous said...

love those and I think I will be making them!!

September 28, 2009 04:41 AM
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Sue said...

Those look adorable and delicious and dangerously easy to pop into my mouth:)

September 28, 2009 04:51 AM
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anonymous said...

Brilliant idea!

September 28, 2009 05:09 AM
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sara said...

Ooooh, SO CUTE! I love these! :)

September 28, 2009 05:49 AM
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Elizabeth said...

These are adorable! I love the jack-o-lantern faces.

September 28, 2009 05:58 AM
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steph said...

i’ve been so into mini-baked goods lately, too! and omg, these jack-o-lanterns are so cute. great idea of drawing faces onto the pies with chocolate. this is definitely going on my list of halloween desserts.

September 28, 2009 06:24 AM
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Jacqueline Ash said...

OMG these are way too cute to eat, wish we had the ingredients here in Holland because this is just was I was looking for for school treats :( but never the less I love them

September 28, 2009 07:40 AM
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Liv said...

Oh. My. Goodness! I love these so much! Thank you, thank you for sharing these! I absolutely must make them asap… It better get cold here in the desert soon because these will go best with cold weather, sweaters, and golden/red falling leaves outside! Thanks again!

September 28, 2009 08:10 AM
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Marybakes said...

ADORABLE!! You are such an inspiration. Love your site!!

September 28, 2009 08:25 AM
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Camilla said...

So gorgeous! And hey, mildly healthy too (by my standards anyway!). Just wanted to comment quickly and say i love the new site design too, and that i really look forward to checking the site every morning when i get into work. Nothing cheers me up more than staring at beautiful photos of tasty cakes. :D

September 28, 2009 09:33 AM
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chucky22 said...

WOW!!

September 28, 2009 10:42 AM
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Joyelle said...

These are ADORABE!!! EVERYTHING you create is sooo completely ADORABLE! I realllly dig the fall and halloween and this has just put me over the edge into spooky yummy delirium!! Thanks so much for the cuuuute idea :)

September 28, 2009 10:55 AM
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Barbara said...

Those are absolutely smashing! Kids will go crazy. Even people who don’t like pumpkin will love these. I’m with you- I love the bite sized desserts and muffins.

September 28, 2009 11:28 AM
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Amanda Downey said...

You’ve done it again. Adorable!

September 28, 2009 11:31 AM
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Shannon said...

I can’t wait to make these. I spent the weekend making mini creations of yours (cheesecake, cutie pies, and brownie bites) so what’s one more for the week. :-)

Nobody in my house likes pumpkin but me….guess that means I don’t have to share. :-)

September 28, 2009 11:38 AM
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Lambeez said...

You are truly a genius!!!
I am sooooo going to make these!!!

September 28, 2009 12:05 PM
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Anna said...

Those are so, so cute!!!

September 28, 2009 12:19 PM
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Amy said...

I don’t have to wait that long for Thanksgiving..its in October in the Great White North :D
yummy little pies O.O

September 28, 2009 12:31 PM
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sarainitaly said...

Am completely in love with these! Can’t wait to make them.

Do you think traditional pumpkin pie recipe would work? I love the cream cheese idea – kind of like cheesecake, but also LOVE regular pumpkin pie.

Too cute!

September 28, 2009 12:45 PM
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Spruce Hill said...

What a great idea! They are so cute. I am craving pumpkin pie!

September 28, 2009 12:47 PM
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RhodeyGirl said...

These looks so fun! I would probably be inclined to put pecan or walnut eyes on mine and a nice chocolatey toothy grin!

September 28, 2009 12:54 PM
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Sandy said...

What an excellent idea! These are so cute and make such a great little treat. I can’t wait to try them. :)

September 28, 2009 01:03 PM
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Stoich91 said...

*Sniff* Aww-inspiring, yes, but not for us Floridians: No pumpkin puree on the shelves, this year, because of a crop shortage. But they look sooo adorable; Is this some kind of strange culinary tourture? :-) LOL Great job on the new site, BTW; by the looks of things, your ‘wannabe’ webdesiging looks a whole bunch better than some people that actually get paid for it! Ha! :-) Happy Fall!

September 28, 2009 01:10 PM
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Donna said...

I love pumpkin and these are so cute! I will be making these for sure. Thanks for sharing!

September 28, 2009 01:15 PM
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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

Oh yum. Pure deliciousness!

September 28, 2009 01:20 PM
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bakerella said...

Amanda – good catch. Now you have me wondering. I’m pretty sure it was just canned pumpkin and not the filling type. I don’t have the label anymore.

sarainitaly – I do. Try it.

September 28, 2009 01:20 PM
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Leslie said...

i LOOOOOVE these!!!!!! you’re so creative!!

September 28, 2009 01:23 PM
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Jeanette said...

How cool is this?!?!? I love it. I just might have to try these at my fall tea! Thanks!

sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

September 28, 2009 01:24 PM
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Angela said...

WOW!! What can I say, you always come up with the cutest darn stuff and this is PERFECT for my kids preschool party in October and November!! Thanks!!

Angela Barton

September 28, 2009 01:26 PM
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CakesByRobyn said...

these rock….I’ve gotta try them!

September 28, 2009 01:26 PM
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Jennifer said...

This will be great for my daughter’s fall celebration. They are so perfect!

September 28, 2009 01:28 PM
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Abby said...

I LOVE pumpkin pie…and these are just so darling! Can’t wait to try them!!! Gosh you are creative!

September 28, 2009 01:30 PM
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gscrapbooks said...

These look fantastic! I must try them!!!

September 28, 2009 01:32 PM
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Stacee said...

I’m completely in love with this and your other goodies…it’s gonna be a great holiday season!!! Thanks!!!

September 28, 2009 01:40 PM
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Mandy said...

SO darn cute! One question, what size pumpkin did you use? The large can or regular size can?

September 28, 2009 01:40 PM
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Tammy said...

These are way too cute! My daughter loves pumpkin pie and these will be the perfect size for us to make! TFS!

September 28, 2009 01:42 PM
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bakerella said...

Amanda – just rummaged through the trash and found the label. Pure pumpkin. I’ll correct the post. Thanks!

Mandy – it was a large can, but I only used 1 cup, so you can get away with a smaller one.

September 28, 2009 01:43 PM
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Teralyn said...

Very cute – love your site.

September 28, 2009 01:45 PM
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Vivian said...

I love baking with my daughter and we are going on vacation to the “great grandparents” and this would be so fun to make there. Thanks so much and what a cute site! I know I will be back.
I ran across your site from a link at The Provident Woman!

September 28, 2009 01:53 PM
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Double Dipped Life said...

These are darling as usual! Love your blog! If I get up the motivation, these would be so cute at my GNO this Wednesday!

September 28, 2009 02:06 PM
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Kate said...

These are maybe the cutest things I have ever seen – thanks! PS: I made your nutterbutter truffle things this weekend. Oh my goodness. The best!!!

September 28, 2009 02:09 PM
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Elle said...

Ooooo! I could eat several of those right now. I love pumpkin pie and the piped jack-o-lantern faces just about set me into a fit. How cute is that? It’s about that time for me to pretend it’s fall and these would be great for the show. My fall forecast is hot, humid & rainy so I crank up the air and pretend. Some may say I’m pushing insanity, I just say I love fall. :)

September 28, 2009 02:11 PM
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Sherry Turner said...

This just might be my daughters “birthday cake” or instead of. She LOVES pumpkin pie and her b-day is in Oct.! How perfect! Thanks for the great idea!!

September 28, 2009 02:16 PM
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Cheryl said...

I love this idea! Mmmm….pumpkin…

September 28, 2009 02:18 PM
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Chennpug said...

And now you have arrived at something that is so cute and so easy that I will be making these sometime this week. I, the lazy slob who has not once used the springform cheesecake pans since I’ve been married.

September 28, 2009 02:26 PM
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Karyn said...

These are ADORABLE!!! I was just talking with my 5 year old daughter yesterday and we were discussing what “pumpkin” recipe we were going to make to celebrate October. You just answered that question!!!

September 28, 2009 02:32 PM
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Jackie said...

Thank you so much for this recipe! I have a mini-muffin pan AND I have the pumpkin cutter already! I’m having a Halloween party for my kids and their friends, and these will be perfect (along with some red velvet “vampire” cupcakes). Thanks again!

September 28, 2009 02:34 PM
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Cheryl B. said...

Those are definitely cute!!

I ‘referred’ to you in my posting today, and thought I should share today’s tip with you ;-} To read it, go to: http://thehousethatlovebuilt.xanga.com/713206370/use-your-oven/

September 28, 2009 02:57 PM
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Jelli Bean said...

So creative! I love the use of the pumpkin cutters to make the shape. Great work, as usual!

September 28, 2009 02:59 PM
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Stacey S said...

What size was the pumpkin cookie cutter? I have a few different sizes. Yours looks like the Wilton one.

September 28, 2009 03:04 PM
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velvet said...

oh my. those are sooo cute! now i need pie :) you continue to amaze me with your creativity!! LOVE all your sweet ‘mini’s'!

September 28, 2009 03:06 PM
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bakerella said...

Hey Stacey – it’s listed at the bottom of the post. 3 3/4 inch wide.

September 28, 2009 03:17 PM
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Chris said...

What size is the can of pumpkin in your recipe? Small or large?

September 28, 2009 03:29 PM
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bakerella said...

Chris – the recipe only calls for a cup so you can get away with a small can.

September 28, 2009 03:30 PM
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Chelsey said...

I love mini-pies! These would be perfect for my friend’s “My Little Pumpkin” themed baby shower in November. Way too cute!

September 28, 2009 03:38 PM
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jackie Hackworth said...

Is it a regular size cookie cutter or mini cookie cutter?

September 28, 2009 03:53 PM
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Shelly said...

Where do you come up with these ideas! These are so adorable! Thanks for sharing.

September 28, 2009 03:57 PM
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christina said...

Such a great idea! I like the way it looks with the pumpkin stem.

September 28, 2009 04:04 PM
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Dicope said...

MMM so yummy !! I love your idea !!

September 28, 2009 04:08 PM
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Julaine said...

OMG stop the cuteness!!!!! I LOVE these!

September 28, 2009 04:11 PM
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jasmine said...

So stinking cute. Seriously, who else would think to use a pumpkin cookie cutter to stuff inside a cupcake pan!

And yay for a full RSS feed :)

September 28, 2009 04:12 PM
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Pattty said...

mmmmmmmmmm deli !

September 28, 2009 04:17 PM
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Kate said...

You are amazingly talented!!! These are adorable.

September 28, 2009 04:22 PM
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Judybat said...

OMG… so much cuteness I can’t even stand it!! Love this idea!

September 28, 2009 04:23 PM
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Jennifer said...

Darling!! I wish we could make treats and take them to school. Alas, all treats must be made in a professional kitchen. These would be perfect for my daughters kindergarten class.

September 28, 2009 04:29 PM
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Kathleen said...

Great! A wonderful idea for a dessert platter!
Thank you!

September 28, 2009 04:33 PM
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Nona said...

Wow those are stinking cute! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks

September 28, 2009 04:34 PM
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Maryam AL Awadhi said...

amazing idea…

how do u get inspired each time????

September 28, 2009 04:37 PM
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