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.


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.


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


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

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.


Pumpkin Pies

Sarah said...

I came on here to tell you the I made your oh-so-adorable cake bites for a party yesterday and they were a HUGE hit!! But now that I read your post, I also want to tell you how adorable the mini pumpkin pies are. I can’t wait to try making them.

September 28, 2009 04:45 PM
Ivy said...

I shared this on facebook! Everyone should see your fabulous mini’s… all of them. Great work!!

September 28, 2009 04:48 PM
Irene said...

Oooooooooh adorable!!! Especially with the pumpkin faces! What an amazing idea, I love these – is it bad that I kind of want to make them for any occasion? :)

September 28, 2009 04:58 PM
Brussel Sprouts said...

Bakerella, when are you not in a mini-mood? You are the MASTER of all things mini and so good at it too! These are adorable and I appreciate that you don’t disapprove of using pre-made pie crusts and fillings, like some bakers would. Sometimes it’s just fun to do a project without a lot of hassle, and I definitely will be trying this one this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

September 28, 2009 05:08 PM
Astrid said...

Do you think you could freeze them? I would love to make some to pop in lunches for my daughter, but that would only work if they are freezable. Love them!!!

September 28, 2009 05:13 PM
Deusabscondidum said...

I like that they seem to have a little handle. That’s adorable!

September 28, 2009 05:16 PM
kity said...

How do you come up with these things? They’re lovely! People think I’m a genius when I try to do this stuff….. then I have be honest and give credit where it is due :)

September 28, 2009 05:16 PM
Elizabeth said...

oh yum i might have to try these out for next months Halloween party.

September 28, 2009 05:20 PM
Dana said...

It’s like you can read my food-mind! Super yum! PS made the piepops last weekend…Amazing! Thank you for all the awesome ideas!

September 28, 2009 05:45 PM
Van said...

I love pumpkin pie. I am so glad you made this. I will definitely be making these for Halloween!!

September 28, 2009 05:55 PM
Shea said...

these might possibly be the cutest thing I ever seen!…except for my daughter, of course!

September 28, 2009 05:55 PM
Janet said...

This goes WAAAAY beyond a great idea. Clearly, there is NO limit to your creativity!

Impressed again,


September 28, 2009 06:14 PM
treva said...

I stumbled onto your site, and have come back almost everyday, sharing ideas with my daughter who is a dancer. They love sweets, but obviously cant eat large portions and your ideas just fill the bill. Small but delicous and attractive portions!
Thanks for all you do!

September 28, 2009 06:31 PM
JuliaMae said...

These are for sure the cutest lil pumpkins in the patch!
Great idea…. so creative!

September 28, 2009 06:41 PM
Sarah Lynn said...

I love it! I am definitely going to try this out on my family for Thanksgiving!

September 28, 2009 06:58 PM
Heather said...

Have you had a tough time finding canned pumpkin? Our local stores say it hasn’t been on the shelf since last November due to poor crops.

September 28, 2009 07:04 PM
Sally said...

I just made them with my 2-year-old and they were super easy. He wanted me to tell you that he really likes them. Here are some photos of us making them if you’re interested.

September 28, 2009 07:05 PM
Nicole-Lynn said...

These are adorable. I’m going to make these for a friends bridal shower.. thanks!

September 28, 2009 07:06 PM
Maria said...

There so cute, and they look really good, i love the halloween idea too, very creative.

September 28, 2009 07:11 PM
Heidi said...

Can you make these up ahead of time? Would they freeze well? Also did you serve them at room temp, cooled, warmed? I’m thinking of making these for my sister’s baby shower and it would help to make them up ahead of time. Just not sure about what to do with them the day of the shower. Thanks for the help. They look so yummy!!

September 28, 2009 07:44 PM
Katie said...

Even I might be able to make these. And that’s saying something. I burn popcorn.

September 28, 2009 07:44 PM
Carmen said...

I made the cheesecake bites this pass weekend and I think I found my next project. They look delicious and cute!

September 28, 2009 08:04 PM
Alison Reilly said...

ok so i don’t do pumpkin LOL (it’s just orange, and squishy, and hmmmmm) LOL but I bet these would work as pecan pie bites too… hmmm I might have to try that and let you know how it works…

GREAT site… we’ve made several of your things here and they are a HIT always !!

September 28, 2009 08:18 PM
Jessica F. said...

Yum yum yum yum….. :D

September 28, 2009 08:32 PM
Lydia said...

You are truly an inspiration!!! After a long hard day and crazy kids you make me want to bake! Amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time to share!

September 28, 2009 08:34 PM
WishTrish said...

I can’t wait to make these!!! If you can believe it, I came up with the same idea, but it hadn’t come to fruition yet for lack of time and wellness. (Who knew how long a single family could draw out taking turns with the swine flu!) So glad to see that it works! Fabulous!

September 28, 2009 08:45 PM
Dawn in CA said...

You are a fountain of creativity! I don’t know how you come up with these ideas, but I just LOVE that you do. These are too cute for words, and they look delicious to boot.

September 28, 2009 08:54 PM
Krystal said...

Those are SUPER cute!! So excited to do them! Going to serve them at our pumpkin carving party! Thanks SO much for posting!

September 28, 2009 09:15 PM
Gizelle Marie said...

i’m making these for a housewarming party this weekend. but i may only give half of them away so i can eat the other half myself. they look delish.

September 28, 2009 09:24 PM
carrie said...

these are adorable! I love your site.
quick question-
do you need to spray/butter the mini muffin pans first?

September 28, 2009 10:28 PM
Gina said...

awesome! you just resolved my “what to bring to the halloween party?” dilemma!
Thanks, you rock!

September 28, 2009 10:33 PM
Elaine said...

These are so cute and they look delicious!

September 28, 2009 11:33 PM
Briana said...

you are so fabulous!!!

September 28, 2009 11:47 PM
Lori said...

How funny that you made these, because yesterday I made mini pecan pies. I also added some mini chocolate chips to the bottom of some of the pies to make them really rich!

September 29, 2009 12:22 AM
Ginny said...

Love, Love, Love the pumpkin bites…I wanted to print it but, when I went to only showed page two…one and three was blank….what am I do wrong??? sad face

September 29, 2009 12:33 AM
Brittney said...

Cannot wait to make these! Absolutely adorable!! Thanks for another great recipe Bakerella!

September 29, 2009 12:46 AM
Deanna said...

I made these tonight – and made apple and cherry tooo. YUM!!!

September 29, 2009 12:48 AM
Melanie said...

Think this could work with sweet potato filling? These are cute, but I’m not a big pumpkin fan.

September 29, 2009 12:54 AM
Marilyn said...

Why can’t these recipes be made printable. We need a print recipe option. Please!

September 29, 2009 01:54 AM
Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

SO funny! I JUST made and posted miniature pies (pumpkin, peach crisp, and sour cream apple)! I guess it’s that season!

I didn’t think of adding sweet little stems and faces, though! What a cuuuuuuute idea! Next time!

September 29, 2009 02:32 AM
maris said...

These are too cute! And I love the portion control :)

September 29, 2009 02:39 AM
Carly said...

Good GRAVY! You’re a GENIUS!

September 29, 2009 02:40 AM
Alicia Christian said...

Those are so stinkin’ adorable!

September 29, 2009 03:05 AM
Megan said...

I’m in love!!!

September 29, 2009 03:24 AM
Kelly said...

Oh my goodness, I have to make these! I have frozen pumpkin puree that I was looking for a delicious recipe for. This is it. And they are so cute! Thanks. :-)

September 29, 2009 05:03 AM
Elyse said...

TINY PIES!!! These are adorable. They also look delicious. A friend of mine just told me about your blog (or now I guess it’s a full-fledged “site”) and how cute your cake pops are! You are one of the reasons that I recently started a blog! You can find me at I just made Monsters, Inc. themed cake pops for a Pixar-themed party for my friends :) Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

September 29, 2009 05:21 AM
Laura said...

I don’t know if you read all of the comments (you’re SO popular!), but I have made your cake balls for my son’s pre-school class snack a few times and they’re ALWAYS a hit. And of course, I made the burgers for 4th of July. And now I have to do snack at his school next week and I’m SOOOO making these adorable creations. Your creativity seriously inspires me and I absolutely LOVE what you do. Thank you!!!

September 29, 2009 08:02 AM
Pauline said...

Wow, super cute.
As a take-off from this, I’ll bet you could use other cutters and fillers… for example: you could use an apple shape cookie cutter and fill it with a mixture of apple sauce, eggs, etc. and use red food coloring…………. just thinking out loud.
Seems the possibilities are endless.

September 29, 2009 10:35 AM
Ashley said...

Oh my goodness. Those are just precious!

I have a niece with a Halloween Birthday, who also loves pumpkin pie. HMMMMMMMMMM :)

September 29, 2009 10:54 AM
Alicia Makowski said...

There is an unending spring of adorableness in that head of yours! I’m in LOVE! Totally making these for a party! Wild horses couldn’t stop me;) Thank you for sharing all of your unique ideas!!!

September 29, 2009 01:07 PM
Wilma Eichler said...

Mine are baking now. I’m wondering how hard it will be to remove them from the pan without destroying them, lol We’ll see. Thanks for the cool recipe.

September 29, 2009 01:49 PM
Mrs. Q. said...

WHEE! One questions though– is the cookie cutter you used a regular sugar cookie size or a mini? In my head I imagine that you need a regular size in order to have enough dough to fit up the sides of the mini muffin tin, but not sure. Just want to make sure before I get everything together and then I don’t have the right supplies. Thanks!

September 29, 2009 03:48 PM
Dawn Wilson said...

Love the new website! This recipe looks easy. You know there is a pumpkin shortage-right………..

September 29, 2009 04:24 PM
Ashlea said...

I am trying to quit eating so many sweets and you just have so many cute ideas that I can’t quit! I love anything miniature (I pretty much refuse to make muffins regular size. They have to be mini). I love these and can’t wait to make them. I just might do it today!

September 29, 2009 04:34 PM
Mommassoapbox said...

OH MY GOODNESS. I’m soooooooo going to get the stuff to do this! I was planning on making some stuffed jalapenos today but I’m thinking I’m going to have to add this to my list! yummers!!

September 29, 2009 05:14 PM
chaya said...

These are more than adorable. The pumpkins would make any table special.

September 29, 2009 05:23 PM
jennifer said...

these are so cute! would love to try to make them for my daughter’s b-day party.

one question though… how would the recipe differ if i used pumpkin pie filling instead of just pumpkin? i already have a can of pumpkin pie filling so i’m wondering what i can take out from your recipe.

September 29, 2009 05:33 PM
CupcakinItUp said...

This is soooo creative! Wow! I’m very impressed! I’m also a Mini fan :-)

September 29, 2009 05:43 PM
Marla said...

Absolutely adorable! Will be making these soon.

September 29, 2009 06:18 PM
Anonymous said...

ARGH! now you’ve gone and done it and I have to recreate these! They are oh so cute and perfect for the season. Thank you.

September 29, 2009 06:25 PM
Mary Pat said...

Wow!! These look delicious, and adorable!! That’s one of the things that I love about your site. You offer tasty recipes that are also artistic!

I have a blog that gives parents ideas of things to do with their kids. I’m planning a Halloween party/craft idea post, and these little pumpkin pie bites will definitely be featured!

Visit Evie Adventures .to see how Evie and the other kids enjoy these tasty treats!

September 29, 2009 07:08 PM
Gabrielle Valentine said...

I could MAYBE make these. You give me some inspiration. I don’t know but I’ll have to try it.

September 29, 2009 07:23 PM
Amy Kropp said...

OMG – those are so cute! If my husband sees these, he’s going to want me to make them for him right away. Thanks for the recipe! I love your new site, too – very nice!

September 29, 2009 07:42 PM
Suzi said...

Way too cute!

September 29, 2009 08:15 PM
Meredith said...

Love these, they are so cute!!

September 29, 2009 08:56 PM
Amy J said...

These are darling – uh, I mean spooky cute! Got one ready for Thanksgiving to turkey it up?

September 29, 2009 09:10 PM
the southern hostess said...

Yum! I could eat like a hundred of these.

September 29, 2009 09:22 PM
Raquel said...

These are so darn cute! Do you remember where you got your pumpkin cutter? I checked at Target, but no luck. Thanks!

September 29, 2009 09:25 PM
Seanna Lea said...

These are perfect! I have a recipe for ginger pumpkin waffles that I wanted to make, but they only use half a can of pumpkin. This will be great to use up the rest!

September 29, 2009 09:31 PM
jan said...

There are great! Where did you get that pumpkin cutter?

September 29, 2009 10:11 PM
lufflee said...

waaah these are adorable. Im not a huge fan of pumpkin pie myself but after seeing these cute little guys I feel the irresistible urge to bake up a batch myself. ^.^

September 29, 2009 10:32 PM
dragonfly said...

woooooooooooowwww looks so nice

September 29, 2009 11:01 PM
Jenn said...

Hi! im new to commenting but i am always looking at your blog! its so inspiring! I will def tries these since im a huge pumpkin pie fan but what temp should the oven be on to preheat it? i dont think you put it in the directions

September 29, 2009 11:20 PM
eLLen said...

how cute and creative and yummy is this!!!! You make it look so do-able, easy! I think I will try it!!!

September 29, 2009 11:25 PM
Jenn said...

oops never mind i just saw 350 degrees!

September 29, 2009 11:32 PM
amylouwho said...

I don’t typically enjoy pumpkin pie – but these are cute enough to make just for the fun of it! (plus the pie crust to filling ratio might make it perfect!).

AND THEN. I saw there is cream cheese in your filling. I can totally get on board with this!!! Thanks!

September 30, 2009 12:31 AM
MelissaH-from So. Fla said...

You are incredible!

You come up with the most adorable stuff! :)

Thank you for all the inspiration.

September 30, 2009 01:23 AM
liz said...

holy crapola these look like the BOMB!!

September 30, 2009 01:31 AM
Samantha said...

These are adorable, but I don’t like pumpkin pie. Are there other products I could use for filling, or would it have to have the same consistency as canned pumpkin?

September 30, 2009 01:35 AM
Carla said...

You have the patience of an angel! They look so delicious. I would probably eat all of them up in one sitting. Just can’t have one :oD

September 30, 2009 01:52 AM
Lindsey said...

Wow! You have just made one pregnant lady very hungry for something very specific!

September 30, 2009 02:20 AM
bakerella said...

jackie – regular size – it’s listed in the post.

Astrid – don’t know. try a few and let me know how it works.

Heather – no, but I bought some a few weeks ago.

Sally – just too cute!

Heidi – I ate some room temp because I couldn’t wait until they were chilled. But refrigerate until ready to serve and then set out for display. They’ll be fine.

carrie – nope

Melanie – yep

Marilyn – phase two.

Mrs. Q – regular – the size is in the post.

Dawn – no I didn’t – but starting to find that out.

jennifer – you could leave out the extra spice if its included in the filling

raquel – no – But I’ve seen it on amazon

jan – see above

samantha – sweet potato

September 30, 2009 02:41 AM
smita srivastava said...

Hi , first time here .
I simply love food crafts n its truly a pleasure to see ur wonderful creations. Although I ‘m not too good at baking yet i’l try out some of the lovely edibles . Kudos to ur simple n lovely explanation style .
- Smita –

September 30, 2009 04:46 AM
Lesley said...

Too impatient to wait until Thanksgiving? It’s called Canadian Thanksgiving! Woo! I really like the jack-o-lantern look though. ;)

September 30, 2009 04:52 AM
Nicolle B. said...

I LOVE pumpkin pie and these little things look so cute & yummy! {drooling} Unfortunately the smaller food gets the more I seem to eat.

September 30, 2009 06:22 AM
Melinda said...

These are amazing and cute! I so want to make them. As if pumpkin pie NEEDED to be any more appetizing.

September 30, 2009 12:53 PM
Marty said...

Could you do this with the regular pumpkin pie recipe on the label of the pumpkin can? I need a cheese free version.

September 30, 2009 01:48 PM
Katie said...

Oops, I meant to comment on this earlier…anyway, your recipes are always so cute and inspirational! I REALLY want to make these soon even though I’m actually not a huge fan of pumpkin pie. But these look absolutely delicious – maybe due to the higher crust-to-filling ratio ;o) I’m tempted to make my own crust and see how that goes.

September 30, 2009 02:32 PM
Sunny P said...

First of all, i LOVE the new website design, it’s so pretty and streamlined!

Also, this is one of my favorite of your posts yet!! Pumpkin pie makes me go weak in the knees, and making them tiny like this makes it oh-so-acceptable to eat a few guiltlessly :) thanks for the fantastic recipe, i can’t wait to try it!

September 30, 2009 02:35 PM
Renee said...

Could those be any cuter?! Love them!!

September 30, 2009 02:44 PM
Susan said...

Mmmm! I made this last night and they turned out awesome. So awesome, in fact, I ate a bunch of them for breakfast. :-)

September 30, 2009 03:19 PM
JTB said...

I’ve seen the cutter at Target. In the holiday section and also the $1 bins.

September 30, 2009 04:10 PM
Sues said...

These are adorable!! You are seriously amazing… You inspire me every holiday, but my desserts never come out as pretty :)

September 30, 2009 04:16 PM
Lori said...

These are the cutest things ever! I’m so glad fall is here! :)

September 30, 2009 05:00 PM
nicola said...

Love these! Any chance you can say where and what size that cookie cutter is?

Cant wait to try these!!

September 30, 2009 05:09 PM
nicola said...

just read page 2 of comments, its the regular size. sorry for the repeat question!!

September 30, 2009 05:14 PM
NancyB said...

k…I haven’t read all 192 comments, so if this was already answered, please direct me to wherever I can find it….

How to you make the little jack-o-lantern faces so small. Is there a special tool to use for that, or what? I know that if I try to do that with what I have in my kitchen, the little faces will end up little chocolate blobs. Is there something I need to buy? Help me out, ’cause I’m DOING this.

September 30, 2009 05:53 PM
Mandy said...

Those are just plain adorable! What a great idea, we’ll definitely be making them. :)

September 30, 2009 07:47 PM
Chrish said...

Those are too dang cute! I will definitely be making some for an upcoming Halloween party.

September 30, 2009 08:22 PM
emma said...

i was going to resist making these, but then i saw a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter in a bag of 4 halloween shaped ones at the dollar section of target. so in my basket they went and tonight i’ll be making these… lol. darn!

September 30, 2009 06:58 PM
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