Itty Bitty Punkinny Pies

I volunteered to make a ‘finger-food’ dessert for a work fundraiser and immediately thereafter, my mind went blank… what kind of ‘finger-food’ dessert could I make? All I could think of was brownies or cookies… boring! So, I started thinking ‘Fall’ and, of course, pumpkin came to mind. But mini pumpkin pies? That sounds kinda crazy! Believe it or not, a recipe was hard to find! I had to piece together a couple of different recipes from the internet. One by R.Lynn on is titled ‘Pecan Pumpkin Tartlets’ and the other is ‘Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie’ from This recipe makes 24 mini pies.

I topped mine with a simple half pecan, but I think they would be just splendid with a dollup of fresh whipped cream! I couldn’t risk it since they need to sit out for a half a day… and it might be sunny!

For the Crusts:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • up to 4 tablespoons cold water

For the Pies:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 24 whole pecan halves

To Make the Crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine the flour and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Cut in shortening with pastry cutter or knives until mixture is crumbly.
  4. Sprinkle with just enough water to hold dough together.
  5. Shape dough into a ball and then roll out to 1/8 thickness.
  6. Use a round cookie cutter or glass, about 2 1/2 inches in diameter to cut out circles of dough.
  7. Place circles in mini muffin pan and crimp edges.

To Make the Pies:

  1. Beat the egg with a whisk in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the pumpkin, milk, sugar, flour, lemon peel, spice, vanill and salt and whisk until well combined.
  3. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of misture into each dough lined cup.
  4. Place a pecan half on top of each bite.
  5. Bake 30 minutes.
  6. Cool on wire rack for 20 minutes.
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3 Responses to “Itty Bitty Punkinny Pies”

  1. Mary Says:

    I wish I could just pop one of those into my mouth right now! I can’t wait for virtually tasting capabilities…

  2. katie m. Says:

    Those are adorable! Extra points for looking delicious, of course.

    I always think that out of the millions of recipes online I should always instantly find what I’m looking for when an idea comes to mind- Not so! I think it was when I was trying to figure out what to do with a carnival squash one time I eventually had to go at it alone. But really, that’s the most fun. Blending different recipes is creative, the result is unique. Good job!I bet those delectable tartlettes will be consumed at the fundraiser in 3.2 seconds!
    - katie

  3. Rachel Eloise Says:

    These were delicious! What a wonderful dessert for the Fall!

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