With Thanksgiving fast approaching, you are now undoubtedly trying to plan your menu for this year. There may be recipes you have tried in the past that were a hit and you plan to repeat again this year. Perhaps there are even some brand new recipes you’d like to give a go this time.
But chances are, whatever ends up on your menu, there will be one classic recipe you won’t be changing: good old pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin pie is synonymous with Thanksgiving…and with good reason. It’s tasty, creamy, never too sweet, and delicious.
But this year, there may be one small tweak you can make to this family favorite that won’t alter the taste but will elevate it to something even better. Make it in mini, bite-size portions!
This actually makes all the sense in the world. While your family and guests are trying to make room for dessert, they can now enjoy a bite-size taste of this all-time classic Thanksgiving dessert. They’re also super cute and make an impressive display. Give them a try! You’ll be glad you did.
MINI ONE-BITE PUMPKIN PIES
Makes 48 mini pies
Adapted from My Baking Addiction
48 (1.75-inch) premade miniature tart shells
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons homemade pumpkin pie spice (see recipe below)
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk
Freshly whipped cream or whipped topping like Cool Whip, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice, egg, pumpkin, vanilla, and evaporated milk in a bowl. Beat until smooth.
- Line mini tart shells on prepared baking sheet. Using a small cookie scoop (2 teaspoons), fill each shell with pumpkin pie filling.
- Carefully transfer pan to oven and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until shells are golden and the filling appears to be set.
- Remove from oven and place on a rack to cool.
- If desired, when ready to serve, top with whipped cream.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
Makes about 5 tablespoons
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1½ teaspoons ground allspice
1½ teaspoons ground cloves
- Combine all spices in a small bow. Mix well to combine. Store in a small jar or spice container.