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Pumpkin Hand Pies

I love the idea of a mini pie right at your fingertips. And with the fall season quickly approaching (I mean, where did the summer go?), it’s time to share all things pumpkin! These pumpkin hand pies are a wonderful alternative to a whole pumpkin pie. And, to top them off, literally, I have a cinnamon and sugar mixture the hand pies can dip into.

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Ingredients

Pie Crust: If you look at the recipe, you will notice you need 1 homemade pie crust. This is the exact amount needed for this hand pie recipe, and it just so happens to make enough for two round crusts (for a pie that has a top and bottom layer). The store-bought equivalent may be more than 1 box, as each box contains two thin crusts and will only yield 8-10 circles. You can buy two boxes of store-bought pie crust or you can cut this hand pie recipe in half.

Oil: Canola or vegetable oil is best for frying. If you have any oil left over, check out my How to Clarify Used Oil so it doesn’t go to waste. (There is oven and air fryer instructions below.)

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Pumpkin Puree vs. Pumpkin Pie Filling

Pumpkin puree, also called 100% Pure Pumpkin, is cooked pumpkin that is blended or mashed into a smooth texture. There should be no seasoning, spice, flavoring, or sugar added. Pumpkin Pie Filling has spices and sweeteners added. This recipe calls for Pumpkin Pie Filling.

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How to Bake Pumpkin Hand Pies in the Oven

If you would rather not fry the hand pies in oil, you can bake them in the oven. To bake, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the assembled hand pies onto the lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown, at 400°F.

Air Fryer Hand Pies

Another option amazing when making these hand pies is to make them in the air fryer. To do this, assemble the pies as instructed. Then, place them into the basket of the air fryer and spray the tops with cooking spray. Air fry for 6-8 minutes at 360°F.

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Can I Make Pumpkin Hand Pies Ahead of Time?

Yes! Once you get the hand pies assembled, it’s easy to store them in the freezer until you are ready to fry or bake them. Once assembled, place the hand pies onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Transfer the pies into the freezer for a couple of hours, or until frozen. Once frozen, store them in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Be sure to label and date the packaging.

How to Store

Store the cooked pumpkin hand pies in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for 2-3 days.

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Pumpkin Hand Pies

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Pumpkin Hand Pies are mini pumpkin pies made with homemade pie crusts filled with pumpkin pie filling for the perfect pumpkin spice season, I mean Fall, treat.

Ingredients

Pumpkin Hand Pies

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

Pumpkin Hand Pies

  • Roll out the pie crust to ⅛-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut the crust into 4-5-inch rounds. (You should get 26-28 pie crust rounds.)
  • Add 1 heaping tablespoon of pumpkin pie filling to each round.
  • Fold each mini pie crust into a half-moon shape. Use water to wet the edges of the crust to help seal each crust. Crimp with a fork.

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • In a small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

Frying

  • In a medium pot over medium heat, add 2-3 inches of oil. Heat the oil until it reaches a temperature of 375°F.
  • Place 2-3 hand pies into the pan. Fry until golden brown (3-4 minutes). Transfer to a paper towel-lined cooling rack. (Before adding each batch of hand pies, make sure the temperature of the oil is at 375°F; it may cool down after each batch.)
  • While the hand pies are still warm, dip them in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

Homemade Pie Crust recipe. This recipe is the exact amount needed for this pumpkin hand pie recipe. 
If using store-bought you may want to buy 2 boxes as they are thinner and smaller. 

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Reader Comments

  1. Perfect timing! I was just wondering if pumpkin pie could be a hand pie. Lo and behold, you did it! I rarely fry anything (hate storing used oil), so thank you for providing a baked version. I’m excited to try these out– as soon as this miserable heat wave leaves my Coastal town in California. We don’t have AC!!!

    1. Can I use fresh pumpkin puree and sweeten/season it myself? How much do your reccomend? I live in Germany and there is no PP filling or puree here.

      1. Yes! This is the directions for making your own filling:
        1 can (15 ounces) Pure pumpkin
        ▢1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
        ▢2 large eggs, room temperature
        ▢2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
        ▢1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
        ▢½ teaspoon kosher salt

        1. Thank you for this!! I cannot find the Pumpkin Pie Filling anywhere. This is just what I needed!!! I will be making these tomorrow!! Made your Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon for dinner. It was AMAZING!! Thanks!!

  2. I love all your recipes. I love these little pies. My dad called them penny pies because when he was a little boy they probably did cost a penny. He always loved them and so do I. I’ll have to try the pumpkin version. I am from Pasadena, Md. My name is Robin Houghton Fisher on Facebook. My family has a long history of great cooking and baking. Thanks for posting great recipes!!♥️

  3. If we use store bought pie filling, do we prep as per instructions? The filling I use for pie cal for evaporated milk and maybe an egg?

    1. They ARE called hand pies in other areas of the country. It’s like how soda, pop, and Coke are all the same thing but referred to in different ways around the county. I hope you can understand this and not be upset about a name.

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