Mini Pumpkin Pies

by Jamie on September 20, 2012

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What’s better than pumpkin pie? An entire pumpkin pie in ONE bite! And what’s better than a bite-size pumpkin pie? A baby shower – of course! Being scattered across the country can’t stop us food bloggers from throwing an amazing party, so today I’ve joined forces with a group of incredible friends to throw a virtual baby shower for the adorable and talented Jen from My Kitchen Addiction.

I’ve always admired Jen’s passion and approach to both food and blogging, so I was really excited to meet her face-to-face this Summer. And after spending a couple of days with her, I can attest to the fact that she’s even more awesome in real life! Can ya tell I kinda dig her?

Jen and her husband Darron are expecting a baby girl this Fall and as you may have noticed, our little food blogging community couldn’t be happier for them.

Jen’s having an Autumn baby, and you guys all know that my FAVORITE season of the year is Autumn. If it’s pumpkin and spice and everything nice, I’m in. What better to welcome a mini-Jen than my favorite kind of pie in mini form?

Not long ago I posted a last blast for Summer – Mini Lemon Meringue Pies using these same mini shortbread pie crusts. I swear, I think it caused a rush on them at my local grocery store (lookin’ at you, Lori!).

Pumpkin Pie in these little guys is no less awesome. Brian had to hold me back from popping them into my mouth repeatedly (what can I say, I was trying to dull my senses with pumpkin goodness while the first football game of the season droned on in my living room).

Serve them at a party for a unique appetizer or dessert. I say appetizer because, a) pumpkin is a squash, which I tend to consider a vegetable and b) if having a baby isn’t an excuse to eat treats whenever you’d like, then what hope is there for humanity?

Jen, Darron, YellowDog – we couldn’t be more happy for you to welcome this baby girl into our big ol’ family. I can’t wait to meet her!


Mini Pumpkin Pies

September 20th, 2012

Yield: 48 mini pies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time:


48 1.75-inch premade miniature tart shells

1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons homemade pumpkin pie spice
1 large egg
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 5-ounce can evaporated milk (this is the small can)

whipped cream or Cool Whip, optional garnish


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl with an electric hand mixer, combine sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice, egg, pumpkin, vanilla,and evaporated milk. Beat until well combined and smooth.

3. Line mini tart shells on prepared baking sheet. Using a small cookie scoop (2 teaspoons), fill each mini tart shell with pumpkin pie filling

4. Carefully transfer pan to preheated oven and bake for 15-17 minutes or until shells are golden and the filling appears to be set. Carefully remove mini pumpkin pies to a cooling rack.

5. If desired, top with freshly whipped cream or Cool Whip.


- I purchased my tart shells from my local market for $5.99, so definitely check a store near you before purchasing from Amazon as the price seems a bit high.
- Different brands of mini tart shells will vary. Pay close attention to the shell color during the baking process. I found mine were perfectly golden after 15 minutes.

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- The Amazon links within this post are derived from an affiliate program. My Baking Addiction receives a small commission on products that are purchased through these links.

{ 91 comments… read them below or add one }

Irene November 12, 2013 at 10:46 pm

If I make the tart shells from scratch, should I bake them before filling them? Thanks for this recipe– bite sized desserts are the perfect ending to a big meal.


Jamie January 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Irene, yes, I would bake them first.
– Jamie


EssBee November 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Where does one buy pre-made tart shells? I’ve never seen these (and I won’t be hiking to any specialty stores for these). It’s not something that I would typically keep around.


Jamie November 24, 2013 at 11:48 am


Many regular grocery store carry pre-made tart shells. I’d also recommend checking the freezer section near the pie dough. I hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by!



Sage November 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm

I’ve been asking EVERYBODY if I could bake a pecan or pecan pumpkin pie in the mini shortbread tarts, but everyone said they didn’t think it would work. So glad I found your post.


Jamie November 27, 2013 at 11:12 am


Awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by! Please come back and let us know your experience with the recipe. Have a great day!



Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips September 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm

yummmmm!! Love it! What tip did you use to pipe the cream? Beautiful!


Jamie October 1, 2014 at 9:38 pm

I used a large star tip – I hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by!


Kristine November 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm


Does this recipe fill all 48 tart shells? If not would I double the recipe?


Jamie November 24, 2014 at 11:09 am

The recipe should fill all 48 tart shells. Thanks for visiting.



Paula September 23, 2014 at 12:43 am

These are adorable, and I think my favorite touch is the whipped cream dollop on top. Can you tell me the tip# please? I think I have seen this look referred to as from a large French tip (which I may have). These are gorgeous. Thank you.


Jamie October 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

I used a large star tip! I hope this helps.


Heather September 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

What section of your grocery do you typically find these in? Baking aisle?


Jamie September 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm

That is where I find them at my local store. Thanks for stopping by!


Shawna September 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Have you tried freezing these after baked? Do they thaw well? If not, how far in advance could you make them for a Saturday evening event? Thanks!


Jamie October 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm

I haven’t tried freezing these, so I cannot confirm how well that would work. I think you could get away with making them 1-2 days in advance. I’d probably wait to add the whipped cream or whipped topping until the day of the event. I hope this helps.


cheryl October 9, 2014 at 4:32 pm

I found the filo (sp) shells. Is that the same thing. They are already baked. Is that what I am looking for


Jamie October 10, 2014 at 10:23 am

I used mini tart shells that are made with pie crust. Phyllo shells are lighter and crisper but would probably work fine, you will just have a different crust texture. I hope this helps.



Robin October 10, 2014 at 6:24 pm

I used the tenderflake tart shells and I found that I actually needed to double the filling recipe in order to adequately fill all of the tarts (48). They turned out great though, very tasty. Thanks!


Jamie October 11, 2014 at 11:18 am

I’m glad the recipe was a success for you, thanks for stopping by.



Kai October 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

These look delicious. I’ve never used the pre-made tart shells before. Were the ones you used thawed or frozen/did you have to thaw them or cook them before putting the filling in?



Jamie November 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm

These come precooked – almost like a shortbread cookie texture. I hope this helps.


Jo-Ellen November 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

I’m in the middle of making these right now! I found the tart shells in 2 sizes at Chef Central in Paramus, NJ… And they were stocked! I used a turkey baster to fill them & it worked perfectly. 1 batch of this recipe fills 12 of the larger size tart shells (12 in a box). I cooked them about 18-20 minutes. I have 48 mini & 24 cupcake sized & they look awesome for the fall theme bridal shower I’m hosting on Saturday. I’ll make the cream topping on Saturday. Thank you for the clear instructions for these mini ones!


Jamie November 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Thanks so much for the feedback, Jo-Ellen! I am so glad the recipe worked out for you and I love your turkey baster tip!



Louise November 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm

How did you get the cream stars to look so perfect?! Is it Cool Whip, or homemade whipped cream? They look beautiful. :-)


Jamie November 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

I used Cool Whip for these since it tends to hold up better, but you can most definitely use whipped cream. I hope this helps.


Divs November 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Hey y’all that looks so damn good


Jamie November 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

Thanks for visiting!



Amy Gore November 23, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Loving these! So excited to make them for our Thanksgiving dinner! What size can of purée did you use?


Jamie November 24, 2014 at 11:10 am

You need 1 cup or 8 oz of pumpkin puree. I hope this helps.



Barbie November 26, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Thank you! I know you posted this 2 years ago, but I just saw the tart shells this year and HAD to do this! I haven’t made them yet but tonight my guys will be more than happy to let me know how they work out.


Jamie November 28, 2014 at 9:34 am

I’m so glad you are going to try these. Thanks for visiting.



V December 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I want to use Paula Deen’s Pumpkin filling for this recipe, do you think I would need to modify the bake time? Her recipe requires 50 minutes of baking for a full size pie. Im afraid the tarts will burn but the filling wont set.


Jamie December 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

I would simply keep checking on the tarts. Since I haven’t used that pumpkin pie filling recipe, I can’t give you an exact time. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Aleshia December 3, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Can u frezze these after made?


Jamie January 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm

Hi Aleshia,

That should work out okay, I think, but I haven’t tried it.

– Jamie


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