Howdy folks!! In case you didn’t know this already PIE LOVE FALL! I also love pumpkin pie, but instead of constantly having to make a whole pie and feel guilty after eating it all by myself I started making these pumpkin hand pies. They are amazing and you definitely don’t feel as bad eating a few of these because they are small…at least that’s what I keep telling myself. If you don’t want to wash extra dessert plates this thanksgiving you should definitely give these a try. This recipe is super tasty, but if you want to make it easier on yourself the pre-made pillsbury pie dough is just as good for these as making your dough from scratch. This is the same recipe as my Blueberry Hand Pies, just a different filling. You can fill these with pretty much any flavor, but for fall I love me some pumpkin!
Pumpkin Hand Pies Recipe:
for the crust:
- 1¼ cups all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup shortening
- 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 3/8 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1 large egg
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
-In a medium bowl stir together flour and salt. With a pastry blender cut in shortening until pea sized.
-Sprinkle water in one tablespoon at a time tossing with fork. Mix till all flour is moistened.
-Form into a ball and roll out on floured surface. Turn and flour dough a few times then roll out until you reach desired thickness. Use a circle cookie cutter to cut out 24 circles. Place half dough circles on parchment paper.
-Preheat oven to 350F. To make the filling, mix pumpkin, brown sugar, spices, and cream in a medium bowl.
-Add in a tablespoon pie filling to half of the dough circles, then place the remaining circles on top. Seal the edges by pressing with your fingers. Then press a fork around the edges. Use a pie stamp to add decoration or a cookie stamp to personalize, if desired.
-Whisk one egg and cinnamon in a small bowl and brush on the tops of the dough.
-Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and enjoy!
These go really good with some ice cream while they are still warm! If you guys like the pumpkin calligraphy design check out Scripted Love Calligraphy. She makes beautiful art work and this pumpkin sign always gets me in the fall spirit!
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