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How to Pie It Forward This Thanksgiving with Mini Pumpkin Pies

How to Pie It Forward This Thanksgiving with Mini Pumpkin Pies

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Assembling mini versions of your favorite holiday pie is easier than you think.

We’ll show you how to make mini pumpkin pies and package them for easy delivery to your family and friends’ doorsteps and mailboxes ahead of Thanksgiving. It’s a little act that’s both meaningful and delicious.

One of the best parts of the Thanksgiving feast is the array of pies for dessert. Even after stuffing ourselves with turkey and side dishes, we all find room in our stomachs for a slice of apple or pumpkin pie (or both) and fight it out for the last sliver.

This year, we may not all gather together, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the joy that comes from a sweet slice of pie. Instead, share this sweet moment with loved ones by baking mini pumpkin pies to deliver to family and friends you might not get a chance to sit with at the table this Thanksgiving. It’s the best way to share dessert with the people you care about the most, even if you can’t be together.

Baking mini pies is easy to do. Grab the right tools and spend a little time assembling them on a weekend, and they’ll be ready to gift in no time. Here’s how to do it.

How to Pie It Forward This Thanksgiving with Mini Pumpkin Pies

1. Roll out store-bought pie crust and press into baking cups. Keep it simple by reaching for store-bought pie crust. Roll out the dough on a silicone pastry mat and cut it into small circles. Gently press the small circles of dough into silicone baking cups and place the cups into a muffin pan.

2. Prepare an easy pie filling. To make mini pumpkin pies, whisk together pumpkin purée, a generous splash of sweetened condensed milk, an egg, a pinch of salt, and a few pinches of pumpkin pie spice in a mixing bowl. You can also prepare an easy apple pie filling by tossing chopped apples with a bit of sugar and ground cinnamon.

3. Fill the pie crusts and brush them with egg wash. Scoop the filling into the pie crusts. Then, brush the pie crust edges with an egg wash — this will help them brown.

4. Bake the mini pumpkin pies, cool them, and garnish. Bake the mini pies at 375°F for 25 to 30 minutes then let them cool in the muffin pan for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely. Once cool, dust them with powdered sugar.

5. Package the mini pumpkin pies for delivery. Write a thoughtful note to each recipient and package the pies. Then deliver them to your neighbors’ doorsteps or family and friends’ mailboxes.

Baking mini pies for loved ones is a sweet way to spend Thanksgiving together, apart. It’s a little gesture that will go a long way in making friends and family feel special. For more Thanksgiving recipes and cooking tips, read more on the blog.

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