Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving?! Please don’t raise your hand. But if you did, just don’t tell me.
Actually, I have to admit that when I was a kid, I would have absolutely been first in line to raise my hand. It’s the truth <shaking my head in shame>.
Each year, we are like any other typical American family and bust out our stretchy pants for the holiday. I actually told my boss (as he was laughing at my maternity pants and how stretchy they were) that they would soon be used as my “Thanksgiving Pants”. This is absolutely meant to mimic Joey Tribbiani’s use of Phoebe’s maternity pants for the occasion. “What was I thinking? Jeans have no give!” Yes, this is me on Thanksgiving. (You’re welcome for the visual.) And for the record, I saved one pair of maternity pants just for this reason. Bring on the turkey!
And the pie.
Oh, the pie!
I had never made pumpkin pie before I found this recipe and wanted to bring something to my in-laws for the holidays. I’d never made it because my aunt was always in charge of desserts. I thought it was time I learned to master the pumpkin pie, but decided to start out small. Or mini, in this case.
I love these because 1. I love mini desserts. I like to be able to take a bite of something. Sometimes just to make sure I like it before I commit to an entire piece (or 40 minis. Whatever.) 2. This makes so many its easy to feed a crowd. and 3. The presentation is adorable.
Now I need to make this perfectly clear: this isn’t my recipe! I can’t find one thing I would change with the filling so I’m sticking with what works. Bakerella nailed it on this one and I use it every single year. Thankfully my mother-in-law has asked about them so they made a good impression!
The only thing I do differently with mine is that I top them with whipped cream. I’m not a fan of chocolate on top of my pumpkin desserts, so I keep it classic and either dunk it in whipped topping that comes in a tub or take a hit off the whipped cream can before spraying copious amounts on the pie. Either way, it’s a winner! Also, I don’t use a pumpkin cookie cutter. I just cut in them into littler circles using a biscuit cutter.
Now, get in the kitchen and get baking those beauties! You’ll want to make extra…for taste testing. You know, its just to make sure they’re ok.