Mini Pies for Thanksgiving

Mini Pies for Thanksgiving are a great alternative for your friends and family who can't decide which kind of pie to have for their Thanksgiving Dessert. They are small enough that you can eat a couple of them! Follow us for more great Thanksgiving Food ideas.

My husband’s brother and sister-in-law who recently got married surprised us right after Christmas by telling us they were moving to Northern California. To say we were shocked and very sad would be an understatement. We didn’t have a lot of time to plan but we pulled together a family going away party. It was the first time we have had the whole family together in quite a long time. I decided to do a dessert. Aaron’s brother is a big fan of pie, so I decided to try making my mini pies again.

How to Make Mini Pies

The first time I made the mini pies was last Thanksgiving My thought at Thanksgiving was that usually my family always wants to have a small slice of pumpkin pie and a small slice of [fill in the blank].  I thought mini pies solved that problem.  Laurie and I figured everyone could have two or three different kinds without overdoing it.  I thought it was, as my daughter would say, a super genius idea.  Unfortunately, when the time came the family only ate one mini pie.

At the time I thought they were a failure, but since I really enjoyed them, I decided to try them again.  This time they were a huge hit.  Maybe because the family wasn’t filled to the brim with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc.

Here is the recipe for the Apple Crumb Mini Pie:

Filling

  • 8 cups of tart apples (about 6-8) cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • ¾ cup of flour
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • You will also need 4 tablespoons of chilled butter cut into 24 equal portions
  • 2 boxes of premade pie crusts (which make about 20-22 pies)

Crumb Topping

  • 4 tablespoons of butter (slightly softened)
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of flour

Cutting out pie dough

The first thing I did was buy premade pie dough.  Unroll your first pie crust.  You want to make sure it’s not too cold otherwise it break easily. I then experimented with different sized circles to see which would fit into the muffin pan the best. I ended up using one of my coffee mugs.  I was able to get 5 circles cut out of each crust.

Pie Dough in Muffin Tins

Put your circle of pie crust into your muffin pan.

Apple Filling for Mini Pies

Mix the apples, flour, sugar, and cinnamon together in bowl.  Make sure you stir it well so everything is coated.   For crumb topping, in separate bowl, combine all ingredients and mix together with fork.

Fill Pie Shells with Apple Mixture

Fill each circle with the apple filling.  I filled them to just over the edge. They will cook down a bit.   Top each pie with a square of the cut butter. Then top with crumb topping.

Bake in 400 oven for 18-22 mins.

Cherry Mini Pies

I would include my cherry pie recipe, but I just bought a can of cherry pie filling and put them in the pie crust.  I used the leftover pieces of crust to create the lattice on top of the pie.  I tried topping them with a full pie crust layer.  It worked, it looked nice, but it tasted bad.  It was too much crust.  The lattice was a perfect amount.  I also brushed the top with melted butter.  I am not a pie person, so I am not sure if melted butter is a normal topping, but the ones I forgot to brush with the butter looked dry and not as pretty.

For the mixed berry pies, I took a 40 oz bag of frozen mixed berries thawed and drained.  ¼ cup of sugar and ¼ cup of flour mixed them together like I did the apple crumb pie.  I also topped them with the same crumb topping.   They turned out yummy too.  They were a nice combination of sweet and tart.

And here is my recipe for the Pecan Mini Pies:

3 Eggs
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Corn Syrup (light or dark)
2 Tbl melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups pecans roughly chopped

Beat eggs in bowl. Add sugar, syrup, butter, vanilla and mix.  Put roughly chopped pecans into uncooked mini pie shell. Fill pie crust with liquid to just below the top.  Carefully, place in oven to cook for 18 – 22 mins. Pecans will rise to the top when cooked.

Mini Pies for Thanksgiving are a great alternative for your friends and family who can't decide which kind of pie to have for their Thanksgiving Dessert. They are small enough that you can eat a couple of them! Follow us for more great Thanksgiving Food ideas.

We used a Cupcake Stand to serve our Mini Pies on Thanksgiving. That was a big hit.  I received this particular one as a gift, but here is a similar stand from Amazon.  Enjoy!

 

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31 comments on “Mini Pies for Thanksgiving”

  1. I am making them too at this moment . Very exited 🙂

  2. I just made these for our Thankagiving dinner tomorrow! They’re adorable! I’m wondering how you stored your pies overnight? I made the apple streusel, cherry and pecan. Fridge? Air-tight container?

    Thanks,
    Amber

  3. Do you have the pecan pie recipe?

  4. Hi Cindy – We stored them in the refrigerator in an big plastic container. Then we brought them out on Thanksgiving morning, put them on the cupcake stand and let them come back up to room temperature. They tasted great.

  5. Looking forward to making these but I see you don’t actually have different recipes here… for instance, are all filings made with two boxes of dough or is that just enough for the apple? Guess I’ll be experimenting tomorrow!

  6. Hi,
    I was wondering if I could use apple pie filling.

  7. How many pecan pies does the recipe you posted make?

  8. Love this! I was wondering if the crusts got soggy? I would like to make them for Thanksgiving, but I am worried about how they will hold up if made the day before. Thank you

    • Hi Kelly, thanks so much. The mini pies are great. Your family will love them. We made them the day before, and they were fine. We didn’t have any that were soggy. I hope they turn out well for you and that you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Hi. I was wondering where can I buy premade pie dough? Does grocery stores like QFC or Safeway have those?

    -Thanks

  10. Did you bake these in normal cupcake pan or a mini cupcake pan? Thank you! Looks amazing!

    • Hi Meghan, we used a normal cupcake pin. We thought about using a mini cupcake pan, but we worried there would be too much crust and not enough filling.

  11. where did you purchase the cupcake stand I can’t find any like it. Thank you for the recipes

  12. Hi, I was wondering if you could give us the pumpkin recipe as well. I see in the picture, you have mini pumpkin pies too. Thanks so much.

  13. Hi, These look AWESOME!!! Is there a pumpkin recipe for the mini pies? Would love to try making them for Thanksgiving. Thanks!!

    • Also, I forgot to ask, What temperature do you use for the Pecan Pies. Thanks!

    • Hi Chris, as it turns out my mom’s “famous pumpkin pie” recipe turns out to be from the Better Homes and Garden “New Cook Book.” Here it is:

      1 15 oz can of Pure Pumpkin (Not pumpkin pie filing)
      2/3 cup of sugar
      1 teaspoon cinnamon
      1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
      3 eggs
      1 can evaporated milk

      Add eggs and beat slightly. Add pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice and combine. Slow mix in milk. I always taste my mixture to see if it needs more spice. I usually end up adding more cinnamon. Bake in a 375F oven for 20-25 mins.

  14. Do you think I could make these ahead of time and freeze them?

  15. Thanks for this attractive idea. Where did you purchase that pie rack to display the pies?

  16. Do you have the recipe for the mini pecan pies?

  17. Do you have the recipe for the mini pecan pies? I don’t see it.

  18. Thanks Laurie! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  19. Thanks for the recipes…I am wondering if you greased the muffin tin before putting the crust in? Also, how many mini pies does the apple pie recipe yield? thanks so much…I’m going to try these for my family Thanksgiving.

    • Hi Jennifer! We didn’t grease the pans. We used non-stick muffin tins and the pies came right out once they had cooled a bit. And we only made 12 apple pies because we were making other kinds of pie too so we did have some apple mixture left over. I don’t remember exactly but I think we could have made 4-6 more depending on how much filling you use. Hope that helps and I hope your family loves the mini pies on Thanksgiving!

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