Mini Pies for the Holidays are a great alternative for your friends and family who can’t decide which kind of pie to have for their Thanksgiving or Christmas Dessert. And they are small enough that you can eat a couple of them!

Closeup on a silver cupcake stand filled with Mini Pies for the Holidays in five different flavors.

Mini Pies for the Holidays are a genius idea that solves the problem of which flavor of pie you are going to have for dessert after that big ol’ Turkey dinner.  Don’t make your guests agonize between choosing a small slice of pumpkin pie and a small slice of [fill in the blank] pie. These pies are so perfectly sized that everyone can have two or three different flavors without overdoing it. Everyone will love them and you don’t have to tell them how easy they were to make. It’s a Two Sisters party Win/Win situation.

Expert Tips and FAQ’s

Closeup on a muffin tin filled with three different flavors of Mini Pies.
How many should you make?

12 mini pies are approximately the equivalent of one 9″ pie. We use this as a guide to decide how many to make depending on how many people will be at our dinner.

What flavors should you make?

The more the merrier, we say. If we are hosting a big Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner we usually try to make at least 6 of each of the most popular flavors: Apple, Cherry, Pumpkin, Pecan, and Mince.

Serving Instructions

We use a Cupcake Stand to serve our Mini Pies. It is always a BIG hit! You can find one on Amazon or in the Baking Aisle of your local Craft Store.

Use Pre-Made Pie Crust

Homemade Pie Crust has its place … this is not one of them. We always use the Pre-made pie crust that you find in the refrigerated aisle at the grocery store. It makes everything so much easier.  They are pre-rolled to the perfect thickness for the small muffin tins. You should be able to get 5-6 circles out of every 9″ pie crust sheet.

How to avoid “soggy bottoms”.

Lightly brush the inside of the pie crust with an egg-white wash. This acts as a layer of protection between the filing and the pie crust and helps them not to have “soggy bottoms.” 

Don’t forget the Homemade Whipped Cream

Always serve homemade Whipped Cream. It takes minutes to make and it tastes so much better than store-bought. We have a great Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe right here for you to use!

Can you make them ahead of time?

Make the filling ahead of time but bake the pies the day you want to serve them.

How long will they last?

Like most things, if stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container the pies will last for about a week.

How to Make Mini Pumpkin Pies

Closeup on a Mini Pumpkin Pie topped with a tiny dollop of whipped cream on a white dessert plate.

Easy Method:  Use canned Pumpkin Pie Filling.  Do not overfill the pie crusts with the filling as it will poof up during the baking process but settle back down as it cools. Bake them in a 400-degree oven for 18-20 minutes. 

Homemade Method:  Follow our Mini Pumpkin Pies recipe. Our recipe will make 12 mini pies, if you want to make less, half the recipe for 6 instead.  Click here to find all the ingredients and directions you’ll need to make these delicious homemade Mini Pumpkin Pies.

How to Make Mini Cherry Pies

Closeup on a Mini Cherry Pie with a lattice pie crust top sitting on a pile of other pies.

Easy Method:  Use canned Cherry Pie Filling. Top the mini pies with a lattice crust topping to add a little bit of flair.  Bake them in a 400-degree oven for 18-20 minutes. 

Homemade Method:  Follow our Mini Cherry Pies recipe which features a “doctored” version of store-bought Cherry Pie filling that is super delicious. Our recipe will make 12 mini pies, if you want to make less, half the recipe for 6 instead.  Click here to find all the ingredients and directions you’ll need to make these delicious homemade Mini Cherry Pies.

How to Make Mini Pecan Pies

Closeup on a Mini Pecan Pie sitting on a stack of other pies on a white plate.

Easy Method:  Sadly, there is no widely available store-bought Pecan Pie filling alternative but luckily, our homemade version is pretty easy to make (see below.) 

Homemade Method:  Follow our Mini Pecan Pies recipe that is oh, so yummy. Our recipe will make 12 mini pies, if you want to make less, half the recipe for 6 instead.  Click here to find all the ingredients and directions you’ll need to make these delicious homemade Mini Pecan Pies.

How to Make Mini Apple Pies

Closeup on a Mini Apple Pie that has been cut in half to show the filling and the crumb topping.

Easy Method:  Use canned Apple Pie Filling and top with pie crust or a brown sugar crumble. Bake them in a 400-degree oven for 18-20 minutes. 

Homemade Method:  Follow our Mini Apple Pies recipe. Our recipe will make 12 mini pies, if you want to make less, half the recipe for 6 instead.  Click here to find all the ingredients and directions you’ll need to make these delicious homemade Mini Apple Pies.

How to Make Mini Mince Pies

Closeup on a Mini Mince Pie sitting on a stack of other pies on a white plate.

Easy Method:  Use a jar of mincemeat and top with a pie crust star. Bake them in a 400-degree oven for 18-20 minutes. 

Homemade Method:  Follow our Mini Mince Pies recipe. Our recipe will make 12 mini pies, if you want to make less, half the recipe for 6 instead.  Click here to find all the ingredients and directions you’ll need to make these delicious homemade Mini Mince Pies.

Closeup on a Cupcake Stand filled with Mini Pies for the Holidays of various flavors including Mince, Cherry, Pecan, Pumpkin and Apple.

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Mini Pies for the Holidays

Mini Pies for the Holidays

Mini Pies for the Holidays are a great alternative for your friends and family who can't decide which kind of pie to have for their Thanksgiving or Christmas Dessert. And they are small enough that you can eat a couple of them!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Unroll your first pie crust and cut out circles that will fit into a muffin pan.
  2. Put your circle of pie crust into your muffin pan and press into the pan.
  3. Separate an egg and keep the egg white only. Whisk briskly. Lightly brush the inside of each pie crust with the egg-white wash to help prevent "soggy bottoms" on your Mini Pies.
  4. Fill each pie crust with the pie filling.
  5. If needed, top the pies with a top piece of pie crust (another circle, lattice or use a cookie cutter in the shape of a leaf or a Christmas tree.)
  6. Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until the edges of the pie crust are golden brown.

Did you Make this Recipe? Leave a review below, then snap a picture and tag @twosisterscrafting on Instagram so we can see it!