Pumpkin Hand Pies

Start a new tradition with your family by making these easy pumpkin hand pies! The filling is easy to prepare and, if stored in the freezer, can be made up to one month in advance. Simply defrost in the fridge the day before you plan to use it.

For the crust, make several homemade pie crusts, or take a short cut with the store-bought variety. To cut the crust into little circles, you can use a 4- or 5-inch circle cutter, or just find a lid or bowl of about the same diameter for the same purpose.

For decorations, we love to use these fall leaf cutters-stampers. And for an even more festive spin, we like to “paint” the cutouts with all-natural food coloring. It’s relaxing and fun for kids and adults alike.

Keep these pumpkin hand pies in mind for fall potlucks or picnics, where single-serve desserts are easy to share. Hand pies can be made up to three days in advance, stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container or covered with plastic wrap. You can also freeze the unbaked hand pies for up to one month; simply wrap individual pies in plastic wrap and freeze flat. When ready to bake, simply add egg wash and decorations, and bake from frozen, adding 2-3 minutes to the bake time if needed.

Looking for another version of easy hand pies? Check out our Apple Hand Pies, which are just as easy and equally delicious!

Pumpkin Hand Pies


  • Nonstick spray or butter, for the pie plate
  • 1 cup (225 grams) pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup (4 oz.) half-and-half (or ¼ cup (2 oz.) whole milk + ¼ cup (2 oz.) cream)
  • 2 large eggs (50 grams each)
  • ½ cup (100 grams) sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 pie crusts, homemade or store-bought


For Decorating:


For Serving: Lightly sweetened whipped cream


  1. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, half-and-half, eggs, sugar, salt, and pumpkin-pie spice. Pour mixture into pie plate. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until filing is just set. Set aside to cool completely.
  3. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Roll out one crust on lightly-floured surface. Dough should be rolled thin (about 1/8 to 1/16-inch thick). Using a circular cutter 4- to 5-inches in diameter, cut out five circles. Place circles on lined baking sheet. Use the leftover crust pieces to cut out fall-themed decorations for the pies. Place the cutouts on the baking sheet as well. Repeat with remaining two crusts.
  4. When pumpkin filling is cool, place 1 to 2 Tablespoons filling onto each circle of dough. Brush outer edge of dough circles with a little water or egg wash. Fold dough over filling and seal edges with the tines of a fork.
  5. To paint the leaf cutouts, place about 1 teaspoon red, orange, and yellow food coloring in separate small bowls. Add a few drops of water for a more muted color. Using a clean, food-safe paint brushes, dip the brush into the food coloring and paint the leaves red, yellow, or orange, or variations of all three.
  6. Brush tops of pies with a thin layer of egg wash. Then dab a little egg wash on the back of the painted decorations and place them on the pies.
  7. Cook pies in the oven or air fryer:
    • OVEN: To cook pies in the oven, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake pies until golden, about 15 minutes.
    • AIR FRYER: To cook pies in the air fryer, place 2 to 3 pies in the basket of an air fryer. Cook at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes. Repeat with remaining pies.
  8. Cool before serving. Goes well with sweetened whipped cream!

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5 Responses

  1. Can I replace the sugar with a keto friendly substitute? I have family with diabetes and I want to make something sweet for them for Thanksgiving . . .

    1. Hi! I am not very familiar with sugar substitutes, but it seems like it would work? Sorry I can’t be of more help! My apple crisp with a sugar substitute might be a good option. It has almond meal, flour, and oats in the topping, but you could possibly sub in something more keto friendly. The crumble topping is definitely easier to modify than a pie crust. Hope that helps! Hugs, Marie

    2. Hi there! I recently made these gluten free, nondairy and with a monkfruit and erythritol blend and they came out perfect 😊.

      1. Hi Allyssa! Wow, that is amazing! Thank so much for letting us know! Several people have asked about sugar substitutes so this is really helpful. Thank you, Marie

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