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!