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Bake Up Muffin Tin Pumpkin Pies

I love to bake in muffin tins. They are cute, bite-sized, and cook up so much faster. I’ve shared Muffin Tin MeatloavesPop Up Pancakes in Muffin Tins, even Mini Muffin Tin Brownies! Today, I’ve baked cute muffin tin pumpkin pies. They make for perfect individual portions. These would be a great way to prepare your pie for dessert this Thanksgiving.

Muffin Tin Pumpkin Pies

Mini Muffin Tin Pumpkin Pies

Muffin Tin Pumpkin Pies Recipe


Makes 12 mini pumpkin pies


1. Prep your dough. Using a bowl or 4 inch round cookie cutter, cut out 12 circles from your 2 9-inch pie crust doughs.


2. Place each circle into a pre-greased muffin tin. Press them in, letting the sides come up for a fun look. Score the bottom of your dough with a fork to keep the crust from bubbling up as it cooks.

3. Pour your filling into each muffin tin cup. Fill them to the very top. I like to use the recipe for filling from the pumpkin can. But there are a lot of great recipes out there where you can use fresh pumpkin to make your filling.

*I did have a little bit of filling left over. I used it with a homemade graham cracker crust recipe*

4. Bake your muffin tin pumpkin pies at 425° for 15 minutes. Then turn your heat down to 350° and bake them for 25-30 minutes. (NOTE: this is 15-20 minutes less than a regular pie)

5. Let these cool on a wire rack for a couple of hours to let the pumpkin filling set.

6. Add a dollop of whipped cream to each individual muffin tin pie.

Now it’s ready for guests to enjoy after a delicious dinner. It’s also great to serve at parties for a fancy dessert.

Mini Pumpkin Pies in a Muffin Tin

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  1. Just made some of these for my boyfriend. He’s been wanting me to make him pumpkin pie for a while, and these seemed like a much better idea than a whole pie. They’re cooling right now; we’ll have to see how they go over. I might also end up making some for my sorority if they go over well with him. This was a great idea!

  2. Hey guys with the “gettin stuck in the pan” prob. I just made some and so I wouldnt have that issue I took strips of wax paper and layed them in the cups so theyd hang over and put the crust on top. When they are done you can easily pull them out by the handles:)

  3. Used this idea for my Girl Scout Valentine bake sale.Instead of pumpkin pie filling ,we used canned apple pie filling, cherry pie filling, raspberry pie filling. One package of dough crust made 8 hand pies. We used king size muffin pan and muffin liners. We took the muffin liner flatten it, then placed the pie dough crust in the middle. The dough slipped into the pan with no effort. A little molding of the dough to the pan sides and it was ready for the filling. We topped with a cutout pastry heart and sprinkled with crystal sugar. Bake for 30 minutes at 400. We sold out the hand pies. We will definitely make this again! Thanks for sharing.

  4. These little pies were so sweet and came out great! They were a big hit throughout our whole Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks for posting!

  5. I did this yesterday. I used the new phillsbury roll out dough, and used a 4 inch bowl thingy to make the pie crust. Each box (usually makes a covered pie) makes 10 or 12 mini pies. Since I was putting chocolate pudding inside the pie crusts I only baked the pie crusts (7 minutes on 420 degrees). Turned out really yummy. (don’t forget to grease the pan.

  6. Great idea, but be sure to grease the tin well because I had a hard time getting them out. I think that next time I will use ramekins so I can serve them right in the dish and not have to struggle to get them out of the pan.

  7. We also made these in mini muffin pans. We rolled little balls of dough and flattened them out to fit in the mini pans. Cooking time was shortened by 3-4 minutes and we took them out of the tins as soon as we could handle them to prevent the crust from getting soggy. ENJOY!

  8. Trying these out right now:) My daughter can’t wait to dig in – unfortunately she has to wait till they set! My question is this – do they freeze well? I am thinking of making a bunch now and freezing for the holidays. Any thoughts??

  9. you know what i thought would be good for trying to get these out since they may be a little hard. what if like you put a big muffin cup liner in the pan then put the crust in the liner then fill that with the pie filling. thats what i’m going to do when i try these because i have so many yucky looking pans from trying to pull things out of there that just didnt want to budge.

  10. Love this idea, going to make some and freeze some unmade because it’s just my husband and I if we get a whole pie it goes to waiste but sometimes we want a little sweet :thanks for the idea mind is wondering going to try with other pies and cakes :)

  11. I noted that you pricked the crusts to prevent them from puffing up. Did you have any trouble with the filling leaking out?

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  13. I am so glad you posted this recipe. I came up with the brilliant idea for my holiday party to make mini pumpkin pies in a muffin tin and by golly you have figured out the proportions for me. LOL. Thanks!

  14. I found these on Pinterest, & they are in the oven right now for Thanksgiving dinner tonight!
    They already smell so good!
    I have a lot of muffin tins, & I had pie crust left over, so I used 2 muffin tins and got about 18 pies with the extra’s instead of just 12! :)
    I can’t wait to eat them! I think they will be way more fun than a regular pie, plus more people get a “slice” out of one pie’s worth of it, and the servings are smaller the help with portion control for those of us “on a diet” lol! :)

    Thanks for posting this! :)

  15. Mine are in the oven right now too! Mine don’t look as cute are yours did going in, but here’s hoping! :-) Thanks for the great idea! (I’ve never actually made a pie, but for some reason I thought these might be a good start. lol!)

  16. This was/is a great idea! Thanks so much! I’ve made Cheesecakes this way before, but never thought of Pumpkin. So I did the cheesecakes & Pecan pies this morning. Dozen each. Now the 12 Pumpkin pies are in the oven. This great! now we can all take leftovers home easy! I did use muffin cups and so far no problem with the crusts :)

  17. This was a really cute idea and I was so excited to try it. Everything was fine until it was time to remove them from the non stick cupcake pan. They got stuck on the bottoms! My little pies were still yummy but next time I’ll spray the pan first so they can look as good as they tasted!

  18. help! i did a trial run yesterday and my sides came out crispy :-(…would using muffin cups help? what can i do? the muffin pan was well oiled. need to figure this out for thanksgiving

  19. I’m not much of a cook, but I love pumpkin pie….

    1) Could you make these (pumpkin pie in a muffin tin) with a press-in crust? If so, does anyone have a recipe?

    2) Is it possible to make a pumpkin pie in a springform pan? If so, could you do it with a press-in crust? Recipe? P.S. I DON’T mean pumpkin cheesecake.

  20. love this idea!..i have made mini cheesecakes before but wanted to find a way mini pumpkin pies for thanksgiving!..Thanks a ton Marie:)

  21. Any idea on what the cooking times would be using a mini-muffin pan? LOVE this idea. I am the only one in our family who likes pumpkin pies and this way I can have some and be able to freeze some for later and share the rest with friends/neighbors!

  22. I am so glad I found this site, do you think this might work on the mini muffins? I wanted to make this for my preschoolers’ Thanksgiving party they will be having. And having it bite size for them would be great.

  23. I LOVE this idea! I’m going to make this for an anniversary dinner this weekend. Can you tell me if you used a 15oz can of pumpkin or the larger can?

  24. I made these tonight & they’re amazing! I’d never made pumpkin pie before, but since it’s that time of year, the store was sold out of pie crust – so I made it from scratch, & used the easy recipe on the back of the pumpkin pie spice for filling. They’re so cute & so yummy! What a great idea, I’ll definitely be doing this when my parents come for thanksgiving this year!

  25. Would these freeze well or not? I’m the only one that likes pumpkin pie in my house, so if I could freeze these then I would have to eat a whole pumpkin pie by myself in a few short days! What a great idea! and so cute!

    1. I would assume these would freeze as well as any other pie. Might be worth trying. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work out great. If fact, that is a great idea and I might have to try that.

  26. Hey!
    Such a GREAT idea! Wow!!!
    I was bitten by the same “pumpkin” bug… And wanted to let you know that I am must rounding up a series called “The 12 Days of Pumpkin” and am hosting a recipe link up here to find some recipes to be in a pumpkin cookbook! Seems right up your alley… Head on over if you’re interested in feeding your pumpkin obsession or have a recipe to submit :)


  27. I have these in the oven right now! :) I made mine in pumpkin shape. Can these be kept at room temperature or do they need to be refrigerated? I’m making them for work tomorrow and wasn’t sure how to store them. Thanks!

    1. I’m pretty sure they need to be refrigerated over night. You can cool them down at room temperature, but then place them in the fridge. Glad you made these fun mini pies. They are perfect little bites.

  28. I’ve done apple pie this way, but never pumpkin. I love the idea, though, because they fit perfectly in a lunch box! I put them in the small round ziploc disposable containers and send a plastic fork, and all the other kids are jealous! I will say… yours are much prettier than mine. I’ll have to work on that!

  29. My mom HHAAAATTTEEESSS pumpkin pie, but I always insist we buy one come Thanksgiving, this might be a good substitute! I love mini-versions of things! I might even make her some mini-apple pies, even though I don’t like apple pie! How versatile is this? :D <3

  30. Thank you for this idea I’m going to make these for my coworkers I was going to bring a treat to work and i didn’t want the same old same old brownies and cookies these will be perfect

  31. obtw, i went back and was reading about not being able to get the pies out of the pan. i use the marhta stewart pie crust recipe called ‘pate brisse’ it has a lot of butter in it and it comes out of a pie plate so smoothly it might be good for this also. it is also yummy. it is the only crust i ever use. you can find the recipe on her website.

  32. you have inspired me to make all my desserts in miniture for christmas. i am envisioning a cute dessert grouping on a table with….oh i can just see it now. well that’s in my head i’ll have to wait for reality but it will be fun! thank you for such great ideas!

  33. I think I’ll have to make these for our annual Christmas party!! I hate having to cut up pies and this looks like it will be so much better, then people can do it themselves! Thanks!

  34. I was just looking online to find out how to bake pumpkin pie in a muffin tin and I am so happy to see your site! I made everything from scratch and I just put one in the oven as a tester. Cant wait to eat it! (I am living in Korea so pumpkin pie and ingredients are very hard to come by!)

  35. i am OBSESSED with my muffin pan. Started an entire blog based on this obsession. I’ve featured a recipe like this on the site. Come check it out and more muffin pan recipes!

    But enough with me. I really enjoy reading this site. I check it every so often to see whats changed. I am always pleasantly surprised with fun projects to try!

  36. I love these. I make apple pies this way but I’ve had a devil of a time getting them out. I resorted to using silicone muffin pans. How do you get them out of the pan without demolishing them?

    1. I did grease my muffin tins really well with vegetable spray. But I’m also wondering if my crust also had enough butter/shortening to help them slide right out.

  37. What a great idea. I can’t wait to try it. I tried to rss your site, but it keeps getting a message that it can’t be done. I hope that’s temporary. I’d love to have your site come up on my Google homepage. In the meantime, I’m bookmarking it. Thanks!

  38. Hi I love these pies they would also make good Lemon Meringue pies oh the list is endless ./ And great for diets as well. Portion control is not my strongest point .

  39. wow, these are not only cute but they look like they be so delicious !! thank you, I am going to make them….really soon.

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