Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. For a spin on the classic dessert, I came up with these pumpkin hand pies, which I think are a great option for kids or if you're serving a crowd. You can make your own pie crust or take the easy way out with store-bought. I like mine with a little cinnamon whipped cream on the side.

Pumpkin Hand Pies 
Recipe adapted from iVillage

Enough dough for 4 regular pie crusts (or 2 boxes of refrigerated pie crusts)
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon heavy cream

1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 F. With an electric mixer, combine pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, vanilla and heavy cream. Set aside. Roll out one pie crust at a time on a lightly floured surface. Gently stretch crust with hands until it is flat and even. With a 3 1/2 inch-wide cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out circles. Roll leftover dough together and flatten again to use all of it up. I got 9 circles out of each pie crust. Lay one pie crust circle on parchment lined baking sheet and top with 1 heaping tablespoon of pumpkin filling. Top with another circle and press them together with the tines of a fork. Make sure they're sealed or pie filling with seep out. Beat one egg and brush over dough. Combine cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over pies. Use a toothpick or knife to create vents in the top of each pie. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool or eat warm. Eat within a day or two as the crust tends to get softer over time. Makes 18 mini pies.

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Comment by Amber Wilson on November 21, 2013 at 11:02am

These look wonderful!

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