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potted pumpkin pies

My friend asked me to make little potted pumpkin pies for her witch party last weekend. They were super easy to make and look great in a big stack! I think these would be a nice addition at a Halloween party or to add a little twist to Thanksgiving dinner.

Make your favorite pumpkin pie recipe (I used this recipe from Everyday Food). I doubled the recipe which gave me enough filling for roughly 20 little mason jars. Fill the jars, stopping about 3/4" from the top. Bake at the usual temperature, but start watching them carefully after about 25 minutes since they won't take as long to bake as a pie. Pull them out when the center seems set (mine took about 35 minutes). Let cool for an hour or so, then throw them in the fridge while you make the whipped cream.

The whipped cream recipe includes a bit of unflavored gelatin, which you dissolve in some water and then fold in. I worried this would change the texture of the cream, but not to worry, the whipped cream was delicious and the gelatin helps it keep its shape so it doesn't fall the way ordinary cream would when left out for a bit. Spoon some cream into each of your jars, filling all the way up to the top, and screw on your lid. Return your jars to the fridge until you are ready to serve. These can be made up to a day ahead.

A few shortbread cookies or ginger snaps would be nice for a little crunch.

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i wonder if this would work with a sweet potato recipe?

10.18.2010 | Unregistered Commenterveronica

Autumn at its best.

10.18.2010 | Unregistered CommenterShe's Thrifty

This is awesome! I love the little personal pies. Great idea!

10.18.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLesley

These are so cute - makes me wish I liked pumpkin pie! Do you think it would work with pecan pie?? Mmmmm.....

10.18.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Oh my yum!!! These look so delicious AND adorable! :)

10.18.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Bright

These are so clever! I can't wait to give this a try for my next party... and here I was wondering what to do with a ton of tiny mason jars my mom gave me. Perfect solution and totally adorable!

What a fab idea!!!! Is there a crust on the bottom?

10.18.2010 | Unregistered CommenterNichole Bohner

I love it! I've never seen those short mason jars! Now I'll have to keep an eye out!

10.18.2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Brilliant! Portable, snack sized deliciousness!

Thanks for the very awesome looking Pumpkin Pies! I know what the guts of my next carving will be turned into

10.18.2010 | Unregistered CommenterPumpkin Carving

So happy to find your lovely blog...these are adorable...I have made many little treats in mason jars...but never pumpkin pie! yummmmm...

Off to visit you a little longer...happy week to you. xo

10.18.2010 | Unregistered Commenterkoralee

Mmmmm, this made me crave pumpkin pie (as well as pumpkin soup), though I am out of mason jars after my last batch of apple sauce, so it would have to be a big pumpkin pie. These looks delicious though.

10.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMims

I love this! I'm doing Thanksgiving at my house this year and I'm going to make these for people to take home! Such a good idea and super cute!

10.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

these look delicious... recently discovered your blog and love it! i was also wondering what you do to get those great borders on your photos? thanks!

10.19.2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatie w

Cute idea but I like pumpkin pie so much I'd need a BUCKET... not a teeny jar. ;)

10.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJena Ardell

Darling little pumpkinettes! I must try them!

10.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Vater

i'm curious about the crust too. did you put that at the bottom of the mason jar? great idea!!!

10.19.2010 | Unregistered Commentererin

this is genius and soo adorable!

Hi everyone,
I did not put a crust in the bottom, they were meant to be more like pumpkin custard than straight up pie.. I think it would work, but you probably want to parbake your crust a bit before adding the pie filling.

10.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

hi there. i'm going to make these for a shower this weekend. are those pre-cut stickers for the tops or did you whip those up? thanks a million!

10.20.2010 | Unregistered Commentertara w

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