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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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Did you use regular Bell canning jars, or something Pirex? I went to the local hardware store to get little Mason jars and they thought I was nuts to try baking in them.

10.21.2010 | Unregistered Commentersacha

Sweet -did you pour water around the jars when you baked them, you know like making a creme brulee?

10.22.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Hi again,
I just used regular mason jars, which people have been baking bread and other things in for years so I didn't worry about the safety. It's not a very hot oven (they cook at 350) and no, I didn't bother with a water bath... it might be nice to try.

10.22.2010 | Registered CommenterBrooke

Those are so sweet! It's going on my list of things to try this fall :)

10.22.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

Hi Brooke, I so love your style and creativity. Can you recommend a free printable paper online? working on something for the holiday and honestly all the papers I see in the scrapbooking section (ugh) are not working for me. Thanks in advance if you have any suggestions! xx

10.23.2010 | Unregistered Commentercheryl


This is such a cute idea! What size jars did you use?


10.30.2010 | Unregistered Commenterkim

I have an urge to make these for Thanksgiving. It would certainly solve the annual problem of how to divide the leftovers and pack them for the long drives home.

Thanks for the inspiration.

10.31.2010 | Unregistered CommenterT2

these are absolutely lovely! such a fun and yummy idea.:)

How fabulous!!!

11.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterGwen

What a great idea!

11.8.2010 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

Hello Christmas present idea! Thank you!

11.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJolie

Is this using 125 ml jars?

11.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDianne

so cute!!

11.16.2010 | Unregistered Commenterjenn

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