Glazed Pumpkin Hand Pies

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Glazed pumpkin hand pies are are so delicious! Like empanadas, they’re ideal for snacking, picnics, and parties.

These mini pumpkin pies pull me back in time to my grandmother’s kitchen. When making these orchard-stand favorites, the aroma of fall mixed with sweet bakery scents fills the air. Make this easy recipe in just 45 minutes!


Pumpkin Hand Pies

About Pumpkin Hand Pies

Over the past week my eyes have been misting up with joy. It’s so hard to believe how fast time flies! My daughter Brooke just got married. And as the years roll by, one of my biggest wishes is to safeguard our treasured family recipes, like these mini pumpkin pies, for the next generation.

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Ingredients for Mini Pumpkin Pies

You can quickly create these scrumptious pumpkin pasties with just a few basic ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make the pumpkin pie filling:

  • Canned pumpkin puree
  • Light-brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Pure vanilla extract
Mixture for Pumpkin Pasties

Ingredients for Pie Dough

It takes less than 5 minutes to make pie dough from scratch! Below are the ingredients. Find step-by-step instructions for this time-honored recipe right here: Homemade Pie Crust.

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Sea salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Shortening
  • Ice water
Dough for Homemade Pie Crust

Ingredients for Vanilla Glaze

Below are the three basic ingredients for a simple yet scrumptious vanilla glaze:

  • Powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Milk (whole or low-fat)
Mini Pumpkin Pies with Vanilla Glaze

How to Make Pumpkin Pasties

In many countries pumpkin hand pies are also called pumpkin pasties! Here’s how to make these yummy hand-held desserts:

  1. Prepare a double batch of this 5-minute pie dough recipe: HOMEMADE PIE CRUST. Gather the pie dough together. Divide it into two balls. Put the dough in a zip-top bag and stick it in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, add all the ingredients for the pumpkin pie filling. Mix with a spatula or spoon. Put the bowl aside.
  3. On parchment paper, roll out the first ball of dough into a 1/4-inch thick circle using a rolling pin. With a 3-inch fluted edge pastry cutter, cut out circles. Gather the scraps of dough together and continue rolling and cutting.
Pumpkin Pasties Made from Scratch

How to Fill and Seal Hand Pies

  1. Using an actual measuring spoon, place one tablespoon of pumpkin pie filling in the center of half of the dough rounds. Dip your finger into water. Very lightly rim the edges of the dough with water.
  2. Place remaining dough rounds on top of the filled circles. With your fingertips, gently press the edges to seal the dough. Crimp the edges with a fork. With a sharp knife, cut intersecting slits across the top of the pumpkin pasties.
Hand Pies

How to Bake Mini Pumpkin Pies

  1. Create an egg wash by whisking together one egg white with one tablespoon water. Lightly brush egg wash over the top of each hand pie.
  2. Transfer the parchment paper with the hand pies to a baking tray. Bake the mini pumpkin pies in a preheated 375°F oven for about 25 minutes.
  3. Remove the tray from the oven and allow the hand pies to cool.
Hand pies with pumpkin filling

How to Glaze Pumpkin Pasties

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the vanilla glaze.
  2. With a spoon, drizzle the glaze over the slightly-warm pumpkin pasties.
  3. Use a clean finger to spread the glaze evenly over the entire top surface of the hand pies.
Pumpkin Hand Pies


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Pumpkin Hand Pies

Glazed Pumpkin Hand Pies

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Grandma’s scrumptious recipe for pumpkin hand pies with vanilla glaze. You’ll love how quick and easy it is to make these mini pumpkin pies from scratch! These delicious desserts are also called pumpkin pasties.




  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup), chilled and chopped into tiny pieces
  • 12 tablespoons shortening (3/4 cup), chilled and chopped
  • 12 tablespoons ice water


  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 cup light-brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon milk


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Prepare a double batch of this 5-minute pie dough recipe: HOMEMADE PIE CRUST. Gather the dough together. Divide it into two balls. Put the dough in a zip-top bag and stick it in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  2. Adjust oven rack to the center position. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  3. In a medium bowl, add all the ingredients for the pumpkin pie filling. Mix well using a spoon or spatula.
  4. Place the first ball of dough on a piece of parchment paper the size of your baking tray. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch. With a 3-inch biscuit cutter, cut out circles. Gather the scraps of dough together. Roll out and cut additional pieces. Repeat with the second ball of dough.
  5. Using an actual measuring spoon, place a tablespoon of pumpkin pie filling in the middle of half of the circles. With a clean fingertip, rub a little bit of water around the edges of the dough. Place the remaining dough circles on top of the filled ones. Gently press the edges of the dough together with your fingertip. With a fork, crimp the edges all the way around.
  6. With a sharp knife, slice two small intersecting cuts on the surface of the pumpkin pasties. Lightly brush the tops with egg wash.  Gently transfer the parchment paper with the hand pies to a baking tray.
  7. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the mini pumpkin pies are a light-golden brown. Remove the hand pies from the oven and allow them to cool right on the tray.
  8. In a small bowl, use a spoon to mix together the ingredients for the vanilla glaze. Once the hand pies are just slightly warm, drizzle the glaze over the top. With a clean finger, spread the glaze evenly over the surface.


MAKE-AHEAD RECIPE: Cover tray of unbaked pumpkin hand pies with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for up to one day, or freeze in a single layer. Conveniently, these pies can be baked straight from the freezer! Just add a few minutes onto the original baking time.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack, Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pumpkin Hand Pies, Mini Pumpkin Pies

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  1. I’m looking to prepare something different this coming holidays for the family and this looks like so easy to prepare! Thanks for sharing the recipe and how it’s done :) Happy holidays!

  2. These hand pies look delicious. I love the idea of making small dishes instead of a large pie. This will be perfect for holiday parties.

  3. Oh my, I am literally running to the kitchen right now and making this. Has anything ever looked this delicious? It’s funny – I was just chatting to my friend about making pies!

  4. Such a great yet simple recipe! Putting this one at the top of my list to try for fall! Thank you so much for sharing!!♥️

  5. Oh wow. I made pumpkin hand pies last year for Thanksgiving and now looking at these I wanna make some again. These look so delicious. I bet they were gone in an instant.

  6. How adorable!! These hand pies would be perfect for the holidays. Children usually don’t sit down and eat a piece of pie. But cookies, now, are different. They could have their dessert in cookie form. Also, I think the little pies would be ideal at an afternoon coffee or tea. I’m pinning this recipe — it’s one I’m sure to make.

  7. Wow, what a great recipe! A great idea for a breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee. Looks very tasty. Thank you.

  8. These glazed pumpkin hand pies look delicious. The recipe looks relatively easy as well. I would definitely give these a try. Your pictures make them look absolutely mouthwatering, and they’re perfect for this time of year.

    1. Woo-hoo! Raine, I’m so happy to hear to that you’ll soon be baking up a batch of these mini pumpkin pies! I hope they’ll become a special fall tradition in your family too!

  9. Yum, Pumpkin hand pies are spectacular in their own right, but when something reminds you of your grandmother it’s even better! This sounds like a wonderful recipe worth repeating each fall!

    1. Thank you Jenni! My grandma had so many special recipes. She was such a fabulous cook. I hope you’ll whip up a batch of these to celebrate the fall season. These hand pies are seriously scrumptious!

  10. Oh my goodness, these look and sound amazing. I love to bake with pumpkin. Our teenage daughter makes a delicious pumpkin bread that we all really enjoy. I have to give these a try. I know my family would love them.

    1. Yay! Jenn, I’m so excited that you and your daughter will soon be baking up a batch of these delicious hand pies. I highly recommend making a double batch!

  11. Passing down family recipes/traditions is something I want to do as well.
    These sound SO GOOD! I’m so happy it’s pumpkin season, I want pumpkin everything!!

    1. Chantal, I too am super excited that pumpkin season is finally here! I hope you’ll bake up a batch or two of these scrumptious hand pies for your family and friends.

  12. I’ve just recently realised I like pumpkin. Only taken me a couple of decades to come to this realisation.. lol.. I’m excited to try this recipe out. I’m such a big fan of pies..

    1. Hahahaa… Kelly, I love that you finally realized that you like the taste of pumpkin! You will really love the beautiful flavors in these yummy pumpkin hand pies.

  13. Oh my!! These look delicious and so “fall!” I can’t wait to make them to get our family into the fall feeling. It’s 95 here in Texas, so I need to remind myself it’s Seltember!! Ha!

    1. Wow! A hot 95-degrees in Texas – that’s amazing! Once the weather starts cooling down, I hope you’ll turn on your oven and bake up a beautiful batch of pumpkin hand pies! :-)

  14. These pumpkin pasties look super cute and delicious! Love that you make the dough from scratch! Will try out your recipes and just followed you on Instagram :)

    1. Leanne, you are just too sweet! Thank you so much for your kind comment and for following me on IG. Once you try my 5-minute pie dough recipe, you’ll be hooked. You’ll never want to purchase store-bought pie crusts again! :-)

    1. Hi Chelsea! These mini pumpkin pies are super easy to make and so darn scrumptious. I hope you have a chance to try out this special fall recipe.

  15. How amazing these look I just love hand pies and usually blueberry are my favorite but I love pumpkin and never thought you can make them without exploding I just have to make this recipe they look fantastic!

    1. Yay! Claudia, you’ll love how these hand pies don’t leak or explode in the oven! The criss-cross slits on the top allow steam to escape and keep your mini pumpkin pies looking gorgeous!

  16. These look so delicious. (and, TBH, way less stressful than trying to make a super artsy top crust for a full pie). I may have to whip up a batch of these to sneak into lunch boxes too.

    1. Thank you so much Kita for your sweet comment! You’re going to love this quick simple recipe for pumpkin hand pies. They’re perfect for adding to a lunch box. :-)