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Easy Pumpkin Hand Pies

These super Easy Pumpkin Hand Pies are so cute and can be made to look like little jack-o-lanterns for the perfect fall treat. You'll love how simple these mini pumpkin pies are to make with puff pastry and creamy pumpkin filling. Pumpkin jack-o-lantern pies are a great way to celebrate the season!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Jill

Ingredients

  • 2 packages frozen puff pastry, thawed (4 sheets of pastry total)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree  not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs  divided
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream 
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon water 
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Unroll the thawed puff pastry and use a rolling pin to roll out each sheet to about 8-inches by 14-inches.
  • Use a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to cut out pumpkin shapes from the puff pastry.
  • Lay half of the pumpkin shaped pieces of puff pastry on the prepared cookie sheets. Reserve the second half of the puff pastry pumpkins for later in the recipe.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree (be sure you’re using 100% pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling),brown sugar, 1 egg, heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, and the vanilla extract. Spoon the filling into the center of each of the pumpkin-shaped puff pastries on the cookie sheets.
  • Dip your finger or a pastry brush in water and lightly brush water around the edges of the puff pastry.
  • Use a small sharp knife to cut out jack-o-lantern faces on the second half of the pumpkin puff pastries, then top each pumpkin on the cookie sheets with a jack-o-lantern puff pastry top. Gently press around the edges to seal closed (the water will help the two pieces stick together).
  • In a small bowl, whisk together 1 egg with 1tablespoon water. Use a pastry brush to gently brush this egg wash over the top of the puff pastry pumpkins.
  • In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar with the remaining 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle the mixture over the pumpkins.
  • Bake at 400F for 13-15 minutes, until the jack-o-lanterns are puffed up and golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool before serving.