Day #5: It’s our final day of Thanksgiving ideas and we wanted to end with dessert. Kids love pie, but don’t always end up eating a whole piece. We think bite-sized pumpkin pies are just the ticket for the kids’ table. Plus, who doesn’t love a little treat in miniature?

We filled a small shortbread tartlet shell (purchased at a local grocery store) with a bit of pumpkin pie mixture. These shells are about 2″ in diameter. The exact baking time and temperature will depend on your pie recipe, but ours didn’t take long at all to bake. Watch your mini pies carefully in the oven so the bottom of the shells don’t burn. When you’re ready to serve them, add a tiny dollop of fresh whip cream. Yum, just the right size.

Photos by Sara Westbrook.


  1. So ADORABLE! Going to try this with my kiddos!

    Heather Reed    Friday, November 5, 2010
  2. Can you share the name of the shortbread cookies? They are adorable!~Already have made 10 turkeys for the annual high school give thanks dinner!Thanks!!Love the ideas!

    allison    Friday, November 5, 2010
  3. Hi Allison–I can’t believe you have made 10 turkeys, wow! As far as your question goes, they are pre-made shortbread tartlets, like mini pie crusts. The grocery store link will give you a list of all the grocery stores that carry them. They are sold under their own label, Private Selection. Hope that helps. xo Brittany

    Brittany    Friday, November 5, 2010
  4. These are adorable! Sometimes, even adults can’t finish a whole piece of pie….so, I would make enough for everyone!!! Thanks, Brittany…Have a great weekend!

    Karen ~ lillybelle Custom Designs    Friday, November 5, 2010
  5. Thanks…I will try to find them…Love your site…

    allison    Saturday, November 6, 2010
  6. Just the ticket ( such a great saying so I just have to requote you)….perfect for little hands and little tummy’s. even good for big hands as a coffee accompaniement I reckon! cheers kari

    make my day    Sunday, November 7, 2010
  7. love these and want to make them but struggling to find the shortbread tartlets…looked at my local smith’s with no luck…which aisle did you find them on? I looked in frozen food section as well as cookie aisle??

    michelle    Monday, November 8, 2010
  8. Michelle–I am so sorry to hear that you haven’t bee able to find them. I purchased mine at Ralph’s grocery store in the baking isle. Good luck! xoxo Sara

    Brittany    Monday, November 8, 2010
  9. Those are adorable! Look so yummy, too!

    HolleyV    Tuesday, November 9, 2010
  10. I love this idea so much, with four little kids I think this will be very fun to try and to bring to my mom’s house this year.

    Heather    Tuesday, November 9, 2010
  11. I can only take a few bites of pumpkin pie…so this would be perfect even for adults!

    Mindy    Tuesday, November 9, 2010
  12. I love this idea! I think it’s a great idea for adults too… too full after a big meal for a regular slice of pie, but who wouldn’t have room for one or two of these?

    Denise Bryant    Tuesday, November 9, 2010
  13. Love it! Any chance you could share your favorite pumpkin pie recipe?

    Yesenia    Monday, November 7, 2011
  14. Hi Yesenia–I just use the recipe on the pumpkin can usually. xo

    Brittany    Monday, November 7, 2011

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