Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Pies

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Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Pies

Oh, Thanksgiving. How you torture me.

For weeks, I test out pie recipe after pie recipe, putting my very favorites right here on JAB for all to enjoy. But when the big day comes, I have to decide which pies to put on the table. So far, I’m committed to a Dutch apple pie with oat crust and some kind of cookie pie, as well as my pumpkin ganache pie. But that leaves two pies up in the air, plus a non-pie dessert. I’m thinking Kahlua cake.

These little guys are certainly a serious contender. They’re small enough to be portion-controlled (though who wants that on Thanksgiving?), and they have just the right amount of both chocolate and pumpkin. Plus, they’re elegant. I’m quite a fan.

Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Pies

I was busy watching an episode of Next Great Baker this morning while I whipped up some ganache. First of all, I love that show, but I love baking while I watch that show even more. If you’re not familiar, a posse of bakers vie for the grand prize from Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro, which usually includes a whole lotta cash as well as a chance to work at Carlo’s Bakery. The bakers have to be smart and talented, but they also have to move very fast.

Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Pies

The show really should be called Next Great Cake Decorator, because that’s the focus. I’ve seen many a clearly talented baker get booted because a cake failed. Sometimes the flaws are structural, but often, it’s that the decorating just doesn’t go that well. I have a lot of faith in my baking skills, but I’d never do that well on the show because my fondant skills just…aren’t.  I don’t even like fondant.

What Buddy should totally do is a Next Great Baking Blogger show. I’d watch that, and I bet some of you would, too. We could all vie for some awesome prize, like Queen of the Baking World. I’ve always wanted a crown. Or heck, we could also compete for cold hard cash. I like that, too.

Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Pies

While I was watching this morning, I saw these two huge, jacked-up bakers from New Jersey flexing their various muscle groups and looking so proud of their ability to lift gigantic cakes. And all I could think about was how proud they were of their hugeness. I’ve always been petite, and I’m cool with that. So I guess we love what we relate to. They love their giant cake, and I love my little pies.

These are so cute, and of course, they aren’t just pumpkin. They’re chocolate pumpkin. To make the filling, you literally melt chocolate and add it to all the standard pumpkin pie ingredients. The result is pretty noteworthy. The pie tastes a lot like pumpkin pie, but there’s that added richness of the chocolate. If you’ve never tried it, I urge you to give it a shot.

Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Pies

I used refrigerated dough, rolling out little circles and placing them in a muffin tin. In went the filling, and after baking and a night of chilling, I piped a lattice design on top with hot fudge. If you never use hot fudge for decorating, you should. It comes out more slowly than melted chocolate, giving you more control over the final look.

Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Pies

Even as I write this, I’m itching to get back to Next Great Baker. I’m so much more productive in the kitchen when I can bake right along with a whole slew of hyper-competitive dessert chefs. Or cake decorators. Whatever they are, they’re fun. And so are these little tiny pies! Try to work both into your life, if you possibly can.


Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Pies


2 refrigerated pie crusts, unrolled according to package directions
1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
3 eggs
1 and 1/2 cups evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon salt
hot fudge ice cream topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat two 12-yield muffin tins with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. On a nonstick surface like Silpat, roll out the pie dough. Using a drinking glass, cut out circles and fit each circle into the muffin tin, being sure to press the dough up the sides. Poke the bottom of each little crust with a fork.
  3. Bake the crusts for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
  4. While the crusts are baking, make the pie filling. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate chips for 1 minute. Stir until the chocolate melts smoothly into the butter. Set aside.
  5. Combine the remaining filling ingredients in a bowl. Pour the chocolate mixture into the pumpkin mixture, making sure the filling is smooth and all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  6. Spoon the pie filling into the crusts, filling up to near the top. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes until the filling is set.
  7. Cool completely. Chill the mini-pies overnight.
  8. When you're ready, fill a piping bag with room-temperature hot fudge ice cream topping. Using a small round tip, pipe a lattice design onto the pies.
  9. Serve. Store chilled and covered.




I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. Aria | Purrfectly Inspired

    Chocolate. With pumpkin. Equals AMAZING! Oh how I love fall because of the pumpkin – and to incorporate chocolate? Pure superbness. They are absolutely so cute, love everything mini!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Aria! I do love the pumpkin part of fall, but the colder weather part? Not as much. 🙂

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I still don’t know what I’m making for Thanksgiving dessert. These pies look like they’d be a hit!
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    1. Mir

      I think I’ll make some final decisions this weekend, but yep, haven’t decided yet!

  3. Linda@ Today She Loves

    I’m not a fan of fondant also. It seems easy (haha) to work with, but I heard it tastes gross. It’s on my to-do list though to try it out. Show seems and sounds interesting. I’m going to see if it’s available on Netflix. :p

    Also, these pies look soooooo good!!! I’m totes going to make it and I love the decoration on top, looks like a lattice framework.

    1. Mir

      It does taste gross. I’d rather work with buttercream and have it be not quite as perfectly smooth than deal with fondant. The show isn’t on Netflix, but it’s on Hulu! Hope you enjoy!

  4. Jasline (Foodie Baker)

    I’d so love to be your tester for all these pies, all of them looks so delicious!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jasline! I’d love to have more testers!

  5. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    These little pies are so cute! I definitely think they should be at your Thanksgiving dessert table. I definitely wouldn’t be able to resist the chocolate ganache on top. Just perfect!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! I’ll see if they make the final cut!

  6. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I love that you are still rocking the pumpkin recipes! These are such cute little pies, and perfectly decorated too I must say!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Dannii! I’m trying to keep the pumpkin love going for one more week!

  7. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, I’ve never seen the Next Great Baker show. . but I would totally watch the “Next Great Baking Blogger” show! ha! wouldn’t that be awesome?! and your Thanksgiving Day dessert table sounds fabulous! I agree, go with a variety!!! love these mini chocolate pumpkin pies!!!! delicious!
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    1. Mir

      We should pitch that idea to a network, Alice. It would be great to watch bloggers compete for big prizes!

  8. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    The next great baking blogger is a terrific idea! I’d totally watch that AND cheer you on! As far as thanksgiving desserts go, you are about a million steps ahead of me. BUT, Lucky for me this year it’s just me, Boy and the in-laws, and I think my MIL is making the dessert. 🙂 I’m going to send her this link because I’m LOVING thesee mini pies!! So gorgeous and tres chic! Plus chocolate and pumpkin is something everyone (Ahh hem minus me) will devour! Pinned! Cheers, doll!
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    1. Mir

      You’d have to be on with me, Cheyanne! You’d be the blogger who did great with main dishes and boozy drinks, and I’d handle desserts. We’d be a great team!

  9. Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    These are just perfect for Thanksgiving! I need to start deciding on the menu since I’m cooking this year. I could definitely see these mini chocolate pumpkin pies being a big hit!
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    1. Mir

      I need to make some final decisions too, Jen. Thanks!

  10. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    I’m with Chey on the next great baking blogger! I think that would be a great idea and you totally have my support! I also support these little pies 100%! I mean chocolate and pumpkin and fudge?!?! Yes! You are really ahead of the game with your Thanksgiving planning! The only thing I know for certain that we are having is turkey. 🙂
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    1. Mir

      I mean, DWTS is fun and all, but Next Great Baking Blogger? Now THAT is good TV, Rachelle!

  11. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss

    I would totally be down to watch (or be on!!) “The Next Great Baking Blogger” show. Is there somewhere you can pitch this fabulous idea? Also, these little pies look darn adorable! I’ve never actually had chocolate mixed in with pumpkin, but it sounds delish!
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    1. Mir

      My guess is that I’m not important enough to pitch the idea. But I would love for it to happen. It would be a great show! Like, competitive photo taking. Fun, right?

  12. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    You are a MIND-reader – my daughter was just asking me if I had a recipe for mini pumpkin pies and I didn’t – but now I do!! Hurray!!
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    1. Mir

      Yay! Hope your daughter enjoys! I can’t wait for my daughters to be old enough to bake!

  13. Manali @ CookWithManali

    These look fabulous and will be perfect on the Thanksgiving table! PS: My fondant skills aren’t that great either! :/
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    1. Mir

      Yeah, I just really don’t love fondant. I mean, it looks super pretty. But it tastes icky.

  14. Heather

    These are so cute! I’ve never made mini pies before, but these seem like they’d be a great Thanksgiving option. Thanks for sharing!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Heather! I love the mini-pie option. It makes me happy!

  15. Beverley @ sweaty&fit

    Usually pecan tarts are my favorite, buuuuut i think they may have been overruled with these guys. I could eat these instead of Thanksgiving dinner for sure =P
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    1. Mir

      Aww, thanks, Beverley! I prefer to focus on dessert at Thanksgiving. I mean, turkey is kind of meh. But pie? Pie is the best!

  16. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Wow your Thanksgiving prep is hardcore- I wanna be eating 5 pies that you’ve made 🙂 These look delicious 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Medha! I take dessert very seriously. Very.

  17. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    Mir, these little pies are adorable! I bet they are swoon-worthy too! 😉 I have yet to determine which pies are going on my table for Thanksgiving. So far I have pumpkin. 😮
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    1. Mir

      Pumpkin is the place to start, Michele! I wanted to try out brown sugar pumpkin this year. I hear it’s the best!

  18. annie@ciaochowbambina

    So, I think you need to write to Buddy with your brilliant idea for a show…and then you need to go ahead and win it. Because we all totally know you could/should/would, and then you’d be sitting pretty in your crown! These mini pumpkin pies are fabulous!!
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    1. Mir

      Maybe I will. But Buddy will not respect my views on fondant. I would love a crown, though. I’d wear it every day!

  19. Rachel @ Bakerita

    How have I never seen that show?! I need to look it up, even though I’ve never even use fondant so I definitely wouldn’t do too well. I love the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving because it’s pie heaven! This chocolate pumpkin version looks absolutely amazing.
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    1. Mir

      Yep, he’s very big on fondant. I get it…it looks really nice. But buttercream tastes a million times better!

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