Pumpkin Walnut Hand Pies

Pumpkin Walnut Hand Pies

These were made in under an hour, all while entertaining a very fussy 3-month old. Entertaining means: dancing, singing, narrating, lifting, twirling, kissing. We even stopped mid-way to nurse. Have I told you how much I nurse this child? I don’t keep track but we’re on the couch at least every hour and a half. This means that at the end of a baking session, my kitchen is a colossal disaster.  Gone are the days when I could clean up as I went…instead, every moment when my hand isn’t at work on a batter or a dough, I’m cradling and cuddling. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Pumpkin Walnut Hand Pies

Luckily, Ryan is a champ in the kitchen too. He has cleaned up my messes in more ways than one, and I’m particularly thankful for his appearance when I set the timer on the oven and I survey the mess I’ve just created. I take the baby to nurse, yet again, and he starts scrubbing. By the time the pies or the muffins or the cookies are ready to leave the oven, I have a clean kitchen again. What a man I’ve got!

We’re having friends over for dinner tonight, which means I’ll spend ample time in the kitchen with Lucy today. We’ll dance while we whisk. We’ll sing while I chop. And we’ll nurse. We’ll nurse. We’ll nurse. Sweet Ryan will probably come through and clean up our mess at least three times before all the components of our dinner are finished. His reward will be kisses from me, smiles from Lucy, and hopefully a very good meal.

Pumpkin Walnut Hand Pies

These Pumpkin Walnut Hand Pies will be the final course. I almost bought pre-made pie dough at the grocery store (consider the mess, I thought!) but then I looked at the ingredient list. Yuck. Thankfully, I’ve made pie dough enough times that it feels like second nature. And you simply can’t beat pie dough made from scratch. All that butter…

These came together beautifully, and I love how you can hold a pie in your hand. The walnut crumble adds a unique layer of crunch and sweetness to this classic fall dessert. I baked the walnut crumb separately and then sprinkled it on the pie. By baking it on a cookie sheet, I guaranteed that my topping would be evenly browned and crunchy. It’s worth trying, friends!

Pumpkin Walnut Hand Pies

Pumpkin Walnut Hand Pies

1 disc pie dough

1 can pumpkin

12 oz half and half

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 eggs, lightly beaten.

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 TBSP butter, chilled and cut into small cubes

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

On a lightly floured surface, roll out disc of pie dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out 8 5 1/2-inch-round circles, gently re-rolling scraps as necessary. Gently but firmly press each dough circle into a standard muffin cup. Crimp edges as desired. Place muffins pan in freezer for at least 30 minutes before filling.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, salt, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, whisk pumpkin with sugar-spice mixture. Stir in eggs and half and half. Whisk until well combined. Fill each individual pie with pumpkin mixture, leaving about a 1/4 inch of pie dough exposed. Place pan in oven and bake for ten minutes.

While baking, combine flour, brown sugar, and butter in a medium bowl. Using a pastry cutter or two forks, work the butter into the brown sugar and flour. Stir in walnuts. Spread mixture on baking sheet.

Leaving muffin pan in oven, reduce the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Continue baking for 30 minutes, or until pumpkin mixture has set. Bake crumb mixture for about ten minutes, or until just golden. Remove both pans from oven and allow to cool before removing. Sprinkle each pie with walnut crumb mixture.


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42 thoughts on “Pumpkin Walnut Hand Pies

  1. TheKitchenLioness

    Monet, lovely hand pies – I always enjoy all your hand pie recipes and this one looks particularly cute and delicious! It has all those lovely autumnal ingredients that we all love so much! Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe and many hugs and kisses for little charming Lucy!

  2. Krista

    You are a trooper!! :-) Such a beautiful dessert for your friends. :-) I’m so glad you have such a good man who helps out. Mine does the same and I treasure him for it. :-)

  3. Jessie

    I love these hand pies you’ve been making! And, of course, your crust is so much better than anything you could buy in a store :) You and Ryan are quite a team in the kitchen! You kitchen must be the sunniest, happiest room in the house, with singing and dancing (and nursing, of course 😉 ).

    I hope you three are having a wonderful week!

  4. Alana

    These are so cute and look delicious! At least you have a reason for your kitchen to be a disaster after a cooking session :) mine always is and I only have myself and the cat to look after :)

  5. kaceyjt

    What a lovely blog you have! These handpies look delicious…it still seems a bit early for fall flavors in Houston (it’s just too warm), but that time will come soon and these may need to be made!

  6. Coffee and Crumpets

    Oh I remember those nursing days! I am surprised that I accomplished anything during that time!
    These are perfect little pies! So cute to finish off dinner. Btw, if you do ever want to buy a premade dough without the yuck, try Immaculate Baking. I haven’t tried them because like you I like to make my own, but they are all natural, might work in a pitch for your busy days.


  7. Eileen

    Ooh, a nutty crumble on a rich & creamy pumpkin pie sounds like such a great contrast! I can’t believe it’s actually almost time for full-on pumpkin season. But I also can’t wait for pie!:)

  8. john@kitchenriffs

    Super hand pies! Great stuff. And you’re lucky you have willing kitchen help. Things are always easier when there are two of you working together, don’t they? And soon (well, in a few years!) Lucy can help too! 😉 Fun post – thanks.

  9. 2 Sisters Recipes

    Hi Monet ! Its so nice to meet you! And, congrats on your little girl Lucy- ohhh how precious! I had 4 kids and nursed each one for 6 months- and loved every minute! I remember those days, so treasure each moment because it goes by so quickly. Where do you live in Colorado? I love visiting Denver and Vail. These mini walnut and pumkin cakes sound amazing! I love all the ingredients in them, and they are perfect for entertaining guests. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Abbe@This is How I Cook

    Oh, these look fabulous! I remember when my twins were tiny-and though i couldn’t nurse, it did take a long time and it felt like I was forever feeding them. One day I decided to make a pizza and i swear it took me all day just to get the toppings ready. But it goes by way to fast…So enjoy it!

  11. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    You both are champs! I love a husband-wife team effort in the kitchen. I think it’s one of many ways that makes a marriage stronger — sharing responsibilities, understanding and being supportive of one another :)

    I love your hand pies and this is no exception!!

  12. kitchen flavours

    Hi Monet,
    Your hand pies looks so delicious! And you are simply amazing, cooking for a get-together, with a baby to take care of!
    Ryan is simply wonderful!
    I’m sure the dinner turned out delicious!

  13. Megan

    These look so yummy, I might have to try and make them but I am not the best cook in the world! Hope you had a lovely dinner with friends :)

  14. Joanne

    Aww Ryan is so sweet!! And so is the image of you and Lucy dancing and singing around the kitchen.

    I’m amazed at how much you manage to get done! These hand pies are gorgeous!!

  15. Gina

    it sounds like your three are working things out wonderfully. Time really does fly and soon enough you will have her standing there next to you joining in on all the fun. Glad things are going so well for you. These hand pies look delightful and I can’t wait for a little cooler weather here to enjoy such treats.

  16. Hotly Spiced

    I remember those days of trying to cook yet also having to do a thousand things with a baby who would be on my hip as I stirred the pot and the mess would be piling up all around me. Good on you for having people over for dinner. I remember that being quite difficult for me to manage as my standards pre-children were so high and I liked everything to be ‘just-so’ and it took a while for me to realise that those days were over and my entertaining now had to be a lot more casual – and there’s nothing wrong with that! Gorgeous looking individual pies xx

  17. Amy Tong

    Oh…you remind me of the good old days when I still nurse my babies. Those the the wonderful bonding time we had….undisturbed. :) And I love your Pumpkin Walnut Hand Pies! So adorable and I love how easy these are, even can take a break before continue baking? That’s a plus for busy moms!

  18. Becky

    Your Pumpkin Hand Pies are the perfect ending to a Fall dinner. I can’t believe that you are entertaining already. Great that you have a kitchen helper. Lucy will be helping you sooner than you think:)

  19. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Monet, your words are pure poetry. I always feel like I’m transported into your kitchen and your home when I’m reading your posts. Way to go, Ryan! He is definitely a keeper. I wish I had someone to step into my kitchen after I’m done to clean up my mess, lol. These pies are perfection. I adore pumpkin pie and even though I just made (and devoured) one a few weeks ago, I see these adorable hand pies in my future!

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