Pumpkin Hand Pies

Serves 8. Prep time: 45 minutes active; 1 hour, 40 minutes total.

2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold
10 tablespoons ice water (approximate)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 large egg
3 tablespoons Turbinado sugar


In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; mix well. Using the large holes of a grater, grate in cold butter, tossing to coat with flour. Keep tossing with a fork as you drizzle in ice water a tablespoon at a time. When flour is moistened, use your hands to gently mix the dough, pressing it into a ball (add another tablespoon or two of water if needed). Divide the ball into 8 equal portions, and form each into a disk. Chill for 30 minutes.

Place cream cheese in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Add pumpkin, sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and process until smooth. Scrape out into a small bowl and chill for 30 minutes.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Whisk egg with a tablespoon of water. In a small bowl, mix the Turbinado sugar with the remaining cinnamon. On a lightly floured counter, roll out each dough disk to an oval shape, about 6 by 4 inches. Place 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of each oval, and brush egg wash around the edges with a pastry brush. Fold dough over the filling and seal edges with a fork. Place each hand pie on the prepared pan; brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake for 25 minutes, until browned and crisp. Cool pies for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Tips: How could you improve upon pumpkin pie? By making it into adorable single-serving hand pies of course! These delicious treats feature a buttery, flaky crust topped with crunchy cinnamon sugar. For a festive presentation, serve with a dollop of whipped cream on each one. They’re great at room temperature, and keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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