Delight in these Jack Skellington hand pies! Spiced pumpkin filling is encased in flaky pastry, creating a spooky Halloween treat.
Jack Skellington is the most iconic Halloween character, perfect for spreading holiday cheer. No party would be complete without a dessert spread that included a treat in his likeness.
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These mini Jack pies are seriously delicious and super simple to make. Get into the Halloween spirit with this fun and easy recipe.
We all have that one friend (or maybe it’s you?) who hosts a Halloween party and creates an amazing spread of food for guests. Mummy dogs, spider web dip, witch fingers and the like. Well, these minin Jack pies would make a great addition to that!
As fans of the pumpkin king, we have tons of Jack Skellington inspiration on the blog. Be sure to check out these Jack Skellington Oreo Cookie Pops or Jack Skellington Rice Krispie Treats for more fun ideas.
These pumpkin shaped pies are such a fun addition to any Halloween party. We used one of my favorite spreads from Trader Joes, Pumpkin Butter, but you could use whatever filling you’ve got in the pantry, the sky is the limit!
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Begin by stocking the kitchen with a few of my favorite baking supplies!
- Baking sheets
- Parchment paper
- Rolling pin
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Sharp knife
- Pumpkin cookie cutter
- Pastry brush
- Wire rack
Here are a few of the simple ingredients that you will need to get started with this easy Halloween recipe.
- All purpose flour – this is my go-to flour choice for most recipes.
- Granulated sugar – for a hint of sweetness in the crust.
- Cold butter – gives the crust a flaky texture.
- Pumpkin butter – store bought or homemade.
- Eggs – we love farm fresh whenever possible.
- In a medium bowl combine flour and sugar.
2. Mix in butter with a pastry blender or fork, it will look crumbly.
3. Add water one tablespoon at a time and mix until the dough comes together.
Note: a food processor or stand mixer may be used to mix the dough as well.
4. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 mins.
5. Place on a floured surface and use a rolling pin to flatten to an 1/8” thick.
6. Cut out pumpkin pie shapes.
Notes: you can re-roll any leftover pastry dough to get more hand pies.
7. Carve Jack Skellington faces into half of the pumpkins.
8. Spread pumpkin butter onto the full pumpkins leaving the edges clean.
9. Place a carved pumpkin overtop and press the edges together with your fingers.
10. Seal the edges with a fork.
11. In a small bowl, whisk the egg.
12. Brush the top of each hand pie with egg wash using a pasty brush.
13. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
14. Bake at 375 for 10 mins until golden brown.
Tips and tricks
- Once the baked pies have cooled completely, they can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container, for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
- Instead of pumpkin butter use pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin puree with a combination of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
- Store-bought pie dough works in a pinch and is a great way to save time making these pies.
Hand pie variations
- Any flavor of jam can be used as pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling, cherry pie filling or apple pie filling would all be delicious.
- You could also try making these with store-bought puff pastry instead of homemade pie crust.
- Whip up a simple icing by mixing powdered sugar, water, and a splash of vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Add a drizzle to the top of each pumpkin pie.
- Serve with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
These mini pies make an easy halloween dessert that the whole family is sure to love during spooky season. Be sure to check out these fall apple hand pies, Jack Skellington pies or mummy hand pies too!
It’s easy to whip up a batch of any of these individual pies and use them as a special treat in the kids school lunches. Or add them to a Jack Skellington themed Halloween party this year!
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- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 cup cold salted butter, cut into cubes
- 5-6 Tbsp cold water
- 1/4 cup pumpkin butter
- 1 egg, whisked
- In a medium bowl combine flour and sugar.
- Mix in butter with a pastry blender or fork, it will look crumbly.
- Add water one tablespoon at a time and mix until the dough comes together.
- Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 mins.
- Place on a floured surface and use a rolling pin to flatten to an 1/8” thick.
- Cut out pumpkin pie shapes.
- Carve Jack Skellington faces into half of the pumpkins.
- Spread pumpkin butter onto the full pumpkins leaving the edges clean.
- Place a carved pumpkin overtop and press the edges together with your fingers.
- Seal the edges with a fork.
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg.
- Brush the top of each hand pie with egg wash using a pasty brush.
- Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 375 for 10 mins until golden brown.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g
All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.