Pumpkin Cheesecake Hand Pies

I just LOVE this time of year.

Everything is ORANGE, 

the weather is cooling off (well not really…it’s still over 100 here) but I’m sure it’s cooling off somewhere, where the leaves are turning colors and they have apple trees full of apples and hayrides through orchards.

To bring some FALL into these hand pies I thought it would be fun to color the pie crust orange,

and I LOVE it!

They look so pretty and festive and besides I won’t be getting any real pumpkins until the week of Halloween. It’s pretty hot here all October and…..well…..they rot in the heat after they have been picked. So these are going to have to do until then, or I’ll have to come up with some other orange pumpkin ideas.

orange pumpkin pie crust for pumpkin cheesecake hand pies

Prepare the pie crust and roll it out onto a floured surface and cut with pumpkin cookie cutter. (I used the Wilton Cutter)

Place a tablespoon of pumpkin cheesecake pie filling into the center of half of the pumpkin pie cut outs, and wet the edges so the top pie pieces will stick to the bottoms pieces.

With a fork, press down the edges around the pumpkins so the filling doesn’t come out.

Place the pumpkin cheesecake hand pies on a parchment lined baking sheet and chill them for 10 minutes before baking.

Enjoy these hot out of the oven!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Hand Pies
Serves: makes 8 pies
 
Ingredients
  • Pie Crust:
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup shortening
  • 5-6 tablespoons COLD water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 drops orange food coloring (Americolor)
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling:
  • ½ cup room temperature cream cheese
  • ½ cup pumpkin
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
Instructions
  1. Place flour and salt into a bowl and cut in shortening with pastry cutter until it all resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Mix water with coloring and vanilla and add it to the flour mixture.
  3. Blend until smooth, then roll out on floured surface and cut with cookie cutter.
  4. Filling:
  5. Beat cream cheese until smooth.
  6. Add pumpkin, pumpkin spice and sugar until all blended.
  7. Place a tablespoon of filling into the center of half of the pumpkin pie cut outs.
  8. Place the other half of the pie crusts on top of the filling.
  9. Wet the edges of the pie crust with your finger and then press a fork around the edges so the pie crusts stick together and are crimped.
  10. Place the filled pie crusts into the refrigerator for 10 minutes
  11. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

Maybe you’ll prefer them with icing….

Icing: Mix 1 cup powdered sugar with 2-3 tablespoons water and a tablespoon corn syrup and drizzle the tops with icing.

With all this chatter about pumpkin, and pumpkin cookie cutters are you ready for Fall to begin…

if so here are many, many more fun ideas to make with a pumpkin cookie cutter…..

Take a look: 

1. Panda Calaveras, Miss Cuit

2. Owl S’mores on a Stick, Kitchen Fun with my Three Sons

3. Pumpkin Cheesecake Pasties, Bakingdom

4. Halloween Pumpkin Wall, Arty McGoo

5. Cocoa Krispies Trick or Treat Bears, Hungry Happenings

6. Creative Cherry Cookies, Lila Loa

7. The Ultimate Halloween Candy Bar, Dollhouse Bake Shoppe

8. Halloween Pumpkin Carriage Cookie, Trilogy Edibles

9. Easy Cheveron Pumpkin Cookies, Lizy B Bakes

10. Pumpkin Fudge on a Stick, The Decorated Cookie

11. Funny Face Pumpkin Cookies, Munchkin Munchies

12. Woodland Owl Cookies, The Bearfoot Baker

13. Pumpkin Cheesecake Hand Pies, Created by Diane

14. Wide Eyed Owl Cookies, Simply Sweets by Honeybee

15. Zombie Girl and Brains Cookies, Not Your Momma’s Cookies

16. Cookie Cutter Pumpkin Fudge, The Partiologist

17. 3-D Pumpkin Cookie, Cookie Crazie

18. Faberge-Style Pumpkin Coach, Oh, Sugar Events

19. Peek-a-Boo Pumpkin Cupcake Topper, Sweetology 101

20. Slimy Green Ghost Cookies, Pink Little Cake

21. Silly Pumpkin Face Cookies, Klickitat Street

22. Pretty Painted Pumpkin Cookies, Glorious Treats

23. Lalaloopsie Cookies with a Twist, SweetSugarBelle

A BIG thanks to Callye (Sweet Sugar Belle)  for organizing this, it was great fun to participate and I just LOVE all the clever ideas everyone came up with.

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  1. 1
    The BearFoot Baker says:

    These look amazing and I can’t wait to try them!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. 2

    I just discovered hand pies, love love them and this is such a great idea! awesome

  3. 3

    I adore the look of your pumpkin hand pies, Diane, and just KNOW they must be delicious! A definite must try!

  4. 4

    These are just wonderful! A great idea to dye the dough.

  5. 5

    What a wonderful fall treat – they Look and Sound delicious!

  6. 6

    Love these!! I’m doing an “Owl” themed baby shower and will try to make owl shaped handpies with this method.

    Thanks for posting!

  7. 7

    So enjoying making the rounds of this party. Wish I could grab a few of these hand pies!

  8. 8

    What a fun fall treat! They sound delicious!

  9. 9

    I love everything about these!

  10. 10

    These look divine…..and I’m sure they taste awesome too. I love that orange dough. :) It was fun doing this pumpkin cutter challenge with you. :)

  11. 11

    These look amazing! I definitely want to try them. So fun to be a part of this project with you.

    P.S. I enjoy following you on Instagram :)

  12. 12

    These are just so adorable!! Love them! So happy to have found you and work with you on Callye’s project!

  13. 13

    Coloring pie crust?! Such a great idea!! These are beautiful and they sound DELICIOUS!!

  14. 14

    There is no question that I shall be making these on my own. And LOVE that they are orange! Hee hee…

  15. 15

    How perfect are these?! I’ll take mine with icing!

  16. 16

    These are so beautiful Diane and they sound utterly delicious!!

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