This Thanksgiving, swap out the traditional Thanksgiving dessert options and bring something new to the table. Instead of a traditional pecan or apple pie, make one of these two dessert recipes this year to shake things up!
Below you’ll find the ingredients and steps to make mini pumpkin pie pops and apple blossom tart for dessert this Thanksgiving.
Mini Pumpkin Pie Pops
Try making these delicious mini pumpkin pie pops for Thanksgiving! This dessert is perfect for Thanksgiving because it will not be too filling after a large meal.
This dessert is a single-sized portion, so you can definitely come back for more. It offers a taste of pumpkin pie, along with a delicious maple sugar glaze. So you better make enough to feed your whole family and then some.
The recipe below serves about 8 people.
- Prep time: 20 mins
- Cook time: 25 mins
- Total time: 45 mins
- 2 Deep Dish Frozen Pie Crusts (9 inches)
- ½ cup Pumpkin Puree
- ¼ cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
- ¼ teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 Egg, beaten
- 6″ Lollipop Sticks
- Pumpkin Shaped Cookie Cutter
For the glaze:
- 2-4 tablespoons Maple Syrup
- ½ cup Icing Sugar
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Step 1: Cut out the Pumpkins
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F while you make the pumpkins. This recipe calls for a regular store-bought frozen pie crust, although you can make a homemade pie crust if you have a favorite recipe.
If you’re using a frozen pie crust, let the box defrost for about an hour. Then remove the crusts out of the tin plates. Flatten the crusts with a rolling pin.
Use the cookie cutter and cut out an even number of shapes. For reference, this recipe used 3” cookie cutters. Beat one egg, and then brush it over the top of each pumpkin.
Step 2: Make the Pumpkin Pie Filling
Mix the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice together in a small bowl until it is a uniform texture.
Step 3: Add the Lollipop Sticks
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set out half of your pumpkins. Brush a small amount of the egg mixture onto the pumpkins and then press at least one inch of the lollipop sticks into the dough.
This will ensure that they stick securely. Adding the lollipop stick makes these into a kid-friendly dessert, so these are something the whole family can enjoy.
Step 4: Add the Filling
Scoop a small spoonful of the pumpkin pie mixture onto the center of the pumpkins. The mixture should cover the lollipop sticks. Just make sure to leave at least ½ an inch of space around the filling to seal the edges.
Step 5: Seal the Edges
Cover the shapes with their other halves. Make sure to line them up well, so they don’t come apart in the oven. Press down on the edges gently with your fingers.
Then go around the edges with the tines of a fork to seal them up. Brush the tops of the pumpkins with the beaten egg.
Step 6: Bake
Bake the pops in the oven at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, they should look golden brown when done.
Step 7: Make the Maple Sugar Glaze
While the pops are baking, you can make the glaze. Mix the icing sugar and vanilla extract together in a small bowl.
Stir in one tablespoon of maple syrup at a time until you have a slightly runny consistency. This recipe used 3 tablespoons, but you might need a little bit more or less maple syrup.
Step 8: Add the Glaze
Let the pops cool off for a bit before adding the glaze. Pour the glaze into a plastic sandwich bag, and close the bag.
Then cut off a small corner of the bag so you can squeeze it out evenly. Lastly, drizzle the glaze over the pops, and you’ve got yourself mini Thanksgiving desserts!
Apple Blossom Tart
Instead of a traditional apple pie, try making a beautiful apple blossom tart for Thanksgiving! Surprise your friends and family with a modern approach to a classic, Thanksgiving dessert. The recipe below yields 8 servings.
- Prep time: 1 hr and 10 mins
- Cook time: 55 mins
- Total time: 3 hrs 5 mins
- 3 Large Pink Lady Apples, cored and sliced to ⅛” thick
- ¼ cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar, divided
- ¾ teaspoon + ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt, divided
- 8 oz. Package of Spice Cookies
- 3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
- 1 ½ tablespoon Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces
- 1 Large Egg White
- 8 oz. Package of Cream Cheese, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons Confectioners’ Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Apple Jelly, melted
Step 1: Prepare the Apples
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F while you prep the apples. Toss the apple slices, brown sugar, pie spice, ¼ cup of granulated sugar, and ¾ teaspoon of salt together in a bowl.
Let the mixture sit for 45 minutes so they become soft and pliable. Lightly toss the apples every 15 minutes while they soften up.
Step 2: Make the Crust
While you let the apples sit, you can begin making the crust. Put the spice cookies into a food processor, and pulse ~10-12 times until the cookies are finely ground.
Next, add the melted butter, egg white, the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt, and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar into the food processor. Pulse 6-8 times until everything is thoroughly mixed.
Press the cookie mixture into the bottom and sides of a 10″ tart pan. Bake the crust for 10-12 minutes, until the edges start to brown. Let it cool completely.
Step 3: Add the Filling
While the crust is cooling, stir the confectioners’ sugar and cream cheese together in a bowl. Mix it until you have a smooth, even texture. Then, spread the mixture onto the bottom of the crust.
Step 4: Add the Apples
Drain the apples, and get rid of any leftover liquid. Arrange the apple slices in an overlapping circular pattern.
Start on the outside edge of the pan and continue filling the slices in a snug spiral shape to the center. Evenly distribute the butter pieces over the top.
Step 5: Bake the Tart
Bake for 45-55 minutes, until it seems like the apples are tender. Then, cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour.
Step 6: Add the Apple Jelly & Serve
Finally, brush the apple jelly over the tart. Serve it chilled or at room temperature.
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