5 Mini Pies Made in a Muffin Tin

These individually-sized pies are the perfect addition to your holiday spread. They’re made with easy press-in crusts or prepared pie dough so assembly is a cinch. All you’ll need to consider is whether to serve whipped cream or ice cream alongside (but we think it’s OK to have both).

Lime Curd Mini Pies With Toasted Marshmallow-Coconut Cream

The easiest lime curd gets made ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about getting the timing just right for these sweet-tart pies. Make it up to 2 days ahead and stick it in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble. Just be sure to place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on top of the curd—that prevents a weird skin from forming. A simple cookie crust gets pressed into muffin tins (do your best not to eat them before the curd goes in). Marshmallow fluff is such a brilliant addition in place of whipped cream we might start topping all of our pies with it.

Pear-Blueberry Mini Pies With Lattice Crust

Here are a few pro tips to consider before you embark on your mini pie mission. First, line the bottom of your oven with foil. This with catch any rogue drips from the muffin tin and prevent that dreaded “what’s burning” moment when the sugary juices hit the oven floor. Second, bake all of your pies (big AND small) on the bottom rack of the oven. Just like with full-sized pies, this helps the bottoms bake up golden and crisp, not soggy and sad. And don’t be afraid to take these to a deep, dark, caramelized brown color—not only is it delicious, but it ensures your filling is cooked and tender and your crust is baked through.

Butterscotch-Apple Mini Pies

We packed all the homey goodness of a warm apple pie into the cups of a standard muffin tin. Its made-just-for-me-size kind of reminds us of our favorite fast-food apple pie (it’s OK to admit it!). We made the easiest caramel there ever was by making an easy ganache using butterscotch chips and warm cream. As the apples bake and release their juices, the sauce melts into something entirely apple-y and divine. We like this warm and a la mode but they’re pretty darn good for breakfast the next day. Warm them in the toaster oven or eat them at room temperature.

Ginger-Pumpkin Mini Pies With Speculoos Crust and Whipped Cream

Nothing says loving like a dessert made just for you. These mini pies are the perfectly portioned way to end the Thanksgiving meal, or any autumn feast, come to think of it. The easy press-in crust is made with Speculoos cookies, a crunchy Dutch biscuit made with brown sugar and warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves—a perfect pairing for the spicy sweet pumpkin filling. The pies get their kick from grated fresh ginger, but it mellows under a pillowy dollop of whipped cream. Crystallized ginger sprinkled over top adds a sparkly holiday-worthy finish but feel free to use some extra cookie crumbs instead.

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

There’s never a better time to bake an apple pie than during the first cool days of fall. So which of the thousands of varieties of apples is best? For pies and cobblers, you want apples that can withstand heat without losing their shape or zing. Granny Smith (tart and crisp), Golden Delicious (unbeatable crunch and flavor), and Braeburn (sweeter and slightly softer) are all good picks. For an exotic touch, add 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder to the filling. Or, for a savory twist, sprinkle ½ cup grated Cheddar over the top crust about 20 minutes before you remove it from the oven.

Apple Pie Baked Apples

This adorable dessert offers all the flavors and aroma of a warm apple pie, pre-portioned into single-serve treats. Each apple is filled with homemade pie filling and topped with a swirl of pecan-oat crumble. The combination is so good it will have you licking the spoon. Though other varieties of crisp apples work in a pinch, we prefer Honeycrisp because they hold their shape when baked. As far as the crust goes, we love a traditional lattice, but feel free to get creative with all sorts of designs. We recommend serving the whole thing a la mode.

This Classic Lattice Crust Is Easy As Pie

Learn the simple technique in less than 2 minutes.

1 Genius, Goof-Proof Pie Crust, 5 Amazing Ways to Use It

Love pies... but tremble in terror at the thought of making them? We've got just the recipe to get you over your dough-phobia.

6 Classic Pastry Recipes for Every Taste

Satisfy a pastry craving with one of these buttery, flaky, and utterly delicious pies, scones, or tarts.