Once the Halloween Tree goes up, it's time for Jilly's Mini Pumpkin Pies! My wife Jill is an inventor. She has invented so many things over her life, the smartphone for example. She was way ahead of Steve Jobs. In 2003, long before the first iPhone in 2007, when she was holding her Treo 300 Palm Pilot in one hand, and her cell phone in the other, she knew they should be merged as one. We don't make a lot of money off of her inventions, but we enjoy it when someone else finally figures it out.
These mini-pumpkin pies may be one of her greatest inventions. A friend of ours published the recipe in a cookbook, but did not give Jill credit. She's OK with that, but come on! I bet we make five or six batches of this every fall. They're a great dessert, breakfast, snack, or whatever you want them to be.
And here's how I eat them. I peel away the muffin liner, hold the mini-pie in my hand, put whipped cream on top of that, and eat it in three bites. Let us know what style works best for you!
Oh! And that picture below? That's Jill getting the honor of putting the witch on top of the old Halloween Tree! Wait. You don't all do that? Our holiday tree comes out in October and becomes a Halloween Tree, then a Thanksgiving Tree, then a Christmas Tree. And if I had it my way, it would stay up the whole year long, arborally celebrating the different holidays. Alas, like many things in my home, I don't get it my way, and I live with nine, sad, holiday treeless months. But I can't wait for October!
Mix pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin pie spice, and eggs in a mixer or with a spoon.
(Note: If you want to make a big pie, just pour this into a pie crust and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until a knife/toothpick comes out cleanly.)
Put a Gingersnap in the bottom of 28 foil cupcake cups arranged on 8.5 x 13 casserole dishes. Put 1/4 cup mix in each cupcake cup.
Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, then at 350 for 20 minutes.
Let cool. Then serve with whipped cream!
Serving Size 12 mini-pies