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Mini Pumpkin Tarts {seriously easy!}

Okay friends, listen up.

Thanksgiving is coming! It is right around the corner. Our Thanksgiving plans are a little wacko this year. Often, I work on Thanksgiving. This year, just thinking about lifting people out of bed and walking them down the halls, etc., makes me want to take a nap. At nearly 37 weeks pregnant, that’s just about the last thing I want to do. Not to mention the fact that I probably don’t have any scrubs that will fit me.

In addition to that, I’m not really in the mood to spend nearly 3 hours in the car to get to family. Family is coming to us the weekend after Thanksgiving though! On Thanksgiving Day, we’ll be going to see some extended family that lives nearby and we’ll also be stopping by a friend’s house. So what do you bring when you’re just “stopping by” somewhere?

“Oh you don’t have to bring anything, you’re pregnant!” 

Yeah. Right. I write a food blog. Which pretty much means I cannot show up empty-handed. Out of the question! It would be out of the question even if I didn’t have this blog.

These are a simple solution for any last-minute event. A no-bake treat! Simple to make, easy to eat, and full of the flavors of fall. Perfection!

Plus, they are super cute, are they not?


Mini Pumpkin Tarts

Total Time: 25 minutes

These mini pumpkin tarts are a quick and easy no-bake treat.


  • 3 packages pre-baked, frozen mini pastry shells (45 shells total)
  • 1 15 ounce can of pumpkin purée
  • 2 cups Cool Whip
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 small (3.4 ounce) package cheesecake flavor instant pudding


  1. Thaw pastry shells at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  2. Combine pumpkin, Cool Whip, and pumpkin pie spice with a whisk in a medium bowl until smooth. Add pudding mix and continue to whisk until smooth and thick. Spoon or pipe into shells and top with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy

Verdict: Tasty and addicting. You’ve been warned.
Husband’s take: I think I’m too far ahead with my recipes–he hasn’t tried this one yet! E helped me lick off a spoon or two though–she loved it!
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Soooooo easy.

Have a happy happy Thanksgiving, friends!!!


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24 Responses to “Mini Pumpkin Tarts {seriously easy!}”

  1. Blog is the New Black — November 21, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Love it!

  2. Jenny @ BAKE — November 21, 2012 at 8:44 am

    this sounds absolutely incredible! and they are just sooo sweet too!

  3. Dana @ Simply Romanesco — November 21, 2012 at 8:49 am

    These mini tarts are so adorable! And no baking required? That’s a keeper :)

  4. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — November 21, 2012 at 9:08 am

    these look like the perfect “stopping by” treat! i hate showing up empty handed too. :)

  5. Lisa — November 21, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try them!

  6. Kathryn — November 21, 2012 at 10:00 am

    These are adorable!

    I hope you and your family have a great few days : )

  7. Lesa @Edesia's Notebook — November 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Super cute and I love how easy they are to make. Happy Thanksgiving, Rachel!

  8. Tammy Harrington — November 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

    How do you think this filling would work in the mini graham cracker crusts?

    • Rachel — November 21st, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

      I’ve never seen mini graham cracker crusts, but I don’t see why not! It’s a pretty firm filling. Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    This is such a fun idea, so adorable and I love how easy they are!!

  10. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — November 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Definite must try! I love easy desserts like these! :)

  11. angela @ anotherbiteplease — November 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    those look so cute! have a happy thanksgiving!

  12. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 22, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Oh I gotta try these! So simple and I bet they are hard to resist! Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 22, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Happy THanksgiving Rachel1 I laughed reading your line “i write a food blog, can’t show up without anything…” lol I feel the same way! And so do my friends! they expect treats every time! i looooove pumpkin pie in any form, the easier the better in my book. these are ADORABLE!

  14. kita — November 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Freakin adorable!

  15. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — November 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

    These are super cute. And I love how easy they are!

  16. JH — November 8, 2013 at 1:43 am

    You don’t bake the filo dough at all? Just wondering because in the picture it looks browned a little.

    • Rachel Gurk — November 8th, 2013 @ 9:48 am

      The cups are pre-baked!

  17. Natalie — November 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Do you prepare the pudding like the box says
    Or do you just use the dry powder to mix into the pumpkin?

    • Rachel Gurk — November 25th, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

      Add the dry powder into the pumpkin mixture. :)

  18. Kimberly J — November 26, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Can these be made ahead of time?

    • Rachel Gurk — November 26th, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

      I would make the filling ahead and then pipe it in right before serving. Otherwise they will get soggy.


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