This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Safeway. All opinions are 100% mine.
Fall is here and you know what that means! It is pumpkin spice season. I went to my local Safeway because I was craving pumpkin spice things. You can find fun, exciting, seasonal products and ingredients as well as holiday baking and cooking essentials exclusively at Safeway to make that special holiday dessert for friends and family during the holiday season. There were many different options available such as Safeway’s Signature SELECT™ Pumpkin spice Madeleines, Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake or even mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes.
Those all looked amazing but I ended up deciding that I would make my own pumpkin spice dessert. I haven’t baked at all this year so I didn’t want to do anything that would be too overwhelming. I figured a simple no-bake-filling pumpkin pie would be just as good as a classic pumpkin pie. Plus, there would be less chance for mistakes. I was inspired from a banana pudding recipe and decided I would substitute pumpkin spice filling for banana.
I was able to get all the ingredients from Safeway which was very convenient. Most of the items were Safeway OWN brands which are high quality but at a more budget-friendly price-point. The only baking required would be for the pie crust. I wasn’t about to make a pie crust from scratch so I was glad that there were ready-made options available.
In this post, I am going to include a recipe on how to make simple pumpkin mini pies. Instead of whole pie, mini pies are easier for sharing especially when sharing is not encouraged this year. And mini is always cuter & more enticing.
I think they turned out better than expected! The filling was creamy and not too sweet. I definitely felt like I was eating a piece of fall when I took a bite out of these. These mini pies would pair really well with some hot chocolate with marshmallows or maybe some Signature SELECT Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream!
Here is my recipe:
No-Baker-Filling Pumpkin Mini Pies
Makes 8 mini pies
1 Safeway SELECT™ pie crust (9” crust x 2)
1/2 packet 5oz instant vanilla pudding
12 oz cup milk
15 oz can pumpkin pie mix
Lucerne® whipped topping, pumpkin spice
Dusting of pumpkin spice
Cut out 3” diameter circles in the pie crust and line each circle into a muffin pan.
Bake according to instructions.
While crusts are baking, prepare the filling.
Add milk to instant vanilla pudding mix according to instructions.
Fold in pumpkin pie filling.
If consistency is not set enough, freeze for one hour or until stiff.
After pie crust has cooled, top with Lucerne whipped pumpkin spice topping and dust with pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy!
I shopped at Safeway, but you can also find these exclusive fall pumpkin season items at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons.
Safeway also offers Grocery Delivery and DriveUp & Go™ for convenient ways to shop! I have yet to use this service but it sounds like it would be very convenient for the times we are in. If you are hesitant to go shop in-store this might be the option for you.