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17 heavenly pies

Chocolate, and apples, and key lime ... oh my

Stir It Up! has collected 17 rich, flaky, crunchy, dreamy – wonderful in every way – pie recipes for any time of year. Try something different, like grasshopper pie, or finally get that perfect apple pie just right.

Friends and family won't need any encouragement to leave room with desserts like these.

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Thanksgiving is all about the desserts. This year make something perfect for the buffet table, three-bite mini pumpkin pies... topped with whipped cream of course!

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Mini pumpkin pies with gingerbread graham cracker crust

By Mollie ZapataEat. Run. Read 

The crust

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (put your crackers in a bag and crush them, or you can be all high-tech and use a food processor)

1/4 cup brown sugar

6 tablespoons butter, melted

Mix all the ingredients together and press them into the bottoms of greased muffin tins (or you can do them in cupcake wrappers). I had enough for about 30 mini pies.

The filling

3/4 cup sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

2 large eggs

1 can pure pumpkin

1 can evaporated milk

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Spoon filling into muffin tins.

2. Bake at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to 350 degrees F, and cook for 20 minutes more.

3. Remove from the oven. To test for done-ness, shake the pan a bit, pies should not be jiggly in the center.

4. Cool completely, then run a knife around the edges and remove from the pan.

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