Pie Hack! How to Make Quick and Irresistibly Good Pumpkin Pie Shooters

10-minute Pumpkin Pie Shooters

It’s fall, Y’all! And that means it’s time for pumpkin everything. It’s also time for gatherings, parties, and entertaining in general. That’s why we are sharing an easy way to serve a “pumpkin shooter” to your guests no matter what the occasion. Read on for instructions for creating this perfect fall dessert you and your families will love.


pumpkin pie shooters topped with whipped cream sit on top of a marble pedestal

Let’s start by clarifying: This easy recipe is good for crowds of all ages, because instead of boozy shooters full of cream vodka we are teaching you how to take a grocery store pumpkin pie and turn it into a dessert that will make everyone think you’ve been baking for them all day. 

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What You Need to Make Pumpkin Pie Shooters

We recommend you purchase the largest pumpkin pie you can find, since the larger the pie the more shots you can make.  This time of year, your local grocery store should have options. We know that Costco has the biggest one at an affordable price. It’s also reliably delicious.

grocery store pumpkin pie

Once you’ve got your pie safely home and you’re ready to party, gather the following: 

  • A cupcake platter, cake plate, or other pretty serve ware (or an airtight container if you’re planning to travel with your shooters)
  • A small round cookie cutter (you can use any size you want.) Jodie used 2″.
  • Baking spray 
  • Whipping cream (from scratch or in a can)
  • Pumpkin pie spice

How to Make Your Pumpkin Pie Shooters

Step One:

  1. First, spray the inside of your cutter with the baking spray, so the pie circles will come out cleanly.  
  2. Then, cut your shooters from the flat center of your pie using circular cookie cutters.
  3. Next, transfer them to your serve ware.

Pumpkin Pie Shooter Pro Tips

  1. Jodie learned the hard way that you can’t cut any shooters out of the sides of the pie where the bottom is angling up towards the side.
  2. Make sure you get a large pie and use a small cutter for the maximum number of shooters possible.
  3. If you choose to, you can make your mini pies bigger.
    1. If it’s the only dessert being served you may want to use 3″ or 4″ cookie cutter.
    2. If these will be at a dessert table we love the 2″ size so many people can sample.

Watch her baking video here to see how Jodie cuts them out of the pie. 

cutting grocery store pumpkin pie into bite sized pumpkin pie desserts

How to Make the Topping 

Step Two: Decide Between Whipped Cream Options for Your Pumpkin Pie Shooters

Of course, pie circles on a plate do not holiday shooter desserts make! A little whipped cream and pumpkin spice topping will finish these off and make them look festive and impressive.

You have two options for the whipping cream.  If you know that your treats are going to be eaten just a few minutes after you prepare them, canned whipping cream or Cool Whip will work just fine.  

However, if you want the whipped cream to last longer than five minutes, we suggest taking the time to make a batch of real whipped cream. This only takes a few minutes and will make the presentation (and taste) of your pumpkin pie shooters so much better.  

Optional Step Three: Whip Up Fresh Whipped Cream

  1. Pour your whipping cream into a large bowl.
  2. Add some sugar and vanilla.
  3. Use your handheld electric mixer or your standing mixer. Beat until you see stiff peaks when you lift the whisk attachment out.
  4. Use a spoon to drop a dollop of this lovely concoction onto each pie circle.

sprinkling cinnamon on bite sized pumpkin pie desserts

Step Four: Pumpkin Pie Shooters Finishing Details 

Once you’ve got your whipped cream on top, sprinkle each shooter lightly with pumpkin pie spice. You’re ready to wow just about anyone. 

Be sure to choose a beautiful cake stand to add to the presentation wow factor, like Jodie did here.

Because pumpkin is a universal fall flavor, these “dessert shots” would be perfect for any occasion. Take pumpkin pie shooters along to your next Halloween party, Thanksgiving dinner, baby showers, birthday parties, or any other holiday party you get invited to during the months of fall.

Happy fall “baking”, everyone!

jodie & julie

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