Cranberry Bliss Bars

If you find yourself counting down the days until you can get your hands on Cranberry Bliss Bars, this copycat recipe is exactly what you need to enjoy them at home any time of the year. I used to count down the days until I could buy the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar. But now I …

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If you find yourself counting down the days until you can get your hands on Cranberry Bliss Bars, this copycat recipe is exactly what you need to enjoy them at home any time of the year.

Three cranberry bliss bars arranged on a white plate, with a bite taken out of one of them

I used to count down the days until I could buy the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar. But now I have my own recipe, and honestly, it’s even better!

Cranberry is such a wonderful flavor that deserves more attention all year long. I’m not complaining about it getting its due in winter, though.

The flavors in these cranberry bars are similar to another copycat recipe of mine, glazed orange scones, as well as my cranberry orange bread and cranberry orange cinnamon rolls.

What can I say, I love the combo of cranberry and orange!

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Fresh Creamed Spinach

Creamed spinach can go right or wrong, and this creamed spinach recipe is just right. The creaminess comes from cream cheese rather than heavy cream, which offers…

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best creamed spinach recipe

Creamed spinach can go right or wrong, and this creamed spinach recipe is just right. The creaminess comes from cream cheese rather than heavy cream, which offers some delectable tanginess. Fresh baby spinach cooks down in mere minutes, no chopping required, so this recipe is ready in roughly twenty minutes.

Creamed spinach will never be the prettiest menu item on your Thanksgiving table, but the verdant color of freshly cooked spinach will liven up otherwise beige plates. The more greens the better, I say.

creamed spinach ingredients

I didn’t grow up with creamed spinach at our Thanksgiving suppers. I’ve found it on steakhouse menus while searching for vegetarian options. The name “creamed spinach” doesn’t sound terribly enticing, does it?

I wasn’t sold on the general concept until I realized that it’s almost like spinach dip in side dish form. Creamed spinach earned my full attention in that moment.

After some trial and error, I’m sharing this recipe because I think it’s worthy of your attention, too. It’s delicious, creamy, comforting and just so nice!

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The Best Mac and Cheese Recipe

This baked mac and cheese recipe is easy to make and has the creamiest texture! It uses three different cheeses (cheddar, gruyere & parmesan) in the sauce for a delicious flavour and a breadcrumb topping for that crispy crust. Ingredients for mac &…

This baked mac and cheese recipe is easy to make and has the creamiest texture! It uses three different cheeses (cheddar, gruyere & parmesan) in the sauce for a delicious flavour and a breadcrumb topping for that crispy crust. Ingredients for mac & cheese Dry pasta – see below for more info but TLDR is …

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Biscoff Pumpkin Pie

I am normally not a huge pumpkin pie person, unless it is our Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie. That one is the BEST! I always savor every bite. Well, there is a new pumpkin pie in town that has stole my heart…this Biscoff Pumpkin Pie. You HAVE to try …

I am normally not a huge pumpkin pie person, unless it is our Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie. That one is the BEST! I always savor every bite. Well, there is a new pumpkin pie in town that has stole my heart…this Biscoff Pumpkin Pie. You HAVE to try it. It is creamy, dreamy, and divine!…

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

Make your Thanksgiving dollar go further by using simple pantry staples to make these adorable and affordable Mini Pumpkin Pies!

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Everyone loves Thanksgiving, but let’s be honest, it can get expensive, especially when you have several guests to feed. But I’ve got a great little Thanksgiving hack for you. Well okay, maybe two. Thanksgiving hack number one: make these Mini Pumpkin Pies. You get twelve servings with half the amount of ingredients used for a regular-sized pumpkin pie. So instead of trying to slice one pie into razor-thin slices so that everyone gets a bite, be the star of the show with these adorable little Mini Pumpkin Pies. Everyone will die over their cuteness and you’ll be smiling with satisfaction because you just fed more people with fewer ingredients.

Thanksgiving hack number two: get your ingredients at ALDI! I got everything I needed to make these Mini Pumpkin Pies, plus everything else for my Thanksgiving Dinner at ALDI in one quick trip. Grocery stores can be an absolute zoo around Thanksgiving time, but ALDI is strategically laid out with four to six aisles, is well organized, and has exactly what I need so I can get in, get out, and stay on budget.

close up image of mini pumpkin pies with whipped cream

ALDI carries all of the holiday baking essentials, like what I used in these pumpkin pies, as well as lots of fun specialty items for the holiday season. Customers can get everything they need for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including the Butterball turkey, sides and pumpkin pie, all from ALDI and all for less than $30.*

*Based on the items and quantities included in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Survey for dinner for up to 10 with a 12lb Butterball turkey and additional miscellaneous items (e.g. coffee, butter, flour, sugar, eggs) not included in the survey. Available in-store and online. Tax and online fees not included.

I actually look forward to grocery shopping at ALDI because I can’t wait to see what cool seasonal items they have that week and I know whatever it is, I’ll actually be able to afford it. I’m totally getting one of their Emporium Selection Baking Brie wheels again this year! …and maybe that wine and cheese Advent Calendar. ;) 

What about you? Have you checked out the awesome selection of holiday goods available at ALDI? If so, what’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments below. If you haven’t been to ALDI yet, make sure to click here to see where your nearest ALDI store is and get over there ASAP! :)

No-Fuss Crust

Another reason these mini pumpkin pies are so great is that they don’t use a traditional pie crust. Pie crust can be tricky to work with, especially for new cooks, but these pies use a really unique dough made with butter, flour, and cream cheese. It has a soft moldable texture that is super forgiving and easy to work with. …Because the last thing you need to worry about on Thanksgiving is cracked pie dough.

A mini pumpkin pie cut open held close to the camera

Make A Double Batch of Mini Pumpkin Pies

As I mentioned above, this recipe basically uses half of the “filling” for a regular-sized pumpkin pie. So you can use your favorite pumpkin pie filling recipe, or even the pumpkin pie recipe on the label of your can of pumpkin purée and just divide it by two to fill 12 of these mini pumpkin pies. Or use the whole recipe and make 24 mini pumpkin pies!

Can I Make them Ahead?

Yes, you can make these mini pumpkin pies one day ahead of time. When preparing them in advance, allow the pies to cool completely to room temperature before covering and refrigerating. You can also freeze the pumpkin pies, but the quality is much better when fresh or refrigerated. So freezing is a great way to enjoy the leftovers for longer, but I wouldn’t freeze before serving to guests.

Pumpkin Pie Topping Options

You can leave the pumpkin pies bare (I love the color they add to a Thanksgiving spread), or you can top them with whipped cream and a little sprinkle of cinnamon. The Friendly Farms Pumpkin Spice Whipped Dairy Topping from ALDI would also be fun! If you plan to let the pumpkin pies sit out for a while, like as part of a Friendsgiving buffet, you may want to use a stabilized whipped cream to make sure the whipped cream doesn’t collapse as it sits (whip 1 Tbsp cornstarch into every cup of homemade whipped cream to stabilize). And, of course, you can get all the ingredients you need to make a stabilized whipped cream at ALDI. ;)

Mini pumpkin pies on a cooling rack with ingredients in the background
close up of mini pumpkin pies with whipped cream

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Make your Thanksgiving dollar go further by using simple pantry staples to make these adorable and affordable Mini Pumpkin Pies!
Total Cost $2.78 recipe / $0.23 each
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 mini pies
Calories 202kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 8 Tbsp Countryside Creamery Salted Butter, room temperature $0.80
  • 4 oz. Happy Farms Cream Cheese, room temperature $0.58
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp Baker's Corner All Purpose Flour $0.07
  • 1 Tbsp Baker's Corner Granulated Sugar $0.01

Filling

  • 1/2 15oz. can Baker’s Corner 100% Pure Canned Pumpkin (⅞ cup) $0.48
  • 3/4 cup Baker's Corner Evaporated Milk $0.40
  • 1 large Simply Nature Grade A Organic Cage Free Brown Eggs $0.29
  • 1/4 cup Baker's Corner Granulated Sugar $0.04
  • 2 Tbsp Baker's Corner Brown Sugar $0.08
  • 1/2 tsp Stonemill Ground Cinnamon $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp Stonemill Ground Ginger $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp Stonemill Ground Nutmeg $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp Stonemill Salt $0.02

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Make the pie crust first. Add the butter and cream cheese to a bowl and use a mixer to beat them together until light and fluffy.
  • Beat 1 Tbsp sugar into the butter and cream cheese, then begin to beat in the flour, about ¼ cup at a time, until all of it has been incorporated. The result will be a very soft dough.
  • Divide the dough into four equal pieces, then divide each piece into three so you have 12 equal-sized pieces total. Roll each piece of dough into a ball, then drop each one into the well of a muffin tin. Use your fingers to press the dough down into the center and up the sides of the wells (see step by step photos below for more help).
  • Next, make the pie filling. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin purée, evaporated milk, egg, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Divide the filling between the twelve pie shells (about 3 Tbsp each).
  • Bake the pies for 35 minutes, or until the edges of the pie crusts are golden and the filling is slightly cracked on top.
  • Remove the muffin tin from the oven and allow the pies to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes. After about 10 minutes they should be solid enough to safely remove. Slide a knife around the outer edge of each one until they pop out. Finish cooling the pies on a wire rack.
  • Serve the pies at room temperature, or transfer them to the refrigerator once cooled for longer storage (up to four days).

Notes

Ingredient prices and availability may vary.

Nutrition

Serving: 1mini pie | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g
Mini Pumpkin Pies in the muffin tin and on the cooling rack

How to Make Mini Pumpkin Pies – Step by Step Photos

pumpkin pie ingredients

Here are all of the ingredients you’ll need for these mini pumpkin pies. The ingredients are all super simple pantry staples (flour, sugar, eggs, butter, cream cheese, evaporated milk, brown sugar, salt, pumpkin purée, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg) and you can get ALL of them at ALDI. :)

Cream cheese and butter

Start by preheating the oven to 350ºF. Next, add 8 Tbsp room temperature butter and 4 oz. room temperature cream cheese to a bowl.

Fluffy butter and cream cheese

Beat the butter and cream cheese together until they’re evenly combined and fluffy.

pie dough in the bowl

Beat 1 Tbsp sugar into the butter and cream cheese, then start adding the flour, about ¼ cup at a time, beating until it is incorporated (1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour total). The end result will be a very soft dough. No dry flour should remain on the bottom of the bowl.

Dough being pressed into the muffin tin

Divide the dough into 12 equal-sized pieces. To do this, divide the dough into four equal-sized pieces. From there, divide each piece into three equal-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place them into the wells of a muffin tin. Use your fingers to press the dough down and up the sides of the muffin tin wells. Make sure to get down into the corners of the well where a lot of the dough can accumulate and get too thick.

Pumpkin pie filling ingredients

Next, it’s time to make the pumpkin pie filling. Whisk together ½ of a 15oz. can of pumpkin purée (about ⅞ of a cup), 1 large egg, ¾ cup evaporated milk, ¼ cup sugar, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, ½ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, and ¼ tsp salt.

Mini pumpkin pies being filled

Divide the pumpkin filling among the 12 pie shells. The easiest way to do this is to use a 2 Tbsp scoop or measuring cup and add 2 Tbsp to each one first, then go back and add a bit more to each one until the filling is used up. It ends up being about 3 Tbsp filling per pie.

Baked pumpkin pies in the muffin tin

Bake the pumpkin pies in the fully preheated 350ºF oven for 35 minutes or until the crusts are golden brown and the filling is slightly cracked on top. Allow the pies to cool in the muffin tin for about 10 minutes so they can solidify a bit before attempting removal. Once they’re slightly cooled, run a knife around the edge of each one and they will pop right out!

Mini Pumpkin Pies on a cooling rack next to pumpkins and leaves

Allow the pies to finish cooling on a cooling rack. Remember, make sure they are fully cooled to room temperature before refrigeration to prevent condensation. Refrigerated pumpkin pies will stay good in the refrigerator for four days.

Side view of whipped cream topped mini pumpkin pies on a cooling rack

I hope these mini pumpkin pies help make your holiday gathering affordable and delicious. And don’t forget, you can take advantage of the great prices and selection at ALDI, online, with curbside pickup, or through Instacart!

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes are easy to make with a cake mix but taste like you spent hours making them! These easy pumpkin cupcakes are perfect for any fall gathering. I am all about keeping things simple at this time of year. Instead of cooking at home, we’re ordering pizza and wings for pre-trick-or-treat dinner and …

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes are easy to make with a cake mix but taste like you spent hours making them! These easy pumpkin cupcakes are perfect for any fall gathering.

Pumpkin spice cupcake on a white plate, with more cupcakes in the background

I am all about keeping things simple at this time of year.

Instead of cooking at home, we’re ordering pizza and wings for pre-trick-or-treat dinner and I’m whipping up these super simple semi-homemade Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes for dessert. I just plan on topping them with one of those little pumpkin candies you can find near the candy corn to make them a little more festive.

You all know I love my doctored cake mix recipes, and I couldn’t resist giving it a seasonal twist.

The result is these pumpkin spice cupcakes that are so irresistibly moist you can’t stop at just one!

If you love pumpkin bundt cake, you’ll definitely fall for the combo of spice cake mix and pumpkin. The lightly spiced cream cheese frosting makes the cupcakes so special.

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(Almost) No-Bake Cheesecake Bars with Cranberry Red Wine Swirl

I’ve made many variations of these almost no-bake cheesecake bars, but this cranberry red wine swirl variation has become a favorite during the cooler months when fresh cranberries are in season. They’re simmered with red wine, cinnamon, an…

no-bake cheesecakes bars with cranberries, sitting next to a pink knife

I’ve made many variations of these almost no-bake cheesecake bars, but this cranberry red wine swirl variation has become a favorite during the cooler months when fresh cranberries are in season. They’re simmered with red wine, cinnamon, and sugar to create a delicious quick jam. The red wine and cranberries compliment each other perfectly, and there is just a hint of cinnamon to add a spicy warmth. The filling is based on the Cherry Red Wine Cheesecake Bars from 100 Cookies, but I went with a no-bake cheesecake in this version to make things simple. The secret to no-bake cheesecake is using a combination of cream cheese and heavy cream, creating a cool and creamy filling that sets easily in the refrigerator. The graham cracker crust only needs to bake a few minutes, just to ensure it’s crisp, and provides a sturdy base for the cheesecake. I’ve used Cuisinart’s new Blushing Coral 5.5 Quart Stand Mixer to make these! Which would be a great holiday gift, and the color is beautiful. More No-Bake Cheesecake Recipes: (Almost) No-Bake Cheesecake with Jam Swirl (Almost) No Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake With Sour Cherry Swirl

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Chocolate Chai Cheesecake Bars

Indulge in a square of lightly spiced and deeply chocolate cheesecake, with distinct layers of chocolate cookie crust, silky smooth chocolate cheesecake infused with chai spices, and a decadent chocolate ganache to finish it all off. Sugar and spice and everything nice… that’s definitely what these cheesecake bars are made of. Simple to prepare and […]

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Indulge in a square of lightly spiced and deeply chocolate cheesecake, with distinct layers of chocolate cookie crust, silky smooth chocolate cheesecake infused with chai spices, and a decadent chocolate ganache to finish it all off.

Sugar and spice and everything nice… that’s definitely what these cheesecake bars are made of. Simple to prepare and even easier to eat (no fork required), you’ll love everything about this decadent treat.

Chocolate Chai Cheesecake Bars cut into squares, on natural parchment and a wood background

If you haven’t already noticed, I love bar-ifying recipes that aren’t typically served as squares. From cookies to coffee cake and even pumpkin pie, squares are quickly becoming my favorite serving shape. Needless to say I’ve definitely been getting my money’s worth out of my trusty 8-by-8 pan.

These chocolate chai cheesecake bars (or, as they’re known colloquially, Ch³ Bars) are adapted from my triple chocolate cheesecake recipe, scaled down and infused with sultry chai spices and transformed into easy-to-eat bars.

Overhead, cut squares of Chocolate Chai Cheesecake Bars, one sitting on its side to show the layers

What is Chai?

Originating from India, chai literally means tea (derived from ‘cha’, the Chinese word for tea, so when you go around saying ‘chai tea’ you’re actually saying ‘tea tea’ FYI). Chai has become a word that is used on its own to describe what is more technically known as masala chai, a fragrant blend of spices infused into a tea-like beverage (often with black tea, but that’s not always the case).

The actual spices that you’ll find in masala chai varies greatly depending on the maker. Most include cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, with some blends containing coriander, star anise, and even black pepper.

In this recipe, the fragrant chai spices meet with dark, bittersweet chocolate in multiple forms for a unique, multi-faceted flavor. Cardamom isn’t a spice you usually see paired with chocolate, which is a shame, as it proves to be a truly transcendent pairing (and considering I’m not usually a huge fan of cardamom, that’s saying something).

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Pumpkin Scones

I love a GOOD scone. Strawberry, blueberry, chocolate chip, and peach scones are a few of my favorites, they are all so delicious. But during the fall months, I am all about Pumpkin Scones. The pumpkin scones are soft, moist, and spiced with the perfec…

I love a GOOD scone. Strawberry, blueberry, chocolate chip, and peach scones are a few of my favorites, they are all so delicious. But during the fall months, I am all about Pumpkin Scones. The pumpkin scones are soft, moist, and spiced with the perfect mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. The scones also…

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Apple Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I love baking with apples: apple crumble, apple cobbler, and apple muffins are a few of my “must makes” during the fall months, and now I have a new favorite. This Apple Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is absolute perfection! I love m…

I love baking with apples: apple crumble, apple cobbler, and apple muffins are a few of my “must makes” during the fall months, and now I have a new favorite. This Apple Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is absolute perfection! I love making bundt cakes because they are easy, feed a crowd, and you…

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