Mini Berry Pies are completely from scratch: a buttery pie crust filled with berry pie filling and topped with a sweet crunchy crumble. Bite sized pies are so much better than a full pie!
This post is sponsored by Challenge Butter. I used their butter in both the crust and crumble topping and you can taste the difference! All opinions are my own.
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Mini Pies in a Cupcake Tin
I love making mini pies for holidays because I can’t help but make ALL the desserts and then, of course, I want to have one of everything. In my experience, people want to taste everything you serve, but they feel guilty asking for slices of multiple pies…which is where tiny pies come in.
- They are easier to serve: no knives or pie server needed.
- You can make them regular cupcake sized or even make them mini!
- They package and travel well, and freeze easily!
- Use fresh or frozen fruit!
- Plus, they’re delicious with a rich buttery crust and sweet crumble.
Ingredients for Mini Fruit Pies
Berries: I used frozen mixed berries for this recipe, because those are always in season. You can use any kind of berries (blueberries or blackberries or mixed) that are frozen or fresh.
Cornstarch: This helps for thickening the berry pie filling.
Sugar: The filling uses granulated sugar and I used brown sugar in the filling. Be sure to pack your brown sugar.
Lemon Juice: A little lemon juice in the filling just brightens up the flavor.
Butter: Butter is the key ingredient in the crust and the crumble. My all butter pie crust is an epic recipe – thanks to all that butter! Be sure to choose top notch ingredients whenever you’re making a recipe, and for that I recommend Challenge Butter.
Flour: Be sure not to pack your flour!
COLD ingredients: It’s really important when you’re making crumble or crust that you start with COLD butter and ICE water. It helps the crust be more flaky.
Butter Makes it Better
If you’ve been around here for any length of time you’ll know that Challenge Dairy is my absolute favorite ingredient. I’ve been using Challenge Butter all my life, and I regularly have their cream cheese in my fridge too.
Challenge Butter is churned fresh daily from fresh sweet cream as it has always been since 2011.. It’s farm to fridge in just 2 days, without added hormones or additives, and is available nationally. Look for the package with the elk on it!
How to make Berry Pie Filling
- Add berries and water to a saucepan and cook until the berries start to break down.
- Add the sugar and lemon juice and stir.
- Stir in the cornstarch and cook until it thickens. Cool completely then chill.
How to make Little Pie Crusts
For a more in depth look at how to make pie dough, check out my all butter pie crust recipe post.
- Add the flour and salt to the food processor and pulse, then add cold butter.
- Pulse until just combined, then add water and pulse until the mixture becomes dough.
- Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut circles.
- Press circles into muffin cups.
How to make Mini Pies with Crumble Topping
- Make the crumble by adding butter, flour and sugar to a large bowl. Cut in the butter until it’s crumbly.
- Fill crusts with berry pie filling.
- Top with crumble topping, then bake!
Pro Tips for making Mini Berry Pies
- Make sure to start with COLD butter to make the pie crust and crumble. This will make a flaky pie crust.
- Don’t have a 3.5-inch round cutter? Use a large glass, mason jar lid or mason jar.
- Fresh or frozen fruit may be used to make the filling.
- Be sure the filling is cold before assembling the pies.
- Don’t over fill the pies with pie filling or it’ll bubble up. Just about 1 or 1 ½ tablespoons is perfect.
- Make sure to grease your muffin pans with the nonstick baking spray (with flour) or grease and flour them.
- Cooled or chilled pies release from the pans much easier than when they’re warm.
- These taste best warmed or at room temperature. Serve them plain or with ice cream or whipped cream.
FAQ about Mini Pies
You can use frozen or fresh fruit to make the pie filling – I used frozen because berries weren’t in season.
These bake in approximately 30 minutes.
These freeze well in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
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Mini Berry Pies
- 16 ounces frozen mixed berries thawed (see note)
- ⅓ cup (79ml) water
- 2 tablespoons (16g) cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons (10ml) water
- ⅔ cup (133g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 10 tablespoons (141g) Challenge Unsalted Butter
- 1 ⅔ cups (207g) all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2-3 tablespoons (10-13ml) ice cold water
- 4 tablespoons (57g) Challenge Unsalted Butter
- ¼ cup (50g) packed brown sugar
- ½ cup (62g) all-purpose flour
Make the Filling:
- Drain berries really well. Place them in a medium saucepan with ⅓ cup water. Heat over medium-low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until you notice some of the berries breaking down, about 3-5 minutes.
- While that’s cooking, stir together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl.
- Stir in the sugar and lemon juice into the berries, then stir the cornstarch slurry to make sure it’s not clumped. Add to the berry mixture and stir constantly until the mixture thickens, about 1-3 minutes. Once it bubbles and looks thicker, it’s done. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl or jar to cool completely, then refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Make the Crust:
- Slice your butter and place it back in the refrigerator to stay cold.
- Add flour and salt to the bowl of a large food processor and pulse once to combine. Add the cold butter and pulse just a few times until the butter is incorporated (mixture will be crumbly). Slowly add 2 tablespoons water while running the food processor. Let the processor run about 10 seconds, adding just a teaspoon more water at a time until the mixture comes together in a ball.
- Turn the pie crust ball out onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper laid out on a clean work surface. Top with a second sheet of wax or parchment paper and roll to ¼-inch thickness. Chill 30 minutes.
- Use a 3.5-inch round cookie cutter to cut circles out of the pie crust, re-rolling as needed. If the dough gets too soft, pop it back into the refrigerator to chill it for 15 minutes or so.
- Spray a 12-cup cupcake pan with nonstick baking spray (the kind with flour in it) or grease and flour the cavities.
- Press a round into each muffin cavity, pressing gently so you don’t poke holes in the crust. Chill the crusts for at least 30 minutes before filling.
Make the Crumble and Assemble:
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Grate the butter, or dice it small.
- Whisk together the flour and sugar and add the butter, then use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly.
- Spoon about 1-1 ½ tablespoons of berry filling into each pie crust and top with about 1-2 tablespoons crumble. Press the crumble to compact it slightly.
- Bake pies for 25-35 minutes, or until the crust is no longer opaque and the crumble looks dry. It won’t brown much. If any of the berry mixture has bubbled up to the muffin pan itself, use a butter knife to kind of clear it so it doesn’t cause the filling to harden to the pan and make the pies hard to remove.
- Cool completely in the pans on the counter before removing. I find it’s easiest to remove them if they’ve been chilled. Run a butter knife gently around the edges and they should pop out.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
- You can use fresh berries if you want, just measure out about 16 ounces.
- Make sure to drain the frozen thawed berries very well.
- Don’t want to make your own filling? Use a canned pie filling!
- Try not to make the crusts thinner than ¼-inch thick or they’ll be harder to remove from the pans.
- Don’t overfill the pie crusts with the berry filling – 1 or 1 ½ tablespoons is about perfect.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Mini Berry Pies are so easy and the perfect size for serving at parties! Learn how to make mini fruit pies completely from scratch with crumble topping and homemade berry pie filling.
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Published on: October 12, 2021