Vegan Pumpkin Tarts – Halloween and Fall Treat

vegan pumpkin tarts with faces

Looking for the cutest last minute Halloween treat? Or maybe a fall feast? These pumpkin tarts are the answer. The search is over, I GOT YOU. The ingredients are easy, and they look so darn cute. This recipe is adapted from my own taste, and to be vegan from this pie crust and this tart recipe, with all the credit of the "faces" idea going to Recipe Girl.

vegan coconut oil pie crust

If you want the simplest and fastest way to make these, feel free to use a premade pie crust. I opted to make my own mostly because I could not find a vegan one in stores (why put lard in pie crust? why!?), however, I am really happy that I took the time to make my first ever pie crust from scratch and it turned out deliciously!

vegan pie crust pumpkin cookie cutter

Ingredients

Pie Crust

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp sea salt

2/3 cups coconut oil

3-6 tbsp ice cold water

Pumpkin Filling

1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree

3 tbsp packed brown sugar

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp cinnamon

vegan pumpkin tart

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, or greased foil.
  2. Click here for instructions on how to make your own pie crust if you choose. Minimalist Baker's recipe is perfect.
  3. In a bowl, combine pumpkin filling ingredients (pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon).
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your pie crust to 1/4 inch thick. Use a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter (I got mine from Target) to cut out as many pumpkins as you can. Use a small knife to carefully cut faces, or "wrinkles" into half of the pumpkins.
  5. Place one pumpkin without any cut outs on a flour surface. Use a spoons to spread 1 tbsp of the pumpkin filling out almost to the edges. Lightly wet the edges of the pumpkin with water. Top with one of the pumpkins with cuts out, and gently press the edges to seal shut.
  6. Places the tarts on your baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until slightly golden brown.

**Optionally, you can lightly coat tops with melted vegan butter, which I did, and it was awesome.

vegan pumpkin tart with face

And there they are! I had a lot of fun making these, especially with carving out the designs. These tarts are perfect for breakfast or brunch, but are also sweet enough to be a great dessert. Have fun with it, stay spooky, and Happy Halloween! 

plate of vegan pumpkin tarts with faces