July 15, 2011

Recipe: Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Pumpkin Pasties

My family and I have been catching up on the Harry Potter movies this week in anticipation of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.  As we conclude our Harry Potter marathon this evening, I thought it would be fun to serve a little treat inspired by the magic of Hogwarts.

Have you read the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling?  Did the descriptions of the enchanting and fantastical treats enjoyed by the students of Hogwarts make your mouth water as much as mine?  One of the foods mentioned in the book that captured my fancy was the Pumpkin Pasties sold on the Hogwarts Express.  So here, for your enjoyment (and mine...oh yes indeed) is my interpretation of Pumpkin Pasties -- a hand-pie with a brown sugar cookie crust and pumpkin filling.  The pies are "stamped" to give them a little extra MAGIC!

Hogwarts Pumpkin Pasties

Makes 18-22

Cookie Crust
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 6 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • Wax paper
  • Circle cookie cutter
  • Chopstick or wooden spoon with a rounded end
  • For the imprints:  'H' foam stamp, scalloped biscuit cutter, circle cookie cutter or drinking glass smaller in circumference than the one you use to cut out the cookies

Step 1:  In the bowl of an electric mixer, add eggs, butter, brown sugar, molasses and shortening.  Beat until fluffy.

Step 2:  In a large bowl, add flours, baking soda and salt.  Whisk to thoroughly combine.

Step 3:  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix till a cohesive dough is formed.  Turn out on a lightly floured work surface and divide dough in to two separate balls.

Step 4:  Tear off a sheet of wax paper to fit inside a baking sheet.  Set wax paper on your work surface.    Lightly dust wax paper with flour.  Form one dough ball in to a flat rectangular shape. With a rolling pin, roll dough almost to the edges of the wax paper.  Transfer dough and wax paper to your baking sheet.  

Step 5:  Repeat with second dough ball.  Place 2nd rolled sheet of dough and wax paper on top of the first.  Cover entire baking pan with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.

Step 6:  Prepare filling by combining all ingredients in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 F

Step 7:  When dough has chilled, use a round cookie cutter or the rim of a glass dusted with flour to cut circles from the first sheet of dough.  Place on a baking sheet, 2 inches apart.  Set scrap dough aside.

Step 8:  Put a heaping teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle.

Step 9:  From the second sheet of dough, use the same circle cutter to cut the same number of circles as you did in Step 7, but do not remove from the wax paper.  While still on the wax paper, imprint each circle with an 'H' for "Hogwarts" or "Harry".

Step 10:  Use the scalloped cutter to press a pattern around the 'H'. Then use the circle cutter to press a final circle.  Do not cut all the way through.

Step 11:  Cover each bottom-half on the tray with a stamped top-half.  Using the rounded end of a chopstick or wooden spoon, press around each pie to crimp closed.

Step 12:  Bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes.  

(While the pasties are baking, combine all the scrap dough into a flat rectangle and roll out on a sheet of wax paper.  Refrigerate for 20 minutes, then repeat the process above to make more pasties.)

Remove from oven.  Cool for 10 minutes on a rack before removing from pan to continue cooling.  


I made some fun little bags for the Pumpkin Pasties to give as gifts.
You can download the template for free HERE.

Step 1:  Print out the top side of the bag on a sheet of the 5.25 x 6.75 kraft cardstock.

Step 2:  Using a craft knife, remove the inner circle.

Step 3:  Glue stick around the circle on the wrong side of the bag.  Cover with a square of cellophane.

Step 4:  Sew a top sheet and plain back sheet together.

Step 5:  Insert cookie.  Sew closed.  Trim bag with decorative scissors.


  1. Oh I love this!
    We are all big Potter fans in my house. The new movie just came out today and my youngest and her best friend went to go see it.
    I think I will wait about a week firt.I can't wait to try this recipe!
    Thanks for sharing it and printable too!

  2. Oh man, these look FANTASTIC, give me a butter beer and I will be set! I LOVE the Harry Potter books, and can not wait to see the final movies, I might have to make these in celebration!


  3. Oh my word, you are amazing! They look incredible... I'm sure your children just loved this!

  4. i must be the only person in the universe that didn't realize harry potter was being released this week :) what a clever idea and such a lovely treat for your lucky family and friends--i think even better than the original they are modeled after. once again, you amaze me!

  5. You are so creative. These are awesome!

  6. I wish I would've known about these last night I would have made a batch. These look so yummy. I guess I will make them anyway since we are still in the middle of our Harry Potter marathon. thanks Jenn!


  7. I saw these on Pinterest and didn't realize they were yours until I saw your post in my dashboard tonight...or today (it's 1:30 in the morning!).

    My son has been reading the Harry Potter series and watching each movie after he finishes the book. So, he's reading the 5th book now and has seen the first three movies. And boy does he love a good Quidditch match! And he would love these too! They look delish and just perfect in that fantastic packaging as well! :>

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am your newest following, loving the stuff I have seen on your blog so far!
    All I can say about these Harry Potter Pastries is WOW! You did an amazing job from the pastrie to the bag, perfection! We have spent the week watching the all the movies as well with 1 to go :)

  9. Wow, amazing!!! And they look so yummy too!

  10. Oh my goodness, this is awesome!!! I love Harry Potter! I was in Monterey, CA this weekend! That is so neat that you live there (you're so lucky)! We ate at Gianni's Pizza, visited the wharf, played on the beach, and spent some time in Gilroy and Hollister too! :)

  11. How cute! You have a very great blog. It's a treat to the eyes. I am a new fan following from the weekend hop via facebook, twitter, and, GFC.



  12. All I can say is Wow! I love this. And it sounds delicious. I will have to try this as soon as vacation is over (shh! I sneaked away from a little time in blogland. :) ), my husband and I are bigger fans of the books, so maybe we will have a little book party.

  13. They look amazing... I bet they taste as good as they look. What a special treat for your family.

  14. This is so neat!! This is totally what pumpkin pasties would look like in HP world!

  15. Following you with GFC:)
    Going to feature these on Friday morning at Bacon Time. Hope to see you soon.

  16. Such a cute idea! Wish my kiddos were old enough to watch HP!

  17. How very cool! My nephew is going to be so impressed when I bust these bad boys out. Have a great weekend!

  18. Oh, how luscious! At first I was concerned, because the only pasties I've had have a meat and potato filling--pumpkin sounds much better!

  19. Thanks for sharing!! I love it!!

  20. Thank you for sharing!! I love it!!! :)


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