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Monday, December 20, 2010

Recipe of the Week: Pies in a Jar

Instead of making entire pies for our family/friends this year for Christmas, I decided to make individual pies in a jar. After a google search, I found this recipe and decided to give it a go. To my surprise, they turned out great! (We made a pie on the side for ourselves with the extra filling/crust we had - and I must say, nothing beats a simple Apple pie!)

Things you need:

  • Small Mason jars
  • Fruit - we used apples
  • Sugar
  • Pie crust
  • Spices - we just used cinnamon
  • Vanilla
Step one: Spray the Mason jars with Pam - this isn't necessary, I just do it mostly out of habit.

Step two: Line the Mason jars with the pie crust. I just bought pre-made pie crust, but you can of course make your own. The biggest issue here is the size of your hands. C couldn't help with this step, because he has boy hands. But, luckily, since I'm a girl, my hands fit perfectly in the jar. This is by far the most tedious step!

Step three: Cut up your fruit into small cubes. (we peeled our apples before cutting them up) Then, mix in the sugar/spices you desire. There's really no wrong way to make the filling. We used 5 large apples, 4 TBS sugar, a dash of cinnamon, a dash of vanilla, and C put in whisky behind my back.

Step four: Pour the fruit filling into the jars. This is the easy part.

Step five: Cover the fruit. I used a star cookie cutter, then brushed it with melted butter. You can also use a crumble top. Either way, make sure there's an opening for the pie to vent while cooking.

Step six: Place the jars into a cold oven, then turn it on. (You want to give the glass jars time to warm up, so they don't crack.) Put the oven at around 350 degrees, and cook for about 30 minutes - just until the crust is done. Once they are out of the oven, let them cool completely.

Step seven: Put the tops on the Mason jars. If you need them to keep for a while, freeze them. (You can also freeze them before cooking.) Or, just eat and enjoy!

You can make this as fun and crafty or simple and easy as you want. I'm really excited to give them away, and even more excited that now I realize we can have individual servings of apple pie ready at any moment!


  1. Do you know if you can do these like the cakes in the jar and put the lid on as soon as they come out of the oven so they will seal so they can be shipped to the military? I know they enjoy the cakes and brownies that I bake in jar

    1. I'm not sure... it makes sense that it'd work. I'd suggest trying a batch & holding on to them for a week or so to see how they hold up without climate control. great idea!!

  2. Thanks I think I will give it a try. I know the troops that are deployed love home baked goodies.