Pie in a Jar


This weekend, we’re heading south to College Station to watch the Aggies take on Nebraska. It’s going to be a fun game. We’ll be tailgating Saturday with The Nerd’s family as our Thanksgiving celebration with them, so I wanted to bring something to add some holiday flavor to the tailgate.

These Pies in a Jar fit the bill perfectly. They are individually-sized and perfectly proportioned. Here’s what you need to make your own:

Pie in a Jar
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12 – Half-Pint Wide-Mouth Mason Jars
3 – 9-inch Pie Crusts (double that if you’re making a pie that needs crust on top)
Pie Filling (I made this pumpkin pie recipe and this Cranberry Apple Pie recipe)


Wash and dry the Mason Jars.

Cut the pie crust into quarters. You’ll use 1/4 of each pie crust for each jar. Press the piece of pie crust into the jar, completely covering the sides and reapplying excess crust as needed. Fill the jar with your pie filling and top with crust if needed.

Ok – now, you can put the lids on and freeze the individual pies (before baking) to have them set aside in the event you need a quick dessert for company. You’ll just pull ’em from the freezer and bake them as directed in the recipe.

Or, you can go ahead and bake your pies according to the recipe. I’ve found no variation in cook time needed from a 9-inch pie to the Pies in a Jar. You might want to keep an eye on your pies, though, just to be safe.

Once they’re ready, just let ’em cool and serve when desired.



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  1. cute idea!

  2. I saw these somewhere and have wanted to try making them!! They are so cute! you did a great job!!

  3. That is the greatest idea ever! I'm doing this for the holidays since it's just me and my hubby!

  4. OMG those are adorable. I'm going to have to do this!

  5. This is such a cute idea!! I must try this some time 🙂 Oh, and I live in C.S. (but avoiding the crowds this weekend) – so have fun at the game! 🙂 Gig 'em Ags!

  6. West Coast Beach Wife says

    Such a clever and creative idea! Those pies in a jar are too cute for words. Thanks for sharing!

  7. crustabakes says

    These are so neat and cute! None of that messy pie cutting! i love it!

  8. what a wonderful idea! It's clever, cute and very festive.

  9. What a neat idea. I love your blog name my wife would laugh really hard at that. You should share over at http://www.dishfolio.com.

  10. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says

    These are so cute! Great idea for a nice hostess gift for Thanksgiving.

  11. somethingsavory says

    Oh those are so cute! What a wonderful idea! I'll have to try these sometime

  12. Get Healthy with Heather says

    I recently made cakes in a jar, but pies are a great idea too. So cute!

  13. Nancy @ The Sensitive Pantry says

    Oh my! I love these. Adorable.

  14. I love your blog! I really enjoy reading your posts. I'm planning on making the green bean bundles as a part of my family's Thanksgiving menu.
    You have the greatest photos! The pie in a jar is such a creative idea and look really yummy as well.

  15. Those pies are the cutest!! What a great idea.

  16. Lisa R/alterlisa says

    This is the perfect thing to do for my daughter who has her first apartment while in college.
    She likes to cook but doesn't have time to bake so this will work great for both her and a couple others that are in college. I'm going to do several for each of the kids for Christmas. Thanks for the timely suggestion.

  17. What brand of jar is that? I've been looking around and the only half pint wide-mouth mason jars I can find are square-ish and don't have the flat sides that the ones in the picture do.

  18. Arena @ {thenerdswife} says

    Thanks everyone!

    Durandal – They are Kerr jars. You can get them from Amazon. I found mine in the canning section of my local grocery store.

    Hope that helps!

  19. Pies are one of my husbands favorite desserts! I love this Idea!

  20. have you tried baking the frozen ones… do you think you need to defrost first? put it in the oven before turning on?

    i am seeing cold glass go to hot and being broken.

  21. T-Byrd… I haven’t personally tried them, but have read about it extensively online. The mason jars are used for canning and are supposed to be able to withstand going from freezing to super hot. *Supposed to* 🙂

  22. Does your pumpkin pie recipe make 12 pies in a jar, or did you need to double it to get the 12?

  23. this is a fantastic idea!!!!!!!!

  24. The photos are SOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful, I had to come look! I love these!

  25. I have heard of cake in a jar which I am going to try. My question is how long does this stay fresh if not refrigerated, reason being I would like to send some to afghanistan!

  26. Hi Maria,

    It depends on the recipe… The pumpkin pie will sit without refrigeration as long as a normal pumpkin pie… we didn’t refrigerate ours for a few days and it was fine!

  27. Could the pumpkin pies be made and sent overseas? My stepson would love to have some for the holidays! Thank you.

  28. Could you please let me know the Temperature and Time for these..Thank You..

  29. Beth Starrett says

    I want to send these to my deployed Marine. I figure the cherry, blueberry and Apple will keep. Will it be a problem to ship Pumpkin ? It will be cooked and Sealed… Need it to be good for 2 to 3 weeks. Is this too long with out refrigerating? I know a pie can make it out on the counter for a week (when the kids are not around) Help Marine Mom in despair.

  30. I love these little pies and think they would be perfect for a dinner for everyone to have their own! I have featured them on my “Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas” blog post. You can find it here: http://beanbugcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/11/last-minute-thanksgiving-ideas.html

    Thanks again for sharing! They are great!

  31. AMBER SCUTT says


    • Hi Amber,

      Honestly, I haven’t tried to freeze the pumpkin pie. I don’t know how it would turn out. Maybe you could try it out on a few and see? Good luck and let us know how it turns out! 🙂

    • Can you please send me the recipe for the pumpkin pie filling you used in this very cute dessert. I would love to make them for my October Book Club. The recipe does not come up when you click on it.

      Thank you so much,

  32. its very nice idea!

  33. I’m always looking for cute and fun pie ideas. This is great. Thanks.

  34. Love this idea – especially the part about saving them in the freezer for baking later. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

  35. I baked apple pies in a jar and immediately put the lids on to create a seal, however I was wondering how long will they sit for or did I need to freeze or refrigerate them?? please help

  36. Did anybody try freezing these? I’m going to do pies-in-a-jar for my wedding in October, but I’m gonna need to make as many as I can beforehand & freeze them. Also, did you end up posting the recipe for the Apple Cranberry Pie that you mentioned? That sounded delicious (and also perfect for a fall wedding!).. I looked for it a little bit, but didn’t find it. THANKS!!

  37. How long do these last in the freezer? I would to make a bunch of these in the next few weeks for Christmas since I like giving these kind of home made gifts.

  38. Oralene Smith says

    I am new to this web site, so maybe I am over looking it, but it would be nice to have a print version of the recipe. I don’t need or want all the advertisement and comments – just a waste of paper and ink.

  39. These r great ideas I want to make these for Thanksgiving thank u for sharing


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