Apple Pie in a Jar

Apple Pie in a Jar is an idea for the record books, but I can’t take the credit for it. I found this blog with all the little pies-in-jars your heart could ever desire.

The concept is simple: bake individual mini-pies in mason jars. Easy to serve, no runny pie juices leaking out upon slicing, and they look cute!

Here’s a simple guide to making Apple Pie in a Jar in your own kitchen:

  • Prepare pie dough, chill as required by the recipe (usually 1 hour.)
  • Prepare pie filling.
  • Roll out pie dough.
  • Cut out shapes of dough (see diagram below.)

How you like them apples the illustrations?

  • Turn your mason jar upside down and cut out a circle for the bottom of the jar (1).
  • Cut out a rectangle of dough long enough to go around the perimeter of the jar (2).

  • Use any scraps acquired in the process to fill gaps or holes in the jar.

  • Fill the jars with your favorite pie filling. There is no need to bake the dough ahead of time.

  • If you plan to top the jars with more pie dough, cut out a circular shape and tamp it down. Another option: prepare a crumb topping!

  • Poke a few holes in the top to prevent volcanic eruptions.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if desired.

  • Keep in mind that baking time will vary from a traditional pie. I baked 3 pies-in-jars at 350°F for ~30 minutes.

They came out bubbly and beautiful. We waited just long enough so that the jars weren’t scorching hot, but held them in kitchen towels. (How else could you serve hot jars out of the oven without waiting hours for them to cool? Help!)

Topped with a dollop of whipped cream for good measure. No sharing required with this perfectly individual pies!

I love this idea for parties, because they are easy to make and freeze ahead of time! I think I will be making my pies in jars from now on.

What’s your favorite apple dessert?


  1. This. Is. Awesome.

    Thank you for sharing!

    The fact that you can freeze these, and then have individual servings ready to go at any time, is pretty neat!

    We put a man on the moon, but a pie in a jar is honestly going to affect my life more :)

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