For Thanksgiving, I made these mini pies in a jar as placeholders that doubly served as favors for my guests to take home. I got the idea from another food blog that I love, Our Best Bites. Although I didn’t have time to order the exact same jars they used, I was able to call around and find another brand that worked equally as well from a local grocery store. My jars were a bit shorter and more squatty, yet they were adorable.
When looking for jars to use, make sure they are 8 oz jars with wide mouth lids. Pick a pie recipe that you love (I used my favorite Apple Pie). Fill the base of each jar with the pie crust by just pressing the crust on the bottom and up the sides. No real method to it! Then, scoop in your filling and top with crust if you desire. You can also use a crumb topping. I ran out of crust to cover each one in full (I made 10) and didn’t have time to make more, so I used my miniature deco-cutters to create little flower tops with the remaining crust that I did have.
Decorate the lids as you wish. I used some Autumn scrap-booking paper I had on hand and traced out circles with the lids. Then, I wrote the name of each guest and glued it to the top. For the finishing touch, I grabbed some gold ribbon (again, that I had on hand) and tied bows around each jar.
The best part about these is that they can be kept frozen and then popped right into the oven when ready to eat! Just place the jars on a baking sheet and let set in oven while preheating to 350˚F (so it warms up slowly). Then let bake for 45-50 minutes. I topped mine with vanilla ice cream, and it was delectable!
If you give these out as gifts, don’t forget to supply your recipients with the baking instructions!